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Predator 2 (1990)

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NOTE: These commentaries are only on the January 2005 "Special Edition" DVD of Predator 2.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Stephen Hopkins Rating:6.0/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 21st, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
For starters I think Director Hopkins is a rather UNDERrated director. I thought his Elm Street was wickedly inventive and just loved "Ghost & the Darkness." That said, he's a rather subdued gent, and that makes for a very dull commentary. Just too much dead space to go along with describing the plot and visuals as they occur. It starts off well enough, as Stephen describes the creation of an entire newscast for the films' opening, including the heavy use of handheld cameras, but quickly devolves into acknowledging that Gary Busey is Nutty, while Danny Glover sure did sweat alot (there is a sweet little nugget about Glover's "friends," of whom Danny talked into wearing some of the multiple Predator costumes in the finale). I would have enjoyed more background info, and if that's what you are searching for, the 2nd Disc is very thorough. All in all, a 5/10 rate for me. It took me about 3 or 4 listens to get through this track, for I kept dozing off, never a good sign.
Reviewed by sedna on September 6th, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
I'm with frankasu on this one. Dull, and quite obvious at the very end he just wanted to get the hell out of that room. McTiernan gets a bad rap for his commentaries, but at least his are informative and insightful about his process and philosophy. I still say Die Hard is the best McT track. Anyway. This had some nuggets of information, but the delivery is just - meh. I was constantly reminded of Christopher Nolan's voice, but even that man is more interesting to listen to than Hopkins - who as a director I like, but not on this track.
Reviewed by reidca on January 16th, 2015:Find all reviews by reidca
Can't completely agree with the above comments I found Hopkins to be a surprisingly solid commentator. The track rarely overlaps with the writers commentary which is a refreshing change from the usual begging to combine multiple tracks into one. Clearly these people have a lot to say. It's also rare to find a filmmaker both humbled by the experience yet proud of making a Hollywood action film. He talks a lot about his admiration for the first film, deviations from the script and gives a lot of credit to the writers. He also gives a lot of deserved credit to both his cast and crew. My favorite bits are when he deconstructs and basically takes the mickey out of Joel Silver productions of which this is one of them. Definitely one for the fans. 7/10
Commentary 2: Screenwriters Jim Thomas and John Thomas Rating:7.2/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on December 31st, 2005:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
Screenwriters Jim Thomas and John Thomas do a relaxed but very good job on this chat track.
With the odd moments of silence thrown in, thankfully theres more talk than not and we learn about script changes, casting choises and because the screenwriters were on the set most of the time, we learn about some of the on set tales.
The two participants are recorded together which makes this audio track more entertaining than the cut and paste ones out there.
Reviewed by reidca on December 29th, 2014:Find all reviews by reidca
Decent commentary despite a reasonable number of pauses. Maybe it should have been cut together with the directors commentary? The brothers are interesting, literature and open to the flaws and limitations of the film. They also talk freely of not only the first Predator film (including comparisons and contrasts to this one) but the Alien Vs Predator film was well (only first one as at this recording). They talk a lot about the technical aspects of the film which is nice considering their role and fawn over and talk about the cast. They confirm things that I had wondered over the years such as the fact that the character name of Keyes was a nod to ET and describe the iterations and changes to the script over the various drafts to the screen (originally it was to be set in New York).
This is a decent track well worth the time of a discerning fan! 7/10