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
Audio Commentary by Director John McTiernan
Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It: The Making of Predator
Inside the Predator Featurettes
Photo Gallery and Predator Profile
Predator: Evolution of a Species - Hunters of Extreme Perfection
Short Takes with the Filmmakers
Special Effects Featurettes
Text Commentary by Film Historian Eric Lichtenfeld
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
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.
The quality of 4K films, in comparison to the regular Blu-ray version, often depends upon two things: (1) the quality of the original that they have to work with; and (2) how much effort the people put into the project. Here they must have started with either the original film or a first-generation print of it. Being that the film originated in 1987, these are easier to locate than for older films.
The upgrade from regular Blu-ray to 4K is very noticeable in a side-by-side comparison. Viewers will notice the improvements in 4K immediately. You will particularly appreciate the differences in the scenes shot outdoors in well-lit areas versus indoors or darkened jungle scenes. That's because details like seeing leaves on trees in the distance jump out in 4K in bright sunlight while darkened scenes fail to reveal details--it's simply too dark to see much in 4K or any other format. The other complicating factor is that HDR darkens dark colors and brightens light colors which makes darkened scenes darker still--too dark in 4K for some films in my opinion.
However here the film looks great throughout and should be a definite addition to your upgrade list, assuming you like the story which I do and many others do. In addition to sharp details, the color saturation is great, contrast is great, and the sound (Dolby DTS-HD digital) all are better than the Blu-ray version. A few scenes might be about the same in 4K as the original but for the vast majority it's a definite improvement. The standard set includes the 4K version, Blu-ray version, free digital download, and a number of extras.
This is the 3rd 3D movie that I have watched on our 3D tv. So, I'm no 3D expert at all..! I'm only going to talk about my 3D experience, since I assume that most people have already seen this movie. 1st, if you like this movie and you like 3D, you can't go wrong buying this movie. When you start the movie, the press Play bar looks like it's about 3 or 4 feet into my living room. Most of the 3D to me, looks like it starts at the front of my tv, and goes back (deep) about 3 or 4 feet into my tv. But one scene, objects appeared to be flying out at me so realistic, that actually moved my head so not to get hit. The Predator looks really impressive in 3D. I love this movie, and now I love 3D, so I'm happy I got it. I watched this 3D movie with the following equipment. Samsung TV 60" Model UN60JU7090FXZA / Samsung-Compatible 3ACTIVE 3D Glasses Rechargeable Twin Pack / LG-UP875 4K Ultra HD 3D Blu-Ray Player Black. NOTE, the LG Blu-Ray Player was on sale last week at Best Buy for $79.99. I bought a spare at the price. Thank you for reading my review..!
"Get to da choppa!"
Great resolution for an "older" film. This box contains the 4k as well as the regular Blu-ray discs (2 discs total) plus the digital download code.
Last time I saw this movie was probably on VHS, and to see it in it's 4k detailed glory was a treat. The video is clear and every detail stands out. Never appreciated the cinematography until seeing it in such a high resolution. The only thing I wish was 20th Century Fox included a Dolby Atmos Track. Other than that you can't beat an awesome movie in 4k for this price. So glad to have this in my 4k Blu-ray collection.
You can really appreciate the scene when Arnold calls him one ugly S*O*B* because in 4k you can see how horrifyingly ugly the Predator actually is.
10/10 would "get to da choppa" again.
This movie is an intriguing Sci Fi tale that also happens to be the action movie of the decade. Chock full of cheesy one liners and gratuitous feats of masculinity, this movie lovingly embraces all of the tropes of the action genre without becoming parody. This is the movie the Expendables wished it was.
Beneath the macho exterior, there's some actual thought to the origin of the antagonist that helps shape how the plot unfolds.
The 4K transfer does the original justice without changing much. You still have the film grain you'd expect from an 80's film, and the effects have not been touched up. This is completely faithful to the original.