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Predator: Ultimate Hunter Collection (Blu-ray)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
9 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8.5 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: R

Starring:
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dutch
Carl Weathers as Dillon
Elpidia Carrillo as Anna
Bill Duke as Mac
Jesse Ventura as Blain
Sonny Landham as Billy
Richard Chaves as Poncho
R.G. Armstrong as General Phillips
Shane Black as Hawkins
Kevin Peter Hall as The Predator / Helicopter Pilot

Directed by John McTiernan

Special Features:
Predator: Evolution Of A Species
Audio Commentary By Director John McTiernan
Text Commentary By Film Historian Eric Lichtenfeld
If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It: The Making Of
Inside The Predator Featurette
Special Effects Featurettes
Short Takes With The Filmmakers
Deleted Scenes And Outtakes
Photo Gallery And Predator Profile
Sneak Peek At The New Predators

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
DTS-HD MA 5.1 Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 108 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"The ultimate hunter meets the ultimate adversary... in the ultimate Collector's Edition! Arnold Schwarzenegger 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. Now, you can explore the depths of the Predator jungle with this all-new 2-disc set packed with over 5 hours of out-of-this-world extras, including an in-depth documentary, director's commentary, never-before-seen bonus footage, revealing featurettes and more!"

"Predator" is rated R.

Mini-Review:
I'm a huge "Predator" fan. It's one of my all-time favorite films. I love the simplicity of the story and how much they were able to do with it. I loved the alien design by Stan Winston. I loved the colorful cast of characters (and the fact that two of them became governors). I loved all the classic one liners just dripping with testosterone ("I ain't got time to bleed.") I loved the big final battle between Dutch and the Predator. Few films have been able to match the intensity of the scenes. "Predator" delivered scares by building suspense, leaving a lot to the imagination, and ultimately topping your imagination by shocking you with gore and an unprecedented alien design. It's no wonder we're still getting Predator movies today. It was a landmark sci-fi / action film that influenced a generation of filmmakers.

"Predator" has already been released on Blu-ray once back in 2008, but it didn't have any of the bonus features that this "Ultimate Hunter Edition" does. If you're a "Predator" fan like me, then you probably already own the 2-Disc "Collector's Edition" DVD which was released in 2004. All of the bonus features on that are included here. We get John McTiernan's commentary, the "If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It" featurette, the deleted scenes, etc. So what's new? We get "Predator: Evolution Of A Species" and a sneak peek at the "Predators" sequel. Both are interesting and feature Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal. They talk about their favorite moments from the first film, how it influenced the sequels, and more. It's not reason alone to buy the Blu-ray if you already own the DVD, but I think any owner of a Blu-ray player will want to add "Predator" to their collection. If you're going to buy it, this is the version to get.

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