By John Delia
Feb 27, 2013 10:40 AM EST

The Terminator (Remastered) Blu-ray Review

The Terminator (Remastered) Blu-ray Review
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Even though I have seen The Terminator many times in the past, watching it again on my HD Television in enhanced Blu-ray makes the home experience even better.  Although this is the second time the movie has been released in the format, if you originally purchased the DVD copy, then this Blu-ray upgrade will give you a better experience.
For those who haven't seen the movie for a long time or back in the early 80's when it was released on the big screen, here's a quick refresher.  The film starts with a war going on in the future where computers have manipulated robots to take over the world.  Fighting them with a band of human rebels is John Connor.  In order for the computers to kill John they must send a cyborg called a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back to the past to kill his mother Sarah (Linda Hamilton) before she has her baby. 
The film flashes back to the past where John has sent Reese (Michael Biehn) to find Sarah and protect her from harm.  The Terminator arrives in the past and takes on the guise of a human.  Reese finds that he has an enemy trying to kill Sarah and needs to act quickly to destroy the robotic monster.  When the Terminator hones in on the two humans all hell breaks loose.
This may have been Arnold's best film as his lines are no more than few and mostly one or two sentences.  It's his brawn that makes him the star he becomes in the follow-up Terminator 2 where he switches sides, The Running Man playing a pawn in a game show, Total Recall taking a forbidden vacation and Predator where he fights off an alien from another planet.  Most of the other films, with a couple of exceptions, his voice talent tended to lower his star power.  The comedies however, where his voice is part of the fun, carry him through the decades with films like Kindergarten Cop, True Lies and Jingle All the Way.
Bonus Features on the disc include:
"7 Deleted Scenes"- some of which should have been left in the film.
"Creating the Terminator: Visual Effects and Music"- While there was no CGI back then, it is interesting to see how the effects were made.
"Terminator: A Retrospective"
The video quality of this upgraded Blu-ray gives a sharp and clean presentation of the original theatrical presentation.  I found that even the darkest scenes were nicely projected with very little grain or distortion.  The color does have a finish that I found to be a little distracting as if it were changed to make it sharper, however the film has so much action it should be hardly noticed.
The sound quality with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 comes across loud and clear with very little distortion.  If your sound system accommodates the format than you should have no trouble with background noise or other extraneous sounds.  The special effects sound does allow my surround speakers to kick in at times.
FINAL ANALYSIS: This Blu-ray is definitely a better product than the DVD, but only purchase it if you want the Blu-ray upgrade or need it for your collection. (C )
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MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 107 minutes
Distributed By: Orion Pictures

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