In the year 2029, the ruling super-computer, Skynet, sends an indestructible cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) before she can fulfill her destiny and save mankind.
Don't be deceived by the new cover. This "new release" with a new cover is THE SAME terrible blu-ray disc previously released by MGM. The video quality is awful. Shame on those who practice the art of deception and get away with it. Now you have been warned.
There have been so many iterations and "editions" of this and the second movie, it's actually hard to keep track. . of which edition has what OR the amount of money left in your pocket after you buy every single edition known to man. What I can say about this particular installment is; if you don't own this first movie on blu-ray yet, this version is definitely worth it. I'm a big fan of the "plus book" edition's. The quality of the information inside can vary from awesome-for-just-a-movie-keepsake, to yeah-I-knew-that-already if you're already a fan of the movie. I would have to say this one here lacks any real trivia or lesser-known facts about the movie, but does include a nice, short essay about sci-fi movies and where the Terminator ranks and how it "changed Hollywood forever". I won't bother reviewing the movie. If you haven't seen, why in the hell would you be reading this when you could be watching a classic movie you've never seen before?!? But I will touch on the transfer of this movie. I only own one version of this movie on DVD (as opposed to the four I have of the sequel) that came out years upon years ago when DVD was a relatively new thing, and MGM still a big company and had the rights of movies to sell them. It was better than the used VHS copy i had, but not by much. The 5.1 surround was "awesome" for the time, but listening to it now is almost painful. This blu-ray is absolutely fantastic! The movie does not look as old as it is, but does not suffer from any real edge enhancement that is so popular today for some reason. The soundtrack is now uncompressed 5.1, and although some of the special effects might sound just a tad "dated", there's depth and feel to the music/speech/effects that were not there in the DVD from over a decade ago. I don't know, and can only assume, that any other high-def release of this movie would be the same transfer here, but if you do not own this movie yet on blu-ray, this is the one you want. It's a good "coffee table" piece for when your buddies come over and see yet another issue of movie they've seen, but in a collector's book they have never seen.Read more ›
If you're a fan of the Terminator films you should consider getting this. The audio and sound is great, and its finally got some decent bonus features (including deleted scenes finally)! I was not disappointed with this at all!
The Terminator(released Oct/84)was Schwarzenegger's cementing of his acting career to the highest heights of the action genre.It was a fast paced,thrill ride and he played his part of a cyborg killing machine,right down the middle.Starring along with him was Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor,Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese,Paul Winfield as Ed Traxler,Lance Henriksen as Hal Vukovich,and others.Henriksen would go onto star in director Cameron's Alien 2,along with Cameron`s friend Bill Paxton,who can be seen as the punk with the spiked hair outside the Griffith Observatory near the beginning. The world of the future on 2029 Earth has machines battling humans.A defense system created by Cyberdine systems for the U.S.Government,became more powerful than anyone could have imagined.The system eventually turned on humans in general,and thus began mankind`s battle back to reclaim the earth from machines.When all seemed lost for the humans,one John Connor inspired the people to never give up and the resistance spread far and wide,and much stronger than before.The machines decided in order to completely wipe out the resistance movement,they would send one of their own back in time to kill John's mother,Sarah.And so they sent a cyborg(Schwarzenegger),who suddenly appears naked on the street,amidst bolts of static electricity.The resistance learns of their plans and sends one of their own back to protect her,Kyle Reese(Biehn). In 1984 Sarah is not married and lives with a roommate.Suddenly other Sarah Connors in the L.A. area start getting killed one by one.When she is the only one left she gets worried and calls the police for protection.However the cyborg sent to kill her is hot on her trail and is now stalking her in the very club she awaits for a police escort in.Just as he is about to shoot,Reese is there also and he blasts away at the cyborg.Very little can stop the machine and it continues to recover after every blast of Reese`s weapon.Sarah and Reese flee for their lives,while the cyborg is never very far behind. In a motel the two talk of Reese`s future,Sarah`s future son John and what has happened to bring him back.He admits that he loves Sarah and the two make love,with Reese unintentionally becoming the father of his good friend John from the future.Their bonding is short lived as the cyborg eventually catches up and the two must flee once more.Out on the highway a chase ends in Reese`s death and the cyborg is totally burned.However,even though the outer covering has burned away the inner mechanism still functions and continues to pursue Sarah.She hides in a factory and when the chance arises,she manages to crush the cyborg under a heavy duty press. The film ends as a pregnant Sarah has gone to Mexico,and as she gets gas a kid takes a picture of her.It happens to be the same picture Reese was carrying of her when he first arrived in the past;the one given to him by John. Well written and directed by Cameron,this film not only cemented Schwarzenegger`s career but also gave Cameron`s a much needed kick in the pants also.There are little moments of rest in this film,because its`very theme of being constantly pursued,negates it.That is what makes it purr along so well.Schwarzenegger does a great job in his role,and if you didn`t already know,this is the film from which his famous line,that everyone to this day still copies,comes from:``I`ll be back``.And as fate and the box office receipts would have it,Ah-nold WOULD be back for two more Terminators. It is unfortunate that the opening prologue mentions that the events portrayed are happening now,in 1984.This dates the film.It is too bad no one had the foresight to just say events transpire in 1984 or that this is simply present day.As an aside,Sarah`s roommate was Bess Mota,the star of the famous work out show of the 80s,The 20 minute Workout. Technically speaking the film is in its original a/r of 1:85:1 and for its age it looks darn good.Extras on this one disc edition include the trailer and some old DVD ROM features. All in all,this is the action movie that put Schwarzenegger on top and catapulted Cameron`s career along.The film moves along from beginning to end and has alot of heart stopping and thrilling moments throughout.4 solid stars.Recommended.Read more ›
I had seen numbers 2 and 3 of the series but not this one and so was interested in going back to the origins after watching the latest installment: Terminator Salvation. I understand now why it was critically praised and strong enough to launch a franchise. It also helped very much into understanding some aspects of the last film. Actually, the first Terminator struck me at how internally logical it was in its fictional concept which is not an easy thing to do considering the inherent pratfalls whenever time travel is involved. It just consistently made sense compared to the plot holes of Salvation.
The action was obviously much lower-budget but it felt right and it looked good. The director James Cameron filmed some very effective stunts that still hold up today. You could always tell what was going on and follow the action. The terminator was an imposing menacing presence. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role played it without showing any emotion (which makes sense) while his massive physique, ponderous movements and plastic looks (he does look artificial sometimes!) sell the character. You could nitpick that the head of Arnold was obviously replaced by a fake head sometimes (mirror scene) but weirdly it kinda worked anyway into making him more creepy. The other main roles, Sarah Connor and Reese, were played just right showing enough emotion without going into overexagerated melodrama. They were believable and likable.
Since I already knew most of the twists, from having seen the later movies, it is difficult for me to comment on them. However, I must say they were well implemented and must surely have been effective back then. The story was quite interesting and the glimpses of the future were particularly engrossing. The soundtrack sometimes seemed a bit weak with the synthesizers but one should see it as a "time capsule" of the eighties (time the movie takes place and when it was filmed) and basically it fits with the haircuts and wardrobes of the time.
In terms of extras, there is basically none except the trailer and some script-to-screen dvd-rom features for the PC I could never access no matter how much I tried. Other editions of this film with lots more extras do exist: there's a 2 disc special edition http://www.amazon.ca/Terminator-Widescreen-James-Cameron/dp/B00005N5S5/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1244514956&sr=8-15 and a blu-ray edition. If you get this version, get it because it's the cheapest and you only want the film with no frills.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 for the movie. 1 star out of 5 for the lack of extras.Read more ›