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Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Ultimate Edition) (1991)

NOTE: This commentary is only on the Ultimate Edition. It is different than the commentary on the Extreme Edition.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Creative supervisor/visual effects coordinator/DVD producer Van Ling, writer/producer/director James Cameron, sound designer Gary Rydstrom, Fantasy II visual effects supervisor Gene Warren Jr, 4Ward supervising director of visual effects photography Dennis Skotak, composer Brad Fiedel, casting director Mali Finn, co-producer Stephanie Austin, key makeup artist Jeff Dawn, actors Robert Patrick, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Joe Morton, Edward Furlong and Arnold Schwarzenegger. production designer Joe Nemec III, stunt coordinator Joel Kramer, ILM CG animation supervisor Steve Williams, special makeup effects creator Stan Winston, police technical advisor Randy Walker, production sound mixer Lee Orloff, visual effects designer John Bruno, film editor Mark Goldblatt, ILM assistant visual effects supervisor Mark A.Z. Dippé, ILM visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren and weapons master Harry Lu Rating:7.5/10 (19 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Ace_of_Sevens on June 24th, 2004:Find all reviews by Ace_of_Sevens
In this track visual effects co-ordinator Van Ling acts essentially as a moderator. While there are 25 people on this track, he's the only one actually doing commentary. The rest are snippets assembled from various interviews. He introduces the speakers and fills in the gaps with his own thoughts. The result is pretty much every moment of the movie has someone saying something about it and the large number of participants means it covers a much broader range of topics than your average commentary.

The downside is that since everyone's recorded seperately, no one talks more than a few minutes except Van Ling himself and there's so much info packed in, it doesn't have the personal feel of a more traditional commentary. We get to know a lot about how the movie was made, but not much about the people involved. Still, I wasn't ever bored, so I give it fairly good marks.
Reviewed by directorscut on November 6th, 2004:Find all reviews by directorscut
This is a good commentary, though harmed by repetition of the second disc. Pretty much all the commentary from the principles can be heard on the second disc in the various video clips. The best information comes from the secondary players such as the sound designers and effects crew as most of their comments are not repeated on the second disc. DVD producer Van Ling (apparently he worked on the film as well as he constantly refers to the production as “we”) moderates the track as well as offering behind the scenes information and narrative explanation. This keeps the track going for the film’s bloated length. Back-slapping is thankfully absent from the track, though disappointingly, no one mentions or confronts the many justifiable criticisms levelled against the sequel even though the commentary is clearly retrospective.
Reviewed by TommyT on February 10th, 2006:Find all reviews by TommyT
An interesting commentary. Learned a lot of things about the production of the film that I never knew. Only problem is that it's more like a scene-specific track rather than being a true full-length commentary. The full-length commentary on the Extreme edition is much better.
Reviewed by zombking on January 24th, 2008:Find all reviews by zombking
It's an interesting concept, and for the most part it pretty much works. Of course it's not just 25 people in a room, so no interrupting or annoying "remember the day" kinds of anecdotes. Oddly enough, however, some of the best info comes from the amusing anecdotes from the actors (who I am not usually partial to in commentaries.) Pay attention to the T-1000 arrival scene to know what I mean. Overall, everyone has some good information, which saves the track from getting overloaded and "snippity." Worthy of a listen for sure.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 25th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
This is pretty informative, but the problem here is that there are just too many people, and of them, few of them are that interesting. We don’t hear nearly enough from Cameron, who really just should have done a separate commentary. Arnold is present for two minutes or so, and that is from an interview. Although I love everything that is T2, this track is not up to the standards you are used to from a Cameron project. 5/10
Reviewed by Uniblab on May 31st, 2015:Find all reviews by Uniblab
I usually avoid like the plague these overcrowded, overedited, overkill types of commentaries, but this one managed to be quite good; perhaps for being done before the assembly-line tracks from recent years (it's originally a Pioneer LD commentary from 1993).

I don't know how it's presented on the various releases, but on the Universal/Studio Canal Blu-ray that I've listened to it, the track was significantly aided by another commentary visual gimmick of subtitles with WhatsApp-like avatars of every speaker by their side. The editing work also was done skillfully, in keeping with the movie's structure so that the comments are never random and the trivia information never futile. A great track even for a non-fan of the movie like me.