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‘PREDATOR 2’ is the electrifying action sequel that unleashes the deadly Predator in another jungle; the crime-riddled futuristic Los Angeles becomes the target of an alien predator, killing drug lords and police alike. Danny Glover stars as a hard-headed maverick Lieutenant Michael Mike R. Harrigan and a federal agent Gary Busey as Special Agent Peter Keyes, who are up against a savage alien, set out to capture the creature, who has come down to Planet Earth from a distant galaxy to hunt humans for sport.
FILM FACT: Due to a dispute over salary, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred as "Dutch" in the 1987 film, declined to return to the sequel. In ‘PREDATOR 2,’ the main Predator was designed to look more urban and hip than its predecessor. The MPAA in America initially gave ‘PREDATOR 2’ an NC-17 rating, so several cuts were made to bring it down to an R rating. Although it had negative reviews, ‘PREDATOR 2’ is seen as a cult classic among fans of the film.
Cast: Danny Glover, Kevin Peter Hall (The Predator), Gary Busey, Rubén Blades, María Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Lilyan Chauvin, Robert Davi, Adam Baldwin, Kent McCord, Morton Downey, Jr., Calvin Lockhart, Elpidia Carrillo, Ellen Dunning (uncredited), Cody Glenn (uncredited), Robert Hammond (uncredited), David B. Levinson (uncredited), Vladimir McCrary (uncredited), Beverly Overstreet (uncredited), Manny Perry (uncredited), Hal Rayle (uncredited), Thomas Rosales Jr. (uncredited) and Philip Weyland (uncredited)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Producers: Joel Silver, John Davis, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Michael Levy, Suzanne Todd, Terry Carr and Tom Joyner
Screenplay: Jim Thomas (characters/screenplay) and John Thomas (characters/screenplay)
Composer: Alan Silvestri
Cinematography: Peter Levy, A.C.S. (Director of Photography)
Image Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 DTS-HD Surround Sound, German: 5.1 DTS-HD Surround Sound and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: Dutch, English, English SDH, Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian and Swedish
Running Time: 108 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: ‘PREDATOR 2’  to my mind is a much underrated sci-fi classic film. Here the Predator alien goes on a safari in the heart of Los Angeles, and in the process dispatching of various drug dealers, which we all cheer in the process. That is until he gets his alien infrared eyes fixed on the “lion” of the jungle, Danny Glover who stars as a hard-headed maverick Lieutenant Michael Mike R. Harrigan. Having the alien Predator in the city is a brilliant idea, and so many opportunities for good fun time’s violence, especially in the grime sleazy urban backdrop sure led me to believe that it was bound to happen and the film ‘PREDATOR 2’ is the kind of Hollywood sequel that just had to be made.
The story takes place in the future of 1997, a time when, from the perspective of 1990 when this sequel was made, it seemed possible that gang violence would completely overrun Los Angeles in the coming years. Here we are in the sweltering jungle of Los Angeles, where the ozone city is overpowered by ruthless crime lords. This is where we find the alien Predator is high above watching the scene below through his infra-red vision, playing audio recordings to itself over and over of the humans.
Danny Glover stars as a hard-headed maverick Lieutenant Michael Mike R. Harrigan, who is classed as a violent cop of such ridiculous skill that he single-handedly ends a street war that has been raging for hours when the sci-fi film opens. Along with his team, that is made up of Danny Archuleta [Rubén Blades], Leona [Maria Conchita Alonso], and the self-absorbed “new guy” Jerry Lambert [Bill Paxton] and of course Lieutenant Michael Mike R. Harrigan attempts to find out who has been killing both sides of the Colombian and Jamaican gang rivalry.
This mysterious third party has been stringing up either side’s victims after skinning them alive. Taking over the investigation is FBI suit Peter Keyes [Gary Busey], offering no end of cheesy comments and his band of men in black, who collectively keep Lieutenant Michael Mike R. Harrigan from finding out what the killer is. But then of course, the audience already knows who the culprit is, and who comes from an alien race of hunters who kill for sport, yet it takes most of the film for Lieutenant Michael Mike R. Harrigan to figure that out on his own who the killer is.
