Terminator, SE - a complete look

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  1. Kyle Milligan

    Kyle Milligan Stunt Coordinator

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    For those of you who dig Easter Eggs, there are quite a few on the Terminator SE.
    Details on how to access them are here
    I don't think there was a heavy since Darth Vader that kids of my generation emulated more than Schwarzenegger's cold-blooded robotic killer. (Don't tell the Moms of the world, but I think the movie scarred us all for life).
    As for the rest of the DVD, read on...
    Aside from a new transfer, and remastered Dolby Digital EX sound, cool menus (albeit, not as elaborate as the “T2” variety, but in some ways better) lead us to a bevy of bonus stuff.
    “Other Voices” is a comprehensive fact filled hour of revelations from just about every crucial player in the making of one of the most successful and enduring action films that has captured the imagination of so many. In it we hear about the humble beginnings of James Cameron who was flat broke and looking to get his film made. Some interesting alternative casting considerations for the title role, among many other things are covered in new interviews as well as some clips of old ones. One common thread from everyone is how special they thought the project was, and how eager they were to be a part of it.
    Some attention is spent on the technical effects, from the stop motion animation for the endo-skeleton, robotic puppets, futuristic sets and blowing up miniatures real good, all on a semi-shoe-string budget. Stan Winston marvels at the simplicity and ingenuity that they had to rely on to get what they needed. Required viewing for future pyrotechnicians and make-up artists everywhere.
    If deleted scenes are your bag, there’s a healthy handful here, some involving a more visible and prominent “Cyberdyne Systems” of the present, and a foreshadow of what was to come in “T2.”
    A shorter piece, “The Terminator: A Retrospective” is basically a sit-down with James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, recalling their fondest memories of the production, in retrospect after the 1991 sequel. Not as intriguing, and nothing new after you’ve seen the main documentary.
    Finally, a bunch of other production materials round out the DVD, including storyboards done by James Cameron, sometimes full colour renderings, and a bountiful host of production stills that in of themselves tell a story about how the film was made without explanation. Don’t take my word for it, check them out first, see what you learn.
    “Terminator” hasn’t looked this good at home, and if you were born after 1966, then video is probably the only way you would’ve seen it before, but for the grace of a turned blind eye of a multiplex employee.
    Enjoy.
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    [Edited last by Kyle Milligan on September 28, 2001 at 05:21 PM]
     
  2. SteveGon

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    Thanks, Kyle! I know where I'll be next Tuesday... [​IMG]
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    quote: “Terminator” hasn’t looked this good at home, and if you were born after 1966, then video is probably the only way you would’ve seen it before[/quote]
    Could you elaborate a little on that one, because I was born in '68 and saw "Terminator" in its original theatrical run, in 1984, 3 times.
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  6. Kyle Milligan

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    It's funny what strikes a chord, but I'm glad these questions are coming up.
    Well, here's where my lifelong fear of math has bitten me in the hiney. I figured that if you were born after 1966, i.e. in 1967, than you wouldn't have been old enough in 1984 when Terminator was theatrically run in late October.
    Perhaps I'm forgetting the old rules of the MPAA rating, I believe if it was rated "R" than you needed to be 17 or be with an adult. Is that true? Anyone?
    Anyway, it was more an observation on the fact that most of us, regardless of age discovered The Terminator on video, because of its limited advertising campaign, and the fact that it may not have run in many theaters, so you're opportunities might have been short. If you did see it, consider yourself lucky. I'll def change it to 1968 so everyone's happy.
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