The Predator – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

The Predator

When I reviewed the film in September, I gave it a somewhat favorable review. Upon another viewing of the film, that score is going to lower a bit. A lot of that has to do with the overall storyline. The ridiculous and outlandish of the story sticks out the more you watch the film.

This is especially true when comparing the tone of this film to those that preceded it. Instead of the usual serious tone, Shane Black infuses more of his trademark wit and lightheartedness to The Predator. Unfortunately, he infuses that ridiculousness to the storyline as well. Not to mention, there are plot holes so huge that you can drive a truck through them. It’s disappointing to see since Shane Black can do better than this.

Nevertheless, the parts that were enjoyable are still enjoyable. A big reason for that is because of the band of misfit characters that Shane Black has put together. Like Shane Black’s other characters, McKenna’s band of misfits are hilarious as they are engaging. There’s something about this group that makes you want to root for them. In addition, the film is still entertaining to watch. The film is chock full of amusing one-liners—a staple of Shane Black’s.

No one benefits more from those one-liners than Sterling K. Brown. The “This Is Us” star chews up the scenery with every hilarious one-liner that he spouts. In fact, the same can be said about Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Jane too. Their friendship is the stuff that close friendships are made of. In other words, constant ribbings and deep respect for each other.

Overall, The Predator is a disappointing entry in the Predator franchise. With the amount of talent involved in the film, it could’ve been something special. Instead, what we got is something less than that. At the very least, the film is entertaining enough to bypass some of these issues.

Movie Rating: 3/5 atoms

The Predator - Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, & Augusto Aguilera

The Predator hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The contrast gives the picture some good depth. The highlights are really vibrant without a hint of bloom in these areas. The black levels are a deep black and there isn’t a single hint of crush in these areas either. Believe it or not, the color palette is wide and these colors just pop from the screen. This is especially true for the glow on all of the UI/UX elements from the Predator’s equipment.

As you might expect, the picture clarity is stellar as well. From the details on the predator’s suit to the freckles on Olivia Munn’s face, you can see every single detail. As for the skin tone, the skin has a natural warm look to them. Overall, this is a spectacular video transfer.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

The Predator - Sterling K. Brown

The Predator hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect The Predator‘s Dolby Atmos track. Much like the video transfer, the audio mix is absolutely spectacular too. First of all, the sound effects seamlessly, dynamically, and accurately pan through the soundstage extremely well. In addition, the static sound effects are accurately placed in the sound stage too. Yet the immersive experience of the audio mix is the best thing about the Blu-ray release.

Right from the get-go, you’re put right into the battle between the two predators. So not only are you put right into the action, but Henry Jackman’s score envelopes the soundstage as well. The instruments used in the score are layered quite well on each individual channel. When it comes to the overhead effects, the effects will envelop the sound stage on a consistent basis. Overall, this a fantastic Dolby Atmos mix.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Special Features
The Predator - Brian A. Prince

The Predator‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray has the following special features on it:

  • Deleted Scenes
    • Traeger Meets McKenna
    • Lynch Goes Shopping
    • Surveying the House
    • Nettles’ Outtakes
  • A Touch of Black
  • Predator Evolution
  • The Takedown Team
  • Predator Catch-Up
  • Gallery

There are quite a few deleted scenes in this release that could have easily been in the original cut of the film. These scenes give more screen time to actors that are barely in the film. “A Touch of Black” is a decent behind-the-scenes featurette that shows quite a lot of behind-the-scenes footage. However, the featurette isn’t that in-depth and a majority of the footage features the actors gushing about director Shane Black.

On the other hand, “Predator Evolution” is an extremely in-depth and informative piece about the development and creation of the new predators. From operating the Predator suit to the production of the predator ship, “Evolution” covers it all. It’ll also give you a bigger appreciation to the men and women that work tirelessly in bringing the predator to life.

“The Takedown Team” breaks down each character one-by-one in order to give you a better understanding of the character’s inception. “Predator Catch-Up” is basically CliffsNotes for the previous three Predator films. If you’ve never seen any of the Predator films then this is the video to watch.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms

Overall, The Predator is an entertaining Predator film that’ll leave you both laughing and thrilled. Unfortunately, the film’s storyline leaves much to be desired. The video transfer and audio mix are both incredible. In fact, it might even work as a demo disc for your home theater system. Sadly, the special features are a hit or miss. There are quite a few gems in there but most of them are skippable.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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