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"The Terminator" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

In this newly remastered film, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the most fierce and relentless killing machine ever to threaten the survival of mankind! An indestructible cyborg - a Terminator (Schwarzenegger) - is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Hamilton), the woman whose unborn son will become humanity's only hope in a future war against machines.

Specifications

  • MGM Video
  • 2013 release , Color, Rated R, 1 Hour, 48 Minutes
  • 1080p/ Ratio: 1.85.1
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English & others, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton
  • Directed by: James Cameron
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The one and only "original" film that would later spawn 1 pre-quel and 2 sequels (it’s that time travel thingy, people), returns for the umpteenth iteration. But wait! This blu-ray release is more than just an, “I’ll be back” version. No Sci-Fi fan should go without this movie in their collection, and if you are like me, you have had this in VHS, VD, DVD and Blu-ray. The story holds up well and still never fails to excite the viewer. It also rewards us with some of Arnold’s best one-liners. Why is this release such a big deal? Read on…

Technical

The film has been re-mastered (thank the HD gods!) and I am going to go out on a limb and say that this is the sharpest, cleanest and most esquisitely detailed version I have ever seen.  All of the grit and filth have been removed from the print and damaged frames have been restored. Most scenes reveal excellent contrast and depth of field. Colors are well saturated and look life-like. Amazing details reveal skin pores, sweat, texture and some gosh awful make-up scars. Gone are the reddish skin tones. Film grain is present with almost no sign of digital scrubbing. The color timing has been changed a bit and leans towards teal, but I never found it to be distracting. The sound is very active in all 5 channels with bullets and lasers zipping around your head. In fact, the sound is almost too lively. When Sarah walks into the kitchen you can hear things going on in all the channels at once, almost to distraction. Dialog is clearly centered and intelligible. Still no mono track, but really, who cares?

Bottom line: Yes, yet another release of an iconic film. Should you upgrade? Only if you really want to own this movie in what is its best picture and sound quality to date (and considering the low budget, they have made this one look as good as the original stock will permit). This is the version you have been waiting for.

Extras

Same as all the prior versions: 7 Deleted Scenes, Creating The Terminator: Visual Effects & Music, Terminator: A Retrospective