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Here's m thoughts on "Predator": it's "The Most Dangerous Game"... but with a masked alien instead of a creepy guy with a satanic goatee.

That's the basic concept behind this gory, suspenseful sci-fi thriller. which starts off as your usual macho BOOMBOOMfest but quickly mutates into something far creepier. Sadly "Predator 2" doesn't measure up to its brilliant predecessor -- while not horrendous, it loses a lot of that primal grittiness in favor of a very dated urban scenario.

"Predator": Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his team have been assigned to rescue a cabinet minister kidnapped by guerillas in Guatemala. The team basically blows up the entire guerilla compound and everyone in it, except for one woman (Elpidia Carrillo) that they take prisoner. But on the way back, their numbers start dwindling -- one soldier is dragged away and gutted, and another is shot through the chest with an energy blast. Something far worse than the guerillas is stalking the team through the jungle -- an unknown Predator is determined to kill everyone worth hunting.

"Predator 2": The Colombian and Jamaican drug gangs are currently in a massive war for Los Angeles, which is interrupted by a mysterious invisible creature that starts killing both sides. Lieutenant Michael Harrigan (Danny Glover) finds out that an extraterrestrial Predator is loose in his city -- and in turn, the Predator is being hunted by a covert government agency.

"Predator" and "Predator 2" are pretty much what you would expect from a classic action movie and its sequel -- the first one is pretty brilliant, and the second one is competent but suffers by comparison to the first. In fact, the only thing the two movies have in common is a tentacle-haired, antifreeze-blooded alien who likes to skin things.

The original "Predator" is a grimy, gritty piece of work, with a small number of soldiers moving through a sweaty tropical forest. It has a very primal, timeless feeling -- you could set this story in any wilderness, in any time period, and it would feel roughly the same. And having the characters be so isolated in the jungle just hammers that home.

"Predator 2" loses that primal, timeless feeling, mostly by planting itself in an urban setting swarming with people... and oh yeah, dating itself with the government-agency-seeking-aliens subplot. It's not a bad movie, but it doesn't grip you the way the first film does -- although it does have some clever moments, such as the Predator scanning a child with a toy weapon.

One thing both movies do have is excellent casting. Schwarzenegger does what he does best, roaring and blasting his way through the jungle, uttering some lovely lines that have reached cinematic immortality ("Get to da choppah!"). Glover gives a good performance as well as a hard-bitten, weary cop who has enough on his plate before the aliens show up.

"Predator / Predator 2" is a duology worth watching -- the first movie is a deserving action/sci-fi classic, the second more flawed but still watchable. Just don't watch the Predators' battles with the xenomorphs.
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on 23 April 2005
I knew if I waited long enough that 20th Century Fox would release these movies that the DVD age could be proud of. 'Predator' is one of the best sci-fi thriller flicks around, better then The Matrix Trilogy! 'Predator' is packed full of special features that where long overdue. Theres an Easter Egg feature on the second DVD in this set but i wont ruin it for you. One of Arnies best films, next to 'T2' and 'Commando'. 'Predator 2' which i nickmaned 'Urban Jungle' doesnt deliver as well as the original did but its still a good film to watch. This is also packed with special features on 2-discs. 4 DVDs in total, its worth a buy!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 December 2009
PREDATOR (1987) - running time 106 mins

An elite military rescue unit, led by Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger - Governor of California) is sent into the jungle of an enemy land to retrieve a senator whose helicopter has been shot down. It soon becomes apparent that this is more than a rescue mission and they have been lied to by Dutch's old friend Dillon (Carl Weathers).

As the action kicks up as their invisible adversary starts to pick them off one by one.

Also starts Jesse Ventura - ex-wrestler and Governor of Minnesota.

There is a commentary on this disc.

PREDATOR 2 (1990) - running time 103 mins

It is unusually hot in Los Angeles and the gangs are at each others throats and the police on the street have their hands tied by those above them. Add to this the arrival of a Predator and a secret government agency trying to trap it, and Detective Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) and his team have an all out war on their hands.

Also stars Bill Paxton (as Jerry Lambert) whose character is similar to that of Hudson from Aliens. Gary Busey plays the government agent Peter Keyes.

