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Predator (Widescreen Collector's Edition) (1987)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Carl Weathers , John McTiernan  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke
  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
  • Producers: Beau Marks, Jim Thomas, Joel Silver, John Davis, John Vallone
  • Format: Anamorphic, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (871 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000244EMO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,752 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Predator (Widescreen Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes Movie Cash coupon for one theatrical admission to Alien vs. Predator
  • Commentary by John McTiernan
  • Text commentary by film journalist/historian Eric Lichtenfield
  • Deleted scene: Arnold Schwarzenegger Fleeing Predator
  • "If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It: The Making of Predator" documentary
  • Inside the Predator: seven featurettes
  • Deleted scene and three outtakes
  • Three Predator "red suit" special effects
  • Two Predator camouflage tests
  • Photo gallery
  • Predator profile

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

A legion of Predator fans will be grateful for the wealth of extras included on the collector's edition DVD. It's pretty standard stuff, however, mostly comprised of materials from the film's original 1987 making-of documentary, with new interview clips (featuring Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Shane Black, and others) provided for retrospective history. John McTiernan's laid-back commentary is interesting primarily for his perspective on the production's troubled history; his appreciation of the cast; the deliberately "pornographic" gunfire scenes (intended to please studio executives with its sheer excessiveness); the laughable failure of the first (and immediately abandoned) Predator design; Schwarzenegger's weight loss (partially due to a nasty case of diarrhea); and various anecdotes relating to the challenges of filming in the jungles of Mexico. The text commentary is best reserved for devoted fans and film students, covering a wide range of behind-the-scenes details regarding stunt work, armory and ordnance, sound design, cinematography, and other primary aspects of production. The featurettes are brief and fairly routine, covering such areas as makeup, Schwarzenegger's leadership qualities on the set, preliminary special-effects tests, the modified gatling gun nicknamed "Ol' Painless," and a tribute to creature actor Kevin Peter Hall, who died in 1991. While most of this material was previously released on a European DVD, its region 1 debut was well-timed to coincide with the late-summer 2004 release of Alien vs. Predator. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

The ultimate hunter meets the ultimate adversary?in the ultimate Collector?s Edition DVD! 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!

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149 of 168 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
(EDIT) 12/19/2013. Now that Predator 3D has been released, I thought a brief update to this review might be useful.

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.
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108 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Hunter Edition is FANTASTIC! January 20, 2012
By Chach
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I recently tried to watch my Predator DVD, circa 1997 (or thereabouts) and it looked horrible. It was a fullscreen, widescreen disc with black bars on top, bottom, left, and right (which insluts my HD TV). The film was also not cleaned before transfer so it included wonderful hairs and scratches too. That's not to mention the films always horrible fuzzyness.

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.
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371 of 449 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fox blows it on Blu-Ray again April 8, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
My 1-star review is not for the movie, Predator, which I love. I bought it twice on DVD: the first single-disc release with no extras, and then the excellent 2-disc special edition. I am not going to be buying on Blu-Ray, however, until the chowder-heads over at Fox start including all of the ALREADY PRODUCED extras on their Blu-Ray discs. Case in point: Predator.

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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352 of 426 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst looking print! September 23, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
WOW what a bad looking print. Who the heck was in charge of this Blu-Ray transfer??? Does the 'Ray' stand for Ray Charles? because it looks as if a blind man choose to use this print! All the fuzzies, dots, lines, and blemishes on this print look ever better in hi-def! Why on earth can't the original negative be used? If I'm gonna pay a higher price, then I should get a much better picture. Shame, shame, shame, on them.
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302 of 365 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameful Quality Blu-Ray September 6, 2008
By tony95
Format:Blu-ray
This is the worst quality Blu-Ray I have come across so far. $26.95 is outrageous for a DVD to Blu-Ray dub. Your probably better off getting the widescreen DVD than the Blu-Ray and playing the movie on upscaling DVD player, you will get the same quality. The movie is classic, just don't buy the Blu-Ray version unless you find it in a bargin bin somewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome 80's
Published 13 hours ago by Christopher Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars adds good depth
as good as it can be. excellent depth provided by the 3d. better than I thought it would be.
Published 1 day ago by Donald Gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great classic! The best of all of them!
Published 2 days ago by Ray Clemons Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy It! It's Worth the Money!
Pretty freakin awesome update to an enjoyable film. I watched this with friends recently, in 3D, on a 65 inch Samsung tv with a beautiful Bose surround system. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cdino
5.0 out of 5 stars Every item was shipped in tack.... ...
Every item was shipped in tack....the only movie I did not rate is The Grey. I started to watch it and realized it was about killing animals and I stoppped. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Joseph M. DOrnellas
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality is superb
This movie quality of this blu ray was jaw dropping. There is no excuse for the grainy films that are being produced when a movie over 20 year old can look like this. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Luis Rocky
4.0 out of 5 stars were pretty good. The movie itself is awesome hence bought ...
3d effects, though not overwhelming, were pretty good. The movie itself is awesome hence bought the 3d version to see and in blu ray the jungle colors truly come out.
Published 5 days ago by the brain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic
Published 5 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent.
Published 9 days ago by Robin D W Sando
3.0 out of 5 stars Predator
Fast shipping and well wrapped. Movie was good, husband loved it more than me.
Published 10 days ago by spitfire135
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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
Mixed reviews? Improvement or not so much?
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
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wasn't he in the war of the worlds tv series?
Feb 6, 2010 by Ron Sullivan |  See all 3 posts
comes with movie cash for predators?
$14.99 @ Best Buy release week!
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