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T2 Blu-ray update stays true to original

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm •  Published: May 26, 2009
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2


While both “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” have now updated the visual effects of their original incarnations, don’t expect the same from “Terminator.”

Van Ling, the producer of the new Blu-ray “Skynet Edition” of “Terminator 2,” said it’s exciting to create new ways of presenting information, but creating new effects or adding characters could be a slippery slope.

Van Ling
Van Ling

“There is a theory that says that artforms should evolve but artworks should not because they represent a moment in time and have meaning as such,” Ling said in an interview with The Oklahoman. “Creative works are not like refrigerators that you can just replace with a newer model every few years.”

Movies and television are our cultural memories, and just because we can change them with digital technology doesn’t mean we should, Ling said.

“It’s one thing to make revisions and treat it as an alternate version of the original work; it’s another thing entirely to replace that original work with the ‘new and improved’ version as if the original never existed,” he said. “It’s very Orwellian – or Terminatoresque – in the idea that you go back and change the past to have control over the present and the future.”

That doesn’t mean there aren’t new ways to present films. On the T2 Skynet Edition, the Blu-ray allows viewers to call up storyboards, script or production information and video segments while the movie is playing.

“Interestingly, some of the things we’ve done for the new T2 Skynet Edition are things that I had wanted to do with T2 even as far back as the early ’90s with CD-ROM format but never got a chance to try,” Ling said. “And now we can do it with much better picture and sound quality.”

More from The Oklahoman interview with Van Ling available here.

By Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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