Extra for the film is a theatrical trailer.

Both films have English subtitles.

I really liked Predator when I first saw it, Predator 2 I really disliked - the intervening years must have mellowed me because I watched it again (first time since seeing it in the cinema in 1991) and found that I enjoyed it as much as the original Predator film.

There is a good mix of action and sci-fi in the films and the character building in both allows you to feel you know the characters before the Predator strikes, thereby giving you a feeling involvement in the film as you hope your favourite will survive.

I recommend these films - whether or not you are a sci-fi fan (which I'm not). Thoroughly enjoyable.
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on 21 June 2001
These two films are in my top 10 favourite list and i've watched them endlessly on VHS. I was praying that one day they would come to DVD so I could add them to my collection. At last they did, but my, what a disappointment. There are no real extras on the Discs, and essentially all you are getting are the films. While not a bad thing, because the films are what you buy DVDs for, in this case even the films haven't escaped punishment. There are one or two scenes in the original film which have been cut. Most noticeably, the famous scene where Arnie impales one of the enemy soldiers with his 12inch combat knife and tells him to "Stick around". These cuts will undoubtedly go unoticed by anyone who hasn't seen the films, or has only seen them once or twice, but for a true Predator fan, its a disappointment. Lastly, the digital process itself has resulted in showing the age and limitations of the films special fx. The famous Predator camoflauge being the main culprit.
All in all, these are still two of my all time favourite films, but I won't be buying them on the DVD format because it simply isn't worth it. I have them both on VHS, and if anyone else does, then you really don't need to buy them on DVD. But, if you don't have them, and better still, if you've never seen the films, then this is a great purchase and you won't be disappointed. The 4 stars I give are simply for the films, nothing else.
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on 19 July 2005
If you like plenty of action, gore, violence and creatures then you just cannot fault these movies.
Predator alone is a great film blending espionage, action, gore, horror and suspense in a full on man vs alien encounter. Yeah, there isn't really a big story but would you really want one. You get all the action you can handle and you really start to feel for Arnie when he just can't get rid of the thing.
Predator 2 was very under-rated and provides a great alternative in surroundings from the jungle to the big city. This is also full or gore, action and suspense and is also a worthy edition to any DVD stack in your front room.
Definately not for the squemish, to get these two films in a bundle pack is worth every penny and I demand that you invest in this DVD very quickly.
Those looking for drama, romance or a bit of a thriller, stay well away, you won't find that here.
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on 17 April 2009
Predator 1 was excellent as set in the jungle, it would be fairly hard for the troops to see the predator! Arnie is brilliant in the film with the script being top-notch! the best bit in the film is Mac using the gatling gun, ripping all off those trees and plants after what happens to Blain! the short arm wrestle between Carl and Arnie brings back a lot of memories of how Arnie used to be!

Predator 2 is alright with its moments of excellence! there are new weapons included for the Predator arsenal including the super cutting disk used in the warehouse scene! the ending really does sum up how long the Predators have been around and will continue to do so!

