Originally Posted by dvdmike007
When did that happen?
Presented in 1.85:1 high definition 1080p, I must admit that I was not vastly impressed with the image found on this Blu-ray disc. Granted, the film is more than twenty years old, but this particular print used for the transfer was in less than ideal condition. There were severe and clearly discernible instances of scratches and speckles all over the place. There is a great deal more clarity here than on previous editions, however, so much so that many of the phony looking special effects look even phonier in high definition. Black levels are not entirely solid, bordering on dark gray at times, but I've seen much worse on many newer titles (such as in Broken Arrow). Overall the image quality is sufficient. It's certainly better than its recent DVD counterparts, but not overwhelmingly so. I don't think The Terminator will ever look much better than it does here. It's also the best the film has ever looked and these two factors make this image quality score better than it probably should.
The Terminator is a high voltage thriller on a budget (less than 10% of the sequel.) At times, the effects are about as convincing as animé. But once we get past the futuristic introductory material and the setting up and dispatching of the doomed roommate (which has uncomfortable tinges of a garden variety slasher movie), Cameron and his cast rise to the occasion with intense action sequences and smart writing (Kyle: "Cyborgs don't feel pain. I do." Sarah: "Come on. Do I look like the mother of the future? I mean, am I tough, organized? I can't even balance my checkbook.") The Blu-ray manages to reproduce the dated quality of the production without making me ache for more. I am led to believe I am seeing this movie in as good a transfer as I ever shall, so I sit back and enjoy the ride.