Judge David Johnson hunts (and eats) in infrared.
"Okay pussyface. Your move."
The sequel may not be as celebrated as the original, but screw you. Predator 2 is awesome.
Facts of the Case
It's been 10 years since Dutch and his squad got themselves smacked around the jungles of Central America by the interstellar hunter known as the Predator. Now a new Predator is Earth-side for another round of killing and corpse-decorating, tearing through the war zone that is 1997 Los Angeles. His target: Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover), a trash-talking cop who evidently loves wearing cotton pants in 100 degree weather.
But that's just part of what makes him so badass, a fitting opponent for the Predator who will need to roll out all his interstellar gadgets to take Harrigan down. Meanwhile, a crazed government agent (Gary Busey) is also pursuing the Predator, hoping to freeze it in carbonite and run tests to figure out why its blood is all green and glowy. What no one is aware of is the throw-away alien skull gag that will lead to two horrible spinoff films.
Look, the original Predator is a film I love deeply, as any self-respecting connoisseur of hard R, balls-out action/scifi from the '80s should, but I've got a real soft spot for the follow-up. In fact, I will be so bold—risking the e-vitriol of really bored Schwarzenegger fans—as to proclaim that not only is Predator 2 not bad, it can actually hang with its predecessor.
Here's my case:
Yes, yes the Alien Skull
The Blu-ray treatment is solid. The first thing you'll notice is the improved cover art over the laughable special edition DVD. Instead of an extreme close-up of Danny Glover's half-face, we get a classic shot of the Predator himself looking all "I'm-the-most-badass-alien-in-movie-history." The front end gives way to a noticeably improved 1.85:1 widescreen picture. I wasn't blown away by the first film's HD transfer, but Fox got it right with this release. The color levels are sharper and the heightened resolution translates into stronger detail work that will immediately jump out. These catalog re-releases can be hit or miss, but this presentation looks great. Sound is even better: a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio that turns the screws in the intense moments, blasts out Alan Silvestri's memorable score, and utilizes the surround speakers in an impressive, enveloping manner.
Unfortunately, no one saw fit to pin some HD-specific extras on this release. All you'll get are the standard-def recyclables: commentary tracks from director Stephen Hopkins and writers Jim Thomas and John Thomas, the "Hunters and the Hunted" making-of retrospective, two shorter featurettes detailing the effects work and the Predator's weapons, a promotional gallery, TV spots, and some of the fake Hard Core newscast segments.
If you don't like Predator 2, I don't want you as my friend. The Blu-ray gets the tech treatment right.
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