Will the picture quality be bad for “TERMINATOR 2” in 4K?

Well this doesn’t look promising. The high performance video and audio publication Home Cinema Choice received an advanced review copy of the 4K remastered home video release of “Terminator 2 Judgment Day” and the reviewer found the picture quality to be problematic, to say the least. After the unrelenting delays of both the single disc and endo arm releases, how much disappointment can fans take with this release?

This is an excerpt of what the reviewer had to say about the picture quality of T2 in 4K:

HCC: “The issue is that grain reduction and digital smoothing has obviously been applied – presumably to enable a more effective 3D presentation – and that, while the 3,840 x 2,160 image appears pleasingly sharp, it’s almost superficially so. There are strong edges, but other areas of the picture appear almost CG like in their lack of really fine detail. It’s particularly evident in the scene were Schwarzenegger enters the biker bar in Chapter 1, stark naked. His skin appears ultra-smooth, his hair and eyebrows waxy, and the image feels flat.

Previous BD releases for T2 have also suffered from digital cleanup work, so maybe this isn’t unexpected, but anyone hoping for a 4K iteration of how this 35mm production will surely have looked in cinemas in 1991 will be disappointed.”

Ultimately Home Cinema Choice graded the picture quality a disappointing 2.5 out of 5. 

Now before they made their review public, knowing that Lionsgate announced an indefinite delay to its Ultra HD Blu-Ray of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” in the United States until December 4, they asked Lionsgate whether or not there would be any differences between the retail discs and the copy HCC received for review. Lionsgate told them “It’s literally just a production delay and the discs will be no different to the ones you received.”


So there you have it Terminator fans. 4K enthusiasts should temper their expectations when the remastered “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” hits retail shelves worldwide the first week in December. That is, unless it’s delayed again.  While Home Cinema Choice was told the new release date would be December 4th, the popular U.S. based retail chain Best Buy is now reporting a release date of December 26th. 

To be honest, it’s hard to trust any of these release dates anymore. You can read the entire review here.

We’ll be back.


2 thoughts on “Will the picture quality be bad for “TERMINATOR 2” in 4K?”

  1. They didn’t ask Lionsgate if the retail discs would be the same, they asked Studiocanal. Studiocanal’s release was pushed back due to a production delay, Lionsgate’s US release is delayed indefinitely because of issues with the 4K master, namely the DNR.


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