Terminator 2 Judgment Day
Terminator 2 Judgment Day
(James Cameron, 1991)
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster
Summary: One of cinema's finest ever action films comes home in staggering 4K UHD quality. T2 Judgment Day promised it'd be back and it's never looked or sounded better. A must-have.
Make no mistake, this is the Godfather Part 2 of action sequels. Terminator 2 Judgment Day improved on a perfect sci-fi B-movie, promoting it to an A-picture that trailblazed into cinematic history breaking records and bringing CGI into the fore. A quarter century on and the computer generated effects still hold up and remain more inventive and, crucially, integral to the storytelling that few pictures can surpass it.
Much of the film's success comes from the vision of director James Cameron who, with Aliens and The Abyss behind him and the likes of Titanic and Avatar still to come, infused fierce determination and a perfectionist's eye into what could have easily have just been box office trailer-bait.
The story is familiar: the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) - a cyborg killing machine sent from the future - gets to be the good guy this time around in order to protect future revolutionary Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her rebellious son John (Edward Furlong) as a more advanced Terminator (Robert Patrick) sets out to annihilate them all.
It's your classic fugitive thriller but with enough sci-fi backstory intrigue and a surprisingly tender father/son bond between Schwarzenegger and Furlong's characters to give us enough brains and heart amid the fireballs and mind-bending liquid CGI shots.
Really, those old DVDs never did a film of this scope the justice it deserved. This new 4K restoration is a revelation. Richly detailed and mammoth in sheer power, T2 has never looked or sounded better. Massively recommended for those with a 4K UHD Blu-ray player to hand.
Terminator 2 Judgment Day is released on 4k UHD (incl: Blu-Ray),
3D BLU-RAY (incl: Blu-Ray), BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD on December 4th.
- NEW T2: Reprogramming The Terminator. A 55-minute documentary including exclusive
interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Edward Furlong and many
- Feature Commentary with 23 members of Cast and Crew (1993)
- Feature Commentary with director James Cameron & co-author William Wisher
- The making of T2. A 30 minute 1993 (from 2003 edition)
- Seamless Branching of the Theatrical version (137 mins approx.), Special Edition version (154
mins approx.) and Extended Special Edition version (156 mins approx.)
- Deleted Scenes with audio commentary
- NEW T2:3D trailer (2017)
- T2 theatrical trailers: This time there are two, Same make new mission and Building the
- NEW T2: Reprogramming The Terminator. A 55-minute documentary including exclusive interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Edward Furlong and many more)
A note on the restoration:
The original 35mm negative was scanned and then restored in 4k at Deluxe L.A., under the supervision of Geoff Burdick from Light storm. The film was calibrated in 4k by Skip, James Cameron's colorist, at Technicolor Hollywood, with a selection of the best 35mm prints from the film's first release. The film was then converted into 3D by Stereo D (Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic world).
This work lasted almost a year and was monitored daily by Light storm's teams, to produce a high-end 3D version at the level of the latest 3D releases from U.S. Studios. The 3D version then benefited from a calibration and a specific finish at Technicolor Hollywood, still under the supervision of Skip and James Cameron himself.