I'm not sure if Sony has made a new high-def master for 'The Terminator' or what, but the film looks more stable, sharper and smoother than I've ever seen it. Again presented in 1.85:1 and encoded at 1080p, the most noticeable improvement with this new transfer is how clean it looks. Sony must have used some extensive noise reduction technology on this one, because scenes that were marred by excessive film grain on the previous DVD (such as the Tech-Noir attack sequence) are now much cleaner.
If Cameron wanted to step in, he could. However, the fact that Lowry is doing a restoration is a good signal that we will get something better soon. Most likely they will show it to Cameron and ask for guidance. They do tend to do that.
Now if Lowry is just cleaning up an old transfer, well, it ain't so exciting. Maybe someone can get clarification from Van Ling. Most likely they would at least strike a new print and go from there. That is something they normally want to do at the minimum.
I've been holding off buying The Terminator on Blu-ray just for all the reasons stated in this thread. I remember when I first bought my LaserDisc copy of the film in the late '80s--it was such a revelation compared to VHS. I really hope next year's Blu-ray edition will be an equivalent revelation compared to the SE DVD.
I've been wondering why my copy of "The Terminator" on DVD has some craptastic sound effects in it. Arnold's .45 longlside has some pathetic "pew-pew" sound, instead of the Dirty-Harry .44 Magnum blast. And Kyle Reese's 12 guage shotgun makes a very unsatisfying "thud" sound instead of a nasty, Terminator pounding "boom." Why did they ruin the sound on this?
And the T2 Blu-Ray was pretty disappointing too. No extras at all, and the PQ is barely better than the DVD. What a waste. I hope the "Skynet Addition" improves T2.
It's a shame that two of my favorite movies of all time have such poor HD representation.
The new remaster is said to be done at 4K (unless I'm mistaken). It's safe to assume T1 will look better than it ever did. I only hope the mono mix track is PCM or loosless. I agree the remix missed the mark on way too many things (musical, gunshots, sound effects missing etc). I hope they redo the 5.1 mix fixing the errors.
dvd producer van ling is working on a new special edition bluray of terminator 1. it suppose to come out next year sometime. lowery is doing the remastering of the movie.. they have done other movies too. I have the bluray and I thought it was fine.
Ling also produced the MGM SE that everybody loves to hate here.
Gary Rydstrom did the sound design and restoration on that, probably at Skywalker ranch where he worked at the time. I have a feeling that Matt Stevens won't be on a visitor list anytime soon.