James Cameron Made Only One Change When Bringing Terminator 2 Back To Theatres

By Julie Muncy on at

James Cameron, perfectionist that he is, seems pretty happy with Terminator 2: Judgment Day. And who can blame him? It's a stunning action film. So for the 3D theatrical re-release, Cameron left the film alone. Mostly.

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Talking to Entertainment Tonight, Cameron discusses his decision to avoid going fully George Lucas on his old creation. "I've changed as an artist," he said. "Why would I want to second guess myself on what I was thinking back then?"

Well, except for one scene. It's pretty noticeable to an attentive viewer: In the famous canal chase scene, when the T-1000 dive-bombs a tow truck into the canal, the windshield falls out. Only, actually, no, it doesn't — it's back in the next shot and stays in for the rest of the sequence.

"It just bugged me," Cameron said, laughing. That's fair. Revisiting old work is hard enough without a glaring error cropping up every time. It's not the first time he's mentioned the error, either. Talking to fans at the Berlin Film Festival in May, he mentioned that changing it was the only correction he allowed himself.

So in the new, 4K-ified version of the film, that initial falling windshield has been digitally removed.

Check out Cameron in the interview below. The 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day hits theatres August 25th, just a few days shy of 20 years after Judgment Day.

[YouTube/Entertainment Tonight]