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I was surprised at the quality of the 3D conversion, given that it used the automated JVC Fox workstation that was used for Jumper 3D and I, Robot 3D. The process costs about a third of what a typical catalog 3D conversion costs and can be done with about 3 people in 3 months. In contrast, Titanic took hundreds of people over a year to convert.
The slow rate of adoption of 3D has been attributed, in part, to the lack of available content. Fox Home Entertainment with JVC developed a business model using automated equipment that allowed the 3D conversion of catalog movies profitably.
I was doubtful that they would be successful in this after watching 3D clips of I, Robot shortly after it was released. I changed my mind after purchasing and watching Predator 3D.
The only caveat is that the extras are provided via a Disk two DVD. (Disk one is the 3D/2D disk which has no extras). It would have been better to include the Ultimate Hunter Edition Blu-ray as Disk two as they did for the European release, since it has several more extras, some of them in High Definition. (END EDIT)
So, you have recently upgraded your home theater for blu-ray and want to replace your old Predator DVD. Should you buy the 2008 release or the 2010 (UHE) release? Perhaps I can help you decide.
When the 2008 edition was released, blu-ray disks were purchased primarily by film purists who believed nothing in the original film should be altered. Today, blu-ray is mainstream and the film purists represent only 4% of the market . Fox, in 2010 was intent on providing a release, Ultimate Hunter Edition, that catered to the tastes of the majority of consumers.Read more ›
Don't believe all the whiners, Predator: The Ultimate Hunter Edition is the best this film has ever looked, and probably ever will look. Some people complained about too much Digital Noise Reduction. They said that it doesn't look like its supposed to anymore...don't listen to them. I almost didn't buy this disc because of all the complaining people were doing, but I'm glad I did.
Yes, there are maybe 3 shots where Carl Weathers' face looks a little too smooth in the beginning of the film, but that comprises about 10 seconds of the film. The rest of it looks great. The film still has film grain, it just isn't as offensive as it was in the original release. Filmmakers on a budget and with location constraints chose a film stock that didn't need a lot of light, that meant super grainy film. They fixed that imperfection (which wasn't a design choice).
Bottom line, if you are a fan of this film BUY The Ultimate Hunter Edition, not the 2008 Blu Ray release.
P.S. Amazon, do you think you can stop cross contaminating your reviews. This movie's reviews are confusing because it includes reviews for every version of the film. Star Wars is even worse. Please fix this.
Predator on Blu-Ray features a higher definition transfer (though on a single layer disc), but carries over none of the special features from the 2-disc DVD. How hard would this have been? Make it a dual layer Blu-Ray, and just throw them all on there in standard definition. That would have guaranteed and instant buy for me. But this habit of dumping the film bare-bones onto Blu-Ray is reminiscent of the early days of DVD, and I thought we were past that. Other studios are doing a fine job of including all the special features, so why is Fox being dumb? And why are they slapping a $40 MSRP on a bare-bones release?
You would have had me with a good release, Fox. I would gladly plonk down the cash for a true upgrade from my DVD version. But you blew it, and you're not getting my money.
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Buy this if you want to watch something action packed and funPublished 7 days ago by Margarita G. Gutierrez
Intriguing interaction between Schwarzenegger and Predator alien.Published 9 days ago by Kevin Nonmacher
I have watch the 2D version so many times I know this movie by . I purchased this 3D version to see if the effect was good, and much to my surprise the effect was very good. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Gene H. Holden
It's Predator! What else is there to say?! One of Arnold's best flicks! Total classic!Published 16 days ago by Brian
Very impressed with this movie. Not sure if this was originally released in 3D, but I would highly recommend it to fans of the original.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm kind of embarrassed to have clicked all 5 stars for this film, but I really like it. Understand, I don't take it entirely serious, I'm absolutely in stitches at times (like... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Thomas J. Venditto
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|Re-Release of Predator (ultimate hunter edition) Re-Mastered?||
Same transfer, DNR like Patton. STAY AWAY.
Jul 3, 2010 by Crank | See all 13 posts
|Are there other unsatisfactory blu-rays?||
Tons. Two off the top of my head that are known for crappy picture are 'The French Connection' (HORRIBLE!) and 'Patton' (way too much DNR). 'Escape From New York' and 'Gladiator' should be mentioned too, but both are getting new releases due to all of the complaints.
Jul 6, 2010 by DeAd MiKe | See all 3 posts
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As a guy who supports film preservation, I would say this release is a travesty. I can see why some people might like it, but the entire film to me looks bizarre and plastic. When you use DNR to scrub away all the grain, you take all the fine detail along with it. Predator was made to look gritty... Read More
Jul 1, 2010 by J. R. Rankin | See all 13 posts
wasn't he in the war of the worlds tv series?
Feb 6, 2010 by Ron Burgandy | See all 3 posts
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Even though its a late reply, I thought I need to.I am not from Phillipines but you have to give some respect to others. Amazon policy clearly states they don't price match.
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