MGM Home Entertainment
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is a young woman trying to keep her head above water in the big city. One day however, she hears the news that Sarah Connors all across town are being killed and she fears for her own life. In fact, soon she finds herself aggressively stalked by a hulking man who kills everyone in his way. Another man comes to her rescue and takes her to safety, telling her an unbelievable story. He – and the man trying to kill her – have come from the future. Both traveled back in time, the Terminator to kill her, and he to protect her. He tells her the story of a big leader in the future, who gives hope to mankind and is intent to liberating the human race from the grip of the machines. That man is her unborn child!
All the while the Terminator is closing in relentlessly on them and before long, Sarah realizes that there is more truth to the story than she expected. The Terminator turns out to be indeed an indestructible robot whose only mission is to kill Sarah.
The video transfer of "The Terminator" on this DVD is nothing short of a revelation, especially in comparison to previous releases of the film. Completely cleaned up and color corrected, the film has a fresh look and richness that has never been seen before. The film has originally been shot on cheap film stock and all the more surprising is the lack of grain in the transfer. I had the chance to see a direct comparison of the film before and after its restoration some time ago, and the results were stunning to say the very least. I am glad to say that these improvements have made it to this DVD without the slightest detractors. This is "The Terminator" the way you always dreamed of seeing it. The transfer is very clean and without blemishes and also very stable, resulting in a clean and clear reproduction of the film. With a spectacular level of detail and beautiful colors, the DVD will give you the chance to notice details and hues that you have never seen before. With deep blacks and well-defined shadows, the transfer has good visual depth that perfectly matches the ominous, dark nature of the film itself. There is no edge-enhancement evident in the presentation, resulting in a very pleasant-looking presentation that never appears overly sharpened, yet always rich in definition. The compression of the material has also been done very carefully, and no distracting compression artifacts are evident in the presentation anywhere.
On the flip side of this DVD-14, which features a <$RSDL,dual-layer> DVD on one side to hold the film itself, and a single-layer DVD on the other side for the extras, you will find the thrilling supplements of this release. First off there are seven deleted scenes, which can be viewed either with their original sound or with an optional commentary by director James Cameron. Cameron’s comments are valuable and offer additional insight into the placement, and structure of these scenes, as well as why he decided not to use them in the final film. The deleted scenes are all presented in <$16x9,anamorphic> <$PS,widescreen> and are in surprisingly good shape.
Two documentaries are also part of this release, spearheaded by the brand new "Other Voices" documentary. Featuring extensive newly recorded cast and crew interviews, as well as photos and footage from the production of the movie, this documentary offers valuable insight into the making of the film. From the initial idea and concept, to shopping the script all the way to its final production, many aspects of the production are covered, including recollections how the casting of the film came together. The documentary has been very well written and edited together, making it an exciting look behind the scenes.
The disc also contains the movie’s teaser trailer, its theatrical trailer and a foreign trailer, all of them in <$16x9,anamorphic> <$PS,widescreen>, and two television spots.
An extensive gallery of photos and artwork around the film has also been added to the release. Check out some pre-production sketches, behind the scenes photos from the model shoot, Stan Winston’s models, the publicity materials and other pictures.
Last but not least, the DVD also contains the complete treatment that James Cameron wrote to pitch the film to studios. Although text supplements are always somewhat tedious, the font is large and legible, making it a pleasant experience. I was amazed by how closely this first outline actually resembles the final film, including complete shot sequences that were realized without changes from the first treatment.