mgm/sony has released james cameron’s sci-fi classic with a brand new transfer, which looks fantastic. one could argue that the inclusion of a more modern day tint, subtle but still noticeable, is a bad thing. personally i have no real problem with it.
the real problem is the omission of the original theatrical mono mix. fans have asked mgm for the inclusion since the first blu-ray release and yet again mgm ignored the fans call. but what about the 5.1 remix supervised/mixed by academy award winner gary rydstrom? is it really that bad? the answer is no. it’s a good remix, with a modern touch and a tie in with sfx of terminator 2, e.g. phaser sounds of the hunter killers. but some changes are pretty big compared to the original mix (especially the gunshot sfx change in the sarah conner killing scene) and that’s what a lot fans got on the fence. i recommend to see the new 5.1 mix as an alternate mix. nothing more, nothing less.
back to topic…
luckily the original mono mix was previously released on laserdisc and on dvd. so the preservation was rather easy. with the help of a friend, shoutouts to jj666 for his awesome syncing job, anyone with the new 2012 blu-ray release can now enjoy the lossless original theatrical mono mix.
source: the terminator thx laserdisc - pcm captured via toslink by myself
synced by jj666 to the u.k. blu-ray
release format: flac, 16bit mono at 44.1khz
_the laserdisc had different studio logos then the new u.k. blu-ray. did you change this?
yes. i have added the mgm lion logo and orion picture sounds to the mono mix, so that the audio and video match.
can this be synced to the u.s. blu-ray?
my audio track needs a delay of +8950ms to make it sync with the u.s. blu-ray. this delay value was confirmed by NeonBible.
why do you use flac instead of wav?
flac is a lossless codec and saves spaces. it’s practically identical to wave. you can easily transcode it to wav, if you need to. you wont loose any quality, hence lossless.
please note: if you share this on another place, then don’t forget to give credit to the people making this release possible.