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The Terminator [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray]
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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.
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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.Read more ›
As for the Blu Ray release in question here, everything is well-updated from earlier DVD releases.
Sharp, clear and an overall great effort on the transfer.
"The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. Their war to exterminate mankind had raged for decades, but the final battle would not be fought in the future.
It would be fought here, in our present.
This is what appears on-screen at the beginning of this exhilarating sci-fi action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Bien, and Linda Hamilton. It was directed by James Cameron.
A cyborg assassin, a Terminator or a T-100, Model 101 (Schwarzenegger) is sent back in time from the year 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Hamilton). Kyle Reese (Bien) is the human soldier from the future who is sent back to protect Sarah from the T-100.
What makes this movie so appealing (to me at least) is the story. It's a well-executed science fiction movie with plenty of action. Bien and Hamilton actually make the story work with Schwarzenegger looking the part of a menacing human-shaped, indestructible robot.
Schwarzenegger speaks 76 words in this movie--many with an Austrian accent!
Schwarzenegger, as well, does not appear in this film's last 15 minutes.
However, the public was mesmerized with his part and, as they say, the rest is history,
Both the special effects and background music add to each scene.
This film was not expected to be either a commercial or critical success, but it topped the box office for two weeks and helped launch the career of Cameron and solidify that of Schwarzenegger.
Finally, the DVD (the one released in 2007) has only one extra: a theatrical trailer.
In conclusion, this is the movie to see if you appreciate good science fiction!!
(1984; 1 hr, 43 min excluding end credits; 28 scenes; wide screen, rated 'R')
<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>
Those who own the previous blu-ray might want to ditch it completely for its transfer wasn't the best. Here, we have a much better picture resolution, details, textures and color balance.
Also, anyone who still owns MGM's 2001 special edition DVD should definitely keep it since most of the special features on it are NOT on the blu-ray.
A classic of science-fiction and an establishing movie for Arnold Schwarzenegger, this was a real calling card for James Cameron and a precursor of many things to come in his career.
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There is not much left to be said about this classic, so I am not going to say anything about the content. Watching this as a BD really does improve the viewing experience. Read morePublished 1 day ago by ATC123
I love the terminator series. Yeah, waiting for the machines to win.Published 4 days ago by Lyle Brant
They did a great job enhancing the image quality of one of my favorite classics. The Blu Ray version I bought several years ago looked no better than a DVD.Published 2 months ago by D. Nilsson
I like T2 better but this is a classic and a must see to start yourself on the franchise. And Michael Biehn is super sexy!Published 2 months ago by Kikki
Very well done with lots of extras. Any Fan will love it. By the way the stock photo that Amazon has is not what you get. You get the newer one with Arnold and sunglasses.Published 3 months ago by Wayne from CANADA
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