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Predator Blu-ray

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Ultimate Hunter Edition 20th Century Fox | 1987 | 107 min | Rated R | Jun 29, 2010

Predator (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (32.72 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 4.0 (Original)
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
German: DTS 5.1
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Video 2.8 of 52.8
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.7 of 53.7
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Predator

 (1987)

Predator Blu-ray features poor video and great audio in this mediocre 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 and the Predator Blu-ray release, see Predator Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

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

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Predator Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.0 of 5

When Predator debuted on Blu-ray in April 2008, on a 25 GB disc, it featured a relatively low bit-rate MPEG-2 transfer, prone to excessive noisiness and compression artifacts. While the film has never been a slick-looking production, and though the 2008 version was certainly the best the movie had looked on home video up until that time, there was an outcry from videophiles who felt it could look even better. The solution, really, was simple: do a remaster, use a less antiquated encode, a higher bit-rate, and put it on a 50 GB dual-layer disc. 20th Century Fox complied for this new Ultimate Hunter Edition, but unfortunately, they've must've taken complaints about the film's graininess/noisiness to heart, because they've also slathered this re-release with an ungodly amount of digital noise reduction. Now, this is bound to be controversial. The vocal minority of so- called "grain-haters" will praise this transfer because there's no longer any evidence that Predator was shot on film—it now has a bright, glossy, smeary, plasticized sheen that's as far from filmic as you can get. And, it should be said, about as far from how Predator is supposed to look as you can get. This is revisionist re-releasing at its worst, and most film collectors —who tend to want films to look as close to their original appearance as possible—are going to be severely disappointed. I know I'm going to get hate mail, but I can't conscionably give this transfer any higher than a 2/5.

The texture of the film's grain structure has been stripped entirely from the picture, obliterating the finest details in the process. Arnie's face looks like a candle wax stump, oily and smooth. Carl Weathers' mustache seems airbrushed onto his face. The jungle might as well be digitized. Even the 20th Century Fox logo that opens the film appears soft, under a thick coating of Gaussian blur. This is easily one of the worst abuses of DNR to hit Blu-ray yet. What's frustrating, then, is that in most other regards, this transfer could have been a massive improvement. What's the point of a higher bit-rate if you're just going to scrub away the film's texture? Yes, the transfer looks clean, ultra-colorful, and bright—a good deal brighter than the previous release—but it also looks unnatural, artificial, unnecessarily tampered with. The good news—if you want to call it that—is that black levels are solid, compression artifacts are absent this time around, and edge enhancement is nowhere near as prevalent or overzealous as it is in other DNR'ed-to-oblivion titles. None of this really matters, though, when you're watching an image that looks like it's been rubbed down with Vaseline. I suddenly feel the urge to pray for the fidelity of the Alien quadrilogy box-set being released later this year.


Predator Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

It's not all bad news. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track from the 2008 release has been ported over to the Ultimate Hunter Edition, and it sounds just as clean, clear, and hard-hitting. Granted, Predator's sound design doesn't have the aural finesse of a more modern action film, but it's got gunfire and explosions a'plenty. During the battle scenes, bullets rip loudly through every corner of the soundfield, and when stuff gets blown up, the accompanying LFE response has palpable, chest-rumbling power. Even the quieter scenes have some great ambience—crickets buzzing in the rears, a helicopter moving between channels, splashing and lapping water, radio chatter, and an abundance of jungle sounds. Even more impressive is Alan Silvestri's militaristic score, which fills out the track with its staccato rhythms and brass stabs. There's some disparity between the "loud" and "quiet" portions of the track—I did some finagling with the remote to balance it out—but otherwise, it's balanced well, with dialogue that's easy to understand, even during the more frantic moments.


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