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The Terminator (Special Edition) [DVD] [1984]


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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Writers: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, Harlan Ellison, William Wisher Jr.
  • Producers: Derek Gibson, Gale Anne Hurd, John Daly
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056IFJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,859 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Remastered with 5.1 Audio
Terminator - A Retrospective
'Other Voices' Documentary
Deleted Scenes
Foreign Trailer
Alternative Trailer
Teaser Trailer
TV Spots
James Cameron's Artwork Stills
Production Photos
Stan Winston's Photos
Visual Effects Photos
Publicity Materials
Original Treatment Script Stills
DVD-Rom Special Features :
Original Treatment Script
1983 4th Draft Script
Final Shooting Script

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The Terminator was the film that cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's place in the action-brawn firmament, and both his and the movie's subsequent iconic status are well deserved. He's chilling as the futuristic cyborg that kills without fear, without love, without mercy. James Cameron's story and direction are pared to the bone and are all the more chillingly effective for it. But don't overlook the contribution of Linda Hamilton, who more than holds her own as the Terminator's would-be victim, Sarah Connor, thus creating--along with Sigourney Weaver in Alien--a new generation of rugged, clear-thinking female action stars. The film's minimalist, malevolent violence is actually scarier than that of its far more expensive, more effects-laden sequel. --Anne Hurley, Amazon.com

On the DVD: Rejoice, The Terminator is back, better looking and louder than ever. After years of inferior VHS versions, the cleaned-up print of this DVD is a revelation, as is the digitally remastered Dolby 5.1 soundtrack: from the opening MGM lion's roar to the crunch of Arnie's boots and the pounding of Brad Fiedel's techno-industrial score, both picture and sound are of a quality that belie the movie's age. The first disc has the movie plus a DVD-ROM feature containing three different versions of the screenplay, which can be read scene-by-scene along with the film. On the second disc there are seven deleted scenes, including a fascinating foreshadowing of Sarah Connor's mission in T2, as well as trailers and TV spots. There are also two "making of" featurettes, one being an 18-minute piece from 1992 based around a friendly at-home chat with Cameron and Schwarzenegger ("We did the first Terminator for the cost of your motor home on the second film", jokes director to actor). The hour-long "Other Voices" featurette is an in-depth montage of cast and crew reminiscences covering all aspects of the production from its initial genesis as a fevered nightmare to the "guerrilla" filmmaking of getting the final shots. Script collaborator Bill Wisher neatly sums up the movie as "It's a Wonderful Life, with guns". The second disc also contains a stills archive of production photographs, James Cameron's amazing original conceptual artwork, plus his first story treatment. If you own a player, how can you resist? After all, the Terminator movies are what DVD was invented for. --Mark Walker

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Julian on 12 Oct 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Cant believe I completely missed the release date on this classic film on Blu-ray and only just received it nearly two weeks after it was available.
This was the film that kick started Cameron's career , and with the huge success with this and all his other films (where he and he alone can only outgross himself at the box office) he's been firmly placed with the big players in Hollywood...and rightly so!
This film has always been a firm favourite of mine and its still just as popular after nearly 30 years and have bought many versions throughout the decades.

Although this film already had a Blu-ray release for a while now (US import only) , I never bought it , as I find US imports to be tricky at best when playing them in the UK... Sometimes they work , sometimes they don't , but this newer UK version is a vast improvement from previous released formats and I can quite honestly say that the picture quality is now just how it should be.
Though the film was mostly shot at night (..mostly) , the daytime scenes are the ones that impress the most with the overall quality.
Detail has to be seen to be believed and you'd be forgiven into thinking that this was filmed on anything other than a state of the art HD camera as facial closeups are just astounding ! Being able to see the pours in peoples skin and count the individual hairs on their heads is pretty amazing , especially when you think just how low a budget this film was , it impresses me even more and can now hold its head up very highly indeed in the quality stakes.
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 23 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
Made on a budget of around 6.5 million dollars its a real marvel a film like this was made, quite simply its edge of your seat thrills and non-stop suspense at its finest, but with great heart and tremendous story. A lot of work has clearly gone into this wonderful movie and its evident on screen. With Cameron's masterful story telling, an underrated cast with some chilling effects for the Terminator cortesty of the legend himself Stan Winston and an amazing story which maintains realism despite time travel and the sci Fi elements i honestly cannot find one significant flaw in this movie.If you like action or sci Fi or thrills or intricate story or even a bit of horror or even a love story then you will like/love this film because it somehow SUCCESSFULLY combines them all seamlessly.

As for the DVD it has been re-released on several versions but the Definitive edition is just that, it has all the documentaries and features the other versions had but with a few extras. Disc one contains the film itself in its best picture and remastered sound, basically the typical DVD improvements that you get as opposed to VHS. Disc Two contains about half a dozen deleted scenes some more relevant than others (one which contains a very good twist which sets up part of the story for The sequel T2) and several documentaries. The legacy of the terminator and closer to the real thing are OKAY its "Other voices" which contains the real gold, fantastic look into the films making cast,crew, effects and a number of brilliant anecdotes regarding effects,filming,casting(given budgetary constraints things like the last Scenes were made involving a good few VERY interesting stories) this two disc set comes in a metal slip book and is almost certainly the best edition you will get for the first Terminator movie.

A great Film presented in a premium DVD package it is a movie you need to see at least once in your lifetime. Top notch entertainment.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. G. Blake on 26 Aug 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I bought this on import for my playstation 3 as i read it wasn't region coded, i received it within 3 days from a uk supplier who distributes imported blu ray dvds and needless to say i wasn't disappointed. The picture is amazing, the main menu well designed and the packaging was superb too, a nice 3D hologram cover, the special features are in standard definition but that dosen't really bother me. The question is why hasn't this film been released in the U.K. yet? sometimes i don't understand these marketing decisions made by 20th century fox etc. Oh well all i can say is BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT, a classic not to be missed and fully uncut, the film has never looked better, especially the technoir club scene in all it's retro glory :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aurtherwood on 29 Aug 2004
Format: DVD
It just shows everyone what a director can come up with when he's lying in a hospital bed, James Cameron thought up and created a story that has since become one of the greatest and enthralling movies of all time. Back in 1984, an indestructible cyborg called the Terminator (Schwarzenegger) was sent back from the future of 2029 to terminate Sarah Connor (Hamilton) a young woman who, one day, will give birth to the leader of the human resistance, John Connor. Sarah isn't alone to fight this robot killer, the resistance has also sent back a guerilla fighter to help her terminate the cyborg, Kyle Reese (Biehn). A fight now begins over central Los Angeles between Sarah, Kyle and the Terminator.
As the Terminator cuts a swath of destruction as he goes about his business to complete his objective, Sarah and Kyle are desperately trying to get as far away from it as possible. The TErminator defies the word "terifying' as he cuts, shoots and kills his way through civilians, gunsmiths and police in his one mission to bring about the end of mankind.
Cameron says in one of the many documentaries that the story went pretty much as he originally thought it to. Only having to make a few minor changes before the shooting of the greatest cyborg movie began. Many of the scenes in this film are still remembered today, 20 years later. Such as the sickening eviscerating scene at the beginning, or the rather emplifying sex scene between Kyle and Sarah about 30 minutes from the film's end. Whatever type of movie you enjoy, The Terminator should be an immediate part of your collection, Buy it Today.
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