(aka "Terminator")

 

directed by James Cameron
USA 1984

Back from the future in which the machines rule comes a rippling robot (Schwarzenegger) who terminates opponents with extreme prejudice (like ripping their hearts out). His goal is to kill a woman (Hamilton) destined to bear the child who will become the great freedom fighter of the future. Fortunately she has a champion in the shape of another time traveller, Arnold's all-too-human opponent (Biehn). The gladiatorial arena is set, with vulnerable flesh and cunning versus a leviathan who totes around massive weapons like so many chic accessories and can rebuild his organs as they get shot away. The pacing and the action are terrific, revelling in the feral relentlessness which characterised Assault on Precinct 13 and Mad Max 2; even the future visions of a wasted LA are well mounted. More than enough violence to make it a profoundly moral film; and Arnold's a whizz.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 26th, 1984- USA

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Image Entertainment

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Runtime 1:47:00 1:47:04
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.7 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.75
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.1)

English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Mono), DUB French and Spanish

Subtitles None English, Spanish, French and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Color, Widescreen
• Theatrical trailer
• Widescreen letterbox format

DVD Release Date: July 21, 1998
Snapper Case

Chapters 32

Release Information:
Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
• New state-of-the-art 5.1 stereo mix plus original mono audio track
• Brand-new "Other Voices" documentary with new James Cameron interviews
• "The Terminator: A Retrospective" documentary
• "Terminated" deleted scenes with James Cameron audio commentary
• Hidden menu features
• DVD-ROM script to screen
• Collectible holographic packaging
• Original storyboards, trailers, TV spots, and more!
• Widescreen anamorphic format

DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
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Chapters 32

 

Comments: Well, I don't know about this one. The MGM is sure darker, but after gazing at these images for quite a while I can't definitively say that I see some edge enhancement in the MGM, but I am pretty sure I see too much red and green in many of the MGM captures (Reddish skin tones in "I'll be back" capture and the greenish-ness in the fire in "Sarah's photo burning" capture). The Image Entertainment disc appears to be cropped up top and bottom very slightly. I think I prefer the Image Entertainment DVD for image. I think its colors may be truer and it is marginally sharper. This disc reminds me of the MGM - Criterion "Unbearable Lightness of Being" DVD comparison HERE. Simply because MGM did the latest version does not mean it is the better one - image wise. The MGM has some decent Extras on the opposite side of the disc (see above). The MGM have the option of bumped up sound to 5.1 from the original. True fans of this film may wish to get both versions.

NOTE: the Image Entertainment disc is current Out of Print, but can be bought used at a very reasonable price.

 - Gary W. Tooze





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