all in all, an awesome series! cant wait for Predator 3!
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on 23 July 2007
Beware! The original films picture quality is awful. Its not been remastered and is like an old VHS tape. If you want a remastered copy buy the 2007 definative version, but you'll have to buy the two films seperately.
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on 19 October 2012
Predator is an entertaining thriller which works because it tells a simple story in a claustrophobic environment. It isn't as smart or scary as Alien, and its characters are too basic, but it's good fun. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a note perfect performance; he plays Dutch, a Major with a soft side, who's led into Central American jungle under false pretences and ends up facing an alien predator. He's accompanied by his team of soldiers, played by Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves and Shane Black. They each have gimmicks - one tells dirty jokes, another chews tobacco - which serve as their personalities. The main cast is completed by Carl Weathers and Elpidia Carrillo, who respectively play Dutch's former teammate and a hostage.
Predator's third act is masterfully staged and suspenseful; the creature is mysterious, tracking Arnie with weird technology as they stalk the jungle. A Vietnam allegory could be drawn from how this alien, despite being outnumbered by the American soldiers, becomes invisible and slaughters them with ease. He's a vicious creature who behaves like a big game hunter; we, as humans, are basically his deer on safari. He collects our skulls the way moustachioed British colonists collected animal heads and mounted them on their walls.
The setting is inspired; it's a close space where we rarely see landscapes not dominated by tall trees. Here the predator moves like a murderous Cheshire cat, camouflaging itself as it rests on branches. Carrillo plays the typical native character who calls it a demon and is more willing to accept its presence. She was my favourite character, though her development is clunky; she goes from hating the soldiers to helping them very suddenly. Some plot points in this film aren't as effective as they should be because of the basic characterisation, but overall Predator is a tense, enjoyable movie.
On the other hand, if this DVD just contained Predator 2 it'd get one star from me. Predator isn't a perfect thriller, but compared to Predator 2 it's on a par with Psycho. To my mind this sequel is one of the worst films ever made; it makes Roland Emmerich's films look like Greek tragedies.
Danny Glover plays a cop in a Los Angeles torn apart by fighting between Jamaican and Columbian drug dealers. Then the predator shows up and gives everyone something new to worry about. That's about all the plot there is. Bill Paxton plays a rookie who's a more annoying version of his Aliens character, and Gary Busey is an FBI agent or something. Sadly this isn't one of his nuttier performances; he's just bland. The only other character with enough lines to warrant mention is Leona (María Conchita Alonso), a butch cop with a secret, revealed in her last scene, which has no impact on anything. It's as if the writers said to each other "hey, why not throw in this one line of exposition?" "Might as well". Oh, there's also one of those movie journalists (Morton Downey, Jr.) who cares more about the scoop than ethics.
For some reason this is all set in 1997, seven years after the film was released. That detail means nothing. I'd hazard a guess that the writers just thought it would make the gang stuff seem like social commentary, as if they're presenting a dystopian Los Angeles. Bullpoop. Predator 2 isn't a comment on anything except how much commercial filmmakers hate humanity.
This film is more graphic than its predecessor. There's buckets of blood and a nasty torture scene among the drug dealers. Rather than shock, however, the gore simply betrays how creatively bankrupt the filmmakers are. They can't create suspense or tell a story so they fling viscera.
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on 21 February 2011
Both are excellent films and well acted. The first, starring Arnie Schwarzenegger is set in a South American jungle, where Arnie's military group of mercenaries attack and wipe out a guerilla camp, but are then hunted themselves on their way back to their pick-up point, by a terrifying and seemingly invincible (and almost invisible) alien (the Predator of the film title), which collects the skulls and attached spines of its victims as trophies! The final showdown between Big Arnie and the Alien Predator is as physical and bloody as you'd expect. I won't spoil the ending by telling you who wins, but if you'd like a hint, the victor went on to become the Governor of California!!!

The second film, starring Danny Glover, is set in a gangster-ridden Los Angeles, where homicidal drug gangs of Hispanic and Caribbean ethnic origins are battling it out for supremacy, while Glover and his hard pressed, often outnumbered and outgunned police colleagues are vainly trying to retake the streets from their murderous opponents, who only interrupt trying to kill each other when they're trying to wipe out the police instead. Into this scenario intrudes a much more lethal killer - an alien hunter (another Predator of the species which wiped out Big Arnie's combat group in the first film) which proceeds to hunt and kill any armed human, who thus qualifies as prey. Danny Glover gradually comes to realise what he's up against and the storyline then develops into a personal battle between him and the Predator - with the added twist that a shadowy government organisation (CIA?) is also trying to capture the alien alive in order to acquire its technological knowledge and weaponry (same idea as in Sigourney Weaver's "Alien" films). The final showdown between Glover and the Predator is just as good, and maybe even more surprising, as that of Big Arnie's in the first film.
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on 7 September 2004
Predator is unsurpassable! An amazing film, building up tension and suspense, looking through the eyes of an unknown killer. Predator 2 does also have its benefits in as much that it includes more details of the species but I believe there is less focus on the predators themselves and more on the drug war. There are slight errors also contradictions of the predators abilities between 1 and 2 but overall can't complain to much. Two great films!
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