- 4K Disc Released
- October 2017
- HDR10 | Dolby Vision
- Sound MIx
- Dolby Digital I Dolby Atmos
- Aspect Ratio
- 2.39 : 1
- IMDB Rating
If after watching The Terminator (1984), you sit back and think you’ve seen something special than wait until you get a load of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Terminator 2 is directed and written by James Cameron with the help of William Wisher. It is a sequel to The Terminator so in this one, a cyborg, similar to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.
In the movie, the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as The Terminator (T-800), the evergreen Linda Hamilton plays Sarah Connor, the talented Edward Furlong displays his talents in the role of John Connor while Robert Patrick gives you the chills with his role as T-1000. This film is believed to be one of the greatest action movies of all time, and it is almost a common knowledge that this is the best sequel ever made. This film is a classic in all categories from drama to music, even in violence, it’s a masterpiece. Titanic and Avatar are great films, but for me, this is James Cameron’s magnum opus.
With the 4K Ultra HD edition now available, the viewer at home can enjoy this highest quality of a film, in the very highest quality possible.
The 4K Ultra HD Edition comes with bonus features which are a treat for any fan of the film. These bonus features include Reprogramming the Terminator which is an epic 55-minute documentary made by Matthew field which covers everything about the shoot of the film from pre-production to post-production. This documentary gives you a feel for what it was like to make what was the most expensive movie ever made at the time. In the documentary, everyone from Schwarzenegger to Cameron (excluding Linda Hamilton) talk about the challenges involved in making this memorable film. Other bonus features include the behind-the-scenes featurette with most of the cast and crew, including Linda Hamilton. The bonanza of bonus features does not end there. The 4K Ultra HD edition also includes Deleted Scenes with Audio commentary.
The two famous deleted scenes one of which is Robert Patrick’s T-1000 using his senses similar to cats to hunt for clues in John’s bedroom, which have valuable shots of Patrick through mirrors, while the other is the original rejected ending which shows Sarah Connor in old age narrating the finale. The exciting thing about the ending being dropped is that Linda Hamilton’s make-up was perceived as a little too obvious and unnecessary by test audiences and hence Cameron decided to cut the idea. Last but not the least bonus features are the trailers that make you nostalgic, and they too are in 4K, so you relive the experience in better quality.
The movie is available in Two-Disc UHD Combo Pack or UHD-66 Dual-Layer Disc / BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc, as for the UHD edition, it is region free while the Blu-ray edition is Region A locked. As for the codec, it comes in 2160p HEVC/H.265 or 1080p/AVC MPEG-4. The length of the film is 137 minutes. The Aspect Ratio for this film is 2.35:1. The English audio for the film is DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and same for the French audio, but the German audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. Subtitles for the movie are also available in English, French, and German. At startup, the interactive menu is displayed containing full-motion clips and music being played in the background.
The Terminator franchise is perhaps one of the biggest if not the biggest movie franchise out there today, that’s all for good reasons of course.
To give you an idea of the sheer size of this franchise, there are theme park rides and roller-coaster based upon the concept of the Terminator. This franchise is responsible for taking sci-fi genre to a whole new level with one of its kind computer generated imagery at the time. Terminator 2 is without a doubt the most popular movie of the franchise.
Right from its opening scene where there is very little narration done telling us that it is year 2029AD and 3 billion human lives ended on August 19th, 1997. Due a nuclear fire which was coined as Judgement day by the survivors, this scene nicely sets the pace for the challenges that the survivors face as we see a cyborg crushing a skull followed by gun fires and more machines, much bigger machines crushing skulls on the ground as they look to destroy every human in their sight. The action that starts from this scene continues right till the very end of the movie breathlessly.
The computer which controlled the machines, Skynet, sent two terminators back in time on a mission to destroy the leader of the human resistance against the machines, John Connor.
The first terminator was programmed to strike John Connor’s mother in the year 1984 before John was born, but it failed. The second was sent to strike at John when he was only a child but to undo this, and the resistance sent a protector just like it had in the previous attempt at John’s mother. We see the older John Connor quiet early in the film. This is because Cameron likes the idea of bookending his stories with a character we’ve heard about before and are now seeing for the first time, we see this technique being deployed in other films directed by Cameron like the Titanic. In Terminator 2, Skynet sent a far more advanced Terminator: the liquid metal, shapeshifting T-1000 (Patrick) while the human resistance sent T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger).
By reverse-engineering the CPU and an arm of the original Terminator, Miles Dyson, the director of Special Cyberdyne Systems Corporation, brought to life a new type of microprocessor which used a neural net to learn and adapt like a human. This artificially intelligent processor proved to be very popular among the military for whom Cyberdyne Systems became the largest supplier of military computer systems in a short period of just three years. All the Stealth Bombers were upgraded with these far more superior microprocessors which led them to become fully automated. The automation resulted in an exponential increase in the efficiency of these systems, and so the Skynet funding bill was passed. The trouble began when Skynet began to learn too fast and on August 29th, 1997 it became self-aware. This caused great panic, and in the midst of that panic, humans tried to shut down Skynet which retaliated by firing American nuclear missiles at Russia, who responded by firing back thus resulting in the deaths of 3 billion humans, and this nuclear holocaust came to be known as “Judgement Day.”
When Sarah Connor finds out about the machines taking over, she tries to spread this knowledge and thus is declared insane and is confined to an institution, separating her from her son, who is a wild street kid, being raised in a foster home. Right from the beginning, Connor can be seen on a fast motorcycle, outrunning T-1000. Young Conner discovers that Schwarzenegger (sent to protect him) is programmed to follow his instruction, so he orders him to stop killing people, this results in T-800 to amend his ways. The two free Sarah from the mental asylum and now the three starts working together to defeat T-1000, they give a very odd family-like vibe. While all of this is happening in the story, the movie brings in its master blaster, the special effects. These special effects were one of its kind at the time, and they liven up the whole story, they help to make the viewers forget that this is a science fiction and believe that they are a part of the story. The 4K brings out these special effects, even more, giving a swagger to the way the special effects compliment the story of the film.
Making of these special effect scenes wasn’t easy, it was the geniuses at Industrial Light & Magic that made it possible.
They made T-1000 by first making a computer simulation of the movement for T-1000 and then used a computer paintbox program to give it surface color and texture, for T-1000 they used liquid mercury and combined computer images with the live action thus transforming a shiny liquid into a human being through a dissolve from the effect to the actor.
All of this effort that went into the making of “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” and also the money poured to complete this project would have proven to be futile if it weren’t for the brilliant acting skills by the stars involved. T1000 played by Patrick was a solid performance, convincing us that he is a villain. Arnold Schwarzenegger switched sides and was on the side of the good guys, and he delivered well in his role, it felt natural, and his acting skills made the transition feel natural. The beautiful Linda Hamilton also did well in her role as Sarah Connor and last but not the least Edward Furlong did justice with the role of John Connor. While I know that this movie was made nearly 30 years ago, watching it now still nothing about it feels outdated.