- Format: Blu-ray
- Studio: Universal
- DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2012
- Customer Reviews: 1,952 customer ratings
- ASIN: B076QBMJG9
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as the fiercest and most relentless killing machine ever to threaten the survival of mankind! From the Oscar winning director of Titanic, this fast paced, cleverly conceived, rip-roaring adventure fires an arsenal of thrills, intriguing twists and heart-stopping suspense that never lets up for a minute. In 2029, giant super-computers dominate the planet, hell on exterminating the human ace! And to destroy man's future by changing the past they send an indestrucitble cyborg-a Terminator (Schwarzenegger) - back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the woman who's unborn son will become mankind's only hope. Can Sarah protect herself from this unstoppable menace to save the life of her unborn child? Or will the human race be extinguished by "one mean hunk of mutant metal".
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In this the original, Arnie is the prototype bad ass killing machine that lets nothing or no one get in his way of achieving his mission of killing the mother of the son, that in a post apocalyptic future becomes the leader that defeats the self aware dominating machines.
It may of been a low budget film, but it uses all that it has to it’s advantage and is a singularly uncompromising sci fi action flick of the highest order.
Michael Biehn is raw and dependable whilst being vulnerable, and Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor goes from being a naive young woman to showing the character that will inform her future son’s upbringing as a wartime leader of strength remarkably. Stan Winston’s iconic make up effects still hold up well, as do all the work contributed to the production design and visual effects. Brad Fiedel’s soundtrack still pulsates with urgency and gusto when required, as well as demonstrating delicacy during the more intimate and humane moments (what there are, that is).
Picture quality is an improvement over the dvd as one should expect, but as for extras, one laments the absence of the extras that made the 2 disc dvd edition so worth while. What is included is minimal, so I guess we’ll have to wait for a more improved edition in future, hence why only 4 stars has been awarded. The film itself is easily 5 stars.
Iconic and brutal entertainment. One of the best sci fi films of the 80’s.
But it works and works brilliantly.
As this Terminator film has been reviewed many times , this is as much as I am going to say about the actual film.
But this Blu Ray release is absolutely amazing.
I used to watch The Terminator as an off air recording from a BBC2 ‘cult’ film classic series broadcast at the time c 1990 then watched it on an early release DVD . Now I’ve at last got hold of a restored and remastered release on Blu Ray.
What an amazing transformation!
A huge increase in detail, vastly improved contrast, punchier colours are all evident.
There’s a certain amount of digital processing evident especially in the ‘Tech Noir’ discotechque scene where parts of it seem ‘videoy’ ie unnaturally smooth but this is occasional and doesn’t detract too much from the film. And the sound is also improved although I’ve yet to experience anything like the5.1 sound etc. You also have to bear in mind that this is a 35 yr old film shot on a lowish budget and although the restoration process has dragged out a lot more latent information than previous releases there’s a limit to what it can achieve. We are probably approaching the limits of what’s possible with this film without any radical new technology coming up.
Well worth the money.
But the film is The Terminator, so it's still very good. I don't think it's better than T2, but they're both very strong action films. It's possible that there's going to be a better version released soon, but you'd be waiting another 5 years for the 40th anniversary, so this could be the best blu ray release for a while. (Or there could be another version with better features, I didn't really spend much time checking). For a sub-£10 blu ray release, it's not bad, especially if you're buying it for the film, rather than the features. It's maybe worth getting the version with the Arnold Schwarzegger box set, although if this is the same version then it would explain the basic presentation.
Would highly recommend. Any Collector should definitely have this landmark film in their collection.
For anyone wanting this 2015 Remastered Version of The Terminator, don't bother. I've sent for this item twice thinking it was a mistake, but the disc inside is the same disc from the 2013 blu ray version.
Whilst overall the look of the film is infinately better than the dvd version. There are certain scenes (some of the future ones) that for some reason have not been altered. Surely it would make sense to overhaul the special effects scenes more than the one with Kyle & Sarah sitting in a dark tunnel.
Sound quality = 10/10
For me the sound quality of the blu-ray makes it a must have. Some people on here have moaned but I saw (heard) no issues whatsoever. The technoir club scene has once again become one of my favorites from any movie ever made.
Extraa = 7/10
In all honesty I haven't really watched them all so can't really go into detail. However there are plenty of deleted scenes and "making ofs" to keep anyone happy.
I waited for seven years for a Blu-ray version; my DVD copy became unplayable after the disc melted[...] and I had to throw it away. Worth the wait though, it looks stunning in HD.
The real perks are the extras which give a lot of the history and more open interviews than one is used to seeing in more recent DVD releases. The rise of James Cameron from down and out director with his skills as an art director for earlier Corman movies and their contribution to the feel of the film are all well covered. The Arnie contributions are pretty well known but nice to hear him restating in conversation with Cameron. To top it with the roles of others (producer and special effects) with their observations all help explain why the movie built up such a devout following versus its contemporaries at the time and went on to become such a strong franchise over many later and bigger budget follow ons.