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Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (Extreme DVD)

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He said he'd be back. This time experience T2 like never before! Go EXTREME with the best picture and sound ever! ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER returns as the Terminator in this explosive action-adventure spectacle. Now he's one of the good guys, sent back in time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. LINDA HAMILTON reprises her role as Sarah Connor, John's mother, a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, the threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy - the T-1000, the most lethal Terminator ever created. Co-written, produced and directed by James Cameron ("The Terminator," "Aliens," "Titanic), this visual tour de force is also a touching story of survival.

Additional Features

Because the Terminator 2 Ultimate Edition set the standard for feature-packed DVDs when it was released back in 2000, is there a need for an Extreme Edition? The simple answer is yes. The 2003 Extreme Edition features a brand-new, better-looking transfer and an extremely powerful and involving Dolby 5.1 EX soundtrack. (The Ultimate's DTS track might have had a bit more detail, but it had to be sacrificed due to disc space.) The Extreme Edition focuses on the extended version of the film, but also offers the theatrical version as an Easter egg (highlight Sensory Control then hit the right arrow five times). Perhaps of greatest interest to fans is the commentary track by James Cameron and cowriter William Wisher, replacing the Ultimate's commentary cobbled together from many sources. It's Cameron's first commentary and it provides a wealth of information and anecdotes on the film's production and themes. You'll need to stay on your toes to digest all the information offered in the interactive mode, a constant stream of subtitled trivia and information and countless icons that will take you out of the film to cover a variety of topics.

Making-of documentaries are where the Extreme Edition comes up a bit short, but a lot of that kind of info is covered in the interactive mode. There's a new 24-minute segment on T2's role in the evolution of movie graphics, and 8 minutes of on-the-set footage. Among various DVD-ROM toys, the most enticing feature is the high-definition version of the theatrical release. Unfortunately, the heavy system requirements will make it unplayable to many consumers until they upgrade their PCs. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • All-new commentary by James Cameron and co-writer William Wisher
  • Digitally mastered from a brand-new 1080p, 24sf high-definition digital telecine transfer for superior video and audio quality
  • 16 minutes of additional scenes never before seen in theaters
  • Extreme interactive mode with graphic commentary and rare behind-the-scenes footage
  • Dolby headphone audio track
  • THX optimizer
  • "No Fate But What We Make": an all-new documentary on the role of T2 in the evolution of digital effects and modern filmmaking
  • "T2: On the Set": exclusive new retrospective montage of life on the set, featuring rare production footage
  • "T2: High Definition": the complete theatrical version of the film in Microsoft Windows Media 9 series, playable in high resolution and 5.1 sound directly from your PC's DVD-ROM
  • Infiltration Unit Simulator and T2 FX Studio: morph your imported images into a T-1000 or T-800 Terminator
  • Skynet Combat Chassis Designer: Construct and field-test your own ultimate fighting machine and track your progress online

Product Details

  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Writers: James Cameron, William Wisher Jr.
  • Producers: James Cameron, B.J. Rack, Gale Anne Hurd, Mario Kassar, Stephanie Austin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,097 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008PC2O
  • Learn more about "Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (Extreme DVD)" on IMDb

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This new "Ultimate Edition DVD" of Terminator 2 Judgement Day, one of the biggest box office smashes of all time, is truly The Ultimate Edition. Unless you get this outside of the US (which I did) you have two disks. One disk is the movie (THREE versions of the movie, in fact), and the next disk is all the special features. And it takes DAYS getting through every feature. I mean, three documentary, 8 trailers and TV spots, an entire script, interviews that you can access separately, and 52 chapters of behind the scenes footage, from makeup to visual effects, from editing to restoring deleted scenes. There are so many special features, this is what DVD was made for! You can also look at the original drawings of certain scenes, awesome!!!!
However, I find the real highlight of this disk (or disks) to be the movie itself, I mean WOW!!! You get three, I repeat, three, versions of the movie. One is the original theatrical version, featuring no cut out scenes (the worst), the special edition, featuring 16 minutes of additional footage (second best) and the Extended Special Edition that you need a code for (the best) which features 18 minutes of additional footage, as well as an alternate ending. Here, now, I will give you a step-by-step description of how to get this extended special edition. I'm sure most of you people reading this know how to already, but this is for those who didn't know this version existed, or don't know how to get it. What you do is, you go to the features menu. It'll say "Theatrical Version" and "Special Edition". Click on "Special Edition".
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OK If you go to the menu, where it will say "Play Theatrical Version" and "Play Special Edition", using your remote control, type in (you may have to press enter in-between each number) 82997 (that's EIGHT TWO NINE NINE SEVEN). Then the "Play Special Edition" option will change to "Play Extended Special Edition" and you get two more added scenes. One where the T-1000 searches John Connor's room, and a different ending set in the future!
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Format: Blu-ray
This review is not about the movie itself or the special features on the blu-ray disc - there are many other reviwes who already covered that part. For that I gave the movie the rating of 5 stars.

