Terminator 2: Judgment Day [Blu-ray]
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Arguably the finest movie of its kind, Terminator 2: Judgment Day captured Arnold Schwarzenegger at the very apex of his Hollywood celebrity and James Cameron at the peak of his perfectionist directorial powers. Nothing the star did subsequently measured up to his iconic performance here, spouting legendary catchphrases and wielding weaponry with unparalleled cool; and while the director had an even bigger hit with the bloated and sentimental Titanic, few followers of his career would deny that Cameron's true forte has always been sci-fi action. With an incomparably bigger budget than its 1984 precursor, T2 essentially reworks the original scenario with envelope-stretching special effects and simply more, more, more of everything. Yet, for all its scale, T2 remains at heart a classic sci-fi tale: robots running amok, time travel paradoxes and dystopian future worlds are recurrent genre themes, which are here simply revitalised by Cameron's glorious celebration of the mechanistic. From the V-twin roar of a Harley Fat Boy to the metal-crunching Steel Mill finale, the director's fascination with machines is this movie's strongest motif: it's no coincidence that the character with whom the audience identifies most strongly is a robot. Now that impressive but unengaging CGI effects have come to over-dominate sci-fi movies (think of The Phantom Menace), T2's pivotal blending of extraordinary live-action stuntwork and FX looks more and more like it will never be equalled. --Mark Walker
Theatrical Version - 02:16:26 (English 5.1 DD & French 2.0, T2: On The Set (English only), No Feat But What We Make (English only), The Making of T2, Audio Commentary with James Cameron and William Wisher (English only). --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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The menus were very expertly done at the time... you had fun consulting them, the animation was entertaining and retained most of the movie's energy or feel... plus, a few hidden bonus features could be found... it was a win-win combination, one that sadly has left the business for quite some time now.
After almost 25 years (already???), what more can be said about James Cameron's low-budget sci-fi movie? (yes, that was a light sarcasm) :3 Not much, I would imagine, yet this edition packs a whole lot of surprises including two new cuts of the film. If the making-of featurettes are legion, they are quite short and do not yet have a "play all" possibility, which is a bit sad, but this nevertheless shouldn't mean you look away from this DVD.
But "The Terminator" was a solid piece of writing and Arnie could just walk through it and not even attempt to act. He was the perfect souless machine. But the movie left so much hanging unexplained or vague. "Terminator 2" takes care of that problem. Arnie still can't act but the emphasis is clearly on Linda Hamilton and she does know what she is doing. Together, the two parts of the story make for a good thrill ride that neither can provide on its own. If you have the first "T", but not the second, now's the times to buy it as almost everyone has it on sale.
Why another DVD though? This film has been put on DVD almost as many times as "Independence Day". Special features are somewhat reserved here, so what justifies another release? DVD producer Van Ling answers the question in a quaint little insert about how new technology has developed since the last T2 transfer.Read more ›
But I just wanted to add a few things:
The version in this Extreme DVD, is the "Special Extended edition". Despite what it says on the menu, it is not the plain special edition. It actually includes all the possible deleted escenes they ever took out.
And some people are saying that the only way to see the theatrical version is by playing the disc on your computer's DVD-ROM, on windows media 9 series. Well, that is not truth. You can watch the theatrical version on your normal DVD player. Just highlight (red) "sensory control", then on your remote control press the "right" button 5 times. To the right, the phrase "The future is not set" will appear. Then press "enter" on your remote control, and the "play special edition" will morph into "theareical version". There you have it.
harrowing action sequences,quite a bit of humour,and more character
development.it's not as dark as the first one.instead it has more of
hopeful tone.it has strong message too,that is becoming more and more
relevant each passing day Arnie is back,but this time his terminator is
has more dimensions to his personality.Joe Morton,a terrific(though
underrated) actor also plays a prominent role,and is also
terrific.Linda Hamilton returns and her character is much more defined
and has more to do.she is certainly up to the task.but
really,the(human)star of the movie has to be Robert Patrick in what i
think was a career making performance.the guy is just amazing.the
biggest star of all in this movie would have to be the special
effects.they were beyond cutting edge then,and they still stand the
test of time today.for me this movie is definitely in my top 10 movies
of all time.my vote for Terminator 2:Judgment Day is a perfect 5/5
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This movie is a high water mark in modern science fiction - as great today as it was 20+ years agoPublished 3 days ago by NXC
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