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Artisan To Deliver T2 On High-Def DVD-ROM

Artisan Home Entertainment Inc. will issue TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (EXTREME EDITION), that will feature both high-definition and standard resolutions versions of the film for the first time on the same DVD. The two-disc set offers a digitally remastered theatrical version of the film in high-definition video and full surround sound on a single DVD-ROM in Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series. It offers an image nearly 3.5 times shaper than a standard DVD video and will require more horsepower to view it. Viewers will need to watch it on a powerful computer, running Windows XP with a high-res screen, a Pentium 4 processor and running 2.8 gigahertz or better and a strong graphics card. For more comfortable viewing, viewers can run a cable from their computer to a HD-capable TV.

T2: EXTREME DVD features previously unseen extras, all-new audio commentary with director and writer James Cameron and co-writer William Wisher; an extreme interactive mode with graphic commentary and rare behind-the-scenes footage; an all-new documentary on the role of T2 in the evolution of digital effects and modern filmmaking; and a special-effects studio where viewers can morph their imported images into a T-1000 or a T-800 Terminator. It will be available June 3, 2003 for a suggested retail price of $29.98.

"Artisan is leading the way to a new level of entertainment experiences, delivering T2 fans high-definition video and 5.1 surround sound on a single DVD-ROM," said Dave Fester, gm of the Windows digital media division at Microsoft Corp. "When the Terminator said, 'I'll be back,' who knew that it would be with such stunning clarity?"

Artisan Home Entertainment president, Steven Beeks, said his company is trying to anticipate and deliver the increasingly sophisticated demands of consumers. It also gives enthusiasts a reason to buy yet another version of the film. Artisan Entertainment Inc. is the leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical, television and home entertainment product through its two wholly owned operating divisions, Artisan Pictures and Artisan Home Entertainment.