Predator: Special Edition DVD Review
PicturePresented anamorphically in the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio, the film suffers from excessive grain during night sequences. There's some minor print damage all the way through the film and the transfer is also prone to some slight green colour bleed in a couple of sequences. If this all sounds a little harsh, it's because we were hoping for something better this time around, as it is, this is probably the best we'll ever get.
SoundThe Dolby Digital 5.1 mix featured on the disc seems lacking in the immersive qualities that you would expect from this sort of action movie. Most of the mix emanates from the front speakers while the surrounds seem rather forced and unnatural. This release also features a significantly better DTS audio track with more natural movement across the sound stage, improved bass range and bass extension, and much crisper music presentation.
ExtrasIn an effort to atone for the previous Predator release, 20th Century Fox has put together a two-disc set crammed to the gills with extras. In addition to the film itself the first disc houses a feature-length audio commentary by director McTiernan as well as a text commentary which provides plenty of additional behind-the-scenes trivia and info (like how to safely set someone on fire!). Over on Disc Two you'll find an excellent new 29 minute retrospective documentary, five test shots for the Predator's camouflage effects, seven production featurettes including a look at the character design and a tribute to the late Kevin Peter Hall, a deleted scene, an illustrated profile of the Predator and its weapons (although all of the info and illustrations refer to Predator 2), an extensive photo gallery, three outtakes and two Easter Eggs. The only question now is what is Fox going to do with Predator 2?
VerdictAside from some issues surrounding the print quality, it looks as if there's finally a Predator DVD which will keep fans happy.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £22.99