Terminator 2: Judgment Day
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Set 10 years after the original, Skynet, an artificial intelligence military computer, sends another terminator, the T-1000 (played by Robert Patrick) back in time to kill John Connor (Edward Furlong), future leader of the human race. Anticipating this move, he sends a "good" terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to protect himself as a child. John reunites with his mother, Sarah (Linda Hamilton), while desperately trying to flee from the liquid metal serial killer T-1000. They must find and kill Miles Dyson, a computer scientist who creates a revolutionary microchip, which eventually becomes Skynet.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is an action packed two and a half hours of wild chases, insane explosions and violent shootouts, so hold on to your popcorn kids. If only all big budget films could create such a compelling blend of special effects and storyline. All actors involved deliver terrific, convincing performances (yes, Arnie too) as they are faced with the terrifying prospects of a nuclear war. Rarely do sequels eclipse their predecessors but T2 certainly makes its case. Despite the fact that Iíve seen this movie countless times before, I still find myself gripping my seat during many of its action sequences. Words simply donít do it justice, itís an excellent film from start to finish.
Where do we begin? Side one of the disc contains both the original version of the film as well as the Special Edition which restores 16 minutes of deleted footage. Like Cameronís DVD release of The Abyss: Special Edition, T2 has very cool animated menus, which show assembly lines of the T-101 exoskeletons and the interior of the Skynet facilities, a nice touch and often overlooked in most DVDs. Side two contains three separate featurettes, "The Making of Terminator 2", "T2: More Than Meets the Eye" (covering restored and unreleased footage) and "The Making of T2 3D: Breaking the Screen Barrier" (detailing the making of the Universal Studios theme park ride). For those unfamiliar with the enormous amount of work involved in making this epic film, it helps shed a little bit of light into Cameronís visionary effort. The making of the special effects scenes are especially fun to watch. If trailers are your thing, the disc contains four American versions as well as 5 Japanese ones. The disc includes the entire final shooting script as well as over 700 storyboards. If this all seems overwhelming, thereís an added feature that takes you through every bonus component on the disc, step by step. After having viewed this supplement, youíll have an expert understanding of all scenes in the movie, itís that thorough. As a finishing touch, the DVD comes in an ultra cool metal slip case and includes a 32 page companion booklet. Talk about bang for the buck!
All in all, a spectacular release from beginning to end. The production team behind this release should be applauded for supplementing the film with such great features and extras, itís clearly evident that a lot of hard work went into this disc. A must have for any T2 fan or DVD collector alike, T2: The Ultimate DVD Edition lives up to moniker and is without question, the release of the year. Go buy it!
Bonus Prescription: A special third version of the film, restoring 3 minutes of never before seen footage is hidden on side one of the disc. To access it, select the Special Edition portion of the film. The T-101ís eye will light up red. Using the remote of your DVD player, enter the digits 82997 (August 29, 1997 Judgment Day), revealing the extended edition menu which contains the new footage. Enjoy!