Originally Posted by Nays
Now that Sony might distribute MGM films we might actually get the chance to see the new 4k remaster that Lowry did. I'm really hoping so anyway. Personally I love the new 5.1 mix. It's one of my favorites to listen to just because there is so much going on in the sound stage.
As far as changes go for the audio track, there are numerous foley changes as well as missing music left out of mix.
The changes that I can remember off the top of my head are,
- Missing music riff in the opening 2029 sequence. If you watch Reese's first dream you'll hear the missing music. That little riff was left out for nothing more than forgetfulness on the part of the composer apparently.
- In every future flashback scene the sounds that the HK plasma weapons make have been replaced with the sound they used in Terminator 2. Actually there's a mix of both the original T1 plasma gun sound and T2's sound. So you're kind of getting the best of both worlds and it helps continuity between the two movies.
- During the theme song, the original mix contained the sound of metal being scraped against metal. This is missing in the 5.1 mix.
- Probably the most noticeable and spoken about is the massive change to the sound of the Terminators hand gun as he assassinates the first Sarah Connor. In the original mix the gun sounded very Dirty Harry-esque. The 5.1 mix has, as described before, a very "pew-pew" silenced gun sound.
- Also stated in the thread before, a startled Reese wakes from his dream and cocks the shotgun really fast. In the original mix this was very loud and in your face. In the new mix it gets kinda lost in the music.
- There are some changes to the Terminators rifles sounds as he assaults the Police Station. Though not really noticeably so. Not to me anyway.
- The last missing music that I can remember is near the end where the tanker blows up. In the original mix, there was a very high piercing music que as the spark burned down to ignite the pipe bomb which built up the tension of the scene. This que is completely missing from the 5.1 mix.
There are probably more changes than that, but that's what I can remember off the top of my head. If this new remaster turns out to look spectacular (and hopefully approved by Cameron in same way as Aliens was) then I have high hopes for it. If they make the effort to fix the 5.1 mix and include the original mono mix in lossless then we'll have a real winner here, finally.