Do we really need to explain the plot, again? [YES! - Ed]
So, it’s about a decade after the events of the first film, and Skynet has sent back another Terminator from the future to kill the lineage of the Connor family that will command the resistance against the rise of the machines. This time, they’ve sent back an advanced cyborg in the ever-changing form of the T1000 (Patrick) to target 10-year-old John Connor (Furlong) himself.
Fortunately, Future John has also sent back a saviour - this time a reprogrammed Terminator (Schwarzenegger) instead of a human - to protect his younger self. Narrowly escaping the T1000’s first attempt on his life, John and ‘Uncle Bob’ rescue Sarah (Hamilton) from a mental institution, right under the nose of the T1000.
They then try to assassinate Miles Dyson, who is central to the rise of Skynet due to his research and then blow up Cyberdyne Systems’ headquarters before a final showdown between the two Terminators at a smelting factory.
Let’s face it, you probably knew all of that already, but just in case, there you go.
So what’s new?
Well, the transfer is crisp, but this is not the film’s debut on Blu-ray (although it is also simultaneously released on 4KUHD as well). The 3D doesn’t ultimately add an awful lot to the film, although it’s pretty awesome to see some iconic cinematic moments in a literal new dimension.
You’ll have seen most of the extras already if you’ve purchased previous releases of the film in other formats, but there is a new 55-minute documentary: Reprogramming the Terminator and a new trailer for the 3D re-release that came out in cinemas in the summer.
In short, apart from the 3D aspect (or 4K UHD if you are that much of a connoisseur) and a couple of new extras, there isn’t a lot here to make you need to purchase this film again.
However, we know that’s not going to stop you. It’s still a classic movie that is still a fantastic piece of entertainment and, if you have 3D or 4K capabilities, you’re probably going to pick this up anyway as the quality of this entry into the franchise has still not been diluted after the law of diminishing returns from the sequels.
Probably essential, then!
TERMINATOR 2 3D (1991) / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: JAMES CAMERON / SCREENPLAY: JAMES CAMERON, WILLIAM WISHER / STARRING: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, LINDA HAMILTON, EDWARD FURLONG, ROBERT PATRICK / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW