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Without a doubt, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of the best films ever made. Moreover, it's easily one of the best action flicks of the 1990s and quite possibly the greatest sequel of all time. It took the already acclaimed Terminator franchise to new heights and set a standard so high that all following sequels couldn't live up to it. And now it gets the chance to do it all over again as the 1991 film is set to be re-released in theaters this Summer — in 3D.

While it was originally planned for the film's 25th anniversary last year, T2:3D will hit theaters this summer instead. It will have a limited release, debuting in Australia and Russia on August 24th, the U.S. and the U.K. on August 25th, Germany on Auguest 29th and France on September 20th. The film will be released by StudioCanal in Europe and Australia and by Distrib films in the U.S.

While some see the re-release as pointless, it shouldn't be overlooked, simply because a lot of work has gone into making this come to fruition. Moreover, the fact that the film is once again going to hit the big screen is reason enough to go and see this classic one more time.

State Of The Art 3D

"State of the art" may be a term used to describe T2 itself, but it also definitely applies to the technology used to bring the 3D re-release to life. Remember, this isn't the first time one of James Cameron's films have been re-released in 3D — the same thing happened to his 1997 record-smashing Titanic back in 2012, and its conversion was incredible. Furthermore, Cameron is considered revolutionary when it comes to 3D itself as he produced the stunning Avatar — which I have no problem admitting was the greatest 3D I have ever witnessed.

'Terminator 2' is returning to movie theaters this Summer. [Credit: StudioCanal]
'Terminator 2' is returning to movie theaters this Summer. [Credit: StudioCanal]

And that brings us to Terminator 2. The project was initiated by Cameron's production company Lightstrom, DMG and StudioCanal. Thus, his own team oversaw the 3D conversion. And just to prove how much faith he has in them, here's a statement from the man himself back when the project was first announced:

"If you’ve never seen it, this’ll be the version you want to see and remember."

The award-winning team was the same team that supervised Titanic's 3D conversion and they are currently working on the Avatar sequels. After a year-long process — which was monitored daily by the Lightstrom team — they have reportedly produced a high-end 3D version of T2 at the level of some of the latest 3D released in the U.S. Now, if that doesn't convince you, I don't know what will.

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Introducing 'T2' To A New Generation

Terminator 2 didn't just set the bar high for following Terminator sequels — it redefined everything about what a sequel could be, and managed to stand alone as its own story. It also earned an astonishing $519.8 million worldwide — becoming the third highest grossing film of all-time. But due to this success, the franchise just couldn't produce another film that matched the second installment. So those followup films resulted in a lot of dissatisfied fans — perhaps some who just experienced Terminator for the first time and came away disappointed. So the 3D re-release not only provides many of us with a true chance to experience this classic film in all its glory — but the franchise in general.

To any newcomer fan who wrote the franchise off after seeing one of the less than stellar sequels, this is a chance for you to see the franchise at its best. The theatrical re-release is the opportunity to view one of the greatest films of all time on the big screen and understand why it's truly a piece of cinematic art.

And for fans of the film, the 3D re-release is a unique opportunity to revisit this amazing spectacle and experience it in a brand new way. With all the same action scenes, explosions and CGI marvels, only in a much more immersive environment.

"Trust Me"
"Trust Me"

So not only will the upcoming 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day be a cinematic marvel, it will also give the younger generation of fans the opportunity to view the masterpiece on the big screen. During its initial release back in 1991, the film made history and became the third-highest grossing film of all time — earning a remarkable $519.8 million worldwide — and setting an impossibly high standard for every sequel that ever followed. Now, James Cameron has the chance to make even more history by introducing Terminator 2 to a brand new generation of fans. And I ,for one, can't wait — as a longtime fan of T2, I am incredibly excited to finally view my all-time favorite film on the big screen.

Will you be taking a trip to the movies to see Terminator 2 when it's re-released in 3D? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source:, MovieWeb, Collider]


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