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Terminator 2: Skynet Edition
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Jun 3, 2009 By: Sturdy
Terminator 2: Skynet Edition order download
Director:
James Cameron

Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton
Robert Patrick

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
John Connor is now a bratty little teenager and his mom is locked away in a nuthouse. Things get even worse when a new and improved Terminator shows up to hunt him down. But all is not lost when the original Terminator shows up to protect him.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For the record, there are three versions of T2 on this disc, but I only watched/reviewed the Directorís cut.

When this film first came out, it was hands down the best summer blockbuster weíd seen. DIE HARD is a better film, but no film took you on a more thrilling ride than T2. Itís been quite a while since it was first released at the theaters, but T2 is still a good time, even if you can mouth all the words at this point.

What I remember most about T2, and what I had a hard time recapturing this time around, was how exhausting it was. By that, I mean I was exhausted at the end of the movie because it was extremely intense from start to finish. Thereís an impending doom that resonates throughout the film and Cameron does a fantastic job of putting the audience in John Connorís shoes. Unfortunately, Iíve seen the film so many times that the intensity has worn off, but that doesnít change the fact itís still there.

But I think we all know how good T2 is and by now youíve probably seen it at least a dozen times and you have your own feelings as to its place in film history. The real question is; whatís up with this Blu-ray? Itís really the first double-dipped Blu-ray to have enough new stuff to legitimize a double purchase. I have to say that after sitting down with it, I a) donít really want to watch T2 again for a long time and b) have mixed feelings about whether or not this is actually an upgrade over your existing Blu-ray.

The biggest issue I think most fans will have with this release is with the video quality. Itís not bad by any means and itís definitely better than any DVD release, but Iím not sure itís better than the first Blu-ray available. It seems to have a lot of enhancement to it and it almost detracts from the quality of the transfer. That aside, you still get three different versions of the film and that makes this the most complete release to date.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with James Cameron and William Wisher: Cameron is usually business-only with his commentaries and this one is no different. They discuss every aspect of the film, but youíve probably heard all of their stories before. But if you havenít listened to this yet, itís worth the time.

Commentary with 26 cast and crew members: Obviously, they didnít get 26 people in a room and have them throw out comments, but rather they assembled a collection of comments and interviews from various crew members to discuss what happened in the film. I loved how they gave a picture and description of who was talking at the top of the screen, but I didnít really enjoy listening to the track. I like hearing people discuss the film more casually and this felt like a series of interviews.

Picture in Picture track: All of those little featurettes you remember from previous T2 editions are included here. This is really the best way to watch featurettes. You can focus on the featurette, or watch the movie. I hope more discs utilize this feature because it makes watching the featurettes more tolerable. Obviously, this is a good track and has a little something for everyone. In truth, there are actually 7 different modes you can watch the film in, each one containing various bits of information.

Deleted Scenes (3:17): We saw these in the previous T2 DVD, but Iím glad theyíre included here as well. Neither are anything special, otherwise they would have ended up in the Directorís cut. However, you can watch them with optional commentary from Robert Patrick (the first one) and Linda Hamilton (the second).

There are some Previews, Quizzes and Games
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you donít already have T2, then this is an easy recommend. If you do have it, then youíll have to decide if the additional material is worth the double-dip.
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