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James Cameron to Rip Fans Off With 3-D Conversion of ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’

TERMINATOR 2: Judgment Day with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong

Originally it looked as if Terminator Genisys was a flop, at least until it opened in China. It was huge. Like Terminator 2: Judgement Day huge. It not only saved the franchise, setting up another sequel, but now there are plans for a re-release of the aforementioned T2.

It’s a cash-grab, which means James Cameron is on board.

Cameron is overseeing a 3-D conversion of his 1991 Terminator 2, which made over $500 million worldwide in its release.

The conversion is to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, next year, and will be released worldwide. Cameron, who gave verbal praise of the awful Terminator Genisys, and is lost in his high-tech future of Avatar, clearly doesn’t care that a 3-D conversion is a complete rip-off. With that said, if re-releasing T2 in theaters as a gimmick gets a new generation of moviegoers to actually sit down and watch it, I guess I’ll look the other way. But let’s be smart here, there’s no way to take a flat image and convert it into multiple dimensions…unless.

This has me thinking – at the time T2 featured some revolutionary digital effects, which are now pretty dated. Digital effects can be re-created and thus rendered into 3-D. Could Cameron be updating the effects to give it a 3-D spin? Layering flickering fire and ash so that it pops out is just a bullshit way of making it look 3-dimensional. So, again, this is either a bullshit cash-grab or something more interesting. If I’m a betting man, I’d go with the former.


Here are some quotes from Cameron and co.:

“Next year marks the 25th anniversary of ‘Terminator 2’ and that seemed like the perfect time to bring it back but this time in an all-new 3D version,” said Cameron.

He added: “If you’ve never seen it, this’ll be the version you want to see and remember.”

“For a whole new generation of fans, it is truly a chance to see the movie that really set the bar for action and effects that all the movies today are trying to top, in a completely new way — in the theater and in 3D,” said DMG CEO Dan Mintz, adding: “We are committed to making the conversion the highest quality in order to live up to the expectations of the film’s many fans around the world.”

As annoying as the idea of a 3-D conversion is, I will say I had a really good time watch Universal’s Jurassic Park 3-D re-release. It’s not something I can stand here and give approval to, but it’s also not the end of the world. There’s worse stuff going on, like the idea that Jai Courtney could be starring in, well, anything.



  • eli

    One of the best movies of all time ever.

    • Agreed.

      • huntermc

        Same here. This would have to be one of my top five of all time. That said, I really don’t care about 3D – it still just seems like a gimmick to me.

        • If done well 3D adds immersion and some films are actually more fun in 3D.

        • I don’t care about the 3D, either. But I’ll suffer through it just to see such an awesome film on the big screen.

  • brewers_rule

    Merchandising: Spaceballs the T-shirt, coloring book, lunch box, breakfast cereal, & most importantly, the flamethrower. Then the re-releasing of 3D Spaceballs followed by Spaceballs 2: The Search For More Money.

  • I think T2’s effects are still fantastic. Certainly light years better than the horrid CG on display in Genisys and a number of other modern movies. And rip off or not I’ll totally go. T2 is one of my favorite films ever and after seeing Halloween on the big screen for the first time this year I’m totally down for more of my favorite movies being re-released into theaters. But I guess since it’s not fucking Guardians Of The Galaxy being re-released in theaters it’s not worth getting excited about.

  • concerned citizen

    “there’s no way to take a flat image and convert it into multiple dimensions” – are you an idiot? It’s okay if you are, but you are, aren’t you?

    • You can take a flat image and bring flat parts forward or move them backward. But they won’t have a natural depth, like rounded corners or altered shading that comes with natural 3D. The statement isn’t wrong. Flat images that are post-converted into 3D aren’t real 3D and lose what actually makes them multi-dimensional.

      • Mike

        Cameron knows what he’s doing. Even Mr. Disgusting admitted he enjoyed the 3D post-converted Jurassic Park and Cameron is a perfectionist. You can argue it’s not “real” 3D but most people will never be able to tell especially with Cameron overseeing it. Of all the things to bitch about it, bitching about a 3D re-release of T2 for its 25th anniversary is quite silly.

