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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Skynet Edition (1991/Lionsgate Blu-ray)


Picture: B Sound: B+ Extras: B- Extended Cut: B+ Theatrical Film Cut: B



Terminator 2: Judgment Day is back on Blu-ray and for the first time, includes the superior Extended Cut missing from the basic 25GB Blu-ray we reviewed a few years ago. For more information on the film, its story and technical information, go to this link:





Since that release, far better-looking Blu-rays have arrived, HD-DVD fell and standards for HD playback are catching up with ours. Though the picture and sound on this addition are nominally better than the older Blu-ray, the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is still softer than it should be in several instances and though there are some great shots typical of how good this looked in theaters in its original release, this is not the best this could look and not the kind of copy that you could blow up to 70mm prints. Still, it is the best footage in HD of the film to date, give or take a few samples I have seen, scrubbing suggested by another writer would explain the softness along with why silver, metallic and mirror surfaces do not look metallic enough and I have not seen either the Japanese Blu-ray editions or German steel book HD-DVD version of the film.


The DTS ES 6.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 EX mixes are back, but have the added bonus of D-BOX motion bass enhancement and the DTS is now in the DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless format. The DTS is again better than the Dolby, but the sound in both versions (either length of film, either DTS or Dolby sound format) sometimes sounds second generation, until you get to the action audio, which sounds better than previous editions for the most part. Still, this could have been more dynamic throughout, but has enough improved moments to go for the upgrade.


The THX Optimizer and two older audio commentary tracks for the theatrical cut, both excellent, are back too. One is with Cameron and co-writer William Wisher, the other with 26 other cast & crew of the film. New extras include 8 hours of BD Live interactive special features which are not quite the older loaded special edition versions of the film, but not bad. This is a nice upgrade, but more needs to be done and when a key anniversary comes up, a double Blu-ray set would be called for. Until then, there is enough demo material here for all serious Blu-ray and home theater owners.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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