This review is about technical issues some users and reviewers seem to have (which included myself)

I think I figured out what the issue with the disc not playing on certain blu-ray disc players is - here we go:

First let me explain that several movie companies (Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, ... etc.) at times offer a feature on their blu-ray discs which is called "BD Live".
BD Live is a special feature which offers additional online content, accessible from the Internet through your Blu-Ray Disc Player.
Usually this feature is optional and you can access it through the Special Features section on the disc or it has its own category on the disc menue.

However it means that your Blue Ray Disc Player needs to be "BD Live ready" to be able to access that content. So the first thing to check is if the blu-ray disc player you own has the "BD Live readiness"!

Well, my blu-ray disc player is a Vizio and does offer BD Live - so far so good. However when I tried accessing the BD Live feature on various blu-ray discs (e.g. 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Terminator:Salvation') I always got a message from my player stating "no storage media available"...

It took me over three months (until yesterday) to figure out that the error message practically meant that I have to put a Flash drive in the USB port of my Vizio blu-ray disc player.

Once I had put a 2 GB flash drive in the USB slot the BD Live feature of my 'Terminator Salvation' Blue Ray disc worked.
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Format: DVD
This is the most feature packed DVD I own!
Terminator 2 THE ULTIMATE EDITION DVD actually has 3 different versions of the movie; the original theatrical release lasting 136 minutes, the special edition version lasting 153 minutes and an extended special edition clocking in at 155 minutes and 43 seconds which is accessed by an "Easter Egg" discussed below.
You can access the extended special edition version by selecting special edition from the menu and then entering 82297 on your remote's numeric keypad. You may have to press "enter" after each number on certain DVD players. An easier method is to just select title number 3 from your remote.
The picture quality and sound quality are top-notch on this DVD and it is my top choice for showing off my system to friends and family! It includes Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, DTS 5.1 ES and Dolby Digital 2.0 mixes. The EX and ES designations refer to a new standard that includes a sixth channel of sound that is designed to emanate from a rear center speaker. I have a 5.1 setup, so I couldn't test this feature, but it's nice to know it's there.
This release comes in two formats; either a DVD-18 disc or two DVD-9 Discs. The DVD-18 is a double-sided, double layer disc and contains the entire 6 hours of material on one disc that needs to be flipped and the DVD-9 is a single-sided, double-layer disc which has the material on two discs. Don't worry, the content on both versions is the same. The two disc version might be preferable for DVD changer users. Due to manufacturing limitations with the newer DVD-18 format, the DVD-9's were created to better meet demand.
One really cool thing about this title is that the trailers for Dolby Digital 5.
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Are all three versions included?
Yep, disc includes 137 minute Theatrical Cut, 154 minute Special Edition, and the 156 minute Extended Special Edition. To play ESE go to Select Version, go to the third option and enter 82997.
Jul 28, 2011 by Zero7827 |  See all 2 posts
T2 ultimate edition one disc or two
Yeah, I wondering the same thing. I bought three of these in the past year and they all had just one disc. The first one I got was a bargain bin copy, without the case or cover-art, I emailed the seller about the missing disc and got my $ back, and the 2nd one I returned to the seller. Now I'm... Read More
Dec 17, 2011 by Jonathan Cardwell |  See all 4 posts
"16:9 Widescreen" Misleading??
16x9 means that the video has been processed anamorphically to work on a widescreen HDTV and to fill the TV from vertcal side to vertical side...The 2.35:1 you mentioned is the aspect ratio of the actual film as it was shown theatrically...This is not the same thing..The current aspect ratios of... Read More
May 11, 2007 by DAW |  See all 19 posts
T2 Skynet Edition - Is it better than the previous T2 Blu-Ray?
On highdefdigest, a place where I rely on reviews of the picture quality of Blu-ray movies, it says, "...this 1080p/VC-1 encode (2.35:1) offers no truly appreciable upgrade over the previous Blu-ray (which I reviewed upon first release back in... Read More
Dec 20, 2009 by Watcher |  See all 13 posts
people, you do not need an internet connection to play this disc!!!
You're right. Even though the disc would not recognize my internet connection through my PS3 the first time for some reason, I was able to watch the entire movie. After the movie was over, I tried the BD Live content again and it found my internet connection and played the extras. An internet... Read More
May 21, 2009 by Francis Turturici |  See all 23 posts
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