1,125 of 1,207 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Awesome DVD Ever Created. Trash The Old Disk!
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...
Published on October 17, 2001 by Brett Michael Roberts
107 of 127 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!!
Before you buy realize most of the reviews here have been about the Ultimate version and NOT the Extreme version. Another quick note, this dvd has 1, thats right 1 version of the movie. While the Ultimate has 3 versions (yes thats right the ultimate has more versions then this one).
All extras (except 2 things) are DVD-Rom O N L Y! Not only this your stuck...
Published on June 8, 2003
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1,125 of 1,207 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Awesome DVD Ever Created. Trash The Old Disk!,
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". Then, you highlight "Play Special Edition" and type in (you may have to type ENTER in-between each number) EIGHT TWO NINE NINE SEVEN (8 2 9 9 7) and then, the "Go To Theatrical Version" option changes to "Play Extended Special Edition". This is the definitive version of the movie. I believe that every single little, tiny scene that they cut out is in this version. Well, thats the code, now back to my review.
The picture and audio on this disk are SO awesome, you won't believe it. Crystal clear picture, and sound so loud that it's like you're in a movie theatre. The additional, restored scenes are remastered as well, and slip perfectly into the movie. If you haven't even seen the film, you won't even notice these scenes put into it. Usually, on additional scenes, the picture is dirty and shakes. Not in these added scenes. And, to make it even better, the scenes are presented in 2:35:1 widescreen anamorphic format. Yes!! Just the first disk makes this DVD the ultimate edition!! Also, there's an audio commentary by 26 members of the cast and crew, however, this commentary is just interviews put together to sound like a commentary. However, there's a noticable glitch in the theatrical version, due to the commentary. Well, if you watch this commentary on one of the special editions, you'll notice it's the same commentary as the theatrical version, but they talk about deleted scenes as well. You may, also, notice that they continue talking about the deleted "Dream Sequence" at the hospital, when it goes into the next scene. So, now, when you watch the theatrical version, you'll notice that the beggining scene with Sarrah Connor watching the tape from six months ago, the beggining of the scene is cut off!!! Oops! Well, that's forgivible. Now, the second disk (or the second side of the disk) has lots of special features. The three documentarys include "The Making Of Terminator 2 Judgement Day", "T2 More Than Meets The Eye", where they talk about deleted sequences and the reason they were cut. The last is "The Making Of Terminator 2 3-D Breaking The Screen Barrier", about the making of that 3-D terminator ride. I loved that ride (yes, I went on it) and this documentary is really interesting. The rest of the features, well, I'm not sure I kinow all of them. Maybe YOU should discover all the features on this disk. If you own the previous DVD release of T2 (which had no extras), then trash it and get this "Ultimate Edition". You WON'T be dissipointed.
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251 of 279 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Tell You How to Get A Different Ending!!!!,
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191 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Features galore!,
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 5.1 and DTS play according to which audio setting is selected. These are nice to demo your system with! Also, the THX trailer at the beginning was customized for T2 as a bonus.
If you love this movie, get this version now! It has enough bonus materials to warrant a purchase even if you already own the previous release on DVD. This is an awesome special edition that betters the Laser Disc special edition at a quarter of the list price! There are English and Japanese trailers, 700 storyboards, a 26 person audio commentary, making of T2 and T2 3D featurettes and DVD-ROM material as well.
Last, but not least, you get "THX Optimode," a tool to properly adjust your home theater audio and video settings for optimum enjoyment. I recommend Video Essentials or Avia Guide to Home Theater DVDs for critical system adjustment, but this is a great tool for free! To access "THX Optimode," select "Sensory Control," click your remote's left button and click on the highlighted THX on the endoskeleton's skull.
This is a great DVD with my highest recommendation!
120 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminator 2: The ULTIMATE DVD EXPERIENCE!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technical issue with Blu-Ray Disc - A Theory,
This review is from: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Skynet Edition) [Blu-ray] (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.
And be warned: It takes minutes for the features to download from the Internet if you have a slow Internet connection like I do (DSL)
After I was successful in getting the BD Live option to work I returned to my T2 disc, which refused to play in the past and simply locked up my player, ready to give it another try.
Voila! This time the disc played and the features are really awesome and stunning!
So the crux with the T2 Skynet Edition is that usually the BD Live feature is OPTIONAL (which makes sense, since not all blu-ray disc players offer the BD Live access), but in the case of the T2 disc the BD Live feature is MANDATORY!
This means your blu-ray Disc Player needs to have two things for the disc to work (= play):
1) The Player needs to have the BD Live readiness
2) The Player needs to have a storage device (such as a flash drive) connected to the USB port. (I don't know if there are possibly players on the market that have storage space internally, mine doesn't)
If you don't have both features your disc simply won't play, which is a shame and a stupid concept on the part of Warner Bros. They should have made the BD Live content optional or at least offer a bypass option.
This is my theory gotten out of my personal experience and I hope it is helpful for buyers of the blu-ray disc to avoid frustration over the issue!
86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHINE THEM ON,
The hidden alternate version is 156 minutes. It contains the Future Coda ending and the cut of the movie is the special edition. To get to this third cut of the movie, click on Special Edition from the main menu. Highlight Play Special Edition and press 82997 on your remote. The words The Future Is Not Set will appear in the right hand portion of the setup screen and the left eye of the Terminator will light up. Now you can click on Play Extended Special Edition. If this does not work try 8 enter 2 enter 9 enter, 9 enter, 7 enter to achieve the same effect. Or, press title 3 and it plays the hidden alternate version.
