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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2014
The 1980s were the best period of cinema for action movie fans and The Terminator is the best of the lot. Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as the brutal unfeeling killing machine. The first of the series is the most clinical and hard hitting Terminator film. There is little of the humour of the later movies and this makes the film more gritty.

The film transfer to blu ray is magnificent. Detail levels are sky high and the 16.9 aspect ratio is great. Sound is also fantastic with the metallic sound of the robots and the explosions have real impact and depth.

This Arnie at his brutal best, just buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2001
The above reviews say it all really. A superb futuristic dark thriller, with classic memorable scenes and one of the finest electronic soundtracks ever. The extra scenes are added to the film virtually seamlessly.
The second disc will keep you occupied for hours; with in depth and interesting features to tuck into. Nicely presented too. Just a pity about those multilingual opening titles (the originals are so much more suitable) and the box, which seems to be a horrible mishmash of logo interpretations and fonts. I'd have preferred the original film cover, but hey! It's only a box :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2012
I chose the high rating as this was good value for money for an old classic film that I will enjoy watching again and again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2003
Overall I thought the film was excellent, the visual quality of the DVD is a very good anamorphic widescreen transfer, not "perfect" but this can be forgiven since the original film is very old. Similarly they've done a pretty good job upgrading the soundtrack to 5.1 surround rather than mono.
I noticed a few other reviews commented that this edition had been cut in places, but I can say for sure that this is the full unedited version. You get the violent heart-ripping at the start plus the lovely close-ups of him slicing his own eye and arm.
The only flaw I thought was that they've removed the original text from the beginning of the film, and replaced it with captions which are generated and displayed by the DVD player itself (presumably so they can display text in many different languages). This not only doesn't look as good, but when I tried it out on WinDVD 3, the final caption "Tonight..." didn't disappear - I noticed it was still there 20 mins into the film. I know this is a software problem but it wouldn't have happened if they had left the original text in.
I can live with this, and the added features more than make up for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2011
The extras are non existant in this BluRay, the 2 disc DVD is your best bet for looking in depth into the film. The one reason to buy this film is because the visual quality is a big big step up from the DVD. You see the film in a new light in HD, noticing things you missed previously on the SD edition. Still one of the greatest Sci-Fi films out there, hugely enjoyable to watch, with this relentless machine never ever stopping, a must buy. You really don't need to hear more than that, the whole BluRay is a real looker.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2001
The most terrifying robot in cinema history has to go to Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator. In this thrilling action movie from James Cameron, Schwarzenegger is a relentless killing machine hell-bent on carrying out his 'programmed' mission. Linda Hamilton stars as Sarah Connor, a woman targeted by the android for termination since she will later give birth to the saviour of mankind. This saviour is the only hope against battling an onslaught of robotic terrors, in the near future. Because of this, the machines send an assassin back through time in order to wipe Connor out (in the form of Arnie). But the humans have sent someone as well. Connor is protected by a military soldier, played wonderfully by Micheal Biehn. The action that follows is excellent, as the Terminator tries franticly to kill his target. Although low-budget, Cameron's mid-80's sci-fi epic is a highly entertaining affair. Crammed full of violence and memorable scenes - including Schwarzenegger's attack on a police precinct - the film is a landmark in Cameron's career, and sci-fi movies alike. It grabs your attention from beginning to end, and the climax is particulary riveting. Cameron's direction is practically fautless, and the tension is great. A cinema gem, that was suprisingly eclipsed by it's sequel 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day', which Cameron also helmed.
David James Nock
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2009
It is such a masterpiece in itself that it is hard not to praise it. Of course this is my humble opinion, as it is one of my all-time favourites, I have watched it several times, the first when I was a kid and it was released in cinemas. I was surprised and shocked by the plot, the cyborgs, the man that comes from the future to save a leader that had yet to be born. It was amazing. Years later, I watched it again with the eyes of a young adult, a bit scared, thinking I might not like it so much, but I loved it even more, because now I understood all that went between Sara and Kyle, and this character, Kyle Reese that previously was nothing but a soldier to me, became so much more. It is such a complex story, and at the same time such a good movie to entertain audiences.
It has it all: action, fantasy, romance, excellent characters, an outsider, a warrior, a machine, the leader of the resistance.
Simply fantastic!
T2 and Terminator Salvation are also very good but this is the real deal, the movie that changed action films when I was a kid and created the legend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2012
Great stuff - a soldier is sent back in time by his son to father him and save his mum from a cyborg.

It's that kind of gritty realism that keeps me hooked on films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2012
I'm not going to tell you how great the film is as everybody has seen The Terminator, but this new pal blu ray version is the best version ever. I've got the US blu ray of Terminator and compared to this re master version, it's like comparing dvd to blu ray. The level of detail in this version is the best you're going to see this old classic at. So many scenes this blu ray version outshines the US blu ray version, like the gun shop scene, the level of detail with Arnold standing outside the gunshop how much crispier all the text is on the gun shop wall and the scene with the Terminator reading a book in his hotel room, see all the sweat and how bad the make up was back in those days, the US blu ray loooks blurry like it's in low def. The end scene when the Terminator becomes all metal, it's like it's been re shot the Terminator metal looks so shiny and polished, definitely the best version of The Terminator buy it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
At 30 years old, Terminator can definitely be considered a cult classic.
You can't hide the age of this film, and its SFX haven't survived as well as those in Blade Runner or 2001. But the pace and plot still feel pretty modern - it's not like some old action flicks where it's painfully slow. Arnie hadn't quite refined his mannerisms as the ultimate 'borg, but delivers all the memorable lines (including the first 'I'll be back') in relentless, robotic fashion. And watching him uncurl for the first time after the time-travel lightning storm is still... impressive.
The sequel is undoubtedly more polished, and has way more bang for your bucks. This is surprisingly low-key. But it was also ground-breaking in it day.
Definitely worth watching before you see the new interpretation of the franchise. Still a great film for a Saturday night on the sofa. But a shame there were no special features on our rental copy.
7/10
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