Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack Review

Terminator 2 Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review Lionsgate
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (Credit: Farid-ul-Haq)

The Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, presents the iconic film’s first-ever 4K scan. You can follow The Terminator, Sarah Connor, and John Connor on their action-filled mission to stop the destruction of humanity in all it’s high-detailed glory!

I was provided a review copy of Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The opinions are my own.

The cinematic world got an amazing addition when Terminator 2: Judgment Day debuted back in 1991. Directed by James Cameron, who also co-wrote the screenplay with William Wisher, the film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton, Earl Boen and Edward Furlong went on to become a pop culture phenomenon. It’s also one of the few sequels that are better than the first film.

I’ve been looking forward to the release of the Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ever since it was announced. And I have to say that the video and audio presentation doesn’t disappoint. The 4K release is also accompanied by a Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box set.

The story is set ten years after The Terminator and we get to see John Connor (Edward Furlong) as a young boy. He’s the key to saving the human race from a future robot uprising and becomes the target of T-1000 (Robert Patrick) which is a shape-shifting Terminator from the future. However, to protect the young John Connor, the older John Connor from the future sends over T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Young John reunites with his mother (Linda Hamilton) and what follows is an action-packed adventure as John, Sarah, and T-800 try to stop Skynet.

You all need to watch this film if you haven’t already. There’s a reason it’s still considered as one of the best action/sci-fi films ever made. And while the acting isn’t the best, the characters are fleshed out quite well.

Coming to the Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, the packaging is appealing. The front has an image of the T-800 while the back has an image of the T-800 with John, details about the film, specs, and special features.

The 4K Ultra HD presentation is in 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1). You’ll end up noticing a lot of detail during close-ups. From the stitching in the T-800’s leather jacket to each character’s hair and blemishes, there’s a lot of clear details for you to appreciate. There’s also a realistic glow given to metal objects and light fixtures. The 4K release does give this film a cinematic look on home entertainment systems. However, the visual detail falls short when the camera decides to show wider shots. While such a change is understandable, considering it’s a 4K scan of a decades-old film, some die-hard 4K viewers might not be very forgiving toward the inconsistent presentation.

The 4K Ultra HD Audio offers English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and German DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. There’s no fault in the enjoyable audio, as far as I can tell. The dialogue is clear and the soundtrack is highly enjoyable. The Blu-ray presentation is in 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1) with the same audio as the 4K presentation. You also get a redeemable Digital HD version.

The Blu-ray disc contains the special features as well as the Theatrical, Special Edition, and Extended Special Edition of the film. The 4K only has the Theatrical version.

Special Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentaries: There are two commentaries for you to choose from. The first commentary track has James Cameron and William Wisher. The two sound very passionate as they talk about the film’s story, and production process. The second track is a combination of different audio interviews featuring the cast and crew sharing information related to the film’s technical aspects. There are also a number of anecdotes from the set. I highly recommend listening to the first audio commentary.
  • T2: Reprogramming the Terminator: This is the brand new special feature that comes with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack. This documentary is almost an hour long and has exclusive interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Edward Furlong, and More. I recommend you watch it after you’ve heard the first audio commentary track.
  • The Making of T2: This is an approximately 30-minute long feature that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the film.
  • 2 Deleted Scenes with Audio Commentary: Nothing spectacular but still fun for a Terminator 2 fan.
  • Trailers: Theatrical previews.

Here are some spec details:

  • Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: Theatrical Version – 137 Minutes / S.E. Version – 133 Minutes / Extended S.E. Version – 156 Minutes
  • Rated: R
  • 4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
  • 4K Ultra HD Audio: English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / German DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
  • Blu-ray Audio: English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / German DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Subtitles: English, French, and German

It’s all about upgrading your home entertainment systems for enjoying 4K releases and re-releases these days. So, it makes sense that you should go ahead and add the Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack to your collection if you’re an action/sci-fi fan.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available on December 26, 2017!

James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Linda Hamilton will be returning for another installment in the franchise. The upcoming film currently has a 2019 release date.

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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