AVP: Alien Vs. Predator—20th Century Fox (Blu-ray)

Video: 3
Audio: 4
Extras: 5

Since back in 1989, when the first Alien Vs. Predator comic was released, sci-fi and horror fans have been asking the same question. Who would win between the Alien and the Predator? The question was addressed for the following 15 years in comics and video games. Finally, in 2004, the movie AVP: Alien Vs. Predator promised to give us all the answers we were craving. The two species fight it out in an ancient pyramid in Antarctica, and any of us foolish humans that get in the way may never make it back to a temperate climate.

The film transfer is loaded with noise, and the amount of detail in the 2.35:1 picture seems to change from scene to scene. The DTS-HD audio track (no Dolby TrueHD here) fills the room nicely with thunderous lows and sparkling treble without overwhelming the dialogue. Where this Blu-ray disc really shines is in its extras. If the PG-13 version doesn’t have enough violence and gore for you, the full unrated version is also on the disc. There are two commentary tracks on the theatrical release, one with the director and actors, the second with visual-effects staff. There’s also a trivia track and a high-def version of the trailer.

The disc will really please a fan of the movie with all the extras, and, overall, it’s not a bad ride from beginning to end if you check your brain at the door.

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