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Old 10-31-2010, 12:48 AM   #1
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Hey

I was wondering if the original Terminator is worth a buy.

I only have the old 2 disc dvd.

I have the other movies on bluray and was thinking of upgrading.

Is it worth a purchase
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:58 AM   #2
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The transfer on the original is decent but not significant. I didn't buy it because I'm not a fan of the original. Its up to you.
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:22 AM   #3
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As The Terminator can be had for as little as $10 USD at a brick-and-mortar store ($7.99 USD on Amazon as of this post), then yes, it's worth it (I realize you are likely not in the United States, but the US release I am referring to is evidently region-free).

As Blu-ray Fanatic mentioned, it's not an eye-popping transfer, but it's a clear step up from the DVD releases and it also has uncompressed PCM 5.1 audio to boot.
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:38 AM   #4
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If you can't wait, you can grab the current release. Even though it's mediocre.

But hopefully the currently delayed Special Edition that Van Ling is working on will get released.
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:49 AM   #5
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I picked this up a while ago. What sold me was the lenticular cover :-D JK Anyways, what I noticed was that the beginning was very bad. Looked like I was watching TV... but as the film progresses the PQ because much better and better than the DVD versions out there. It isn't 5/5 PQ but definetly worth the BD upgrade price @ $10 or less. Be warned about the beginning. (Kind of like how James &TGP beginning was... well not that bad but still)
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:36 PM   #6
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What sold me was the lenticular cover :-D
I love that cover too! I would say that it is worth buying. The picture quality is not brilliant, but it is certainly better than DVD. Some people say that this looks like an upscaled DVD, but I think it looks better than that.

I bought my copy quite a while ago and have not regretted it. There will no doubt be a new release at some point, but after the UHE of Predator, I am glad that I bought these early MPEG-2 encodes in case other new releases are similarly subject to DNR. (Just my opinion!)
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:48 PM   #7
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Hey

I was wondering if the original Terminator is worth a buy.

I only have the old 2 disc dvd.

I have the other movies on bluray and was thinking of upgrading.

Is it worth a purchase
If you are a fan of the movie why not? PQ isn't leaps and bounds better, but still better and the sound is vety good.

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Old 10-31-2010, 04:01 PM   #8
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Stick with the special edition DVD. The remixed audio is horrible and the PQ is barely an improvement. The DVD looks great and the mono sound is far superior to the horrible 5.1 remix.
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:10 PM   #9
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The DVD looks great and the mono sound is far superior to the horrible 5.1 remix.
I definitely agree that the mono is an excellent reason for keeping the DVD.
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:15 PM   #10
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But hopefully the currently delayed Special Edition that Van Ling is working on will get released.
I would wait and get this.
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:49 PM   #11
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I would wait and get this.
I'll probably pick it up as well if the PQ is superior & if it will ever see the light of day. Think my copy for $4.99 using Target's famous $5 BD coupon last year.. don't recall though... but I'm pretty sure I did use the coupon :-D
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:12 AM   #12
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From looking at the comparison pics, I think you'd be better off getting the special edition dvd (which has both the new 5.1 mix and the original mono track) and waiting for the special edition blu ray release.
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I'll probably pick it up as well if the PQ is superior & if it will ever see the light of day. Think my copy for $4.99 using Target's famous $5 BD coupon last year.. don't recall though... but I'm pretty sure I did use the coupon :-D
I did the same thing. Got this and the original Predator for $5 each, so it was definitely worth the upgrade. Man, I miss that coupon.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:00 PM   #14
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I got it a long time ago. It's worth it but overtime after seeing films older than The Terminator it's not a great Blu Ray transfer but better than the DVD's.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:27 PM   #15
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I was satisfied with the picture and audio quality. I only saw some of the film on tv in SD several years ago, so i think it looked better than the tv version.
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If you can't wait, you can grab the current release. Even though it's mediocre.

But hopefully the currently delayed Special Edition that Van Ling is working on will get released.
Would definitely be nice if we get a "SkyNet" edition for the first movie as well, if I get wind of one I will sell the copy I have right now.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:49 PM   #17
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I'd wait.

1. Picture. The transfer is mediocre. I did a A/B test with several people... the vast majority of the film is indistinguishable from the upconverted DVD. It just doesn't look great.

2. Sound. The original theatrical mono is dropped in favor of the gimmicky 5.1 track with re-recorded sound effects.

3. Extras. All the goodies from your DVD set are missing on this barebones BD.


Your call (as mentioned, it's dirt-cheap). But I really think this was a bit of a rush job and I'd hold out for one with better PQ, the mono soundtrack, and extras. This is The Terminator -- we know it's coming sooner or later. I'd guess that the instant MGM's financial situation is resolved, this will be a priority for them.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:57 PM   #18
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Not worth it because it doesn't have the original soundtrack.
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:15 AM   #19
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I enjoyed it. Sound spunded good to me and the picture was what id expected.
Worth it to complete my terminator collection.
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:32 AM   #20
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Worth it to me, for the price, as T2 is my favorite so this wasnt a huge deal to me.

However, I'm not picking up T2 until we get a better version of that. Not happy with the current release.
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