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Predator (Ultimate Hunter Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Rambo meets Alien in this terrific science-fiction thriller from 1987, directed by John McTiernan just a year before Die Hard made him Hollywood's most sought-after director of action-packed blockbusters. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite squad of U.S. Army commandos to a remote region of South American jungle, where they've been assigned to search for South American officials who've been kidnapped by terrorists. Instead they find a bunch of skinned corpses hanging from the trees and realize that they're now facing a mysterious and much deadlier threat. As the squad is picked off one by one, Arnold finds himself pitted against a hideous alien creature that's heavily armed and wearing a spacesuit enabling the creature to render itself invisible. The title says it all in describing the relentless, escalating action that follows, maintained by McTiernan with an abundance of visual flair. The film's special effects are still impressive, and stunning locations in the Mexican jungles create a combined atmosphere of verdant beauty and imminent danger. The plot doesn't hold up to much scrutiny, but the movie's so exciting and tightly paced that its weaknesses seem irrelevant. --Jeff Shannon

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
Not only was this release of Predator billed as an extended version on amazon.ca (which obviously it wasn't); it was also one of my most anticipated Blu-Ray releases. And at first glance, it looked like it might be a winner. But alas--only a few minutes into the feature and it becomes painstakingly obvious that the people responsible for the technical aspects of the encode went *completely* overboard with their desire to apply DNR to the feature in order to artificially 'clean up' image noise and grain, while at the same time severely reducing the amount of detail in each frame and making the overall result look like it has been put through a meat-grinder (to use a phrase from the film itself) ;)

As stated on various forums and in other reviews, this practice is bound to be controversial, as some actually mistake this as being 'sharper' and more 'HD-like' (often when viewing on an 40-50 inch LCD sitting 3-4 meters back). But let me assure you; it *is not*. Compare it to older releases which were done _properly_ (like North By Northwest, Dr. No) and John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (released around the same time as McTiernan's Predator), and you'll see what I mean.

All evidence that this movie has actually been shot on film is gone. It now resembles more an FPS game with waxy, unrealistic characters (just look at Carl Weathers' mustache!)

In short, this release is a complete travesty and an affront to the Blu-Ray format. FOX's customers deserve _a lot_ better than this. Liberally applying Digital Noise Reduction is an extremely quick'n'dirty way to 'spruce up' (in some people's eyes) a picture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done !! Jan. 16 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I still watch and love the older movies that I grew up watching with my Dad. A lot f comedies and especially action flicks like Predator. The 3D is not overdone and fits in quite well with this movie, I hope that they remaster more of my favourties in 3D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great Sci Fi film July 18 2004
By Justin
This has got to be one of the coolest monster movies ever made! The cast is great and the creature is THE coolest (technologically advanced) alien ever! Don't listen to the 2 bad reviews. One of those guys can't even spell a simple word like "cigar", I doubt he has much taste in movies if he can't pass high school english. It's ironic that all of the low scores (besides the two drop-outs) are given not because of the movie, but because of the poor DVD treatment Fox has given it so far. I can only hope that the upcoming Alien Vs Predator will be as good as it looks. It's been a long time coming and they had better not screw it up. Anyway, get this movie. Just make sure you wait for the spec. edition coming out July 23rd! Go Yautja!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arnie at his best Nov. 2 2007
By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Predator is another classic Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie.Basically the
movie is about a group of commandos in the jungle of Central
America,who fall victim to a alien warrior.but this is no ordinary
warrior.One by one the commandos are dispatched,until only Dutch,played
by Arnie,is left.this movie is not for the squeamish.there are some
very gory scenes,as the soldiers are killed in gruesome ways.again
there are some great action sequences,leading to a the ultimate
showdown between Dutch and the Predator.there are also some good one
liners in the film,as with any Arnie movie.a very entertaining film
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this Blu-ray! July 6 2010
By Peace
This release has become infamous. I won't talk about the movie, I am sure you already know about that. This Blu-ray version has been blasted with Digital Noise Reduction which has removed most detail from the picture, leaving it with a detail and texture similar to an early Pixar film. Check out the "Digital Bits" for more on this. We deserve a LOT better than this, and don't buy it until we start getting a lot better.
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By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Predator 3D [1987] [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [UK Release] RETURN TO THE HUNT IN 3D!

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, William H. Burton, Peter Cullen, Henry Kingi, Sven-Ole Thorsen and Kevin Peter Hall (The Predator)

Director: John McTiernan

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

Writers: Jim Thomas and John Thomas

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Cinematography: Donald McAlpine

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

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Running Time: 107 minutes

Number of discs: 2

Region: All Regions

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review - Action films just weren't the same when Arnie gave up one kind of showbiz to go into that other sort of showbiz: politics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
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Definitely of my favourite Sci-Fi/Alien movies and looks great in 3D.
BUT, why did 20th Century Fox leave off the Theatrical Trailer that is on the following:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Predator (Ultimate Hunter Edition) Blu-ray
This is the best framed (aspect ratio d)of the film "Predator" so far seen. It shows all what needs to be seen the way it was meant to be viewed. Read more
Published on May 14 2012 by One with and extensive Movie Collection from Beta, LaserDisc, DVD, Blu-ray: Multipul Copies of title
4.0 out of 5 stars Brighter,Cleaner,3 Dimensional
I have read all the bad reviews and the few good ones.I took a chance as I am a Predator fan and have had many of the past releases as well as the previous BluRay version. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2010 by Mac
1.0 out of 5 stars What was supposed to be the 'Ultimate' Predator release ends up being...
Not only was this release of Predator billed as an extended version on amazon.ca (which obviously it wasn't); it was also one of my most anticipated Blu-Ray releases. Read more
Published on July 9 2010
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