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The Terminator [Blu-ray Book] (1984)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Michael Biehn , James Cameron  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (777 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, Limited Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (777 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SEUJKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the most fierce and relentless killing machine ever to threaten the survival of mankind! An indestructible cyborg - a Terminator - is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the woman whose unborn son will become humanity's only hope in a future war against machines. This legendary sci-fi thriller fires an arsenal of action and heart-stopping suspense that never lets up!

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477 of 507 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Terminator BLU-RAY edition November 29, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
This review refers to the BLU-RAY edition ONLY and NOT to the DVD edition.

Well having The Terminitor series on DVD and loving them and having recently upgraded to a blu-ray player I decided to take the plunge and upgrade my collection to high definition blu-ray format.

Boy, what a mistake that was.

Picture quality is AWFUL - well awful for blu-ray anyway. They've taken the same standard definition source as the DVD and upscaled it for blu-ray - but it's still standard definition. Only the menu is in High Definition, the movie is not. I tested my DVD version upscaled against the blu-ray edition and found them identical - if anything the DVD came out slightly on top.

It also only contains 2 extras - the special effects making of and the retrospective - nothing else. My DVD edition contains over a dozen extras.

My verdict if you're thinking of buying The Terminator in blu-ray and you have an upscaling DVD/BD player - forget it. Stick with the DVD version instead, picture is the same and it has more extras. It's cheaper too.

Maybe one day this wonderful movie will receive the treatment it deserves and be digitally remastered and have it's frames scanned with a high definition camera - but until then sit on your DVD's and wait.
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158 of 174 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cash Grab Release! April 23, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This is the fourth release of this film on blu-ray already. There is the 2006 original, a 2009 lenticular cover version, a 2010 blu-ray/DVD combo and now this 2011 blu-ray book. While I won't debate the merits of the film itself, MGM is currently in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings and I assume this is the primary reason for this new release. Unfortunately, they haven't bothered upgrading the original MPEG-2/LPCM 2006 mastering of the film itself; all the versions contain identical disc content. If you don't already own this film and want a fancy book style package for a 5 year old blu-ray master, go ahead and pick this up. Otherwise, you're better off finding a less expensive older version.
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121 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cameron's sci-fi masterpeice is finally done justice December 29, 2001
Format:DVD
The original "Terminator" is arguably the greatest sci-fi/action film ever, and the Special Edition DVD finally does this classic film justice. Many people look at the sequel as the better of the two, but remember, Cameron was given a huge budget for T2. He was forced to film "The Terminator" for less than $6 million. If you're like me, you could write enough about this movie to fill an encyclopedia, but I'll try to give just a breif plot description for those who have yet to see it.
In the future, SkyNET, the supercomputer in control of all military power, decides that humans must be destroyed and begins a massive nuclear war that destroys most of the population. The survivors form a resistance agains the computer and its mechanical army, and eventually defeat it, thanks to their leader John Connor. In a final effort to win, the computer sends a Terminator back in time to kill John's mother, Sarah, before he is born. The humans send back a lone soilder, Kyle Reese, to protect Sarah from the seemingly unstoppable cyborg.
When the movie was originally filmed, the soundtrack was recorded in mono, which sounded horrible on the original DVD release of the Terminator. But here you can find a newly recorded soundtrack, with the original soundtrack remixed along with new gun and explosion sound effects. Most of the new sounds are very cool (esp. the HK entrance in the first scene), and the new gun effects are good for the most part. Only in a few instances are the new sounds a little weak. Fortunately the DVD also sports the original mono soundtrack for when you want to watch the original verion.
Next to the film itself, the best part of this DVD is the Special Features, most of which were unavailable before.
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65 of 77 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same DVD June 9, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Alright, The Terminator is a classic that helped proppel Arnold S and director Cameron to fame, so I won't bother reviewing the movie because I give it 5 stars all the way, even though I prefer T2.

Okay let's be serious. If you're expecting to get a new DVD edition you're wrong. This is still the same DVD as the last release. Nothing new except now it has a nice sleeve. Now if you don't own a copy and you want the sleeve (Like me) this is good, but if you already own the last release don't buy this one. It is no different except for the nice sleeve that covers it.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminate the original and get this special editon October 10, 2001
Format:DVD
James Carmeron's Terminator has been given a state-of-the-art 5.1 stereo remix and also a fantastic hi-definition video transfer following the release of Terminator 2 (Ultimate Edition). This DVD contains over 2.5 hours of bonus material, i.e. documentaries, "terminated" scenes complete with commentary, photo galleries, the script and much more. The first thing you will notice when playing the movie is the superb video and sound quality...All of the sounds have been remixed, some deleted even. Gun shots and explosions now have more atmosphere and depth, and no longer sound like those cheap sound effects from the 1980's. Everything, including the music sounds state-of-the-art. You will not be disappointed unless you like movies to stay true to their original mixing. But I just have to say that this was a job well done....and maybe even one of the best quality DVD movies in my whole collection. If you pick this movie up make sure to pick up its sequel Terminator 2 (Ultimate Edition).
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesomeness
This movie is one of my favorites. Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron and of course Linda Hamilton were awesome. The thrill of the movie keeps you on the edge.
Published 1 day ago by Mazin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
The Terminator is one of James Cameron's most influential works. Non-stop action, a thrilling score, and incredible special effects all come together in harmony in this... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Richard Wagoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminator fan
It was a first of a genre for me in my era it started a classic saga like star wars
Published 2 days ago by mrtodman
4.0 out of 5 stars Terminator
This is a great action film. This is dated in comparison to today's films but this is a James Cameron film - director of Titanic and Avatar. Worth seeing!
Published 5 days ago by raz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!!!
:-) Great Sci-fi flick! The HD upgrade? All the better!!! Amazon Prime is an awesome way to watch many great movies, as well as free two day shipping! Happy tech. Read more
Published 6 days ago by ERIK V. SCHMIDT
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie that started the franchise!
This movie plants the seed of James Cameron's visionary story of our own destruction, how hero's and heroine's are born and "the future is not set". Read more
Published 6 days ago by makrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
A classic.... Hope no remakes because most of them suck. The soundtrack is simple but effective and great plot no crazy twists
Published 7 days ago by Victor Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever!
Instant classic for any Sci Fi fan. Watching it now is even better than before, so much missing in todays movies.
Published 8 days ago by Doug Kropp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the terminator
Lots of action. Interesting plot. Great introduction to the terminator movies. Might be too much for the younger audience (little bit gory and a whole lot of violence).
Published 9 days ago by gg
5.0 out of 5 stars I"ll Be Back.
Great fun movie... At the time it came out it was WOW! Way cool. And a great kick to watch.. Still is a great movie to watch..
They don't make them like this now... Read more
Published 9 days ago by D. Moore
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