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

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Linda Hamilton , James Cameron    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
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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 (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056IFJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,495 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Although , it really is a ten star film! 12 Oct 2012
By Julian
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic 23 Dec 2007
By Sam
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
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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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just As the Box States 25 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
I'm making this review as a way of differentiating the various DVD releases and informing people this "Ultimate Edition" is the must have. This review is not of the movie, since we all know this film is ground-breaking. This review is purely for fellow fans, like myself, struggling to find the best DVD edition to own. This really is the definitive DVD edition of The Terminator. As a massive fan of the first two movies, I own all of the DVD releases. This is easily the best release of the first film on DVD ever. Here is why:

#It has collectively, the same amount of extras as those found on the previous release, although, there are a couple of new clips added in one of the documentaries, as well as a whole new documentary for this release. There's also deleted scenes, interviews, photo galleries the list goes on. Those of you looking for the extras, you will not be disappointed, I sure as hell was not.

#In terms of picture quality, sound quality and everything else in between, this is the best of the lot. I'd advise you watch the film with headphones on a HD TV for the full impact!

#There is a lengthy booklet that goes deep into what the film has achieved, a few snippets of comments from those who worked on the film.

#The packaging is excellent, and definitely the best looking of the various editions.

I hope this helps anybody who were trying to figure out which was the best release. Lucky you, you've found it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ground breaking masterpiece
This film made Arnold Schwarzenegger an instant A list movie super star, no one else could have played the role better, a relentless cyborg killing machine he'll bent on killing... Read more
Published 2 days ago by nath in chester
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All good. Arrived quickly and happy with purchase
Published 2 days ago by peri
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Finally i got it on DVD
Published 3 days ago by No, i don't want a pen name
4.0 out of 5 stars Thankfully he came back!
Spoiled by watching T2 beforehand. This has a low budget 1970s feel to it - with all the horrid hairdoes of the 80s, and a very pathetic female. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mr. David Titley
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice night for a walk...
This great movie just got better, the transfer is great and the audio matches the picture quality.
The extras are very good and this is the best version of the movie you could... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Carlos Maia
3.0 out of 5 stars Good 3/5 lacks special features/menu's
Very good picture and sound quality, bluray has lack of special features, missing most of the content that was from the MGM DVD. Read more
Published 8 days ago by SHAHNAWAZ MIAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by g
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant item, great service
Published 20 days ago by Laurent Beauvois
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT CUT
Just to let you know that the UK blu ray version is NOT CUT. the case says 102mins but it is in fact 107mins.
Also the transfer is fantastic!
Great film too.
Published 23 days ago by mattmathias
2.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful....
Not to be trusted! The sleeve cover wasn't as advertised and was region A coded, when clearly it is shown to be region free. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Jason King
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