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on 16 August 2016
Got this on DVD. Audio is 5.1, picture ratio is aspect ratio is 1.85:1. Fine level of film grain visible but not off putting. Colours some what subdued, unsurprisingly as it's set in a jungle and all the characters wear camo gear. Level of depth and detail quite good. Arnold Schwarzenegger is very one note and lacks range but is perfect for this role, he really looks the part too. The supporting cast are quite well developed given their limited screen time and I liked how diverse a group they were. The story is very simple but effectively executed, the more convoluted action films get the worse they often become. I thought the design of the alien was also really interesting. Some of the lines of dialogue are a bit cheesy, there's a few one liners from Schwarzenegger which made me laugh (Before you do something cool, say something cool.)

I couldn't help but notice Schwarzenegger still had quite a strong accent and his lines do sound a bit funny at points.

"Waz there matter, the CIA got you pussin too many pezils?"
"Get to the Choppa!"

Overall a classy well made action film from the 1980s with a nice Sci-fi component.
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on 11 January 2014
PREDATOR 3D [1987/2013] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] Return to the Hunt In 3D! Soon The Hunt Will Begin!

Arnold Schwarzenegger wages an all-out war against an unstoppable enemy in this pulse-pounding action thriller, now in spectacular 3D for the first time ever! On a rescue mission deep within a Central American jungle, a team of U.S. commandos find themselves hunted by a terrifying creature more powerful and deadly than any on Earth...because the Predator is not of this Earth.

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, R.G. Armstrong, Shane Black, Steve Boyum (uncredited), William H. Burton Jr. (uncredited), Peter Cullen (The Predator (voice) uncredited), Henry Kingi (uncredited), Sven-Ole Thorsen (uncredited), and Kevin Peter Hall (The Predator / Helicopter Pilot)

Director: John McTiernan

Producers: Beau Marks, Jim Thomas, John Davis, John Vallone, Joel Silver, Laurence Pereira and Lawrence Gordon

Screenplay: Jim Thomas and John Thomas

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Cinematography: Donald McAlpine

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 DTS, Spanish: 5.1 DTS and Italian: 5.1 DTS

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Thai, Italian, Norway and Swedish

Running Time: 107 minutes

Number of discs: 2

Region: All Regions

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: A group of mercenaries lead by Major Alan “Doesn’t my accent sound ‘Dutch’” Schaefer [Arnold Schwarzenegger] is hired by his old military buddy, George Dillon [Carl Weathers], to rescue a captured presidential cabinet member from guerrilla forces in Val Verde. When they get there, they find a downed helicopter and the skinned bodies of an Army Special Forces unit. They take out a nearby rebel encampment, but soon start to realize that there’s something else in the jungle, hunting them with thermal vision, a laser gun, cloaking device, and dreadlocks. This is a very cool sci-fi action flick.

Some consider `Predator' to be the best action film ever made. While I wouldn't go quite that far, it's certainly up there in the top 10, and it's also one of my favourite films of all time. It easily ticks all the right boxes with a simple plot, big beefy men with big beefy guns, some cracking one-liners and plenty of blood and gore. And speaking of the plot: Dutch [Arnold Schwarzenegger] and his team of commandos are sent on a mission to a South American jungle to rescue some missing dignitaries. Instead, they end up being hunted by an alien. But who will win out in the end. Even after multiple viewings, `Predator' still manages to be tense, exciting and surprising. It's easily one of the biggest Arnold Schwarzenegger's best films yet and it certainly helped to cement his place on the Hollywood map and Carl Weathers, best known as Apollo Creed in three Rocky films, has not done anything half as good since.

It's big; it's loud and incredibly well-paced. And to top it all off, it's got one of the best movie villains ever created and the Predator himself, a marvellous piece of design from special effects supremo Stan Winston. Sadly, the sequel and `Alien vs Predator' spinoffs have all been terrible. It's true to say that they just don't make them like this anymore. ‘Predator’ definitely holds up. The story leads you in one direction before dropping an alien on you to make it science fiction, and the action is still great fun to watch and the film is still great and still entirely watchable, even by today’s standards. ‘Predator’ gets “So you cooked up a story and dropped the six of us into a meat grinder?” out of “I ain’t got time to bleed.”

