If you’re not familiar with 3D movie releases and 3D Blu-rays, one thing to be aware of is that some films are produced originally with 3D technology and others are not, but still can be “upconverted” in various ways to a form of 3D viewing. Some movie watchers dismiss the entire notion of 3D, others live for it. When done right, a film can be produced and displayed brilliantly in 3D. A film can also have a successful upconversion. One of the best we’ve seen so far is the upconversion of Predator, reviewed previously here at borg.com. Predator 3D was directed by John McTiernan, the brilliant director of films like Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October, back in 1987, long before the new renaissance of 21st century 3D entertainment.
Lucky for us, McTiernan had an eye for texture and layering, and filmed most of Predator in a jungle setting, one of the best locales to demonstrate the most effective imagery of 3D technology. So despite the original film not being shot in 3D, the Blu-ray release of the upconversion is like a different film. The result is a stunningly layered experience that, when watched on quality 3D home entertainment equipment, is as completely immersive as technology allows.
This week we learned that Terminator 2 is finally being upconverted for a 2017 release in 3D. Along with his movie Aliens, Terminator 2 is at the top of James Cameron’s best work, so it stands to reason that it is a superb candidate for the 3D treatment. To cement the project, Paramount released a new poster (above) for the 3D release, via the T2 Facebook page.