This is one of the earliest movie memories I have and I love it. For what is essentially a B Movie it's right on the money.
I can't imagine too many people who will be buying this who haven't seen it already so a review of the movie is not paramount here.
Many believe the sequel is better, which is a rarity, I do not agree. The second is a little too sugar-coated for me, still a fantastic film mind you. But this is darker, meaner and altogether more absorbing.
This is a rollercoaster of fast paced action and ranks in my opinion as Arnie's best movie.
Optimum have granted this film with an MPEG-4 AVC encoded, 1.85:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of reference quality.
When this was first released on Blu-ray back in 2006 it was rough to say the least, only an MPEG 2 encode and the master was full of black speckles and white popping damage, when you watch it you're shocked it was allowed.
So lets start with the restoration, it's brilliant, no more errant damage and blotches all over the screen. These were usually witnessed during the effect shots of the future world and all these moments now look prestine.
We have the film grain perfectly intact which is fine and never obtrusive and provides us with alarmingly good detail, clarity and sharpness. The scenes between Sarah and Lt Traxler in the police station look stunning with remarkable skin textures and object detail. The image just pops perfectly. I'm shocked at how filmic the overall presentation looks, and is one of the best looking Blu-rays on the market for early eighties cinema.
Skin tones appear lifelike and accurate. The colours are muted which is in-keeping with the intended look of the movie, it mostly takes place at night so this was never going to rival Ben Hur for colour saturation and vibrancy.
The blacks are inky and strong with only a couple of scenes where they take on a more dark grey appearance and crushing is never an issue. Delineation in these darker scenes is very good with clear object definition.
We have no digital artifacting or compression issues to worry about. No DNR processing or edge enhancement.
This is a stunning presentation and I for one am delighted. It even betters the T2 transfer which is not exactly poor.
THIS DISC IS REFERENCE QUALITY
Movie 5/5 Transfer 5/5
Just buy it.