When it comes to the Terminator franchise, one thing is certain: no one really knows what the hell is going on with it right now. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to make another one, but a sequel to the forgettable Terminator: Genisys is apparently dead. But since the franchise revolves around time travel, let’s take our eyes off the future for a moment and look to the past. The glorious, glorious past.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a hallmark of sci-fi and action cinema, and very soon, we’ll have the chance to see the 1991 classic on the big screen in a way we’ve never seen it before: in face-melting 3D. A conversion has been in the works for years, and now it’s finally happened. Flip cock your shotguns, rev up your motorcycles, and meet me below to watch the Terminator 2 3D trailer.
Terminator 2 3D trailer
Damn, this movie rules.
Look, I’ve been known to gripe about 3D over the past few years, but that’s largely because it’s become such a transparent way for studios to take advantage of audiences and make an extra few bucks on the price of a ticket. But this is James freaking Cameron we’re talking about. His first Avatar film was largely the reason the second wave of 3D cinema came about in the first place, and although one could argue that the effects of that have been mostly negative on the industry, Cameron is clearly a guy who cares about presentation.
He oversaw the conversion of Titanic 3D a few years ago (another undeniable masterpiece, by the way), and seeing that movie in 3D on the big screen gave me a whole new appreciation for it. DMG Entertainment and Studiocanal are supervising and producing the 3D conversion of Terminator 2 with Cameron, which is costing about $7 million to do. But considering the movie has never played in China, the director figures the box office returns from China alone will easily cover that cost.
Of course, this isn’t the only time anything Terminator 2-related has been in 3D. T2 3D: Battle Across Time opened at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida in 1996, and years before Terminator 3 hit theaters, it served as the only quasi-sequel to Cameron’s second movie (the Universal Studios Hollywood version has closed). A YouTube video can’t possibly recreate the full experience (which is pretty damn cool), but take a look if you’ve never seen it before:
Terminator 2 3D arrives in theaters on August 25, 2017.
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