      • sweetooth0

        99% of the 3-D movies in theaters are post conversions from 2-D. Honestly, the software and skills of the post conversion artists have gotten to the level that “shot in ‘true’ 3-D” doesn’t mean nearly as much as it once did. A good example, Mad Max Fury Road, a movie that was near universally appraised for it’s incredible depth and great 3-D effect was post converted from 2-D. All of the Marvel movies are post converted from 2-D. It’s isn’t like they’re just going to make the movie into a pop up book, artists use software to create a 3-D effect based on lighting, camera focus, distance the object would be from the eye, etc. Personally, I was quite impressed by Jurassic Park 3-D, and with Cameron at the helm, I suspect T2 in 3-D will rock.

        • You can actually tell when a movie was shot in 3D but Cameron has already proven that he can do an awesome conversion so I can’t wait. Also Aliens in 3D would be awesome as well. On a side note I hope that Scott is filming his Alien sequels in 3D like he did the Prometheus

          • Don Allen

            I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott is doing that. The Martian was also shot in 3D.

      • concerned citizen

        They’re not *actually* multi-dimensional you know.

      • concerned citizen

        .. Also, check out the 3D conversion for Jurassic Park and The Creature From The Black Lagoon then we’ll talk again.

        • Kev Weldon

          Creature was actually shot in 3D, it was one of the first movies to do so.

          • concerned citizen

            I know, but we’re arguing the difference between “real” 3D and post-converted 3D (even though both are flat images when it all boils down to it). Now I stand to be corrected, but I’m confident that the blu-ray 3D which is glorious is likely to be closer to a 3D conversion in technical terms as we know it today than a preservation of the original “real” 3D effect. I’m more than open to being proven wrong on that one though.

          • Kev Weldon

            I can’t seem to find any information on that, oddly enough. Personally I’d say it’s 50/50 whether it’s a direct transfer of the original 3D or done post-conversion style. That said, I haven’t seen it in 3D myself, if I had I may have a better idea.

          • concerned citizen

            AS I say I may be talking out of my backside about Creature. I do recommend seeing it in 3D if you can, though. The picture is immaculate and the underwater photography looks astounding.

            I guess ultimately it’s a matter of taste rather than what the article proposes. Post-converted 3D Jurrasic Park makes the thing feel like a brand new movie. I honestly feels like it was always meant to be in 3D. Rush job botches like Clash of the Titans, though, look awful.

            So I guess what we can take away is this: whatever the process, if it’s done well it looks good and if it’s done badly it looks bad :D. I don’t think we needed the author’s musings on multi-dimensional images to come to that conclusion 😀

          • Kev Weldon

            Agreed! I will add though that I have a lot of faith in this particular 3D release because of Cameron’s direct involvement. Whatever may be said about his output of late, he knows this technology and T2 is a perfect candidate for it. The storm drain chase alone will likely be worth the price of a ticket!

  • Mike

    How is this a “complete rip-off”? Obviously, some fans would pay good money to see their favorite film in 3D in the theater (and done so by the guy who reinvented the format). You may not think it’s worth it, but I bet millions of others do.

    • scaryclown

      Yeah, you’re not really ripping fans off if they are choosing to see it and know what they’re getting. I’m not the biggest post conversion fan or anything, but I will say that I saw the re-release of ‘Titanic’ in 3D in the theater and was blown away. It is still the most effective and best looking 3D blu I own, even compared to films that were actually shot in 3D.

  • Gadriel

    Way to make me feel old – I remember seeing it at the cinema first time around.

  • Fracassi

    So, I’m guessing this would be the extended edition of the movie, which would be awesome to see in 3D. “OMG, it’s like Kyle Reese is running right at me!” And 3D horse-smile… this is going to be epic! I can’t wait to hear “You Could Be Mine” in 7.1 Dolby. 3D Afterburner! I can’t contain my nerdgasm.

  • wehoaks

    “There’s worse stuff going on” yeah we know. You released VHS 3.

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  • Daucus Karota

    Ooooh you called T2 3D conversion bullshit! Such an edgy site! I don’t know if I can handle all the “edge” going on here. Please tell us all what you really think instead of just staying on topic Mr. “Edgy” Disgusting!

  • Carlo S.

    You had a good time watching Jurassic Park in 3D, so I don’t quite get the outrage in the first two-thirds of the article lol…and I enjoyed Genisys. Doesn’t hold a candle to 1 & 2, but I’m comfortable saying I enjoyed it far more than 3 & 4. I understand why some didn’t like it, though.