There you go... you've got it all. Enjoy.
60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friggin Awesome if ......,
This review is from: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Skynet Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)You have internet capabilities on your blu ray player. I have a Sony BDP-S300 player and the same thing happened to me that happened to another reviewer. A screen came up from "Skynet" saying that you need a 2.0 player and the blu ray player I have is only a 1.0. The menu finally came up and I selected the Special extended directors Cut(more on that later)and it started to play until it got to the studio canal screen and at 23 seconds it did not move. So it is the blu ray player and not the disc. I repeat: NOT THE DISC BUT THE BLU RAY PLAYER. Proof of that is then I took the disc and put it in my PS3 and it work perfectly due to the fact that it is hooked up to the internet.
Once I put it in the PS3, the Blu ray got friggin awesome. Skynet tells you that you are connected and it gives you the city you live in with area code, your email address, the degrees outside where you live and other goodies that only skynet would know. Then once you are pass that it ask you to select a version.
For everyone wondering there is all three versions of the movie on here just like the Ultimate edition. You type in the same code to get the special director's extended edition as on the Ultimate edition which is 82997. There is interactive menus as well as triva games and quizes you can do while you watch the movie as well as picture in picture. I havent watch everything yet so I cant tell you all the special features but there is a bunch more. The picture and sound is fantastic and I am glad that I waited for this version of the blu ray as it is basically the Ultimate edition dvd on blu ray. I would recommend this to anyone just know that there is a good chance that your blu ray player has to be hooked up to the internet or perhaps have all the latest updates.
107 of 127 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!!,
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This review is from: Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (Extreme DVD) (DVD)Before you buy realize most of the reviews here have been about the Ultimate version and NOT the Extreme version. Another quick note, this dvd has 1, thats right 1 version of the movie. While the Ultimate has 3 versions (yes thats right the ultimate has more versions then this one).
All extras (except 2 things) are DVD-Rom O N L Y! Not only this your stuck with one version, and its SHORTER then the ultimate. The ultimate also has a 3rd version that can be unlocked this one does not have it.
The only good things are, the medal case art(but don't plan on puting the disc case back in the medal case it will destroy your dvd case), the disc art, and menu design.
Everything else is worthless inless you have that dvd rom, and there is no 6 hours extra like the ultimate which is great to look thru.
A must miss at all costs...
48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WAIT! Don't. Buy. It. YET!,
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This review is from: Terminator 2: Judgment Day [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)I purchased this Blu-ray recently and found it to be a waste of money. YES, TERMINATOR 2 is unspeakably awesome; YES, TERMINATOR 2 on Blu-ray is a good thing...BUT NOT THIS VERSION.
For one, it's THEATRICAL CUT ONLY!
Second, this version is EXTREMELY BARE BONES: it's just the movie and 2 commentary tracks (one from 1993, the other from 2003) and THAT'S IT. For a movie with so much technical precision and BTS material found on previous releases, this is a GRIEVOUS oversight.
Third (and final), the transfer is TERRIBLE. The original film is a bit grainy to begin with, but in previous VHS and DVD transfers it was never enough to be distracting. Here, in 1080 resolution, the grain is so bothersome that it strikes me more as digital noise--even STATIC at worst--than actual celluloid texture. I get the feeling they went through the HD transfer process as fast as possible to cash in on the HD market. It looks little better than what the old DVD version would on upconvert.
Interestingly, I recently bought THE ROAD WARRIOR on Blu-ray and noticed the difference. Both ROAD WARRIOR and TERMINATOR 2 have roughly the same amount of grain in their image (and the VHS and DVD transfers were comparable), but the Blu-ray transfer of THE ROAD WARRIOR is GLORIOUS, and the grain actually accentuates the image (worth every penny); logically, the TERMINATOR 2 image should be on par at LEAST, but instead it underperforms.
So don't buy this Blu-ray release of it yet, because if history is any teacher, TERMINATOR 2 is going to receive the same double and triple-dipping treatment it did on DVD, and the next release is likely to have a better transfer and bonus features...the same thing already happened with THE FIFTH ELEMENT.
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE WORST SO-CALLED "HI-DEFINITION" TITLES,
This review is from: Terminator 2: Judgment Day [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This movie has been one of my favorites. I owned it on laser disc in the early 90's. It looked superb and sharp on my 32" TV. Turns out maybe the reason it looked so crisp back then was because 450 lines of resolution was about the limit of what could be seen.
When I rented it on Blu-ray and played it, I couldn't believe my eyes. It appears that it was not filmed on the highest quality film stock. It looks slightly soft at times and just plain undefined. Not razor sharp and prestine. The opening nighttime battle scene is one example. The T-1000's arrival under the bridge is another, and Arnold's arrival next to the big rig trucks is yet another example. Yet the daytime scenes in sunlight some look a bit better. That includes the scene with the two kids going to the bank's ATM.
INTERESTING DVD COMPARISON - I have the same movie on DVD. I played it in the Blu-ray player which upconverted it. It looks ALMOST the same as the HD version. This movie is only slightly better in HD at best. I've seen older movies than this one that look much more detailed.
The best part about this disc is the redesigned main menu graphics and the updated 2003 commentary featuring the director. THAT'S IT.
BOTTOM LINE: If you want to see what Blu-ray can do, this movie is NOT the one to get.
UPDATE 2/2011: I newer version of the movie called the "Skynet Edition" was released on Blu-ray in 2009. It's much better than the original 2006 Blu-ray and higher quality than a upscaled DVD. Not razor-edge sharp but very clean and crisp.
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