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DVD Shopping Bag: The Terminator Blu-ray Book

Updating the Library

By Robert T. Trate     June 14, 2011


The Terminator has been re-released on Blu-ray
© MGM/ Fox

 

This week, in the DVD Shopping Bag, there is little to pick from in our favorite genres. It is true that Battle: Los Angeles arrives this week but it doesn’t even make to our top 5 picks. Don’t get us wrong, Battle: Los Angeles is a great mash up of Blackhawk Down and Independence Day but it doesn’t make our library. Instead we reserve that right for Heavy Metal, The Herculoids, and Point Break. If you are a fan of Marvel Knights: Spider-Woman, hold out a week or two longer because a Blu-ray combo pack with Iron Man is due out soon.
 
As of late we have been upgrading the library here at Mania and trying to keep all the multiple editions of our favorite films straight. A week or so ago MGM and Fox released James Cameron’s The Terminator on Blu-ray. It comes in the hard bound book edition packed with photos and trivia. While price checking this edition (Amazon and Half.com) we discovered that The Terminator had already been released on Blu-ray before. What made this edition so different?
 
The New Evil Dead
Anyone a fan of Sam Raimi’s classic horror film will know exactly what we are talking about. Since The Terminator franchise has changed hands so many times everyone has their own edition. This goes for Terminator 2: Judgment Day as well. I started to sort out the various covers and special features and found that this edition is exactly the same as the 2006 version. Well everything is the same except one says Sony and MGM where as the other says Fox and MGM.
 
Prepare to be Terminated
We never bought the 2006 edition as we were still waiting out the Blu-ray/ HD DVD battle. Thankfully, the Blu-ray here is incredible, if you just watch the movie itself. To fully appreciate what the self proclaimed “King of the World” did back in 1984 one has to watch the special features. “Creating the Terminator: Visual Effects and Music” is a treasure trove of helpful tips for any budding young film maker. With very little money and time Cameron took all the tricks he learned from Roger Corman and established a new genre called Tech Noir. Here one will learn the benefits of atmospheric haze and walnut dust. Mix that with exactly how much forced prospective was used as well and front and rear projection. However, the true treat is the tanker scene. Those secrets have to be seen to be believed.
 
Terminated Scenes
With any film there are always pieces that end up on the cutting room floor. Usually these moments or extended scenes belong there. For The Terminator we find a character arc that was cut for Lieutenant Ed Traxler (Paul Winfield). Witness the development of the plan to take down Cyberdynethat Sarah (Linda Hamilton) follows through on in T2. Let us also mention plans for Sarah and Kyle (Michael Biehn) to go to Disneyland. All these make an interesting trip to what could have been, but Cameron’s Terminator is perfect as is.
 
Love Child, Be Gone
We thought that this viewing of The Terminator would bring a twinge of dislike for Arnold Schwarzenegger. With celebrities personal lives becoming less and less personal it really does ruin the enjoyment of classics such as these. Has anyone else tried to watch Braveheart or perhaps even Navy Seals lately? All right the last one was a joke, but thankfully The Terminator is more Cameron’s movie than Arnie’s now. If you don’t have this Tech Noir classic then by all means pick up this edition. It is an essential classic for you library.
 
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
 
1. The Herculoids: the Complete Series (only on Warner Archive)
2. Marvel Knights: Spider-Woman Agent of S.W.O.R.D
3. Point Break [Blu-ray]
4. Kill the Irishman [Blu-ray]
5. Heavy Metal [Blu-ray]
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
36th Precinct [Blu-ray] Starring Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil
 
36th Precinct
 
A Cold Day in Hell Starring Ronald Bumgardner, Kimberly Campbell, Debra Carlsen
 
Adrift Starring Vincent Cassel and Camilla Belle
 
Boondock Saints (Truth & Justice Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus (see review)
 
Chained Starring Paul J. Murphy, Travis McMahon, Vince Sorrenti
 
Con Artist Starring Donald Sutherland, Rebecca Romijn and Rossif Sutherland
 
Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes - Dr. Bell & Mr. Doyle Starring Ian Richardson, Charles Dance, Robin Laing and Dolly Wells
 
Death Rides A Horse Starring Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Luigi Pistilli
 
The Image (Blu-ray) Starring Rebecca Brooke, Carl Parker, Marilyn Roberts
 
The Image
Kill the Irishman Starring Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio
 
Kill the Irishman [Blu-ray]
 
Kingdom of War Part 1 and Part 2 [Blu-ray] Starring Sarunyu Wongkrachang
 
Kingdom of War Part 1 [Blu-ray] Starring Sarunyu Wongkrachang and Sorapong Chatree
Kingdom of War Part 2 [Blu-ray] Starring Sarunyu Wongkrachang and Sorapong Chatree
 
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Bluray + DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] Starring Donnie Yen and Shu Qi
 
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
 
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
 
Point Break [Blu-ray] Starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey and Lori Petty
 
Shanghai Red
 
ANIME
 
Dance in the Vampire Bund: Complete Series (Limited Edition) DVD/Blu-ray Combo Starring Aoi Yuuki, Yuuichi Nakamura and Chiwa Saito
 