As the film moves along, John McTiernan shows great control of the camera by maintaining focus on his main attraction, namely Arnold Schwarzenegger. And later, when the elite commando team raids a rebel encampment, the filmmakers have us fully convinced that things will continue in this direction. Essentially, the entire first act is nothing more than a setup, a crafty swindle of sorts to draw viewers in with expectations of a typical Arnold Schwarzenegger action film. It's much like what Dillon [Carl Weathers] does to Dutch in the story. It's no coincidence the film follows a small fighting force into the jungles of Central America with what at the time was standard action violence.

Despite the humorous coincidence of co-star Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger both ending up in politics, the acting in the film is exactly the way it should be, with authentic fear, panic, camaraderie, and fortitude and who would have thought Arnold Schwarzenegger could ever find another role as fitting as his turn in ‘The Terminator’ [1984]. The sheer intensity of the skilled troopers makes for some worthy chase sequences and boisterous battles. While it is entirely for entertainment, the violence in the film also enhances the severity and immediacy of the situations, increasing the nerve-wracking nature of the hunt and rousingly garnished with thundering music by Alan Silvestri. Transcending typical creature features with its mix of genres, including action/adventure, horror, and science-fiction, ‘Predator’ has proven itself to be much more than just a cult monster film, especially seeing in glorious 3D. This superior blend of firepower, machismo, bloodshed, and one of the most exhilarating showdowns in cinema is often imitated but rarely equalled.

Blu-ray 3D Quality – The 3D is nothing short of stunning and awesome and this `Predator' upgrade has been done 100% perfectly. There is not a ghosting to be seen, and the 3D effect really does enhance the film and taking you deep into the jungle with Arnie and his men. You can almost feel the sweat and smell the danger and the terror when the Predator attacks are palpable. And this is probably the best the film has ever looked much better than previous inferior DVD and 2D Blu-ray releases. Can we please have MORE Blu-ray films like this?

Blu-ray Audio Quality – `Predator' offers the same multiple audio options that graced the Ultimate Hunter Edition, with most audiophiles probably gravitating to the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix. While this isn't as ubiquitously immersive a mix as that found in newer action fare, it's still a fairly relentless onslaught of effects, especially in the several set pieces where Arnold and the boys take out their big guns and defoliate the jungle with bullets. There's a very notable low frequency sound effect that accompanies each shift into the "thermo imaging" point of view shots from the Predator's perspective, and those are forceful enough to perhaps provoke a startle response in some viewers. For me, anyway, the most remarkable thing about this mix is Alan Silvestri's almost nonstop underscore, one which utilizes a lot of cool percussive effects. Alan Silvestri's score easily fills the surrounds and really helps to augment the awesom listening experience. It's an unusually effective score for a film that is often dominated by sound effects and it deserves more attention than it routinely gets, even by fans of the film.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras: All supplemental material can be found only on the standard definition 2D Blu-ray disc and most are the same set of documentaries from the "Ultimate Hunter Edition" and with this United Kingdom 3D release, you get a few extra supplements. The 3D Blu-ray only contains the actual film version.

Audio Commentary: Commentary with director John McTiernan: This is a slow laborious, lumbering slog. There are long stretches of uncomfortable silence, and most of the highlights have already been tackled elsewhere on the disc. John McTiernan does delve into why Predator was shot flat rather than in scope, expands on some of the specifics of the creature suit, and covers the frequently told story about trying to put a monkey in a red suit for the alien effects, but there's too much repetition and far too much dead air to be worth a bother. He also has a tendency to get caught up in random tangents, ranting about studio politics and the role Hollywood plays in tragedies like Columbine. Not really worth a listen.

Special Feature: Predator: Evolution of a Species: Hunters of Extreme Perfection [1080p] [11:13] Producer John Davis and filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal discuss Predator's lasting impact in this new documentary. We get to hear especially from Producer John Davis discussing about the script that came his way and who has worked with Arnie before and on top of all that Arnie also suggested John Davis make the film. We also get told by John Davis that `Predator' nearly never got made, as the money ran out, but eventually it got made and that he didn't realise what an impact it would make on the audience. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez who is the Director of the latest re-make of the ghastly `Predators' talks about how the original `Predator' made an massive impact on him. And finally, filmmaker Nimrod Antal also tells how `Predator' made a massive impact on him and how it gave him an incentive to make films.

