Predator 2 - Definitive Edition [DVD]
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In this follow-up to 'Predator', crime-riddled futuristic Los Angeles becomes the target of an alien predator, killing drug lords and police alike. A maverick cop (Danny Glover) and a federal agent (Gary Busey) set out to capture the creature.
Predator wreaked havoc in the jungle and struck box-office gold, so Hollywood logic dictated that Predator 2 should raise hell in the big, bad city. Los Angeles, to be specific, and this near-future L.A. (circa 1997) is an ultra-violent playground for the invisibility-cloaked alien that hunted Arnold Schwarzenegger in the previous film. Scant explanation is given for the creature's return, and because Ah-nuld was busy making Total Recall, Danny Glover was awkwardly installed as the maverick cop (is there any other kind?) who defies a government goon (Gary Busey) to curtail the alien's inner-city killing spree. But why bother, when the victims are scummy Colombian drug lords? Don't look for intelligent answers; director Stephen Hopkins favors wall-to-wall action over sensible plotting, allowing Stan Winston's more prominently featured Predator to join the ranks of iconic movie monsters. And anticipating Alien vs. Predator, there's a familiar-looking skull in the Predator's trophy case! --Jeff Shannon
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Special features are plentiful in this set. There's plenty of featurettes, and other extras. There's also a couple of commentary tracks. I listened to the Director's one and I found it quite interesting. One thing I did note is that he said Predator 2 was originally rated NC17 in the US and they had to cut quite a few gory shots out of it. It's a shame this footage never made it to the DVD and I suspect this will be the only special edition we'll ever get of this film.
The year is 1997 and the City of Angels is boiling under a 109-degree heatwave. Columbian and Jamaican drug lords have turned the streets into a war-zone. The police are out-manned and out gunned and incompetent. The last thing they need to deal with is the Predator.
The titular hunter has returned with an increased arsenal of weapons and is keen on slicing and dicing the aforementioned druggies for fun. During a brutal gun-battle on the streets he watches Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover), a slightly-crazed renegade cop, blow away half a dozen Columbian scumbags and chooses him as his ultimate prey. Naturally, Harrigan and his ethnically diverse team of cops have enough problems without having to worry about their skulls ending up in the Pred's intergalactic trophy cabinet.
Making matters worse is faux-DEA Agent Peter Keyes (Gary Busey) who pretends to be after the druggies but is really more interested in swiping the Pred's advanced technology. Yeah, good luck with that!Read more ›
PREDATOR 2: New director, new cast, new style, completely new playground. More or less the same story.
Danny Glover makes a great substitute for Arnold Schwarzenegger - a very different character - a superb choice. Rubén Blades and Maria Conchita Alonso can be seen as fellow cops, also appearances by several familiar faces: Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi and some from TV shows Adam Baldwin and Kent McCord all deliver good performances.
Behind the camera John McTiernan was replaced by Stephen Hopkins whose best work up to now is PREDATOR 2.
The scenery is changed from the jungle to Downtown L.A. during a heat wave (we get a little global warming propaganda courtesy of your concerned Hollycrap leftists).
The Special Effects are very good - although notably tamed down by the MPAA. Don't bother looking for the Unrated version - there is none. The movie still is pretty bloody, it sure is no PG-13.
A very good sci-fi/action movie with some humorous scenes, criminally underrated.
Reviewed version: 2011 Warner Bros. UK Blu-ray
Feature running time: 107 mins. (cut by the MPAA - uncut not available)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16x9
Audio: English DTS 5.1, French 5.1, German 5.1
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, French, German
Extras: Commentaries, Featurettes, Gallery
Region: A, B, C
Picture quality: 4/5
Audio quality: 4/5
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I personally find this so much better than the original. Danny Glover is fantastic.Published 1 month ago by DazWitch
still a good film even though it didnt do well compared to the originalPublished 1 month ago by vince
Didn't go into this with great expectations following the excellent first one, but it was a good film that I would recommend giving a watch to anyone thinking of doing so.Published 3 months ago by RH93
I am a huge fan of the first 1987 Predator movie & this 1990 sequel is not quite as good as the first. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B.N.H.