Price: 25,000 yen
Sound: A-Mode / EFM
Running Time: 2:17
Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now
her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again,
the resistance has managed to send a protector back to
attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.
What starts out as a great looking disc in terms of detail and color resolution is quickly marred by all the MUSE compression artifacts. These artifacts present themselves as the typical mosquito noise and at times can be very distracting. Had the compression been more refined by this release (going by ID #s, Pioneers first release), we would have had a much more presentable picture.
it’s hard to give the saturated colors and added picture detail any credit when
the compression artifacts just get in the way of the presentation. Very unfortunate indeed. In comparing the latest re-mastered DVD
release of T2, it’s a tough call which version is preferred. The Hi-Vision version has a more
film-like look to it, much better color rendition and saturation, and more
visible detail. Where it suffers
is compression artifacts, and a darker picture than the DVD version. The DVD version excels in the 5.1 (or
6.1 if you have an EX set up) sound separation, and a brighter picture
transfer. The DVD suffers though
from muted colors (in comparison to Hi-Vision) and none of the extra detail
found in the Hi-Vision format.
(EFM reviewed) is nearly identical to the NTSC laserdisc, although it seems the
low frequency has a bit more punch to it than the NTSC disc. Surround channels are active as is the
front sound stage. I’m sure the
A-mode sound is even more first rate in terms of channel separation (the front
channels sound a bit ‘smeared’).
hard to recommend this disc while at the same time hard to not recommend
it. If you can live with the
artifacts, you’ll have a generally pleasing presentation but not one that would
be considered jaw dropping, especially for an HDTV format.