It has been 10 years since the events of Terminator. Sarah Connor’s ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he’s still a child.Sarah and John don’t have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance has managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost. The battle for tomorrow has begun….
James Cameron’s masterpiece starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, has been converted in immersive 3D by Cameron himself. First hitting our screens in 1991 with groundbreaking special effects, the 3D version will take the seminal blockbuster to the next level of effects and into the 21st century for the next generation of fans.
What We Thought:
I’m not the biggest fan of 3D, especially post production 3D, so I saw Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D for one reason, I had never seen it on the big screen. After watching it, I don’t know if the 3D added anything to it, but it was cool to watch it in a theater.
At this point in time the film is considered one of the greatest sci-fi flicks of all-time and cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legacy in pop culture history. From “I’ll be back” to “Hasta la vista, baby”, the film was a staple of movie references for a generation. It introduced us to actor Edward Furlong and made Linda Hamilton one of the queens of badass chicks on screen. You’ve probably seen it many times and if like me, own it on DVD or Blu-ray.
So why should you pay to see it in this new 3D release? There’s probably a lot of people out there who haven’t seen the movie at theaters and it’s well worth seeing it there. The movie is massive and looks great on the big screen. I’m not much of a James Cameron guy nowadays, but I gotta give him credit, his films look huge in scope. I didn’t like Avatar and refuse to watch Titanic so it was cool seeing an older Cameron film at a theater. He certainly knows how to fill a big screen.
And even though the film is 26 years old, the special effects still hold up pretty well. Everyone was blown away at the T-1000 Terminator (played by Robert Patrick) back in the day and the silver effects still look great. The shoot out with Arnold shooting up police cars (without killing anyone) with the massive machine gun still looks great as well. The chase scenes, Hamilton’s one-handed shotgun pump, the mall shootout, all still look fantastic.
Is Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D a cash grab? Yeah probably. The 3D did nothing for me and I know very few people who actually like 3D, but again, if you’ve never seen the film at the theater, check it out. I thought it was cool.
About the 3D restoration:
The project was initiated by Lightstorm (lei), James Cameron’s production company, DMG Entertainment and Studiocanal. James Cameron’s team oversaw this 3d conversion from start to finish. This highly experienced and award-winning team had already supervised Titanic’s 3d conversion and is currently working on the Avatar sequels.
The original 35mm negative was scanned and then restored in 4K at Deluxe LA, under the supervision of Geoff Burdick, Lightstorm. The film was calibrated in 4K by Skip, James Cameron’s colorist, at Technicolor Hollywood, with a selection of the best 35mm prints from the film’s first release. The film was then converted into 3D by Stereo D. (Star wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic world).
This work lasted almost a year and was daily monitored by Lightstorm’s teams, to produce a high-end 3D version at the level of the last 3D outputs from U.S. Studios. The 3d version then benefited from a calibration and a specific finish at Technicolor Hollywood, still under the supervision of Skip and James Cameron himself.