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If it bleeds, you can kill it. Of course, you have to find it and then make it bleed first, which is not a guarantee when you’re dealing with the ultimate predator that just happens to also be armed with some newfangled technology like its own little cloaking system. And don’t even get me started on the shoulder-mounted laser cannons and wrist nuke. Talk about overkill! Get a load of John McTiernan’s 1987 “Predator” in Ultimate Hunter Edition on Blu-ray, available now from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger; The Terminator) wages an all-out war against an unseen enemy, a force more powerful and deadly than any on Earth-because the Predator is not of this Earth. As he leads an elite group of commandos on a rescue mission deep into the jungle, Dutch and his team quickly learn that their foe kills for pleasure and hunts for sport. However, this time….it picked the wrong man to hunt.
•ALL-NEW Digital Restoration of Predator
•ALL-NEW Sneak Peak at Predators
•ALL-NEW “Evolution of the Species: Hunters of Extreme Perfection” Featurette
• Feature-Length Audio Commentary by John McTiernan
•Text Commentary by Historian Eric Lichtensfeld
•“If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It” Making-Of Documentary
•“Inside The Predator” Documentary
•Special Effects Featurettes
•Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
There’s a reason “Predator” still looks as good in 2010 as it did back in 1987. The combination of star power (Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime), directing power (John McTiernan, who had “Die hard” waiting in the wings a year later and “The Hunt for Red October” after that), and a mega studio budget ensured a top-notch, quality product. 23 years later, you could still release “Predator” into theaters and it would still kill.
Aside from the digital restoration of the film (arguably it’s biggest selling point), the Blu-ray “Ultimate Hunter Edition” offers up many of the same special features as previous releases, including an earlier Blu-ray release from two years ago. There are two new features, and both are essentially commercials for Fox’s upcoming new entry in the franchise, the Robert Rodriguez-produced “Predators”, due out later this month. You get a quick sneak peek at the making of “Predators” (less than two minutes), along with a longer “Evolution of the Species: Hunters of Extreme Perfection” featurette (over 10 minutes), which features talking heads, including Rodriguez and “Predators” director Nimrod Antal, reminiscing about the 1987 original.
As for the new digital restoration, I don’t have anything to compare it to (I don’t own the previous Blu-ray release of the movie), but it sure beats the pants off my old “Predator” DVD copy. Of course, that’s not exactly hard to do. Blu-ray versus DVD is just no contest. I found the video to be generally crisp throughout, though it did looked a bit dark at times, but I’m not sure if that’s because of the jungle setting or the restoration process. The audio was more than satisfactory, but again, it’s not like I own giant woofers or anything.