The classic Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action film Terminator 2: Judgment Day is getting a 3D re-release and a new trailer features Terminator creator James Cameron explaining why he thinks the 1991 film is better than ever in 3D.
Cameron made the first Terminator film in 1984 on a relatively modest budget, then came back to make a huge-budget sequel in 1991, with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to play a kinder, gentler version of the relentless cyborg killer he portrayed in the original. The sequel was a major box office blockbuster, grossing $204 million domestically and $519 million worldwide.
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In the second trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D, James Cameron lays out his reasons for bringing the movie back in the new format. As Cameron says:
The images feel more real in 3D. There's a lucidity to it, you really feel like you're there.
Another major plus to the re-release according to Cameron is that younger fans who never saw the movie in theaters will now get the chance to experience T2 on the big screen - and in 3D! Cameron touts the work of 3D conversion house Stereo D, the company that also did the 3D conversion of his blockbuster Titanic for its 2012 re-release (it took in $57 million domestically on its re-release, goosing its lifetime total up to $658 million). Cameron says he's been peeking at Terminator 2 during the 3D conversion process and claims it looks "pretty spectacular."
If anyone knows about spectacular 3D, it's Cameron. Throughout his career, Cameron has been big on pushing technology forward, especially in the areas of special effects and 3D presentation. The director was a major player in popularizing 3D with Avatar, which would go on to become the highest-grossing movie in history worldwide. Cameron is coming back with four more Avatar films.
At least this re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day gives younger Terminator fans a chance to experience Cameron's own vision of the Terminator franchise after the relatively disappointing recent attempts at sequels done by different directors. One big difference with Terminator 2 is that it's R-rated, not PG-13 like Terminator: Salvation and Terminator: Genisys. As for the future of the franchise (though it's had its notable setbacks in recent years), Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly on-board for a sixth film to be produced by Cameron. However, Emilia Clarke will not be returning as Sarah Connor after her experience on Terminator: Genisys.
Terminator 2: 3D hits theaters on August 25, 2017.
Source: Distrib Films US