If you already own the 2004 DVD then you probably don't need to update.
HTF member Colin Jacobson recently compared the most recent DVD release to this release.
This is what he had to say:
| How did the picture and audio of this Blu-ray compare to those of the 2004 SE DVD? Audio was similar, as I didn’t think this disc’s lossless track did much to surpass its predecessor’s DTS mix. |
Visuals were a different issue. The DVD came with the often heavy grain that was always a part ofPredator. It also had source flaws and a few other issues. The Blu-ray eliminated the grain but also took away definition and made the movie look like some sort of hi-def video production. While the DVD suffered from print problems and the format’s limitations, I’d still prefer to watch it because it actually looked like Predator.
Here's the link to the full review:
The general consensus seems to be that the first Blu-ray release looked more like film, but was limited by MPEG-2 compression issues and source flaws. It also lacked any of the supplements that were present on the last DVD release.
So it's a tough call either way.
I purchased this disc, and it left me in tears: It was obvious that a new HD master was struck for this release (the source flaws were gone); and compression issues were mostly minimal. If they had just eased up a bit on the DNR it would have been a perfect release. *sigh*
But due to all the DNR it looks more like "video" than "film" when viewed on my front projection system. As the Bard stated "It Is to Weep ..."