It's pretty safe to say that The Terminator has never looked this good before. The newly created anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer included on the disc is simply immaculate, completely removing the digital problems which afflicted the earlier Region 1 release from Image Entertainment. Contrast levels are spot on, with darker shots offering just as much detail as the more illuminated sequences, and the colour palette registers skin tones perfectly. The added quality points up a few flaws in the film's aging model work, but you can't hold that against this impressive disc.
Even if you don't care about extras, this Special Edition is worth buying for the remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. The previously mentioned Image Entertainment disc featured a mono track, and a quick comparison of the two reveals just how much work went into creating the new mix. The incredibly active soundfield has effects occurring all around you, and the placement is peerless. Congratulations must go out to all those involved in the making of this track.
It's not be quite as weighty as the Terminator 2: Judgement Day DVD when it comes to extras but this 2-disc set still has plenty of features to keep fans happy. There's James Cameron's original 1982 treatment for the film, a gallery of Cameron's storyboards and concept art, production photos, two galleries devoted to the film's mechanical and make-up effects, a gallery of publicity photos and artwork, a superb 59min retrospective documentary, a 30min collection of interviews with members of the cast and crew, a collection of deleted scenes, three theatrical trailers, two TV spots, and DVD-ROM material including the original production and shooting scripts.
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