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Check Out the Changes Made to 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D'

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Movie PosterJames Cameron's classic action movie, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, is one of those rare examples of a sequel that eclipses or at least matches the original installment. In this case, it was a follow-up to his well-regarded 1984 movie, The Terminator.

T2 opened in theaters in July 1991 and brought in more than $500M in worldwide box office revenue. It won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for two more. It has been released in many, many forms on a variety of home video formats. I think I have four or five copies in various formats and editions.

While he's working on the four Avatar sequels, he found some time to supervise T2's 3D conversion, which will be coming to theaters on Friday, August 25, 2017 as Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D.

When a filmmaker has a chance to revisit a movie they made 26 years ago, you can imagine the temptation that exists to "tinker and improve." George Lucas has become infamous for doing this with the Star Wars movies, with very mixed reactions by fans. With this mind, you should know that Cameron didn't resist the temptation...

ScreenRant published an article recently that outlines the changes that were made to the movie for the 2017 release, as well as comments by James Cameron made to Entertainment Tonight about his approach. The biggest changes involve cleaning up shots for continuity (a windshield that is broken in a scene, only to be back in place in the next shot) and other items that weren't fixed before the movie's release (such as superimposing an actor's face over the face of stunt double).

The article raises concern about whether the modifications that were made alter the history of a classic movie, since they believe that the 2017 remastering will now be the source of the movie going forward. This is very similar to what happened with the theatrical versions of the original Star Wars trilogy, where they are no longer available to the public in any form, and the highly altered Special Editions are now considered by the studio to be the only official versions.

It seems very likely that this will be the case with T2. However, the changes described in the article are pretty minor, and don't materially affect the story or the overall aesthetic of the movie in a significant way.

The article also provides an opinion on the quality of the 3D conversion:

Before going into ethics, let’s get that extra dimension out of the way. This doesn’t count as a change to the movie per se as it’s essentially a new media addition. Also, it’s utterly worthless. Yes, the 3D is as good as you’d expect from Cameron – even when it’s post-conversion he predicates the best – but, bar the future-set opening and Sarah Connor’s nuclear vision, it’s barely noticeable and thus wholly ineffective. The problem is that as the film is so dominated by backlit sets and shot with tight focus, the added depth of field that makes the rare good 3D movie pop just can’t be achieved. Terminator 2 is a movie made for 2D and thus winds up being one of the most pointless 3D movies out there.

Of course, this is just one opinion. You'll have the opportunity to form your own when Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D. opens on Friday. Head over to the Showtimes page to find out where and when it's playing near you!

If you miss the theatrical run, the movie is being re-released on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 3, 2017. A special collector's edition with a replica Endoskeleton arm is also available. You can find links to the various editions below. As always, we get a small commission from purchases through these links, so we appreciate your support!

 



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Sep 1, 2017 - Scott Jentsch VIP Member

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release has been delayed until October 31, 2017. 

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