Blu-Ray Review: Terminator 2 Judgement Day

Director: James Cameron
Screenplay: James Cameron, William Wisher
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen
Country: USA
Running Time: 137 minutes
Year: 1991
MPAA Rating: R

It wouldn’t be a stretch to rank Terminator 2 among the best-known films of the 1990’s. And now perhaps the best instalment in the much-loved franchise comes to Blu-ray.

There isn’t much that can be said about Terminator 2 that hasn’t been said many times, but just in case, here’s a short summary. The story continues from the first movie. Sarah Connor is now mother to John, who is very much alive in the future, continuing his mission to lead humanity against Skynet. Once again, Skynet sends a terminator to kill John, which, should he succeed, essentially would mean the end of the resistance. Fortunately, Arnie comes equipped with a brand new operating system and has transformed into a good guy.

The movie looks just superb in high definition. It really does appear as though it was filmed with Blu-ray in mind and is a tribute to the production’s high quality. The lone sign of the film’s age is John Connor’s ginger-mullet wearing friend, Tim.

The disc features the original 137-minute theatrical cut, as well as the 152-minute director’s cut. The added scenes provided in the latter, such as Kyle Reese’s dream sequence, improve the story without dragging it on too long – a crime of many a director’s cut.

James Cameron’s audio commentary is interesting, albeit on the quiet side. There is also a picture-in-picture option when watching the”making of” footage, in addition to a story-board running while the movie plays. The only issue with the latter is that the text isn’t large enough, making it hard to read.

The film also sounds superb, with top-notch audio transfer and Dolby 6.1, which really adds to the enjoyment of watching this classic.

A rebuilt Terminator 2 pinball machine by Wayne Patrick Finn Melbourne Australia. 34 by Wayne Patrick Finn (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License)

 
While recent Terminator instalments may not have fared as well, the popularity of the franchise has never waned. The first sequel itself led to endless merchandise to keep fans happy. There has been a stream of video games released to various platforms, ranging from pinball to Game Boy, over the years. There’s even a video slot game at Bitcasino.io, where the player is asked to help John Connor withstand T-1000 and fulfil his destiny. The user can deposit and withdraw funds for free on the site through Bitcoin; another high-tech phenomenon which has recently taken the world by storm.

But, of course, fans continue to come back to watch the film itself time and again. And why wouldn’t they? Robert Patrick is still excellent as the T-1000, with his sinister style making him the perfect complement to Arnie’s original Terminator. Sarah Connor is also wonderfully portrayed by Linda Hamilton. The character, who was a waitress in the original movie, is now a foot-soldier, once again fighting the machines, with her determination to protect her child matched only by the T-1000’s relentlessness to eliminate him.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a modern classic and is a must-watch on Blu-ray. The special effects have stood the test of time, too. It comes in a nicely presented disc, with easily navigated, and great looking, menus, and extras that make it worth the purchase.