Media

Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2008

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"Predator" (Blu-ray)

movie-predator.jpgSynopsis

A team of special forces from the USA, with Dutch (Schwarzenegger) leading them, heads for South America to extract American soldiers being held hostage by rebels.

When the extraction goes wrong, Dutch et al. find out why. There is some sort of alien in the jungle who is preying on all the humans.

Of course, the American special forces group, having the latest military toys that go boom, boom, boom, think they can kill the predator.

Oops!

 

Specifications

  • Twentieth Century Fox
    1987, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 46 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-2 @ 19 Mbps
  • English DD 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Directed by John McTiernan
  • Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Kevin Peter Hall
    Rating
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This movie set a new level of graphic violence, sort of like Jaws did in the '70's. When I watched Predator at the theater, the blood drained from my face when I saw those skinned soldiers hanging from the trees.

It turns out that Jean-Claude Van Damme started out as the actor portraying the predator, but he didn't like being in a suit without due credit. So, he quit, and McTiernan hired Hall, who was over 7 feet tall.

Technical

The film is only on one layer of the disc, and does not have much of a bit rate. It is very grainy, and so, the image is a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, it is still better than the SD version. This is a classic monster flick, worthy of any collection.

The high def soundtrack utilizes DTS-HD Master Audio, but there are only four channels, probably taken from a Dolby stereo matrixed soundtrack original.

Extras

Special features are almost non-existent, with only a trailer. I would have thought they would put a feature on here that showed how they did the semi-transparent special effect for the predator.