It’s hard to believe that T2 was released all the way back in 1991! James Cameron’s bigger is better sequel to his 1984 breakthrough has now been restored by Lightstorm (lei), James Cameron’s production company, DMG Entertainment and STUDIOCANAL. According to the press release “James Cameron’s team oversaw this 3D conversion from start to finish. The highly experienced and award-winning team had already supervised TITANIC’s 3D conversion and is currently working on the AVATAR sequels.
“The original 35mm negative was scanned and then restored in 4k at Deluxe L.A., under the supervision of Geoff Burdick, Lightstorm. The film was calibrated in 4k by Skip, James Cameron’s colorist, at Technicolor Hollywood, with a selection of the best 35mm prints from the film’s first release. The film was then converted into 3D by Stereo D (STAR WARS, THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, JURASSIC WORLD).
“This work lasted almost a year and was monitored daily by Lightstorm’s teams to produce a high-end 3D version at the level of the latest 3D releases from U.S. Studios. The 3D version then benefited from a calibration and a specific finish at Technicolor Hollywood, still under the supervision of Skip and James Cameron himself.”
3D in itself is on the downward spiral with the general public, with many 3D films barely playing in that format anymore, even if a 3D version exists; with cinemas programming far more 2D versions of the same film. Whether this latest James Cameron iteration clicks with audiences [heck, he virtually invented 3D for cinemas with Avatar] or goes the way of the barely released Titanic 3D, we will have to wait til August 24, 2017 to find out.