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The Terminator [Blu-ray] (1984)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Linda Hamilton , James Cameron  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: 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: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (813 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F9RB9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,700 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Terminator [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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In the year 2029, the ruling super-computer, Skynet, sends an indestructible cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) before she can fulfill her destiny and save mankind.

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484 of 515 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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160 of 176 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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123 of 141 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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67 of 79 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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41 of 49 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 A True Action Classic
Even with light years of advanced of visual effects, few modern action films can hold a candle to this groundbreaking classic. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by The Smoking Pen
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the best of the bunch
This is the best of the bunch. Even after all these years, it holds up pretty good, and I watch it when I get the chance.
Published 1 day ago by Deirdre M. Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great.
Published 9 days ago by None
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie but this format was unsatisfactory
Movie gets more stars but the HD version is totally not worth the extra bucks. It is the same low resolution as the original...don't know how they can consider it HD. Read more
Published 9 days ago by R.Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie... Good Price.....
Published 17 days ago by Yolanda A. Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sci-Fi Classic
Can't get much better than Terminator. Still holds up in almost every area for a modern audience.
Published 18 days ago by Eicarg Yelkrik
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nice day for a walk"
Da da da dada."the terminator" was and still is one I my favorite movies of Arnold's expertise of all time. Read more
Published 18 days ago by kyle krolicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all he wanted was something clean to wear.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be back, and back again... and back again...
AWESOME! Classic!
Published 23 days ago by Toys_n_Games
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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DVD reviews mixed with BLU-RAY reviews?
I totally agree. I almost bought the Blu-Ray of Terminator 2 until I realized that the reviews were for the DVD Ultimate Edition. Terminator 2 Blu-Ray will not have the extras listed in that review until the Terminator 2 Skynet Edition comes out next month. Boy am I glad I looked again.
Apr 10, 2009 by Gift Card Recipient |  See all 9 posts
Is there an edition available with the deleted scenes?
A lot happened to MGM between 2000 and now.

MGM used to have its own DVD operations. Then, though a series of distribution deals (first with Sony then with, as of right now, 20th Century Fox), they had to revise their DVD offerings accordingly. Some of MGM's former product (along with a lot of... Read More
Aug 23, 2009 by Mark Baum |  See all 5 posts
2009 Lenticular Edition on Blu-Ray?
I wouldn't wait for a box set... because it's probably never going to happen. Here's why:

"The Terminator" was produced by Orion, which no longer exists. Their catalog was sold to MGM. MGM still holds the rights, but currently distribute its titles through Fox.

"Terminator... Read More
Jul 1, 2009 by GUSHandGO |  See all 9 posts
Blu-Ray features?
Steven Chaverria says: "I was just wondering what features this Blu had? Does it have the same features as the previous DVD with all those features. I believe that one was a flip DVD. Thanks."

The Blu Ray (which isn't even in Hi-Def) has the 3 features "Wayne Klein" mentioned... Read More
May 20, 2010 by Not American |  See all 5 posts
Special Edition?
Does this edition have the deleted scenes?
Sep 18, 2008 by Selu |  See all 2 posts
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