The plotline of this sequel follows the original closely in its basic structure, in that the hero slowly discovers he is being played with, but ultimately proves himself more capable than the alien Predator. Very little new information is communicated to the audience, aside from a new-fangled Predator gizmo or two. When, in the last five minutes, Lieutenant Michael Mike R. Harrigan chases the Predator to its mother ship, and discovers that the alien hunters have been around for centuries, because one of the group of Predator aliens gives him an object that is from the year 1715 and gives it to Danny Glover as a trophy, and proves they have been coming to Planet Earth a very long time.
Creature designer Stan Winston, who developed the Predator creature, insisted on mounting a Xenomorph skull on the Predator ship in the finale of ‘PREDATOR 2.’ While understandable that the filmmakers sought to illustrate how the Predator was a daring hunter capable of stalking the most dangerous beasts across the galaxy.
Watching ‘PREDATOR 2’ is in the most sense, is shot with admirable special FX, but sadly failed at the box office, but not for the fans of this film, and ultimately killed off anymore of the sci-fi franchise forever. The screenplay by Jim Thomas and John Thomas, writers of the original ‘Alien’ film franchise; but instead of doing something innovative, did not quite do it. But despite this, I still love this film very much and so glad I have added it to my Blu-ray collection.
PREDATOR 2 MUSIC TRACK LIST
EN MI BARRIO Written by Michael Sembello and Gerardo Mejía) [Performed by Gerardo]
YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK (Written by Papa Dee and Karl "Utopia" McFaul) [Performed by Papa Dee]
HYPOCRITES (DEM HAFFI LEAVE) (Written by Papa Dee and The Falcon) [Performed by Papa Dee]
LETTIN' OFF STEAM (Written by Papa Dee and Karl "Utopia" McFaul) [Performed by Papa Dee]
FAKE (Written by Papa Dee and Lati Kronlund) [Performed by Papa Dee]
Blu-ray Image Quality – 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has presents us with a stunning 1080p image presentation that is enhanced with the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. With this sequel the film elements seem to be cleaner and generally stronger, and the colours are bright and strong and there are a lot of flamboyant colours in the costume designs. As to the contrast aspect of the film, this is very well represented, with exceptional good shadow detail, and especially with some scenes are, in fact, very impressive. But of course with some scenes around Los Angeles with the nigh time scenes are very dark and hazy, so giving a very eerie atmospheric scenic atmosphere. But with the opening hot sun drenched scenes in Los Angeles, the image transfer has an abundance of colours, and probably represents the best overall sequence in the film from a technical standpoint. But overall, it is the best image presentation you will ever view, unless sometime in the future, they bring out a remastered Blu-ray disc, which I somehow doubt very much.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment lets you experience this film with a very aggressive 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio experience, that is helped along with the Alan Silvestri's organic film music film score, that relates to the urban grimy location of Los Angeles. The dialogue is crisp and clean, and not overpowered by the surround sounds and even more spectacular is the overpowering creepy sounds of the punctuating sounds of the creature's frightening howl. The rear channels play an integral role in this audio presentation; gunshots and ricochets, for instance, are heard in the back in most every action sequence, that of course lets the back speakers work hard to create a realistic atmosphere throughout, especially with the sounds of the inside of police headquarters features phones, typewriters and keyboards, and plenty of chatter filling the soundstage and creating a good, almost seamless, environment. The bass thump sounds, makes the sound experience very rowdy, loud, exciting, but not quite reference quality sonic experience. But despite this, the sound experiences you hear go really well with this sci-fi sequel.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Audio Commentary by Director Stephen Hopkins: Here director Stephen Hopkins introduces himself and thanks for joining him on his personal views on the film 'PREDATOR 2,’ here he talks about the opening shot of the skyline of Los Angeles and was filmed via a helicopter and also filmed with an infrared camera that the police actually use for night-time surveillance. With the great shootout battle scene with the rival gangs and the police, we are informed that this was a four day shoot, and the street had to be blocked off, which annoyed a lot of people. Stephan goes into great detail about almost every aspect of the production of the film is discussed at great length, but unfortunately Stephen presents all his information in the audio commentary in a very matter of fact, instead of making it a much more entertaining audio commentary, I suppose that is because he was heavily involved