When a friend admitted at a July 4th barbecue that she'd just seen Predator for the first time, I felt happier that she thought it was awesome than disappointed that it took her 23 years to discover it. It's a recurring phenomenon for most cinephiles that those formative childhood and adolescent films to endure a less than glorious longevity, but John McTiernan's sci-fi jungle adventure is as engaging as it ever was, and thankfully not only to folks like yours truly who have celebrated it for decades.

Newly released on Blu-ray in an Ultimate Hunter Edition that thankfully resolves some of a previous version's high-definition offenses and yet commits others, Predator manages to be one of the few 80s' action movies that remains as great now as when it was first released.