Santa’s Nice List – Terminator 2 Restoration (Blu-ray)

Ho-Ho-Ho Silver Screen Write-Up readers! Christmas is fast approaching and Santa is readying his reindeer. The festive season is notoriously a time for watching movies, and with the ever-growing number of recent and coming releases it is hard to know what is and is not worth getting. With this in mind, we thought we’d go straight to the source and ask Santa himself which films have made the nice list this year.

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We don’t tend to have many rules up here in the North Pole, but one outright law is that every year for grandpa elf’s birthday everyone watches Terminator 2. It is his absolute fave; next to Santa Claus The Movie.

As you know, we make all kinds of Christmas presents in my workshop, not just toys. And the other day we got a wish list in the North wind from Michael in Essex; with the Terminator 2 4K blu-ray as his primary request. We had no idea that James Cameron had recently overseen a 3D conversion and 4K restoration of this beloved action Goliath, so as a little early birthday treat, we made an extra copy for grandpa elf. The film has never looked so gorgeous!

Terminator 2 had a few minor niggles (such as the magic truck windscreen) which have all been digitally corrected, and the film’s colouring overall has been tidied up. But this alone is not the reason to get excited about the film’s restoration. The truth of the matter is that in cleaning up the Image and further intensifying the soundtrack, it becomes readily apparent that this 26 year old film has not aged a day. In fact, one might argue that even now, Terminator 2 is better than 99.9% of any action film ever made. The key to the film’s success is it focus on character and emotion. Yes the action scenes are marvelous, and they look stunning in this restored version, but it is the triangle of uneasy and comic relations between the T-1000, his previous target Sarah Connor and her estranged teenage son, future saviour of mankind, John. There is a slightly similar dynamic up here between Rudolph, Donner and Mrs. Claus but we won’t get in to that.

One of the things that excited me even more about this release of the film is that it comes with all 3 versions. My personal favourite is the special edition, but director James Cameron seems to favour the theatrical cut, hence this is the one in the best condition. But the fact that you have a choice of which version to watch and a lovely bunch of special features to peruse, means this is a gift worth getting. Michael from Essex is destined to have one of the best Christmas’s ever!

Santa’s Rating: 5 mince pies

Release: 4th December 2017
Cert: 15
Format: BR / DVD

In this sequel set eleven years after “The Terminator,” young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the key to civilization’s victory over a future robot uprising, is the target of the shape-shifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a Terminator sent from the future to kill him. Another Terminator, the revamped T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), has been sent back to protect the boy. As John and his mother (Linda Hamilton) go on the run with the T-800, the boy forms an unexpected bond with the robot.

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