January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Al Barnes

Plot: What’s it about?

We see Arnie and his team of hand picked men lured to South America on what they think is a rescue mission in the jungle. Naturally our government has a hidden agenda and the true nature of the mission is kept from Arnie. Early in the movie they find the bad guys and the fight is on. Lots of gun play and explosions, a really good firefight. But then we have a milestone event…in my opinion anyway, “The Hand Held Mini Gun” (wielded by none other than Jesse Ventura). The sights and sounds of this mechanical marvel are almost…..well you guys know what I mean. As they make their way back to the LZ (landing zone) they run into an alien hunter who has been stalking them from the beginning. As the team gets smaller we are blessed with another scene with one of my favorites, “The Hand Held Mini Gun”. Eventually it’s Arnie against the alien, who I might add is one of the most original looking creatures you will see in movies. Especially before the reliance of computer generated monsters and such. The “Arnie vs. Alien” battle is great. I probably don’t have to tell you who prevails, but the ending is exciting anyway.

This is another movie I probably didn’t have to tell most of you about the story line, but a refresher never hurts. What makes this movie different than most is the blend of pure hardcore action in the beginning and the transition to a SCI-Fi flavor. Although this film is about 12 years old, current events (politics of all things) brings it back to the front of the pack. This is where Jesse Ventura utters the then clever line “I ain’t got time to bleed”. Which now is the title to his controversial/successful book published as soon as he was elected Governor of Minnesota. Who would of thought? Enough about politics and back to DVD’s. I don’t think you see another “Hand Held Mini Gun” until Arnie wreaks havoc in T2…well worth the wait. Predator is a classic man’s movie (my wife likes it too) you must rent, borrow or buy. Just see it.

Video: How does it look?

Good crossover to DVD but it has some flaws which are to be expected. Excellent colors in the jungle and night scenes when Arnie is battling the Alien.

Audio: How does it sound?

Very good remaster to DVD for an older movie. Some action and dialogue are misdirected speaker wise, but it uses all the channels to give good surround effects that fill your room. I have this movie on VHS and played scenes from the DVD and VHS alternately and knew I made the right choice with this purchase. Even if you have seen Predator more than once, it will be a first when you watch it on DVD.

Supplements: What are the extras?

I feel short changed here because it has just one trailer. The DVD case shows the main menu as having a Cast/Director Mini Bio. If anyone out there knows how to find it let me know.

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