Remember the good ole’ days when the Terminator movies were, at their core, good ole’ slasher flicks? Wanna go back to that time before the series became about the complexity of the time travel paradoxes, awful attempts at humor, and brainless action scenes? Go back to when it was nothing more than malevolent monster whose sole purpose was to kill its target?
Well, now you can! James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day is coming back to theaters, and in glorious 3D!
Terminator 2: Judgement Day took Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, now recast as the good guy, aimed to protect the 11-year-old John and the more militant Sarah, from a new threat, the liquid metal T-1000 (played by Robert Patrick). In terms of story, visual effects, and Cameron’s own directorial ambitions, the sequel stylistically and substantively in line with the original. It remains an example that strongly argues that a sequel can surpass the original in creative and commercial goals.
What’s this noise about 3D re-release, you say? Yes, yes, the gimmick of 3D nowadays has almost all but faded away, but when it’s good? It can be truly thrilling. Now think about T2 and imagine seeing those T-1000 effects and relentless action set pieces on the big screen…in 3D. Gun shots, explosions, and metal goo flying everywhere. YES!!!
This isn’t some cheap 3D re-release either. The painstaking 3D restoration process took almost a year, according to Distrib Films’ official website. Cameron’s company Lightstorm Entertainment, whose filmography began with T2 and also includes Titanic and Avatar, oversaw the project from start to finish. Cameron’s team restored the original 35mm cut frame-by-frame to 4K quality. Stereo D (The Fate of the Furious, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) then converted the 4K version of the film to 3D. In other words, a lot of effort went into it.
Wanna get a feel at how Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D is going to look? Check out the new trailer released by Distrib Films above. It features a number of clips from the film, some with noticeable updates to the effects — including a shot from the post-apocalyptic battle in the opening sequence.
The updated effects do seem out of place and off-putting, giving off a feel likened to what George Lucas did with the Star Wars Special Editions. Unlike Lucas, however, this re-lease with updated effects is not considered a “definitive edition”. Just a fun jaunt back to classic SciFi cinema, using 3D to make those quintessential moments that much more exciting.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D will be back August 25.