Predator 2

Predator 2

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Director: Stephen Hopkins

Cast: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Ruben Blades

     
 

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Predator 2 is far too often treated like the bastard son of the franchise (which it can now be called after the horrendous Alien vs. Predator), though with this fine special edition DVD release, it's possible that this underrated sequel will finally be given the love that it deserves. Upgraded from the 2003 disc, this big-action sequel has been givenSee more details below

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Predator 2 is far too often treated like the bastard son of the franchise (which it can now be called after the horrendous Alien vs. Predator), though with this fine special edition DVD release, it's possible that this underrated sequel will finally be given the love that it deserves. Upgraded from the 2003 disc, this big-action sequel has been given little in the cosmetic makeover category (the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen image is transferred from the original), though with new 5.1 and DTS sound options and a decent amount of extras, this two-disc manages to impress without getting exhaustive. Bonus material starts with a commentary track from the director, Stephen Hopkins, and another one with the writers of both the first and second films, Jim and John Thomas. Both are well worth listening to, with the director's track a bit more engaging than the on-and-off-again writers' track. Extras on disc two include the all-new 35-minute documentary "The Hunters and the Hunted," a fine look back that mixes old interviews and behind-the-scenes work with new interviews with Hopkins and Stan Winston Studios vet John Rosengrant. There are some classic moments spread throughout the feature, with extra crazy points going to Gary Busey for acting like the madman that he is. Other extras include a large section of vintage featurettes, plus some looks at the special effects department and the weapons that were created for the amped-up sequel. Additionally, three trailers have been included, as well as four TV spots and a stills gallery. Two of the best features come near the end of the second disc, where the producers were kind enough to include both filmed and edited segments of Morton Downey Jr.'s Hard Core TV show -- a big bonus for fans of the film and quite ingenious in their own right. Those who own the previous version that hate to double-dip their DVD purchases won't be the happiest to see this version come out, but considering its content, it'll be hard for them to resist this sucker for long.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Predator 2 is one of those solid sequels that gets the short end of the shaft when people tend to talk about this series, which is really too bad because it delivers the Predator goods in a fun and pleasantly different way. Not only does it continue the creature's mythology, but it also has a fresh story that's full of big action, gobs of style, and more than enough spooks to get you on the edge of your seat. It also isn't afraid of over-the-top indulgence, as with the lightning striking the monster and the few cornball lines where the Predator actually talks (used solely as a nod to the first film). Written by the same writing duo as the first film, Predator 2 extends a further mystery to the character, but just like its predecessor, the movie hinges on gusto action performances -- supplied here by a rough and buff Danny Glover and his motley team of tough butt-kickers, amply filled out by Rubén Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, and freshly riding on his newfound Aliens fame, Bill Paxton. While Paxton is a little much, he still milks likability out of his brash character, while the other two make more of a mark here than in most of their other film roles combined. Aided by a few other inspired casting choices, including Morton Downey Jr., a scene-chewing Gary Busey, and Calvin Lockhart as the classic Jamaican drug lord King Willie, the film is littered with colorful actors spouting off iconic dialogue left and right. With a charging Alan Silvestri score that carries over the original themes while consistently moving the action forward, the film is graced with a rhythm that rarely lets up. Drawbacks include some uneven optical effects and a laughable performance by the #2 FBI baddie, Adam Baldwin, who's front row in one of the most blatant Aliens rip-off scenes in movie history. Still, Predator 2 knows what it needs to be and it provides the gory goods in full, thanks to some superb direction by Stephen Hopkins, who later moved onto more serious fare in his career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0024543161073
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by director Stephen Hopkins; Full-length audio commentary by writers Jim Thomas & John Thomas; All-new documentary: "The Hunters and the Hunted"; Three behind-the-scenes featurettes: "The Predator Goes to Town," "International Featurette," "Creating the Ultimate Hunter"; Predator 2 Evolutions (special effects development clips); Predator 2 Weapons of Choice (weapon analysis clips); Predator 2 promotional gallery (trailers & TV spots); "Hard Core" full-length mock news reports from the movie; Behind-the-scenes still photo gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Glover Mike Harrigan
Gary Busey Peter Keyes
Rubén Blades Danny Archuletta
Maria Conchita Alonso Leona Cantrell
Bill Paxton Jerry Lambert
Kevin Peter Hall The Predator
Robert Davi Heinemann
Adam Baldwin Garber
Kent McCord Captain Pilgrim
Morton Downey Pope
Calvin Lockhart King Willie
Jackie Burch Actor
Ferne Cassel Actor
Richard Anthony Crenna Actor
Charles Haugk Charlie
James Ishida Actor
Alex Chapman Actor
Stephen Kahan Sergeant
Henry Kingi El Scorpio
Corey Rand Ramon Vega
Elpidia Carrillo Anna
Lilyan Chauvin Irene Edwards
Michael Mark Edmondson Gold Tooth
Teri Weigel Colombian Girl
Gerard G. Williams Subway Gang
John Cann Subway Gang
Michael Papajohn Subway Gang Member
Lou Eppolito Patrolman
Sylvia Kauders Ruth
Charles David Richards Commuter
Julian Reyes Juan Beltran
Casey Sander Federal Team
Pat Skipper Federal Team
Carmine Zozzora Federal Team Member
Valerie Karasek Reporter
Chuck Boyd Reporter
David Starwalt Reporter
Abraham Alvarez Reporter
George Christy Reporter
Lucinda Weist Reporter
Billy Williams Paramedic
Paolo Tocha Detective
Nick Corri Detective
DeLynn Binzel Hooker
Tom Finnegan Officer
Patience Moore Officer
Kashka Jamaican
Jeffrey Reed Jamaican
Carl Pistilli Cop on Phone
Vonte Sweet Sweet
Ronn Moss Jerome
Brian Levinson Anthony
Diana James Leona's Friend
Beth Kanar Woman Officer
Paul Abascal Cop
Michael Wiseman Cop
William R. Perry Subway Gang Leader

Technical Credits
Stephen Hopkins Director,Score Composer
Jackie Burch Casting
Terry Carr Co-producer
Ferne Cassel Casting
John Davis Producer
Gary Lee Davis Stunts
Scott Eddo Makeup
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Lawrence Gordon Co-producer
James M. Halty Stunts
Geoff Hubbard Art Director
Joel Hynek Special Effects
Tom Joyner Co-producer
Lloyd Levin Executive Producer
Michael Levy Executive Producer
Peter Levy Cinematographer
Bert Lovitt Editor
Louis Mann Set Decoration/Design
Alan Manzer Set Decoration/Design
Richard Mays Set Decoration/Design
Michael Mills Makeup
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Ken Pepiot Special Effects
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Joel Silver Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Jim Thomas Screenwriter
John Thomas Screenwriter
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Suzanne Todd Associate Producer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Westmore Makeup
Stan Winston Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. War Zone
2. A Force of One
3. Invisible Enemy
4. Cut to Pieces
5. Insubordination
6. The Feds
7. The New Guy
8. Massacre
9. The Devil Came for Them
10. Keyes' Warning
11. Surveillance
12. Danny and the Demon
13. Now It's Personal
14. A Forensic Mystery
15. King Willie
16. Death of a King
17. The Watcher
18. Subway Assassin
19. Mercy
20. Path of the Predator
21. The Alien Hunter
22. Killer in the Cold
23. Keyes Stands Alone
24. Hunter and Hunted
25. One Ugly...
26. Man Against Alien
27. First Aid
28. The Trophy Room
29. Death Blow
30. The Honor Guard
31. Last Man Standing
32. End Titles

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