with the film and has to be much more pedantic about his personal aspect of directing his film. While editing the film, Stephan reveals he was given pirate video tape of the film in rough cut and showed how the special effects was achieved and was really angry about this situation. Stephan gives great praise about the film’s composer Alan Silvestri, especially with certain scenes in the film, where he heightens the atmospheric music, where otherwise the film would be viewed very mundane if there was no music. By the way, director Stephen Hopkins looks back with some amusement on the film's datedness and excessive swearing and also informs us of a very funny story about making an idiot and fool of himself live on the American TV programme “Good Morning America.” Stephen Hopkins makes a very poignant about the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger made the right choice of not appearing in his film and instead decided to be the main star actor in the film 'Terminator 2' instead. When the credits appear Stephan mentions the director of photography Peter levy, A.C.S., who has been friends of him for over 20 years. As the film comes to an end, Stephan asks us that he hopes we had a good time listening to his audio commentary and wonders if there are more Predator films coming our way? All the technical information you could ever dream of or want to know all aspect of the process of making or directing a film, is here, and if that sort of an audio commentary is up your alley, then by all means check this one out, it is your choice.
Audio Commentary by Screenwriters Jim Thomas and John Thomas: Here Jim Thomas and John Thomas gives us their personal invitation to hear their views on the film 'PREDATOR 2’ via this audio commentary on their involvement in doing the screenplay for both ‘PREDATOR’ and ‘PREDATOR 2,’ and also informs us that it is a very long time since viewing the film 'PREDATOR 2.’ But these two screenwriters are able to provide a much better insight into the history of the film as opposed to discussing the technical aspects of the film. When you see the one gang member up high on the roof top, and is shot by Danny Glover, well the stunt double that falls the street below, nearly missed the air bag, because of the way he fell off the roof backwards. Both Jim Thomas and John Thomas give great praise about the actor Gary Busey and they talk specifically about his character in the film that in real life would be part of the secret aspect of the American Government that no one knows about that is a department that investigates strange happenings going on. They give great praise about producer Joel Silva, and how he really shines out in post-production, and really makes sure each scene is very polished and always gives out great energy and enthusiasm with all projects he is involved in. Screenwriters Jim Thomas and John Thomas mentions that the digital special effects had just started to emerge when ‘PREDATOR 2’ was being filmed, but of course they mention that the digital effects in ‘PREDATOR 2’ now looks dated, compared to modern digital special effects we see in films today. As the credits appear on the screen, Jim Thomas and John Thomas mentions that a lot of hard work went into the film and they hope you enjoyed watching the film with their audio commentary, and also mention that they enjoyed watching the film again and enjoying all the memories of working on the film, and especially all the people they worked with on the film, and now and again like to watch films again that they have worked and been evolved with, and so ends another fascinating audio commentary that I really enjoyed listening to.
Special Feature: The Hunters and The Hunted: The Making of 'PREDATOR 2’  [480i] [1.37:1] [35:41] This special feature is split into four subject headings, and are as follows: ORIGINS; THE HUMAN SPECIES; THE PREDATOR SPECIES and SUBTERRANEAN CLIMAX. What we actual view is extensive behind-the-scenes look at the filming, in-depth views on comparing the first film ‘Predator’ and of course ‘PREDATOR 2.’ We get a lot of personal comments about the film from cast and crew, especially the cast talking about their characters in the film, but one hilarious aspect is the Gary Busey's his own personal rambling summary of the film's plot, which in his mind hinges entirely on the "Quantum Theory of Gravity," and "It's intangible to this time and space." We also get to see the brilliant workshop that makes all Predator items and how much work goes into producing very realistic stuff, as well as all the tricks of the trade special effects. All in all this is a really interesting special feature. Contributors include: John Thomas [Screenwriter], Jim Thomas [Screenwriter], John Rosengrant [Stan Winston Studios], Stephen Hopkins [Director], Bill Paxton [Jerry Lambert], Danny Glover [L.T. Mike Harrigan], Michael Levy [Executive Producer], Gary Davis [Stunt Coordinator], Kevin Peter Hall [The Predator], Gary Busey [Peter Keyes], Joel Silver [Producer], Maria Conchita Alonso [Leona], Rubén Blades [Danny Archuleta], Morton Downey Jr. [Tony Pope], Stan Winston [Creature Creation] and R. David Smith [Stunts].
