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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

This 4K release of the 1991 hit easily terminates the action competition and is a must-have for movie buffs.

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For those who have never seen or heard of the 1991 hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day, it’s a timeless action classic by director James Cameron that’s hailed by most as one of the best action movies and sequels ever made. They wouldn’t be wrong either, as me and most people I know have always held this blockbuster in high regard ever since it came on the scene. All these years later, it finally makes its way to the 4K HDR realm while looking and sounding better than ever, and includes new and old special features that make this the ultimate version to own of this classic.

One of the greatest action heroes to ever grace the screen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, returns as the famous (or infamous) T-800 terminator that’s a good guy this time around and is sent from the future by John Connor to protect his younger self (Edward Furlong) so that he can fulfill his destiny to become mankind’s hero when the machines take over in the future. Upon finding John, he wishes the T-800 to break his mother Sarah (Linda Hamilton) out of a mental institution she’s been placed in due to telling others about the incoming machine apocalypse that’s set to happen soon. Of course the machines aren’t about to sit back and let them make the future a better place for humanity, so they send the upgraded T-1000 (Robert Patrick) into the past that’s made of a living, liquid metal of sorts to put an end to John, Sarah, and the T-800 once for all.

To say anymore would be a disservice to the film, but it’s definitely an action movie you’ll want to experience. There’s rarely ever a dull moment, and the chemistry between the characters is always funny or touching. A perfect example of some of the funny tidbits is when John learns the T-800 has to do anything he commands it to, from hopping up and down on one leg, to showing off an awkward smile. Checking this masterpiece out in 4K made me fall in love with it all over again, as everything looks and sounds better than it ever has, especially with the added UHD, HDR color, and Dolby Atmos audio. There’s also some sweet special features that are new and old, starting with the ability to switch between the theatrical version, special edition, or extended special edition version of the movie. While you can only do this on the standard 1080p Blu-ray that comes with the 4K disc, it’s still pretty cool to have all three cuts of the film.

Also on this Blu-ray disc are audio commentaries by director James Cameron and co-writer William Wisher on one commentary track where they discuss how they went about making the story and some of what went into the production of the film, and another commentary track that’s made from various audio interviews featuring some of the of the cast and crew that share some of their experiences working on the movie and such. Getting into the new stuff, there’s “Reprogramming” that’s a nearly hour-long documentary that brings back some of the cast and crew as they discuss working on the movie and how it has held up after all these years. I found this to be one of my favorite extras as it was nice seeing how some of the cast and crew looks now and how they don’t pull any punches as they talk very candidly about their experiences on set. There’s also some older extras such as “The Making of”, two deleted scenes with optional audio commentary, and a few others round out the special features here.

This 4K UHD Blu-ray of Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the best way to watch the hit film in the best way possible. While I would’ve loved to see 4K versions of the all the different cuts of the film, I am more than pleased with the UHD, HDR, and Dolby Atmos upgrades to the theatrical one. Throw in some sweet new and old special features, and you have an action flick you’ll be back for again and again.

About the Author: Chris Mitchell