The Terminator: Enhanced Edition

Updated: 15th May 2024

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Faneditor: krausfadr  
Fanedit Type: FanFix
Fanedit Release Date: 1st April 2023
Fanedit Runtime: 1h:47m:0s
Time Cut: 0h:0m:0s
Time Added: 0h:0m:0s
Franchise: Terminator
Genre: ActionSci-Fi
Original Title: The Terminator (1984)   
Original Release Date: 1st January 1984
Original Runtime: 1h:47m:0s
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Certificate: 18
Format: Digital
Resolution: 1080p
Sound Mix: Stereo
Language: English


"Uh-huh-huh, hey Beavis, these effects aren't so special..." The purpose of this edit is to improve the low budget, outdated VFX so it still feels like a 1984 Terminator movie, but the laughable moments like painfully obvious Schwarzenegger mannequins and choppy stop motion animation are fixed. This edit does not change the film's narrative or add deleted scenes.


This film editing project aims to level up Terminator to a higher budget 1980's production.

Change List:

1. Regraded throughout to reduce the extreme teal from the official remastered Blu-ray. 2. Re-foleyed many of the gunshots from the remastered Blu-ray 5.1 mix using new, beefier sounds. Where’s the beef? Right here. 3. Cleaned up and processed various 3rd party VFX to remove the color banding and other artifacts and to blend the footage into a 1980’s movie. 4. Replaced an opening production company credit with a credit for those who did the new VFX work. 5. Replaced the beginning of the opening scene from the future with footage from VFX artist, Jamie Martin. It looks more realistic now as an establishing shot for a ruined, apocalyptic Los Angeles with a better rendering of the Hunter Killer craft, rather than a low budget styrophome set with miniature stop motion animation. 6. Matched the font and recreated the Los Angeles 2029 A.D. title. 7. VFX so the Terminator doesn't flinch-blink when he guns down the first Sarah Connor. 8. In Reese's dream about the future, replaced a few VFX shots with much better ones by Jamie Martin. 9. In the same dream, foleyed in the arrival of the getaway car. 10. Added post production VFX during some of Reese's dream footage so it's less apparent the background with the HK Tank is a screen. 11. Removed the sound of the phone crashing when the Terminator guns down Sarah's roommate. Also made it so he doesn’t flinch-blink so much during the gunshots. 12. Darkened, reframed, and added one deepfake VFX shot by StoRyx to the eye surgery scene. Now the footage looks more realistic rather than featuring a brightly lit, ridiculuous mannequin. 13. Added blood VFX and gore SFX to the eye surgery scene. 14. On the closeup of the Terminator's cyborg eye, slightly rotated it to match the tilted angle of the Terminator's head. 15. Cut the Terminator fixing his hair in the mirror after he removes his eye. So there is no sudden jarring difference in the look of his face. 16. VFX to darken the Terminator's sunglasses when he arrives in the police station lobby so we can't see that his eye is still there. Concealed his eye and eyelashes at a side angle as well. 17. Darkened the glasses in one of the shots of the police station shootout where we could kind of see the Terminator’s eyes again. 18. Added some blood spray to various cops being shot including when the Terminator shotguns the fleeing rookie. 19. Cut a few frames of one of the cop's reactions to getting shot. 20. Changed a weird shot of the Terminator backing up after shooting a cop, so now he advances forward and shoots some more. 21. Foleyed in Reese kneeing the cop. 22. Added some camera shake to closeup up of car's fuel guage showing empty since the car is moving. 23. When Sarah dreams as Reese recounts what the future is like, replaced some of the Hunter Killer footage with better looking VFX by Jamie Martin. 24. Same future sequence, post production to help reduce the effect of using screens for backgrounds. 25. In the dead cat motel, darkened and reframed the scene with the Terminator looking through the address book so it no longer showcases a joke mannequin. 26. Same motel scene, added some VFX and SFX to create a lovely surprise. 27. Re-foleyed The Terminator’s footsteps departing the motel. 28. Re-foleyed Reese’s sneakers hitting the pavement after hitchhiking. 29. Darkened, reframed, and widened the footage with the Terminator dummy driving the big rig at the end so it looks more realistic and more like Schwarzenegger. 30. Post processing to reduce the background screen effect in multiple shots when the rig explodes behind Sarah. 31. The endoskeleton robot at the end (the full sized puppet version) moves faster as it follows Reese and Sarah into the building (cut a few seconds of it moving slow and Sarah picking up the board. Also sped up some of the sluggish endoskelton footage). 32. Inside the warehouse as the Terminator gets close to Sarah and Reese, removed the studio sound effects which indicated a Terminator POV shot that wasn't actually there. Seems that with the actors not looking straight toward the camera the intended POV did not work. Foleyed in Reese stepping back. 33. The endoskeleton has its movements smoothed to eliminate the stop motion animated effect. VFX work by Uncle Machete using flowframes. 34. Re-foleyed the endoskeleton smacking Reese around. 35. The final shot of the stop motion version of the endoskelton walking toward Reese is replaced with a Blender version by StoRyx. 36. Post production processing of epic shot of Sarah driving away toward the stormy sky, to make it look more real and less like a composite.

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