I was 18 when Terminator 2 first landed in cinemas back in 1991 and it’s fair to say it was a big-screen experience I’ll never forget.

Well, if you missed what has to be considered one of the most spectacular cinematic visions first time around, the good news is you will get the chance this summer – with the added bonus of 3D.

Director James Cameron has overseen this upgrade, so we should be assured of a quality facelift. Here’s some promo blurb:

The original 35mm negative was scanned and then restored in 4k at Deluxe L.A., under the supervision of Geoff Burdick from Lightstorm. The film was calibrated in 4k by Skip, James Cameron’s colorist, at Technicolor Hollywood, with a selection of the best 35mm prints from the film’s first release. The film was then converted into 3D by Stereo D (Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic world).

This work lasted almost a year and was monitored daily by Lightstorm’s teams, to produce a high-end 3D version at the level of the latest 3D releases from U.S. Studios. The 3D version then benefited from a calibration and a specific finish at Technicolor Hollywood, still under the supervision of Skip and James Cameron himself.

The restoration project was initiated by Lightstorm (lei), James Cameron’s production company, DMG Entertainment and STUDIOCANAL. James Cameron’s team oversaw this 3D conversion from start to finish. This highly experienced and award-winning team had already supervised Titanic’s 3D conversion and is currently working on the Avatar sequels.

The film is set to launch with a ‘special event’ on August 29, which, as any Terminator fan can tell you is ‘Judgement Day’ in the film’s chronology, before rolling out to cinemas on September 1 – you can visit www.terminator2-3d.co.uk for more details.

Here’s a trailer which hints at what we can expect:


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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle