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2.0 out of 5 stars 5 star movie, 2 star DVD treatment, 13 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Predator - Definitive Edition [DVD] (DVD)
The movie is an undisputed classic, and it's still a class piece of action cinema, so why has yet another lousy DVD edition been churned out?

What a sham this re-issue is. There are no new additions to this version, only the exact same features from the Special Edition that came out 5 years ago.

Okay, I thought, the picture (as boasted on the back of the lovely new metal box) will have been fully remastered and cleaned up, at last. Alas, nothing has been done to the quality of the picture. It's still got the same poor contrast, grainyness and dirt as it has when the very first DVD edition was released 10 years ago.

What are Fox playing at?!? The answer is simple, yet another cheap marketing scam to get us to buy the movie all over again.

Unfortunately for me, it worked.
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Initial post: 14 Oct 2008 18:11:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Oct 2008 18:12:23 BDT
The Fault says:
I agree with you - I wonder how Fox could get away with such seemingly false statements, surely there is some kind of legislation against it? Because I can't see any difference between this and the special edition despite the claims. On the plus side, the tin packaging is sublime. But it's also increasingly difficult to come by so a lot of people will only have the option to buy the disappointing slip case version. This is indeed nothing more than a simple repackage of the exisiting special edition DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2009 12:12:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Aug 2010 20:29:01 BDT
Point of interest, the original Fox blu-ray is equally poor. The detail is a little better, but the source is clearly such a mess that I doubt this movie will ever look much better than it does here. Sound is marginally better too, but not sufficiently so to justify paying for the upgrade.

The new "Ultimate Edition" blu ray (released to coincide with the release of the new Predators movie) looks great and, despite a rather aggressive use of DNR which may upset purists, it will probably remain the definite version of this film for many years.
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