One of the quintessential films of the 1980s is without a doubt “Predator”.
The first of John McTiernan’s hat trick of action masterpieces, the subsequent two being “Die Hard” and “The Hunt for Red October,” the more sci-fi bent “Predator” remains a brilliant macho men vs. monster tale that many have tried to imitate – but all have lacked its knack for suspense, its cleverly yet simple premise, its utterly believable sweaty jungle setting (just outside Puerto Vallarta in Mexico), and that wonderful score.
Unfortunately the home video releases for the film leave a lot to be desired. In particular it has been released on Blu-ray in two versions – the first came in 2008 and was encoded at a low enough bit rate and without any real work on the aged print which offers little better than the DVD. The second was issued n 2010 and is still the current version. It’s also one of the most infamously bad Blu-rays ever created – the amount of digital noise reduction used has effectively destroyed all the grain (and thus all the detail) in the picture.
Like some other action films of the time like James Cameron’s “Aliens,” it needed a ground up serious restoration. Well now it looks like we might be getting it with a new 2K restoration of “Predator” set to score a limited release in France on August 17th, check out the newly cut trailer below. A home video release in various territories seems likely shortly after.
Shane Black’s “The Predator” reboot/continuation of the franchise remains in development with plans for an early 2018 release.