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Hello all,
I'm going to see The Terminator in a local theater this week. I believe they have a new 35mm print.
My question is, is it likely to be in mono, or 5.1?
(Wasnt the original theatrical release in mono?)

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It's a blu ray copy you'll be seeing and I think it's at least 5.1 and definitely not mono.

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Was the gun sound effects ever fixed on the 5.1 mix? It sounded like a pea shooter compared to the cannon sound it had in the mono mix. I'm referring to the scene where the Arnie burst into the house of the first Sara Conner.
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Was the gun sound effects ever fixed on the 5.1 mix? It sounded like a pea shooter compared to the cannon sound it had in the mono mix. I'm referring to the scene where the Arnie burst into the house of the first Sara Conner.

No, both Blu-ray editions contain the same crappy 5.1 mix.

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It's a blu ray copy you'll be seeing and I think it's at least 5.1 and definitely not mono.

Thx.dbuudo07,

So Why did I think that I read it it was some 35mm print if They are pretty much simply showing the Blu-ray of it?
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Thx.dbuudo07,

So Why did I think that I read it it was some 35mm print if They are pretty much simply showing the Blu-ray of it?

I doubt that MGM or Fox would strike new 35mm prints for an old movie like this. They're trying to move away from 35mm altogether. The current trend in revival screenings has all been digital. There's just too much expense in shipping film prints around, and one-off showings don't generate enough income to justify it.

In a best case scenario, it might be a DCP from the same master as the Blu-ray. Depending on the venue, it might be satellite streaming (like Fathom events) or the theater may just play the Blu-ray.

If this is a smaller, repertory type theater, they might be screening a vintage 35mm print. If that were the case, that would be your only chance to hear the original mono soundtrack. Lord knows how battered and damaged the print probably is, though.

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Hi Josh,
yes that is exactly what it is..a vintage repertory theater.
I guess we will see, as the opening ( in the 5.1)Is exactly like the opening of Star Wars with this spaceship passing From the rear right surroundsound channel to the front..
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Hi Josh,
yes that is exactly what it is..a vintage repertory theater.
I guess we will see, as the opening ( in the 5.1)Is exactly like the opening of Star Wars with this spaceship passing From the rear right surroundsound channel to the front..

You could call the theater and ask them whether the movie will be screened digitally or from a 35mm print. At a small theater like that, you stand a decent chance of getting someone on the phone who knows what they're talking about.

If it were a big multiplex theater, don't even bother trying. smile.gif

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There is zero chance of it being a new print and little to none for an old print. Studios are pretty much killing all 35mm loan-outs. All their prints are now considered 'archival.'

DCP is the best you can hope for and yeah, it will have the crap remix.

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Thx Matt.
So when a small independent movie theater shows older movies like this, Are they basically showing the Blu-ray disc?
What resolution is one seeing?
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The current theatrical distributor - Park Circus - has both 35mm and DCP of this available. Depending on print availability and the venue's capability, they certainly CAN book it in 35mm. AFAIK, the phony stereo mix has never been used on any reprints of this in 35mm. What theatre is showing it?

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