WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Predator 2
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Ruben Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi & Kevin Peter Hall

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 185385
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 9/91
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Stephen Hopkins
(Screenplay/Written By): Jim Thomas & John Thomas
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Lawrence G. Paull
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Mark Goldblatt
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael Levy & Lloyd Levin
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver & John Davis

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby SR & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A sequel of sorts to the Arnold Schwarzenegger hit of 1987, but sans Arnold. It’s Los Angeles circa 1997 and the “predator” from another planet is chomping down on urban riff-raff and cops, bringing their remains home as trophies. It’s up to Glover and crew to beat the monster at its own game. Solid, punchy action.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality of the transfer is good. The aspect ratio is matted to 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is panoramic, tight, punchy and spectacular, always an enhancement to the thrill-a-second action. There are explosions with rumbling bass, lots of Foley one-on-one combat sounds, and eerie sound effects that put you almost inside the predator’s ugly head. The thrilling music score by Alan Silvestri keeps the tension of the films at a constant high. The soundtrack recordings are ultra-dynamic with excellent three-dimensional soundstaging.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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