Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has a code of honor which he will not violate, even when his life depends on it. Paradoxically, his code of honor gives him the backbone to survive as a military special forces operative when he is sent on a covert mission to rescue another group which was sent in to assist some nefarious U.S. government plan in a Latin American country. Once there, he encounters an old army buddy (Carl Weathers) who has gotten too deep in the CIA's good graces for Dutch's comfort. When he and his team go into the jungle to rescue the others, they get involved in a pitched battle with local guerillas, but they are more than capable of besting these vicious fighters. However, not long after that, they encounter signs that the equally capable men they were sent to rescue were all killed unawares and in an unusually gruesome fashion. Given their training, it should have been impossible for anyone to best all of these commando warriors. Soon, the men from Dutch's own team get picked off one by one, as they grow aware that they are up against something uncanny, not of this world, something that is hunting them for sport. Why? Because their skills make them worthy opponents for the perfectly camouflaged Predator. This carefully paced action movie was given poor reviews by many movie critics, but was sufficiently satisfying for its (largely male) audiences that a successful sequel (Predator 2) was released in 1990.~Clarke Fountain
Predator in high-definition 3D
Predator in high-definition 2D
Predator in standard definition
If it Bleeds, We Can Kill It documentary
7 behind-the-scenes featurettes
Rare deleted scene
Red Suit special effects clips
Audio commentary by director John McTiernan
Arnold SchwarzeneggerMaj. Alan "Dutch" Schaefer
Jesse VenturaSgt. Blain
Kevin Peter HallPredator
R.G. ArmstrongGen. Phillips
Donald M. McAlpineCinematographer
Alan SilvestriComposer (Music Score)
John F. LinkEditor
John ValloneProduction Designer
Frank RichwoodArt Director
John ReinhartArt Director
Jorge SainzArt Director
Beau MarksAssociate Producer
John ValloneAssociate Producer
Jim ThomasExecutive Producer
Enrique EstevezSet Designer
Marilyn VanceCostume Designer
Adam GreenbergSpecial Effects
Al di SarroSpecial Effects
Joel HynekSpecial Effects
Laurencio CorderoSpecial Effects
Stuart RobertsonSpecial Effects
Beau MarksFirst Assistant Director
K.C. ColwellFirst Assistant Director
Craig R. BaxleyStunts
Beau MarksProduction Manager
Al di SarroSpecial Effects Supervisor
Craig R. BaxleySecond Unit Director
Craig R. BaxleyStunts Coordinator
Frank E. JohnsonSecond Unit Director Of Photography
Joel HynekSpecial Effects Supervisor
Laurencio CorderoSpecial Effects Supervisor
Richard L. AndersonSupervising Sound Editor
Stan WinstonCreature Design
Action and Adventure,Horror
Alien Film,Creature Film,Sci-Fi Action
Year of Release
2 Discs, 3D, Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D/DVD, Blu-ray/DVD
Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD
Digital Surround Sound (same as SS), Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
Predator 4K was released in June of 1987. The 4K video quality was good especially in the light jungle scenes. The audio is nothing to write home about so if you are expecting to give your home theater a work out it’s not going to happen. If you don’t own it I’m Blue-Ray then upgrade to the 4K it’s still worth it.
Essentially, this is similar to my Alien review, and will attempt to attach the image of the "collector's art edition" I purchased. This review will show up on the "Ultimate Hunter's Edition" version of Predator on blu ray, because that's truly what this disc is, despite the "art" title.
Picked up this art variant for a great price at $7.99, and was pretty excited. I have a collection of Alien/ Aliens and Predator movies and memorabilia, and when I saw both Alien and Predator were given an art variant, I, like the obsessed lemming I am when it comes to these movies, ran off and grabbed them.
I understood that beyond the art, especially at the sale pricing, it was simply an art change- I wouldn't be getting anything extra from the discs themselves, and that I was fine with.
I was however, expecting a bit more care with the actual art included.
The art itself is printed on a thin piece of cardboard, then applied to the front of the regular blu ray with a dab of stickem directly in the center of the case. This stickem, in both cases, was not enough to keep the cardboard attached to the case for either movie. The cardboard itself, while nice stock, is cut in such a way that it can only be applied to the outside of the case- it cannot be inserted into the blu ray, either to replace the wraparound or even lust in front of the disc- so without the stickem holding it in place, you'll need to find another method on your own. In my case, I used a dab of super glue on each corner, which unfortunately, discolors the white parts of the cardboard, even from behind.
Now, if you don't own Predator, there's no reason not to grab this if you come across it- if you don't care about the art, you can trash it, frame it, or just hang it on a wall. But, being promoted as an art variant/ collector's version, this is being geared towards the collector like myself who probably already owns the movie, or is going to display it somehow. If this applies to you, make sure you understand that you'll need to put a touch of effort into it if you're going to be displaying it- Fox may have produced some nice art for the movies with these new covers, but they didn't properly adhere them to the cases.
It's a shame, because they did do a limited edition art variant of Alien for Comic-Con 2014 that I ordered, and for that, they took the time to actually print the new art onto a new wraparound insert for the blu ray.
Overall, the art is nice, the movie is great, it's just difficult to recommend this unless you're a die-hard or don't already own the movie. It truly feels as if Fox had a ton of extra copies of these movies already laying around that they couldn't unload to retailers, to they slapped on these pieces of cardboard with new art, then sold them to retailers under the "Collector's Art Edition" banner.
If you do grab it, just be prepared to either use the art elsewhere or find a way to stick it to the case somehow- at the sale price of $7.99 I wasn't overly dissatisfied, but if I had paid more, I may have been a little miffed.
Please also be aware that unlike the Alien art variant, Predator does NOT come with a digital HD copy of the movie.
I spent $4 dollars to see Dutch and Dillon greet each other in what most people call the most epic handshake in film history and it was worth every penny. No, the DVD does not come with any fancy frills or extras (aside from an awesome vintage commercial) but what did you expect? You're paying 4 dollars and are already getting a kickass film. Worth the money just to have in your action movie collection.
This is one of those classic 80's films that everyone has seen, talked about and made memes about. Its just everywhere. After not seeing the movie in my 28 yr lifespan I decided to give it a try. I didn't like it. Too much cringe for me, which is weird because I really like those corny 80's movies like that. Maybe if I had watched this as a kid I might feel differently about it. I still feel like everyone should definitely watch it. The steelbook art on this is amazing though, so I'm glad I bought it.