  • Cameron did the 3D conversion for his Titanic which looks amazing and you said it yourself that you enjoyed the Jurassic Park in 3D. IMHO the 3D in that film is actually better than in Jurassic World. As a 3D enthusiast I prefer it when the film is planned for and actually shot in 3D but conversions can still look impressive if handled by those who care and Cameron does care. So yes bring it on!

    • Mightygil

      everything in Jurassic Park was better than Jurassic World. I also enjoyed Park in 3D. It added some interesting depth to some scenes such as the raptor breathing on the kitchen door window

      • What disappoints me about a lot of the 3D films is missed opportunity. Park 3D has these money shots like the Raptors snapping out of the screen but then in World where that dinosaur jumps from water for the shark the 3D effect is flat. Why not have it jump out of the screen is beyond me. In Bait they had the shark do that and it was very thrilling.

  • Df

    Rip off? Bullshit cash grab? You sound like an immature Internet troll bitching and complaining about nothing like a little kid arguing on the internet. If you don’t like it then don’t go see it, it’s that simple. Millions of people would enjoy seeing so why not let them enjoy it? If you spent more time focusing on what you like instead of worrying about stuff you don’t then you’d be happier. And just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean others cant. Jesus this site has turned into amateur hour blogging with inane rants and stuff that has nothing to do with horror. You guys post more stuff about konami and hideo kojima in a week than you do good posts in a month.

  • wehoaks

    “I enjoyed the post-converted 3D Jurassic Park”

    “This 3D is a cash grab”

    Mr. D is a complete tool.

    • PsychoMantis18

      I want you to know that it pained me to give you that up-vote.

      • wehoaks

        The world can unite over their disdain for Mr. D

        • PsychoMantis18

          Dyamn it!

          • wehoaks

            We are in love. Just admit it.

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          • wehoaks

            That’s the international symbol for love.

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    • I Am Colossus

      Wohohoho wehoaks pulled out the claws, i agree though, guess theres a first for everything

  • Peter Kushing

    Any version of T2 back in theaters is still better than the shit that comes out weekly.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Not sure what the problem is here. There will most definitely also be a 2D choice in theaters plus finally a great looking Blu-Ray so….win, win, win

    • Panic Tha Serpent

      Yeah, This is one of my favorite movies of all time..
      I was only 5 when it released so I never got to see it on the big screen. would love the opportunity to be able to do that.

  • brewers_rule

    I was listening to a podcast on non-film-related-subject the other day and the question came up as to whether T2 was the greatest sequel of all time. One guy said yes, the other said he could come up with almost 10 other ones that are better. I believe it was a great sequel purely because of the leap forward in special effects it provided at the time but as far as a story goes, it was okay but not incredible.

    Genisys, on the other hand, is one I’m gonna have to watch again because it generally had my head spinning by the end of the movie and not in a cool Inception way but in a ‘what the hell did I just witness & was it actually good’ way.

  • Pressly Parrish

    ok but re-releasing mad max isnt a cash grab? LMAO. alright then!

  • Darnell

    Remember when Brad had good things to say and this site wasn’t non-stop ad fair. Now all he does is spew garbage and embarrass himself. It’s really sad that you rant about this film getting a 3-D conversion then go on to claim you enjoyed the Jurassic Park 3-D remaster.


    • Pressly Parrish

      its a shame brads responsible for this site, he used to be fair and more on the ball now all he posts is bs.

  • This is a perfect film and I could not care less for the 3D conversion. Leave it alone and so far….3D has been dropped. Nobody cares any more! Remember in 2010/2011 everything was 3D? Now not so much

    • I care.

      • Great, it is sorted then

        • GunsOfNavarone

          For what it’s worth, I completely agree with you, for the points mentioned above.