Special Feature: Text Commentary by Film Journalist and Historian Eric Lichtenfeld: This text-only commentary, when selected, runs as subtitles across the bottom of the screen. It's mostly comprised of interviews with the film's editor, sound effects designers, stunt choreographers, casting director and screenwriters.

Special Feature: If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It: The Making of Predator [1080p] [29:00] This making-of documentary is actually a retrospect that features footage from the set and allows a good majority of the folks who worked on the film to speak. Conversations cover everything from the script literally landing at the doorsteps of Fox Studios, the origins of the alien's fearsome appearance, and filming under humid conditions. For those fans unfamiliar with the history of 'Predator,' this makes for a must watch.

Special Feature: Inside the Predator [1080p] [31:00] Inside the Predator gives us seven vintage documentaries. Classified Action [5:21] takes us on set for some of the stunts, the cast and crew discuss Arnie's star-power in The Unseen Arnold [4:42]; Old Painless [3:30] is an ode to the massive Gatling gun that Ventura totes and The Life Inside [4:26] is a tribute to the late Kevin Peter Hall. Wrapping it up, we have Camouflage [4:54] a look at the make-up work, Welcome to the Jungle [2:40] a discussion of the film's sense of place, and Character Design [4:41] which covers each characters' personality.

Special Feature: Special Effects [1080p] [4:00] Five really short pieces which are weirdly organised makeup and is a look at the camouflage effects in the film.

Special Feature: Short Takes: Four short interviews that didn't fit anywhere else. In John McTiernan on Learning Film [3:05] the director talks about his film school experience, Jesse's Ultimate Goal [2:18] is about Jesse Ventura's venture into politics, Stan Winston: Practical Joker [3:02] is the story of a bullfrog-related prank and Don't Drink the Water [1:58] is expert advice for all travellers to Mexico.

Deleted Scenes and Outtakes [5:00] Includes four scenes: Fleeing the Predator [1:43], Chameleon [00:28], Building a Trap [2:12] and Sliding Downhill [00:56].

Special Feature: Photo Gallery [1080p] It goes without saying that these on-set stills are only interesting to those who like looking at production photos.

Special Feature: Predator Profile [1080p] A text-and-photo-only profile of the alien predator, detailing all of his weapons and armour.

Theatrical Trailers [1080p] Includes trailers for ‘Predator’ [2:11] and ‘Predator 2’ [1:36].

Sneak Peak: Predators [2010] [1080p] [1:44] Director Robert Rodriguez talks about his vision for the upcoming ghastly third re-make of `Predators' film.

Finally, in the end, `Predator' is one brilliant sci-fi/action extravaganza with a shrewdly understated sense of irony, using genre conventions effectively for a fun time at the films. No matter how we look at this now classic, the creature-feature was a novel twist to the summer blockbuster, igniting a popular franchise. Today, it remains just as entertaining as ever with one of Stan Winston's most memorable creations. John McTiernan's `Predator' 3D is a fun and entertaining creature-feature which revels in its animated machismo and an exuberant display of graphic action. The movie is a surprisingly well-structured blend of genre conventions which draws viewers in with one set of expectations and abruptly changes pace for a suspenseful thrill ride. The 3D Blu-ray surprises with a strong 3D spectacular image. The bonus Special Features and Extras is only accessible via the accompanying 2D Blu-ray disc. All in all I can heartily recommend picking up `Predator' 3D. A totally brilliant film, with an excellent transfer and of course a wonderful 3D Blu-ray disc and it is a massive honour to add this special Arnold Schwarzenegger film to my Arnie Blu-ray Collection. What is also beautiful about this Blu-ray is the fantastic Slip Blu-ray Cover, which is a totally brilliant design, and gives you a sort of insight into what to expect from this awesome 3D film. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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on 28 June 2001
I am a long time fan of Arnie films especially this one and the Terminator Films but unlike the excellent Terminator DVD's this one is very poor.I saw the original film at the cinema and the DVD version ruins it.The film is heavily cut and edited poorly (the censors have had a field day at it). The picture quality is very poor especially in the darkened scenes (it looks like the quality of a VHS tape not DVD).And the only plus point is the audio which is excellent. In a nutshell I would think twice about buying,I'm a great fan and this is one of my all time favorite films but when the DVD's are this poor you have to ask yourself is it worth the money.Get the video version instead more in it, better edited and better quality.
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on 18 May 2014
My review is based on my experience of the bluray 3d disc and not film content, plot etc. I own many 3d blurays and was put off by the negative reviews for this release. However, I decided to purchase this anyway out of curiosity. Firstly, the transfer quality to bluray. I've watched the movie lots of times on different formats over the years and was very impressed with the image in terms of sharpness, colour richness and full screen 3d display. It's by far the best looking version I've watched, especially as the 3d is so good. There's an immersive sense of depth and satisfaction with this conversion. I was expecting ghosting issues during the dark end sequence but it looked amazing and certainly no complaints. Although this is not demo quality in terms of a true stereoscopically filmed or cgi movie it certainly holds its own very well. Overall, when the movie ended and I took off my 3d glasses I was buzzing with excitement. I personally feel the movie benefitted in its 3d converstion and I'm very happy to have it in my collection. Highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 2 July 2010
I told myself that when it came to movies on Blu-Ray I would avoid the "double dip" (by 2 versions of the same film on blu-ray) and up untill now I have done just that. Then along came Predator Ultimate hunter...

