What happened to the 3D in “TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 3D”?

When the 4K Blu-Ray EndoArm Limited Collector’s Edition was announced yesterday for Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (reported HERE), it generated a lot of excitement among fans. However, it generated a great deal of confusion too, when a 3D disc and 3D logo was notably absent from the United States version. This made a lot of fans upset, and here’s why:

Since the beginning, when the theatrical re-release of T2 was announced back in December 2015, the 3D conversion aspect has always been in the forefront of the film’s identity.

The first “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D” poster released in 2015.

With the addition of “3D” to the title of the classic film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D received its own identity, and a way to differentiate this new version of the film from the old.

The second official poster for “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D”.

So you can imagine some fans’ dismay when they learned the U.S. home video release will not be featuring a 3D logo, nor a 3D disc.

The whole original selling point of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D” first and foremost was its conversion into 3D. It wasn’t the picture or sound remastering, and the title wasn’t changed to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Remastered”.  The 3D was the draw.

The 3D added to the title also gave this version clear differentiation, which it needed, because this new version of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” will not only reflect a 3D post conversion and audio/video remastering, but will also reflect alterations to the film… some we have identified just by watching the film’s trailer.

Falling windshields digitally fixed, stuntman’s faces digitally replaced with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s face, there has been a lot of changes found in just the film’s trailer alone. Who knows how many digital alterations exist in the entire film?  Like the “Special Editions” of the original Star Wars trilogy, having “3D” in the title allows fans to differentiate the old version from the new in conversation, something that is needed with so many changes.

There are a lot of 3D Home Video enthusiasts out there. However, we do realize popularity with 3D televisions has diminished in the United States lately, so much so that there is no longer a market for those televisions. But there is still a future in 3D.

Manufacturers are currently perfecting 3D televisions that do not require 3D glasses, and there are still a great deal of 3D TVs in American homes already.  It may be too late, but let’s hope Lionsgate makes “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D” available in 3D in the U.S… especially in the EndoArm collector’s set… as well as preserving that 3D title (even if all the discs inside aren’t 3D versions.)

We’ll be back.


5 thoughts on “What happened to the 3D in “TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 3D”?”

  1. What a shame. Superb article! I will always refer to this film as Terminator 2 3D.

    As a proud owner of a 3D home theater, no one has truly experienced 3D until they have watched it on a crisp HD flat screen. It is breathtaking! It is a love affair you are unwilling to give up! The technology is not going anywhere and it will only get better. Mr. Cameron will make sure of that.


    1. If Cameron gave a crap about 3D in the USA, he wouldn’t allow this travesty to take place….Actions speak louder than words.


  2. I think that what has killed 3D in the U.S. is the combo packs. Every 3D blu ray that I ‘ve bought I had to purchase along with the Blu Ray, the DVD and the ultra violet copy. I only buy them for the 3D copy. And the other useless copies are sitting on the shelf. They’ve never been used. I say sell them as a single 3D Blu Ray and sales will increase. And the cost will go down. I hate combo packs. They are such a waste!!!!


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