Special Feature: Evolutions  [1080i] [1.37:1] [6:16] With this special feature, we get to view three separate subjects that relate to the 'PREDATOR 2’ film, which are as follows: SOMETHING ON THE ROOF; ENEMY IN THE ALLEY and SUBWAY SHOWDOWN. Here we get to focus of this feature is the filming and techniques used to shoot all the special effects scenes from the opening title, use of light bending camouflage to the classic scene on the subway where Bill Paxton meets his doom. This is also a very interesting instructional video presentation, where it takes viewers behind-the-scene looking at the construction of several of the film's dynamic visual effects. We get to hear a very insightful audio commentary, but we are not informed who this person is. As usual, you can either watch each item separately or Play All.
Special Feature: Weapons of Choice  [480i] [1.37:1] [6:48] The focus with this special feature is the weapons and armaments used by the alien Predator in the 'PREDATOR 2’ film, from the telescopic pole, self-destruct mechanism to the famous net gun! Here we have six separate features that consist of GAUNTLET KNIVES; SELF-DESTRUCT; PLASMA CANNON; NET LAUNCHER; SMART WEAPON and TELSCOPING SPEAR. Here we get a totally fascinating and very detailed look on how the different weapons worked for the Predator alien, and it is really great to see a much closer look at each of the weapons. As usual, you can either watch each item separately or Play All.
Special Feature: Hard Core Segments  [480i] [1.37:1] [7:05] Here we get to view two separate in one special video feature, that consist of HARD CORE SPECIAL REPORT: CITY AT WAR and HARD CORE FROM PENTHOUSE TO SLAUGHTER HOUSE: A SPECIAL REPORT. These two items are the actual news report you viewed in the ‘PREDATOR 2’ film, but this time you get the full video broadcast, with extra footage that was not featured in the film, and features the obnoxious Tony Pope [Morton Downey Jr.].
Special Feature: Promotional Gallery  [480i] [1.37:1] [12:26] Here you get to view three 20th Century promotional video features, the first one we view is THE PREDATOR GOES TO TOWN is an archival making-of piece relating to the 1990 film and features remarks from John Thomas [Screenwriter], Jim Thomas [Screenwriter], Stephen Hopkins [Director], Danny Glover [L.T. Mike Harrigan], Gary Busey [Peter Keyes], Bill Paxton [Jerry Lambert], Robert Davi [Deputy Chief Phil Heinemann] and Stan Winston [Creature Creation]. We also get some goofy nerdy comments from Californians on the street of Los Angeles. The filmmakers go over the basic story issues and not much more. Next up is INTERNATIONAL “MAKING OF” FEATURETTE and this is a very brief feature that has interview snippets of cast and crew members promoting the film, as well as some film clips and behind-the-scene clips and finally, CREATING THE ULTIMATE HUNTER covers some of the technical aspects of the alien Predator and its hunting abilities, such as the heat vision he uses to find his prey and once again we get comments from the likes of from John Thomas [Screenwriter], Jim Thomas [Screenwriter], Rubén Blades [Danny Archuleta], Maria Conchita Alonso [Leona], Bill Paxton [Jerry Lambert], Robert Davi [Deputy Chief Phil Heinemann] and Stan Winston [Creature Creation]. Problem is that a lot of what we view is repeated from the other above special features on this Blu-ray disc.
Special feature: Websites: Here you can access different 20th Century websites, but of course your Blu-ray player has to be linked to the internet.
