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REVIEW: Terminator 2 4K UHD Blu-Ray

Run Time: 137 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: An underwhelming and lazy release

It’s one of those times again when a new format is released and you eagerly await the big guns, having put up with the generic stuff you’re not really into but watch nonetheless to ‘test’ the new generation.  Well, Terminator 2: Judgement Day surely is a ‘big gun’.  Checking out a film like this on a new format is a big deal and something you plan ahead for, but unfortunately StudioCanal didn’t seem to care as much.  That’s a pity… many of you are going to have to wait until they, or someone else tries again.

First, the movie itself.  It holds up well, if you haven’t watched it in a while.  It is of course a 10/10 film, even if the first movie is slightly superior.  It’s essentially a remake of the first, but the analogy I like to use for ‘slicker’ remakes that are aesthetically superior is that bread is always best when it’s fresh out of the oven.  Good stories are always best upon first hearing them.

Still, the sequel is almost the perfect action movie.  And even though the first movie has somewhat of an edge on it, this still feels like a career apex for practically everyone involved, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Cameron, Linda Hamilton and definitely Edward Furlong.  Watching it again, it makes me hungry for this new sequel the old hands are working on.  Maybe they can bring back some of the magic.

However, I can’t recommend this to those who are now getting into 4K.  You’ve probably got a nice new TV and are looking for something to test its horsepower out on.  But if you’re hoping for Terminator 2 to be one of those special event purchases, StudioCanal is only wasting your time and money with this.  It’s not that it’s terrible – it’s noticeably better than standard Blu-Ray mostly – rather it’s underwhelming, inconsistent and a lot of the time, kind of a jarring experience.  Take for instance Schwarzenegger’s accosting of the bikers at the start of the movie.  In the space of a few seconds, his face goes from looking crisp (where you notice more than ever how his T-800 is demonstrably slightly older than the first), to turning into a waxwork DNR figure.

Is this acceptable?  It’s the same guy… probably in the same take!

Robert Patrick, Terminator 2. (Not 4K Cap)

Elsewhere, what appears to my eye to be an overcompensation of digital sharpening can also at times become intrusive, giving silhouettes such as trees and hair outlines a mildly haggard and uncomfortable look.  All of this is apparently the result of being sourced from the 3D DI for the movie, so it’s not really a true 4K remaster… and if it is, it’s a damn shame.  The question is, are you willing to sit through long bouts of suspect quality in order to enjoy parts that really pop now and again?

The movie comes with the obligatory second HD disc.  On this, you can expect the usual supplements that have been issued before, but with a new 55 minute retrospective.  This was the only fun I had with this release, it features an enthusiastic Schwarzenegger/Cameron and a sickly looking Edward Furlong, who slurs his words.  It presented me with trivia that is either new, or has slipped my memory.

However, there is a further and final downside.  I’m not overly impressed with the packaging and menus.  It seems lazy, generic… with the film’s theme coming through as a sickly stereo track and screen previews flowing in the background without any impact or imagination.  It’s just all a big pity… something you’re going to have to just sit out.

19 Comments

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    Mucho Macho

    December 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm

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      The Night Rider

      December 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      I wish Cameron would stop fucking about with these stupid Smurf movies. BTW the CGI in Avatar has aged poorly IMO, it was poor on release but worse now.

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        Mucho Macho

        December 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

        For a movie that’s the highest grossing film of all time, “Avatar” does not seem to have the cultural impact other movies have made specially in the action/science fiction genre.

        It’s not even that popular in conventions in the cosplay circuit.
        I guess it was fine for what it was at the time but I don’t know anybody really that wants a sequel that bad, let alone three or four. I have the film on Blu-ray but haven’t watched in a long time.

        But Fuckin’ Cameron is hell-bent on spending the rest of his fucking career or life making these Giant Smurf movies.

        • The Night Rider

          The Night Rider

          December 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm

          It would be interesting to see what % 3D tickets contributed to Avatar’s financial total. I know I only saw it in 3D and a lot of people who don’t even bother with movies in general also went to see it, only in 3D, because of the hype surrounding it.

          3D ticket sales have supposedly been in decline since Avatar, which is quite a trajectory considering how old the movie is now.

          I think Cameron might be in for his first big shock with the sequel, but of course everyone has doubted Cameron since 1996…

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            Mucho Macho

            December 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

            Avatar was the first for the launch that 3D craze early in the decade.
            Every movie was converted & released to 3D it seemed.
            But audiences eventually caught on to the fact that it was all bullshit & the 3D was terrible.

            Now mostly you get 3D in IMAX which is fine..& better

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        Saverio

        December 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        I didn’t even make it through Avatar. It was just too boring

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          The Night Rider

          December 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

          The only good thing about it was Stephen Lang.

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            Mucho Macho

            December 7, 2017 at 7:26 pm

            Lang was The Boss in it

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          Jacob Phillips

          December 7, 2017 at 4:59 pm

          me neither, switched it off after about 40 mins.

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    Mucho Macho

    December 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Flashback TV Time
    📺https://youtu.be/_KiOlkqwYAA

    📺https://youtu.be/-Gy1rEs-r3g

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      Saverio

      December 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      I love the old Siskel and Ebert reviews !

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        Mucho Macho

        December 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm

        I used to watch the show every week or when I could. Since it was a syndicated show it will shift in time constantly or of course if you went to another city.

        I did not always agree with them but they were fun to watch. Siskel was the harshest of the 2 IMO. But watching these old shows always brings back fond memories of a time sadly gone by.⏳

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          Saverio

          December 7, 2017 at 11:44 pm

          I hear ya! I feel like that with a lot of TV shows & movies!

      • The Night Rider

        The Night Rider

        December 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm

        Check out this hilarious review. Particularly the part about the Predator dogs. https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/predators-2010

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    Mucho Macho

    December 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Furlong definitely fucked his life up.
    But I must say that I like “Pet Sematary 2” 📼👍
    https://youtu.be/IhEcrgXF604

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      The Night Rider

      December 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Furlong is a dead ringer for… Nelson Muntz, these days. http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/fp/Edward+Furlong+Bailout+Films+Vancouver+Yizu5sSG5x9l.jpg

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        Mucho Macho

        December 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm

        LOL
        I remember all the girls in my school being in love with him. I wonder if they want to marry him now .
        Age is not a friend to everyone I guess.

        Btw..Furlong also starred in this 90s gem 📼👍
        https://youtu.be/QaRbBSeLkj4

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          Jacob Phillips

          December 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm

          been looking for this for a while.

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            Mucho Macho

            December 7, 2017 at 7:23 pm

            It was a cool movie.
            We need the DVD in our collection