Dance in the Vampire Bund: Complete Series (DVD/Blu-ray Combo)
Demon King Daimao Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
 
Demon King Daimao Complete Collection
 
Fruits Basket Starring Laura Bailey, Jerry Jewell, Eric Vale and John Burgmeier
 
Hero 108: Season One V.1
 
Last Exile: The Complete Series (Classic) Starring Michelle Ruff, Kari Wahlgren and Jonny Yong Bosch
 
Revolutionary Girl Utena: Student Council Saga Limited Edition Set Starring Tomoko Kawakami
 
CARTOONS and MOTION COMICS
 
Happiness Is Peanuts: Snoopy's Adventures
 
Heavy Metal [Blu-ray] Starring Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty
 
The Herculoids: the Complete Series
 
Heroes of Bikini Bottom
Marvel Knights: Spider-Woman Agent Of S.W.O.R.D Starring Spiderwoman
 
Piper Penguin and His Fantastic Flying Machines Starring Kat Cressida and Pete Zarustica
 
CLASSICS
 
The Cincinnati Kid [Blu-ray] Starring Steve McQueen, Edward Robinson, Karl Malden and Rip Torn
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Hall Pass (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis
 
Hall Pass
 
Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie Starring Jason 'Wee Man' Acuña, Ryan Dunn, Dave England
 
Criterion Collection
 
Insignificance: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Emil, Theresa Russell, Tony Curtis and Gary Busey
 
Insignificance: The Criterion Collection
 
The Makioka Sisters: The Criterion Collection Starring Keiko Kishi, Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga
 
The Makioka Sisters: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]
 
HORROR
Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet Starring Bill Moseley, Danielle Harris, Nate Dushku
Chatroom Starring Aaron Johnson, Imogen Poots and Matthew Beard
 
Death's Door
 
Elviras Movie Macabre: Satanic Rites of Dracula
 
Fall Down Dead Starring Dominique Swain, Mehmet Gunsur, Udo Kier
Fugue Starring Abigail Mittel, Richard Gunn and Erika Bruun-Andersen
Groupie Starring Taryn Manning and Eric Roberts
 
Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut Starring Rebekah Brandes, Daniel Bonjour, Mandell Maughan
 
Night Of the Living Dead/Diary of the Dead Starring Duane Jones and Karl Hardman
 
Red Riding Hood Starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman
 
Red Riding Hood (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
 
Red Riding Hood [Blu-ray]
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
Battle: Los Angeles (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez
Battle: Los Angeles
 
Battle: Los Angeles [Blu-ray]
 
Crash And Burn/Robot Wars (Double Feature) Starring Paul Ganus and Megan Ward
 
Doctor Who: Frontios - Episode 133 Starring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson
 
Doctor Who: Time and the Rani Starring Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and Kate O'Mara
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Ultimate Edition)
 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Ultimate Edition)
 
Johnny Mnemonic [Blu-ray]
 
Triple Hit Starring Abigail Tarttelin and Damian Hayes
 
TV LAND
 
The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show: Collector's Edition (6DVD) Starring Dean Martin
 
Glades: Season 1 Starring Matt Passmore, Alexis Windsor, Kiele Sanchez
 
Haven: The Complete First Season Starring Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour
 
Haven: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]
 
Probe Starring Hugh O'Brian, Burgess Meredith and John Gielgud
 
Sergeant Cribb - The Complete Series Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons and David Waller
 
Supernatural: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver
 
Yellow Rose: Complete Series Starring David Soul, Edward Albert, Sam Elliott and Chuck Connors
 
BOX SETS
 
Roger Corman King of the Drive-Ins
 
Silver Screen Cowboys Starring Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Randolph Scott
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac.
Robert plans to dress up like the Green Lantern this week at the mid night screening (see Photo). Though not a huge fan of the comic he does love the character a lot. Check out his Top 10 Green Lantern Figures here on Mania.com.
 

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Hobbs 6/14/2011 7:55:47 AM

My off hand guess is that this new Terminator release is a better bluray transfer.  Don't know if you remember but everyone was beeching about the bad transfer when the other came out so there is a good chance they fixed it with the new release.   The same thing happened with Gladiator, in the first release of 2009 the transfer was so bad they actually deleted special effects shots.  They released it again in 2010 a year later with a correct, better bluray transfer and called it the remastered edition.

I am going to redbox Battle LA...just way too many mixed reviews on that one to buy it.

jedi4sshield 6/14/2011 8:24:48 PM

Would have been nice to have a special Edition where they replace the Terminator stop motion animation scenes with the latest CGI. Oh well.

VTGamehendge 6/15/2011 10:43:03 AM

I agree, Hobbs.  I'm adding Battle:  LA to my Netflix queue as we speak.

redhairs99 6/15/2011 5:26:54 PM

Is that another re-release of Heavy Metal?  It came out on Blu-Ray like 2 or 3 months ago.  That's when I bought it at least.

And this Terminator came out the week before Memorial Day.  Best Buy had the other other release marked down to $9.99 while the new "book" edition was $24.99.  The problem for Best Buy was that they had like 20 copies of the new release sitting behind the $9.99 sticker price and the old release was no where in sight, so I got the new one for $9.99!

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