WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, R.G. Armstrong, Shane Black & 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): 151585
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1987
(LD Release Date): 08/01/91
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John McTiernan
(Screenplay/Written By): Jim Thomas & John Thomas
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Vallone
(Visual Effects): R/Greenberg Don Bassman, Kevin F. Cleary & Richard OvertonAssociates, Inc. & DreamQuest
(Costume Designer): Marilyn Vance-Straker
(Editor): John F. Link & Mark Helfrich
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard L. Anderson, MPSE & David Stone, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Laurence P. Pereira & Jim Thomas
(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): 1.78:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers team up in Predator when they are sent to rescue hostages held by guerrilla fighters in Central America. But on their arrival, they discover they have become the hunted when they square off against an intelligent, yet horrifying alien creature with chameleon-like capabilities.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality of the transfer is good. The aspect ratio was matted to 1.78:1.

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 predatorís 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.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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