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Predator 3D Blu-ray

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Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD 20th Century Fox | 1987 | 107 min | Rated R | Dec 17, 2013

Predator 3D (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 4.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1

English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Thai

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3D 3.4 of 53.4
Video 2.7 of 52.7
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
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Predator 3D Blu-ray features poor video and great audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

In the remote jungle of a Central American country, an elite group of commandos led by Major Dutch Schaeffer, embarks on a CIA mission to clear out a guerrilla stronghold and rescue the remaining hostages. However, the hunters become the hunted when a highly intelligent, otherwordly being slowly and methodically starts killing off members of Dutch's team. Possessing a chameleonlike camouflaging ability and a deadly alien arsenal, the creature tracks down the soldiers one by one.

For more about Predator 3D and the Predator 3D Blu-ray release, see Predator 3D Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham
Director: John McTiernan

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Predator 3D Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.0 of 5

Predator has had a fairly problematic release on Blu-ray—repeatedly. The first Blu-ray release (covered by my colleague Martin Liebman in his Predator Blu- ray review) was plagued by a low bitrate and the even then older MPEG-2 compression codec. A little over two years later the so-called Ultimate Hunter Edition appeared (which my colleague Casey Broadwater covered in his Predator Blu-ray review), which significantly brightened the image as well as more than significantly upped the bitrate, now encoded via AVC, but then pretty much threw it all away by slathering the release with DNR. Though I have no conclusive information (something exacerbated by Fox's perhaps telling tight lipped stance regarding this release), it looks to me that this is simply the Ultimate Hunter Edition, slightly opened up to a 1.78:1 aspect ratio (encoded via AVC for its 2D edition and MVC for its 3D edition). All of the issues Casey mentioned in his review are still more than noticeable. The look of the image here is now much more consistent with HD video than film—it's certainly (relatively) bright (more about that below) and colorful, but there's virtually no grain to be seen anywhere in either the 2D or 3D rendering. Even in filtered scenes (like the red hued scene shown in screenshot 7), where one would expect to see lots of grain, there simply isn't any. I refer you to Casey's review linked above for a thorough analysis of the look of the film.

In terms of the 3D experience, things are at least relatively better, though perhaps only incrementally. There's still next to no grain to be found, but the dimensionality here is rather striking at times, at least when compared to other recent post-conversion efforts like I, Robot. A lot of the film has not been post-converted at all, however. Simply removing your 3D glasses at various spots throughout the film show that there is no post-conversion whatsoever going on during various swaths of the film, and in fact sequences like the opening spaceship moments and the underlying images behind the credits roll have very little depth (the credits in fact are the most "dimensional" thing about the opening several minutes of the film, clearly standing out in the foreground, while the rest of the action plays out in a largely flat plane in the background).

There is admittedly some unexpectedly nice depth added to the jungle sequences, which of course make up the bulk of the film. Part of what makes these elements work is director John McTiernan's tendency to shoot "through" foreground objects, which gives the viewer an immediate sense of dimension in this 3D rendering. McTiernan also loves to shoot up towards the sky, which helps to significantly brighten the environment, allowing the sometimes dank and dark environment to allow more visual information into the frame, which in turn allows the 3D effects to be at least slightly more visceral.

But a lot of this film is still relentlessly dark, even though this version has an obviously brighter overall look than the first release. This in and of itself robs some scenes of dimensionality, with only minimal protrusion of foreground objects and similarly lackluster depth penetrating into the image. That said, there are some nicely effective moments in the film, like the first "camo" appearance of the Predator, which comes at the viewer like some fractal hallucination for a moment before the "thermo-imaging" point of view footage takes over.

Overall, this is neither the botch job some have predicted nor the masterpiece that some early previewers insisted was coming our way. It's actually probably better than a lot of naysayers are expecting it to be, but it's nowhere near as visually immersive as others are no doubt hoping it will be. It's a decent effort, but not an outstanding one.

Predator 3D Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Predator offers the same multiple audio options that graced the Ultimate Hunter Edition, with most audiophiles probably gravitating to the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix by default. While this isn't as ubiquitously immersive a mix as that found in newer action fare, it's still a fairly relentless onslaught of LFE and other well positioned foley effects, especially in the several set pieces where Arnold and the boys take out their big guns and defoliate the jungle with bullets. There's a very notable low frequency sound effect that accompanies each shift into the "thermo imaging" point of view shots from the Predator's perspective, and those are forceful enough to perhaps provoke a startle response in some viewers. For me, anyway, the most remarkable thing about this mix is Alan Silvestri's almost nonstop underscore, one which utilizes a lot of cool percussive effects that recall Lalo Schifrin's work on the Mission: Impossible television series. Silvestri's score easily fills the surrounds and really helps to augment the listening experience. It's an unusually effective score for a film that is often dominated by sound effects and it deserves more attention than it routinely gets, even by fans of the film.

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