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Terminator 2 - Judgment Day
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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.
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
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FYI, they sell Terminator movies in sets (Anthology or Quadrilogy). Don’t buy those!!! The quality is terrible. I bought both and immediately returned them after trying each disc. The discs worked but the sound and picture quality was terrible. I bought it like that because the price was awesome for 4 movies (Genisys) wasn’t included. Buy them individually. The quality is so much better. You won’t regret it and the prices individually are still very reasonable for BD.
This version of T2 is the one you want!!
This is perhaps the best restoration of the film, offering the best Blu-Ray value for the film collector. I agree with most of the in-depth reviews and therefore have no additions or rebuffs, only another recommendation toward this being a best value choice among the Blu-Ray copies of this film available.
I was not given free or discounted products for this review.
The video transfer is certainly a big improvement over the original Standard Def release. The video on this remastered version retains some of the original film grain from the film but nothing that is terribly noticeable unless you pause on an image. There are no crawling ants in the grain or any artifacting to distract you. The original film, which I saw in the theater when it was first released became a classic and deservedly so. That said, some of the effects are very obvious, for example, when Arnold is looking in the mirror and working on his eye it is easy to tell that that is more animation than a real Arnold that we are looking at. Technology has greatly improved since then so we just have to take obvious effects as the groundbreaking events they were at the time of their making. Never the less, the film looks great and, Yes, the color grading is considerably cooler than in previous releases. Whether or not this is a good thing or not is not for me to judge. After having seen the film so many times over the years, it was very noticeable to me but that doesn't make it better or worse. That opinion is up to the individual viewer.
The Audio is DTS MA 5.1 and it, as well as the subtitles, are supplied in several different languages. The lossless and remixed audio, to me, is the star of this version as the editors went to town making sure that proper audio steering to a surround system was realistically done. There is excellent use of both the front and rear sound stages with discreet channeling throughout the movie of various foley fx. Your LFE sub channel will also get a decent workout as the bottom end is pretty deep at times. The audio levels are properly set so that there is no need to roller coaster your remotes volume levels between action and dialogue shots. Yes, there is no original mono mix for anyone who prefers that, but I do prefer this lossy surround mix myself. For me, this mix makes the audio DEMO worthy to show off your home theater's surround processor.
The extras consisted of several 'Terminated Scenes' that may or may not have contributed to an extended version but there was nothing there that jumped out at me saying "put me back in". There was also a pretty old Retrospective of the Terminator consisting of a discussion between Arnold and James Cameron. I really didn't think too much of it but there were some interesting points made by both. I did not know that Arnold was originally to be the hero of the film as Michael Beine eventually became.
Personally, since I never saw the original blu ray release I cannot say whether, if you already have it on blu ray you should upgrade to the remastered version. However, if you only have it on Standard Def, then I do think this is a very worthy upgrade.
Hopefully, this review has been of some help to you in determining your purchase.