Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition (Blu-ray)



Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition on Blu-ray(click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura

Directed by John McTiernan

Distributed by 20th Century Fox


When this special "Ultimate Hunter Edition" Blu-ray was first announced months ago, all I could think of was one thing ... "I'm gonna have me some fun! I'm gonna have me some fun!" And that's exactly what happened once I got my hungry little claws into this stellar package from Fox.

Speaking of which ... do yourself a favor and take your older Blu-ray, if you are one of the unfortunate few who bought it, snap it in half, and toss it in the trash. Fans everywhere, including myself, were horribly disappointed when it came out a while ago sporting a transfer that was maybe a step above the DVD and providing no extras at all. I'm happy to announce that this package atones for every one of the previous version's sins.

To go over the plot line of Predator seems pretty pointless. But for the few uninitiated or, for that matter, the new fans just discovering this material ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Dutch, a no-nonsense soldier who's team only know how to do one thing ... get the job done. Dutch and his boys are sent on a hostage rescue mission to Central America, where they encounter a murderous extraterrestrial who enjoys hunting man for sport. In a nutshell, a great big explosive spine-ripping nutshell, that's about all there is plot-wise; and honestly, that's all their needs to be. I can spend an entire day talking about why director John McTiernan's flick kicks a copious amount of ass, but it really does speak for itself.

Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition on Blu-ray(click for larger image)The treatment (i.e., the remastering of both the image and the sound) we have here is nothing short of amazing. Every conceivable detail is presented here in stunning clarity with a color palette that pops like you wouldn't believe. In fact, the picture in tandem with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 channel will make you feel as if you're traversing the jungle with the guys. It's that damned immersive and will quickly wash away any of the funk left in your mouth by the previous bare bones Blu-ray.

There were tons of supplemental material present for the film's various DVD released. How none of it made the jump to the first Blu-ray will forever remain a mystery, but rest assured it's all here now. See the below listing for all that's included.

Now let's talk about the new never-before-seen stuff!

Along with the beautiful new digital restoration, we get three new bits of goodness, the first of which is the eleven-minute Evolution of the Species: Hunters of Extreme Perfection featurette, in which the film's director and producer reflect and wax on about the film itself and the impact that it had with fans. From there we have something called the "Predator Profile", which is basically a photo/text analysis of the creature's gear and weaponry. And finally we get a two-minute preview of Predators, which will leave you absolutely salivating for more.

True, the new stuff isn't exactly groundbreaking, but coupled with the older materials (which are all presented in standard definition), it makes for quite the haul. Still, the star of this show is the movie itself, which has never looked or sounded better.

Do yourself a favor ... click the link below. Buy this Blu-ray. Hold it close to your heart. Cherish it. Do it now. You've never ever seen the movie like this before, and for a fan with the tech this is nothing short of a total must have immediately type package.

Special Features

  • ALL-NEW Digital Restoration of Predator
  • Sneak Peek at Predators (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Evolution of the Species: Hunters of Extreme Perfection featurette (HD Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Predator Profile (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • 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
  • Short takes
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Photo galleries

    Film:

    4 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    5 out of 5

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    elric300's picture

    I gotta agree with the others Creepy...

    Dude, you're pretty much dead on in your reviews, but this new transfer is horrid. Everyone looks like they should be in Madame Tussuad's. The extras are back though, which is good.

    As for the older transfer. I saw PREDATOR when it opened, and the old transfer looks very close to how it looked in theaters. Sound is awesome, even better, on the Blue Ray.


    Submitted by elric300 on Wed, 06/30/2010 - 5:35pm.
    Gareth Jones's picture

    Hell, it can't be worse than the first bare bones transfer, can it? That barely even warrented whacking onto Blu-ray, save a few of the jungle scenes.


    Submitted by Gareth Jones on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 7:07pm.
    moderator Like I said, man, it's a
    Steve Barton's picture

    Like I said, man, it's a matter of opinion. I really dug on the newness of the look.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 6:37pm.

    Until I see this one on my 118" screen, I will hold off judgement, but the majority of online talk says this one has been DNR'd to oblivion and back. I can wait until later this year for the price to drop.


    Submitted by BoggyCreekBeast on Wed, 06/30/2010 - 11:51am.
    Matt Serafini's picture

    I haven't seen this Blu-ray yet personally, but the fact that someone at Fox decided to take a twenty-three year old movie and scrub it free of film grain has me all kinds of pissed.

    I'm sticking with the original BD which, while far from reference quality, looks like actual film - albeit with a little noise.


    Submitted by Matt Serafini on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 8:01am.

    The original Blu-ray actually looks the way this 80's movie should for the most part. There was a screening of the movie when it came out and the actual film looked about the same as that original transfer.

    The new transfer's "remastering" consisted of someone setting the DNR and scratch removal to the max and leaving the room.


    Submitted by David on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 4:33pm.
    moderator But guys .... you've seen a
    Steve Barton's picture

    But guys .... you've seen a couple of still images and are basing your judgment off of that. See the thing in motion and then blast away if you so choose.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 4:34pm.
    Matt Serafini's picture

    Yeah, but it's really Robert Harris' condemnation of the transfer that concerns me:

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/forum/thread/301811/a-few-words-about-pr...

    I don't normally take screenshots and words at face value, but when someone like Robert Harris, who is a well-respected film archivist who even worked on the Coppola restorations of the Godfather films, taking Fox to task, I get concerned.

    I'll still give the disc a rent, but when I hear it doesn't look like the film that played in theaters back in 1987, I get worried.


    Submitted by Matt Serafini on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 5:12pm.
    Pennywise's picture

    I'll have to completely disagree about the video transfer Creepy. This disc is DNRed out the ass. Everything may be smooth and glossy now, but it comes at a price. Close ups look like wax figures, with no pores, blemishes or other actual human features to speak of. Grain has been eliminated, but it results in the transfer looking like it was shot on HD video instead of film.

    I'm not really an extras guy, so I'll be holding on to my older Blu. It might have print damage and grain, but at least everyone doesn't look they're wearing ten pounds of concealing makeup.


    Submitted by Pennywise on Mon, 06/28/2010 - 11:49pm.
    moderator I dunno dude. Everything on
    Steve Barton's picture

    I dunno dude. Everything on my end looked pretty damned fantastic. I didn't notice anyone looking waxy at all.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 2:58am.
    Vanvance1's picture

    For the sake of the audio and videophiles; what is your viewing set up?


    Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 3:57am.
    moderator How personal! Don't worry,
    Steve Barton's picture

    How personal! Don't worry, dude ... got a top of the line sound system and a nice big-ass HD LCD TV that runs full 1080p like a dream.

    Pennywise is referring to the fact that much of the film's "grain" has been removed. Still, I'd hardly say anyone looks like a wax figure.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 4:08am.
    The Buz's picture

    Why did Fox suddenly decide that Predator has a blue motif? Am I the only one that really is bothered by it? Keep with the fucking awesome Red and Green and Black. Blue just reminds all of us of those shitty AVP movies.


    Submitted by The Buz on Mon, 06/28/2010 - 9:37pm.

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