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Amazon has the Predator (Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD) on sale for $9.99 with free shipping on orders $35+. Rated 7.9/10 stars from 228,043 reviews on IMDB

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Nice deal.

"Stick around" and "Get to da choppa"

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~A lot of the film has not been post-converted to 3D at all, however. Simply removing your 3D glasses at various spots throughout the film show that there is no post-conversion whatsoever going on during various swaths of the film, and in fact sequences like the opening spaceship moments and the underlying images behind the credits roll have very little depth.

~But a lot of this film is still relentlessly dark, even though this version has an obviously brighter overall look than the first release. This in and of itself robs some scenes of dimensionality, with only minimal protrusion of foreground objects and similarly lackluster depth penetrating into the image.

 

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I was just thinking about watching this film the other day. Aside from the 3D conversion issues robby69, does anyone know how the Blu-ray conversion and the special features hold up?

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Virgil27 said:   I was just thinking about watching this film the other day. Aside from the 3D conversion issues robby69, does anyone know how the Blu-ray conversion and the special features hold up?
  
~~Fox decided to recycle the same, hugely disappointing transfer from the "Ultimate Hunter Edition." Presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, the video is sadly "one ugly mother" mostly because the natural grain structure, which should be understandably thick and heavy, has been digitally removed via noise reduction. Several scenes look artificial and synthetic, lacking any definition in the aged faces of actors and showing plenty of soft edges. Complicating matters, contrast has been boosted somewhat. Granted, there are no issues with clipping and the image possesses a nice pop, but this is at the cost of weaker black levels during night scenes. Colors, on the other hand, are bold and quite vibrant, but as it stands, the 80s action favorite remains a disappointing high-def presentation, in spite of the 3D.
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~~The Supplements:
•Audio Commentary — Director John McTiernan rides solo on this rather humdrum track. Though dull in many spots, he does provide some informative details on creative decisions and other recollections of the production and cast. While not entirely bad, it's also not all that interesting either.

•If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It (SD, 29 min) — This making-of doc is actually a retrospect that features footage from the set and allows a good majority of the folks who worked on the movie to speak. Conversations cover everything from the script literally landing at the doorsteps of Fox Studios, the origins of the alien's fearsome appearance, and filming under humid conditions. For those fans unfamiliar with the history of 'Predator,' this makes for a must watch.

•Inside the Predator (SD, 31 min) — This piece is broken up into seven segments, each detailing different aspects of the movie. Most interesting is a talk about the jungle terrain, the choice of weapon for Ventura's character, and a look at the stunts. Topping them off is a heartwarming tribute to the late Kevin Peter Hall, who sadly passed away in 1991.

•Special Effects (SD, 4 min) — Five really short pieces which are weirdly organized make up this look at the camouflage effects in the movie.

•Deleted Scenes and Outtakes (SD, 5 min) — Four pieces make up this small group of scenes removes from the final print. Although rightly deleted, they are still worth a quick look.

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Hmmm. I guess it sounds like a good deal for ten bucks. Does anyone know if there's a better version out there (or if, as is usually the case, there's a more complete blu-ray about to be released?)

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robby69 said:   ~A lot of the film has not been post-converted to 3D at all, however. Simply removing your 3D glasses at various spots throughout the film show that there is no post-conversion whatsoever going on during various swaths of the film, and in fact sequences like the opening spaceship moments and the underlying images behind the credits roll have very little depth.

~But a lot of this film is still relentlessly dark, even though this version has an obviously brighter overall look than the first release. This in and of itself robs some scenes of dimensionality, with only minimal protrusion of foreground objects and similarly lackluster depth penetrating into the image.

 

  You obviously didn't read any of the post-release discussions... starts around page 60 of the discussion on the same site where it seems you lifted the reviewer's comments, blu-ray.com.  There was a lot of very positive feedback about the 3d for this film. Some said the 3d was better than expected or even excellent and impressive. Additional comments were that it's "waxy" as in the UHE, but that's about the most negative thing which was said.

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Virgil27 said:   Hmmm. I guess it sounds like a good deal for ten bucks. Does anyone know if there's a better version out there (or if, as is usually the case, there's a more complete blu-ray about to be released?)


Depends on what you're looking for, some prefer the UHE version over the original BD version. In some cases the DVD hold the most "film like" version. Each version has had issues, and in this case the "waxy" look seems to be less of an issue because of the distractions created with the 3D processing. That said, I've got the DVD and I picked this up because the forum user reviews over on Blu-ray.com. Total impulse buy, we'll see if it's worth it when I get around to hooking the 3dtv back up.

This is also the most recent release, I believe the UHE version may have extra extras. Others have mentioned the 30th anniversary is 3 years down the road so and speculate a "super" anniversary 4k version around that time wouldn't be a surprise.
 

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Thanks for replying to me, jeffd and robby69. Looks like the UHE Blu-ray is $3 more - at least on Amazon - but it doesn't have the 11-12 day wait. I'm a bit of a special effects nerd, so I wouldn't mind seeing some features about Stan Winston's work on the film. Otherwise, I just want to sit back and watch a classic Arnold movie.

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DenverDiver said:   Nice deal.

"Stick around" and "Get to da choppa"

  darn, beat me to it.

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