I was guessing at some point the powers that be would do something with the predator movie as the previous blu ray outing for the film wasn't the best. So with the iminent arrival of Predators in the cinema in the next week, now is the ideal time.

I previously reviewed Predator [Blu-ray] [1987] and was disapointed with the transfer of the film to blu ray. It wasn't the most awful transfer I had seen, it suffered from grainy, hazy scenes and although it was the best copy of the film at that time it was a 3 out of 5 on film quality.

Enter now this ultimate hunter edition. This remastered version is a dramatic improvement on the 1st blu ray offering. Scenes are clear crisp and sharp and any haze on the film is down to the hot and steamy jungle not the quality of the film. So all round this film is upto a 4.5 out of 5 for video quality. You may ask why not a 5 ? well to be honest I have yet to see a transfer or remastering of any older film that is flawless. They always seem to have, albeit it brief, 1 or 2 less than 2 second camera cuts in the movie that they can't improve any further even with full remastering. The Audio is still top notch here is a listing of the Audio options.

English DTS-HD Multi Channel
Russian DTS Multi Channel
Hungarian Dolby Digital 2 Channel
Polish Dolby Digital Multi Channel
Thai Dolby Digital Multi Channel
Turkish Dolby Digtal 2 Channel
English Commetary John McTiernan (director) 2 channel

Subtitle information
English for Deaf and Hard of hearing
Russian
Estonian
Latvian
Lithuainian
Bulgarian
Crotatian
Greek
Chinese (Zho)
Hungarian
Icelandic
Hebrew
Korean
Polish
Portugese
Romanian
Slovenian
Chinese (uncertain which type)
Thai
Turkish
English Commentary

The 2nd complaint I had about the original blu ray was No Extras. This has no been rectified also here is a list of extras on the disc
Predators a sneak peak (2 minutes).
Predator Evolution of the speicies Hunters of extreme perfection.
Text Commentary by film historian Eric Lichtenfeld.
If it bleeds we can kill it ! Making of predator documentary (28 minutes).
Inside the Predator.
Special effects.
Short takes
Deleted Scenes and outakes.
Theatrical trailers.
Photo Gallery.
Predator Profile.

Overall this is a great film and finally presented on blu-ray in a way that does it justice. The Mini Cannon destroying the jungle now looks as good as it sounds.

