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Predator 2

Review by: 
Head Cheeze
Release Date: 
1990
Studio: 
Fox
Genre: 
SF/Horror
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
1 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 
1.85:1
Directed by: 
Stephen Hopkins
Cast: 
Danny Glover
Gary Busey
Maria Conchita Alonso
Ruben Blades
Bill Paxton
Movie: 
4
Extras: 
4
Bottom Line: 
4

Predator 2 was a major disappointment when it was released back in 1990. Earning little more than half of the original film's gross, Stephen Hopkins ultra-violent and subversively funny film was dismissed by many fans before it even opened, most likely due to the absence of Arnold Schwarzenegger. That's a shame, really, because, while not quite as effective as John McTiernan's ground-breaking original, Predator 2 is a damned fine piece of sci-fi/action cinema in its own right, and features a great cast that reads like a virtual who's who of eighties genre icons.
 
Set in the combat zone that is 1997 Los Angeles, Predator 2 introduces us to Mike Harrigan (Glover), a gritty cop who leads an elite squad of tough talking detectives caught in the middle of a turf war between rival Columbian and Jamaican gangs. When a series of gruesome murders makes it look like a new player has entered the fray, Harrigan finds himself on the outside looking in, as the investigation is taken over by a federal agent named Keyes (Busey) and his team. However, when one of Harrigan's fellow cops is killed by the culprit Keyes and his men are searching for, Harrigan decides to hunt him down himself, unaware that he's been the prey all along!
 
Predator 2 is a kick ass B-movie, elevated to A-movie status by a great cast, and some stylish direction by Hopkins. It's an over-the-top film in almost every sense of the word, filled with buckets of gore, dark and twisted humour, and more macho posturing than a thousand Van Damme films. Predator 2 also features a gleefully batshit performance by the one and only Gary Busey, and one of the coolest endings ever. If you've seen the film, you're nodding your head right now thinking "Hell, yeah. That was pretty damned cool!"
 
However, if you haven't seen the film, well now's a great time to pick it up as Fox releases the film in a well stocked 2-disc Special Edition DVD set that features a fantastic transfer of the film, a commentary by director Stephen Hopkins, as well as a commentary by writers Jim Thomas and John Thomas, and that's just the first disc!
 
Disc two features a brand new documentary about the making of the film called "The Hunters and the Hunted" that features all new interviews, as well as vintage bits from the set. There are also three more behind-the-scenes featurettes focusing on the film's special effects, weaponry, and more. Rounding out the set are a reel of uncut "Hard Core" segments (the film's tabloid television show), trailers, TV spots, and stills gallery.
 
It's one hell of an upgrade over the previously available no-frills version, and a welcome set for a film that, in my opinion, is still one of the best sci-fi/action flicks ever made.

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