    • Jeff K

      What delusional little world are you living in? 3D has most certainly not been dropped, and plenty of people still care. Just not the whiny little bitches who troll the internet hating on it with their elitest artsy farsty attitudes, because they are too simple minded to actually process a movie presented in 3D. Their primitive little savage minds overload. All major blockbusters are put out in 3D still, except for the rare occasion like Christopher Nolan films (damn shame, amazing director with amazing films, but a short sighted and seeming inability to grasp the benefits of 3D, maybe one day he will see the light, and we can get Inception converted). You may have less of the absolutely stupid movies that people were putting out in 3D,that made nosense at all, but to just try and cash in on 3D. Those 3D as an afterthought movies have died down a little. But any big budget movie is still being made in 3D

      • GunsOfNavarone

        I don’t mean to start an argument with you, but I’ve never read such a heap of nonsense ‘a short sighted and seeming inability to grasp the benefits of 3D’. You do realise that for 60+ years cinema has been thriving without things seemingly popping out of the screen ? I’d even argue how popular 3D televisions sets still are right now. You barely hear of anyone talking about them. It is merely a gimmick. If you like it, then I’m not detracting that from you, good for you. But it doesn’t mean a director is unskilled because they don’t use it. Plenty of directors have refused to use it for the simple fact it is a distraction from good story telling and cinematography.

      • Freddy D Roberts

        “because they are too simple minded to actually process a movie presented in 3D” LOL It’s the other way around really, 3D is for simple minded people.

  • TheSlitheryDee

    T2 still looks better than most new movies. I’m a sucker for T2 anything so I’ll be checking this out when I get a 3D-TV.

  • John Risner

    Yeah…it’s a cash grab. You realize we’re in a capitalist society, right? If it didn’t make money…we wouldn’t have it at all. I’ve never understood the pettiness of people who “hate” on remakes, reboots, and remasters. It doesn’t do anything to the originals…you can still watch them. Fuck, T2 is sitting on my shelf not ten feet away. I’ll throw that bastard in tonight, eat some popcorn and enjoy myself. Will I go see a 3D conversion? No…but I don’t like 3D. Does that mean Joe Schmoe and John Doe can’t go enjoy it? Not in the least – and if it lines the pockets of the megacorporations, it’s incentive for putting out more products. Does that mean those products will be good? Absolutely not. But if they didn’t profit at all, we wouldn’t get anything worth shit anyway.

    • Kev Weldon

      Exactly. EVERY STUDIO MOVIE IS A CASH GRAB. That’s why the studios exist!

      • Freddy D Roberts

        That’s why I don’t go see movies in the theatres at all anymore fuck Hollywood.

  • Luke

    I hate this. He had the audacity to trash Piranha 3D’s use of post conversion and abandon his past directing one of the Piranha films in the same breathe— and now he’s cashing in for a 3D conversion… What a wanker.

  • Christopher Pelton

    You know you can’t rip people off if they are willing to spend money to see your movie and if they are willing to spend the money then they are not going to feel ripped off now are they?

    • Brodequin

      Well said, man 🙂

  • Eizzy IceBorne

    Back then in 1991 I was much to young to watch T2 on the big screen. So I am looking forward to experience one of my favourites in the cinema. Cameron made a Short-Film about Terminator 2 back in 1995 and he said back then, that of the technology would have been there, he would have also shot the movie right in 3D.
    But for me, it is about the movie, not the 3D. So, at this point, I don`t give a damn if T2 is converted or not!

    The only thing I am worried about is Cameron`s Choice of words. All new version? What does he mean? Is it the cinematic version of 1991, just converted, or some kinda PG13-version, which would be a total No-Go?

    • Justin Smith

      probably the george lucas treatment of star wars…fucking everything up version

  • Wasn’t there already a 3-D TERMINATOR with the 1995 3-D semi-sequel short film TERMINATOR 3-D ?

  • Mark Andrew Glinka

    Dear Mr. D,

    With all due respect, fuck you. Genisys was awesome. Just the opening 15 minutes of that film alone were worth the price of admission. This is also great news for us terminator fans who were too young to see T2 in theaters. I will be getting blazed as a motherfucker and geeking out when this is released in theaters.

  • Riku Ruohomäki

    I find nothing wrong with this. I’d love to have an opportunity to watch T2 on a big screen. 3D will only enhance the experience.

  • Hank_Scorpio

    Why not? He had no problem ripping people off with that steaming pile called Avatar. And he’s poised to do it again with 2 more steaming Avatar piles.

  • D淡定D

    I’d rather see Terminator 6 and find out more about liquid metal Arnold!

  • DeadInHell

    James Cameron is the living worst. This franchise should be left alone to die.

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