Terminator 2 is one of those films that never gets old. Every scene, every piece of dialogue is just as captivating as the first time, if not more so.
On August 25th, Terminator 2 will be back in theaters in 3D. Plenty of movies these days are released in 3D, but that is not the most interesting aspect of this re-release. James Cameron and his team have done a new 4K digital remaster from the original film. What does this mean? It means you will see Terminator 2 in a new level of detail unlike before, and if you watch the new trailer, you can see that even the range of colours and contrast have been vastly improved.
Check out the screenshot below for a side by side comparison of Arnold’s face. It’s a stark contrast.
For film buffs and videophiles, here are some nerdy details about how the 4K remaster was done:
The original 35mm negative was scanned and then restored in 4k at Deluxe L.A., 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).
Terminator 2 is by far my favourite film in the franchise. The first one is also excellent, but for very different reasons. Much like the difference between Alien and Aliens, the first Terminator movie had elements of horror, whereas Terminator 2 veers more into action genre territory. The stakes are high in both, but everything is elevated to a new level in the sequel. The action scenes are bigger, new characters are introduced, and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.