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This review is from: Predator 2 (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Predator 2 is the sequel to 1987's hit film Predator and benefits by having a completely different setting from the original. Instead of steaming jungle, the Predator chooses the heated, war torn streets of Los Angeles to gather skulls aplenty! While not considered as good as the original, Predator 2 is perhaps more shocking and realistic as it depicts violence between rival gangs and the police, with the predator in the middle becoming the hero of the film.
This put's Danny Glover's character in the backseat( so to speak)and for most of the film he is resigned to picking up the pieces after the Predator's many killing sprees. on the upside the climax of the film is particualry exciting and suspenseful. one of my favourite scenes being the slaughter house massacre. (very ironic) The action is intense, complimented no end by Alan Silvestri's magnificent score, introducing a tribal element. some of the special effects however seem a little rushed and not as sharp as the original.That said the Predator suit, again designed by Stan Winston looks excellent.
The film also delves deeper into the predator's lifestyle as part of a hunting clan and develops the idea of the code of honour. The in 'joke' about the alien skull ultimately spawned 2004's Alien Versus Predator (for better or for worse!)
Being a big fan of the Predator films I was very disappointed with the initial boxset release of both films which had no special features. Finally the Predator 2 special edition has been released, 3 years after Predator's special edition treatment. While the special features are not as extensive as one would like they certainly offer a rare insight into how the film was made. The priceless interviews with the late Kevin Peter Hall talking about his life in the suit (a job now taken over by Ian Whyte for AVP) are a real highlight!
Overall this is a decent sequel to an excellent original, Predator fans or those of action or sci-fi should waste no time in hunting down this special edition to add to their collection!