The one sticking point for some folks might be the price (expecially if you are replacing the 1st the blu ray version). I was lucky as I got my original predator blu-ray in the double box set as a gift. So I can justify my extravegant behaviour as I didn't buy the 1st film myself (works for me and keeps my partner happier about it to :) All I can say is that this blu ray version is wonderful and a real must for fans of the movie.
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on 22 May 2009
Ok, so despite the dodgy reviews I thought what the hell, it's 8 quid and it has DTS HD Master lossless audio, so I'll get it. And I was really pleasantly surprised. For starters, let's talk about the DVD. The DVD of predator, (special edition) is areally pretty shocking print, it's dark, washed out with lots of noise, flecks, cigarette burns, and a half bit-rate DTS track which is either too quiet or too loud. People saying that this blu-ray is no better than the DVD are either quite literally insane, or perhaps watching it on a poor tv, or via a poor BD player. Yes, the picture is not 'jaw dropping', but what do people expect? It's just a high definition format, it's not a format that can completely digitally recreate a 20 year old film to the same standards as something that came out last year! Predator on blu-Ray is unqeustionably the finest that I have ever seen this awesome film look, and I have had this on every format since it was released. The picture is really sharp detailed and clear, the opening chopper sequence has little to any noise on the print, and the jungle looks glorious. (just check out the scene where they climb up to the helicopter). Colours are really striking and vibrant (so much so that the skinless General Hopper and his unit look even more horrific). But also, when it comes to BR, don't forget the sound, and the Predator DTS track is absolutely awesome. From the opening floor shaking rumble of the spaceship, to the clear vocals as the mission is laid out, to the explosions and gunfire of the attack on the compound, the sound is dynamic, immersive and beautifully balanced throughout. The only downside to the release, is the complete lack of extras, but then if you're a fan there's every chance you will already have the special edition DVD. So basically if you want predator looking and sounding the best you have EVER seen it, then don't hesitiate to get this Blu-Ray!
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on 8 February 2013
In my top 10 movies of all time alongside Aliens. The fact that the recently released "Predators" with all the advances in film making could not even come close to how good this movie is says a lot. I liked Predator 2 and the AVP films but this movie far and away exceeds them. It has a great story, plenty of action, suspense, superb music, great effects, Arnie looking badass, Jesse the body with a chaingun and Kevin Peter Hall (rip) as one ugly menacing mother f predator. The film holds up and beats the majority of action movies today.
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on 23 December 2008
Having seen older films than predator recieve far better Blu Ray transfers than this I can not recommend this if you already have the 2 disc dvd special edition. I am getting slightly fed up of people saying things like "it's not the transfer its the original film at fault". This is complete nonsense. The recent james bond blu ray release of Dr No has a special feature showing how they cleaned up the original film print. This feature shows how you can take a well worn out and grubby film print and clean it up. Dr No is a fantastic blu ray and the film is more than 20 years older than the predator and really puts the predator to shame.

It's obvious that this film will be released again in the future with a better transfer and special features to part the cash from our wallets again.
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on 13 May 2008
Predator is a fine story and reasonably well made and filmed. Arnold acts very well in this and far better than some of his colleagues. The alien is beautifully realized and, catchphrase lapses aside ("Knock knock", "Stick around" etc) it's really rather plausible.
The Blu-Ray transfer is, I think, very good. The problem is the source material. The film stock and camera work have added a huge amount of grain and 'noise' into the images. I thought, during the opening scenes, that the transfer was very poor but then other scenes appeared that clearly showed a spot on HD image. For example, in the opening scenes the characters are in a tent. The tent scenes look bad but then the action cuts to a map and the map is perfect. It's the original film at fault and not the transfer folks. Some parts of the jungle scenes look great, the attack on the compound for example, whereas others look sub DVD. I think it was a low budget production working in extreme conditions and the quality of the filming suffered as a result. It IS better than DVD though.
What's not better than DVD is the extras. There are none. There are some trailers but those aren't extras they're studio adverts. My DVD copy has a whole extra disc of documentaries and other stuff so why is the much more expensive Blu-Ray version bereft?
In short, worth buying but not massively better than DVD.
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on 27 December 2014
The special effects may have dated slightly, but Predator still stands as one of the greatest Sci-Fi films in history. Arnold Swarzenegger is as charismatic as ever as Military specialist Dutch who is in charge of tracking down whatever has killed the inhabitants of a jungle only to find that the threat is far worse than they expected in the form of The Predator, a creature of horiffic strength and advanced technology who hunts humans for sport. The film has last the test of time and stands as one of the greatest films of the 1980s and one of the best of Schwarzenegger's career.
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