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The Terminator (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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A ruthless 21st-century cyborg comes to 1984 Los Angeles to kill a waitress and change history. Directed by James Cameron.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,057 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037ODTTK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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512 of 549 people found the following review helpful By Blackjack Davy on 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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181 of 202 people found the following review helpful By MediaMogul on 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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136 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. on 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ben30 on May 17, 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Another Terminator sequel is about to be released in Cinemas in July this year
i'm a Huge Terminator fan but in my opinion the franchise has run itself into the Ground
the last sequel was Terminator salvation, i wasn't impressed with the screenplay or the Director
so Terminator salvation ended the sequels with me
the first 2 are the best of course, the 3rd sequel is tolerable and then the 4th sequel which i've only seen once
i didn't think much of it it's a matter of opinion really

anyway MGM have decided to reissue the original Terminator movie again
only because there's another sequel coming out
so what's different this time around, nothing absolutely nothing
the picture quality & sound quality are exactly the same as the 2013 remastered edition
which i must say has been given an amazing High Definition transfer in 1:85:1 widescreen, no Grain or Dirt in the picture quality
plus the texture/colour has been corrected
all the extras from the very old dvd have been carried over, except for Other voices Documentary
MGM did however add a Visual effects & Music score featurette called Creating the Terminator
the interviews from this featurette are taken from the Other voices Documentary
only 8-9mins of interviews are taken from the Other voices Doco
interviews with Gale anne Hurd, Special visual effects man Gene Warren, Music composer Brad fiedel
for some stupid reason MGM did not bother to add the full Documentary of Other voices which they should've had
how stupid just take certain interviews from the Doco Disgusting effort really
back to this new 2015 reissue
the special features are exactly the same as the 2013 remastered blu-ray
no new extras, no new sound mix like a 6.1 or 7.
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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
I want new features for the first film Be the first to reply
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