It was six long years before this sequel finally arrived and it was well worth the wait. This movie is easily one of the greatest action films ever made.
The CGI morphing effects that James Cameron had been playing with on the Abyss, truly found a home with this movie boasting a liquid metal protagonist. Some moments left audiences chins firmly stuck to the ground. I remember the atmosphere within the theatre when the T1000 starts rising from the floor like a liquid Acadamy Award. Truly breathtaking in its day.
The movie has aged particularly well considering we are now at the 22 years ago stage, this is partly to do with the effects, but we must not forget James Cameron's genius filmmaking.
Many believe this to be better than the original, I do not however, I find it a little too sugar-coated, but still can easily understand the arguments for its preference.
Absolutely top notch entertainment.
Optimum have granted this movie with a VC-1 encoded, 2.35:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of very good quality.
DNR has unfortunately been utilised for the grain which has resulted in a softer image than I would have liked on a Blu-ray. The daylight scenes which fill the majority of the first act look the best with good detail and colour vibrancy.
Skin tones are lifelike, with good detail in the close ups.
Colour is not the best with this movie, so although the contrast is good it was never going to look the most vibrant on Blu-ray. We often are met with a bluish tint to the proceedings especially in the scenes surrounding the Sarah Connor rescue.
Edge enhancement has been used on only a couple of occasions and subsequent haloing can be seen.
I did not detect any compression issues and detail in the blacks is pretty strong. Most blacks are inky with just a couple of moments where they appear more like a dark grey.
Grain haters will be delighted with this picture and I even admit it's not bad at all.
I would definitely like to see a lower bit rate conversion maybe an MPEG-4 AVC encode with no DNR applied just to give us a sharper more detailed image.
All in all though this is a very good upgrade from previous versions with three cuts of the movie including the full special edition.
Movie 5/5 Transfer 4/5
A must buy.