Terminator - The Hunt for Sarah Connor

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This is a fantastically made edit that creates a cool build-up of the T-800's full reveal.

This feels even more like a horror film compared to the original. The original is a horror film to me, anyways. In this edit the viewer learns as the character Sarah Connor learns what is going on. Someone is going around the city killing other women named Sarah Connor and she is concerned about it. Then, Sarah has to trust a strange man that saves her life, and seems to tell her the truth about a dystopian robot future.

I love the slower-burn build up of the plot. It's a seemingly standard Thriller for awhile, with no cyborg stuff going on, talked about, or shown. If it wasn't called The Terminator you wouldn't know where the plot is going, until the reveals. The setup for this is very clever, and edited together to a T. Sarah doesn't really suspect something is going on until the Tech Noir scene when Arnold stands back up, after being shot multiple times by Kyle.

The stock footage of the city is a little distracting right up front at the beginning. I'd add a soft filter/mask layer to it to make it look like it's from the 80s a little more, and add a little grain over it to get it to blend even better. Or get rid of it. Or maybe yet, use footage from another film from the 80s that has a city-wide shot.

Other than that, the video quality and audio quality is fantastic. This does not replace the original for me. I love the original too dearly. This is a new experience, since the reveal is a build-up, rather than letting it be known straight away that we are in a sci-fi universe with robots and laser guns. It's fantastic for those who have never seen the original and just bought it, but it's still fantastic for fanedit aficionados.

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A great cut of this classic. Those first fifteen minutes really build nicely with a lot of ambiguity as to Reese's intentions, My only nitpicks would be that opening credits/titles would really lend a lot to a film like this. I understand wanting to cut right to the chase, but the pace and typography and music of an opening credits all let the viewer know what kind of film they're in for and start to sink into the mood. Other than that, a great edit overall.

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Now this was definitely an ingenious idea not only did it keep me on the edge of my seat but it also quickened the pacing too, the level of buildup and ambiguity you inputed into this edit was phenomenal and by far surpasses the original movie not that I had anything against the original movie as quite frankly it was a classic, I say it was because my problem is I don’t think I can watch the original anymore as this edit improves upon it in so many ways and whenever I am in the mood to binge watch the Terminator films this edit will now have the honour of being the first on my binge list. All in all a masterful edit of flawless execution.

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A very inspired edit. This brings you right into the story - no slow buildup required - and introduces mystery in regards to the hunter, whilst the original had none, and it also puts the viewer in Sarah's shoes.

The second half's chase sequences could've done with some trimming as well, but that's just my personal preference.

Editing was superb and A/V quality was great.

This is a great alternate way of viewing The Terminator and I preferred it to the original.
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An all-time great edit! I've always been a bit lukewarm on the original Terminator; I appreciated its unflinchingly gritty tone (even the excellent T2 gets a little too jokey for its own good at times), but always felt like the storytelling was a little too straightforward. This edit fixes that, by obscuring the T-800 and making Reese seem much more threatening in his initial scenes. It adds an entire new dimension to the first act, and it's a much better film for it. (One almost gets the sense that this might have been Cameron's preference, given how the ambiguous first act of T2 plays out, but with Schwarzenegger's star power, hiding him from view was never going to be an option.)

I do have a couple of nitpicks, both to do with the editing of Arnie. When we see him appear for the first time in the club, the cut to a medium shot already taking a bead on Sarah Connor doesn't seem like the best way to introduce an entirely new element/character. Either a long shot in the crowded club or a partial close-up (hand, boot, etc) would seem like a better way to gradually hint that a new player has entered the scene. Also, the iconic first visit to the police station "I'll be back" has been removed, seemingly for no reason other than to completely strip out Schwarzenegger's dialogue, which seems a tad excessive given what powerful foreshadowing that scene is.

Aside from those quibbles, this is an enormously effective edit with a terrific concept that "I'll be back" to watch over and over.

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