Terminator 2: Judgement Day in 4K and 3D – is it worth it?

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When news broke that James Cameron’s Sci Fi/Action masterpiece Terminator 2: Judgement Day was going to be re-released in 4K and 3D in movie theatres, my immediate reaction was “It’s just a money grab there’s really no point.”

But after seeing one of my favourite movies again on the big screen, I almost forgot about the cool, new special features because the script and the special effects have stood the test of time. 4K and 3D just doubles the enjoyment.

Most of the 3D versions of movies I have seen seemed to try too hard and ended up giving me a headache.  Watching the T2 re release, the 3D changes were subtle, mostly whenever characters were aiming their guns, the nozzles would end up in your face and the explosions became bigger and more in your face.

In terms of the 4K visual effect, the blood, sweat and tears we see on screen are magnified tenfold – not to mention every wrinkle (poor Linda Hamilton).

Brad Fiedel’s musical score is still amazing after all these years and plays a core part in setting the tone for the film.

As I settled down in my seat and the movie started, I found myself anticipating my favourite “bits” of the movie and couldn’t help but quote lines from those moments out loud. I zoned out of reality and kept thinking to myself “Oooh, I know what’s coming up, I can’t wait!”  Hell, I even made the “time out” gesture the same time John Connor did. After all, everyone was a little out of breath after that amazing motorbike and truck chase.

The 3D and 4K release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day is slated for a one week release – from August 25. If you love the movie, you would already have the DVD or Blu-ray but the enhanced 4K and 3D cinema experience viewing of T2 is not something you would want to miss.

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