Finally, ‘PREDATOR 2’  is a sequel that tries, and more often than not, succeeds at being a good sequel to some great over the top cartoon violence, with great aplomb. The final act is mightily impressive and Danny Glover pulls it off with great style and especially with the low-key blue lighting, intense build up, and over the top carnage inside the slaughterhouse is as white-knuckle as anything you saw in the first sci-fi film. The expansions to the Predator mythology are creative, sensible, and very welcome. Danny Glover is a fine protagonist who is more than capable of going head to head with the alien baddie. But keep in mind this film ‘PREDATOR 2’ gives the science-fiction fans what they seek in this sequel film. It’s core is solid enough for broad genre appeal, and I for one love this sci-fi film and critics off this film should come off their high horses and get a life, as it is a film of its kind and nothing too deep or intelligence, just a rollercoaster fun ride and especially with Danny Glover at the helm. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Aficionado
Le Cinema Paradiso
Danny Glover gives a great performance as a Lieutenant on the trail of the action trying to piece it altogether and inadvertently ending up in a game of cat-and-mouse with the alien and it's a brilliantly paced entertaining sequel from start to finish. Just a shame that the quality of these first two films wasn't set to continue too far into the future...
Some great actors and plenty of action and a Predator that still remains firmly rooted in a sci fi action horror genre which didn’t slip into complete parody like the most recent The Predator reboot.
If you’re a Predator fan this is the only must have movie other than the original Predator. You can take or leave the other sequels/ attempts
Schwarzenegger was unable to return to the series, and so the sequel was adapted. The focus here is on police officer Harrigan, a tough and no-nonsense Lieutenant who's brilliantly portrayed by Danny Glover. Harrigan is investigating a series of bloody murders between rival Jamaican and Colombian drug cartels. And his investigations lead his to discover that a monster from another world has been drawn to the human conflict. In turn, the 'Predator' - who is once again fantastically played by the late Kevin Peter Hall - targets this Lieutenant. And it becomes an all-out showdown between these combatants.
This film offers us a lot more of the Predator. Indeed, the last 30 minutes is non-stop action in which this creature fully presents itself. So if you enjoyed the first instalment in the series, and fancy seeing more of this alien hunter, then this movie is for you! While it's not as great a film as the original, this is nonetheless highly entertaining.
The Blu-ray offers the best available picture and audio quality, and is a great improvement over the earlier DVD release. I highly recommend it.
‘Predator 2’ isn’t a bad film, it’s just got Danny Glover in. I know that sounds pretty harsh. And, actually, I like Danny Glover. The problem is he’s just woefully miscast here. He dresses like your dad and appears overweight while he shuffles around on set. It’s not his acting that lets him down, it’s purely his physical on screen presence. Plus the fact that he’s hardly known for his ‘action’ roles. Yes, Lethal Weapon was sort of an action film, but he was the ‘comedy side-kick’ and it was part ‘buddy cop’ movie. He just doesn’t work in the role. And that’s a shame, because, as I said, Predator 2 isn’t bad.
It’s now set on the streets of L.A. instead of the jungle, a move which limits the claustrophobic atmosphere, but I can live with that. Plus you see a lot more of the alien itself. Again, not really a problem, especially when you see how much they have upgraded his weapons. Not only to we get a chance to see the inside of a Predator’s spaceship, but he’s here sporting all the latest ‘human hunting’ technology that he predecessor couldn’t seem to afford. And then there’s the action itself. It’s actually pretty cool. The special effects are well done and the action is exciting, all in all giving quite a ride for a 1990 movie. But we’re just stuck with Danny Glover.
Like I said, it’s not his acting that’s at fault, he just doesn’t look up to the challenge. He huffs and he puffs, but her certainly doesn’t blow the house down. Perhaps the only reason we root for him is because he looks so much like an underdog when fighting an unstoppable alien with tonnes of futuristic technology.
If you like the Predator franchise (or rather the first film, because everything after that has been well and truly divisive!) then realise that this one doesn’t come close to the original and never will. However, go into it with your expectations lowered and it’s at least a fun little monster movie. Don’t worry... it’s still head and shoulders over those two Aliens vs Predator movies.
Probably more a 3.5/5, but I'm feeling generous!