A newish trailer for the upcoming 3D-converted version of Terminator 2 is here, with James Cameron in the chair telling the audience how he feels to not only convert the film into 3D, but how well the end results turned out. Here’s the trailer:

As James Cameron himself says:

The images feel more real in 3D. There’s a lucidity to it, you really feel like you’re there.

My take? I’m not sure converting a twenty-five year old film into 3D will look that great. It just wasn’t filmed for that purpose and so I wonder if James Cameron knows that. In the trailer he says the results look “pretty good”, not great or stunning. And then, towards the end of the “trailer”, he says something about the results looking “spectacular”, but he shies away from looking directly into the camera. In essence he looks down and away and closes his eyes like he’s lying, passing off a falsehood as a truth. It’s a tell that speaks volumes, to me anyway.

Will Terminator 2: Judgement Day  movie look “spectacular:” in 3D? Maybe. It’s a spectacular movie. Start with something spectacular and end up with something spectacular, especially if you’re not trying to destroy the film.

So without actually seeing any footage from the upcoming re-release of Terminator 2 in 3D, what do you think? Do you think they did a good job converting the film, or not, and do we really need Terminator 2 in 3D? It was and is an excellent 2D film. Giving into the gimmickery of 3D to me seems like an expensive way to cheapen a true work of art.