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Terminator 2 Judgement Day @2x

He said he would be back and he wasn’t kidding. Or at least one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most famous film is back, remastered in glorious 3D.

This may be James Cameron’s version of a Kickstarter/GoFundMe campaign, seeking to raise the money to produce X (pick a number between 2 and 10) Avatar sequels, as we see the return of his 1991 masterpiece to the big screen, where it belongs.

I don’t think a plot synopsis is of any value here as anyone interested in this release would have to be more than slightly familiar with what is Schwarzenegger’s most iconic role (Conan fans sit down – you have been heard) and my opinion remains unchanged.

The Terminator franchise has gone through somewhat of a beating since Cameron stopped steering this ship in favour of a much larger one. But it is great to revisit this film that sees the Terminator and Arnold at their peak. Terminator 2 was a brilliant film and watching it again, 25 years later, I’m pleased to say it still is.

At the time of its original release, the effects were groundbreaking but they are showing the ravages of time. Fortunately, the CGI is only a small part of the storytelling and therefore has minimal impact as the film rips past at a glorious pace. What does still stand out are Arnold’s screen presence, Linda’s wonderful performance as Sarah Connor, James Cameron’s gift as a Storyteller/Director/Visionary, and the stunts – they are incredible!

With this release, James Cameron’s production team have overseen the 4k transfer and 3D conversion of the original 35mm film, now that probably doesn’t mean much to most of you, but you will notice the difference. The image is sharper, the colours more vibrant and, yup, it’s in 3D.

Terminator 2 Judgement Day contrast @2x

Usually I’m not a fan of a 3D films, in fact I will often avoid them in preference of a standard 2D screening. Sadly, this conversion hasn’t convinced me to reconsider. The updated dimension certainly adds depth to most of the images, but doesn’t add any impact to the visuals. For me, 3D is at its best when it is part of the tone of the film, like Rob Zemeckis’ Walk, or when it provides a sense of place, like in Gravity. Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a good-looking film to begin with and 3D feels unnecessary.

So, do you need see this remastered version? Not really. But do fans want to see this movie again on the big screen? Absolutely! Even novices to the Terminator franchise, who appreciate action/science fiction cinema, will get a kick out of this.

This is what the cinema experience is all about. Don’t wait for it on Netflix, do not watch it on a mobile device – get thee to the cinema. And be quick about it as Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D is on for one week only.  Michael Jepson


‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ in 3D is in cinemas for a limited time, from August 24- 30.








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