Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines [Blu-ray]
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A decade has passed since John Connor (NICK STAHL) helped prevent Judgment Day and save mankind from mass destruction. Now 25, Connor lives "off the grid" - no home, no credit cards, no cell phone and no job. No record of his existence. No way he can be traced by Skynet - the highly developed network of machines that once tried to kill him and wage war on humanity. Until, out of the shadows of the future steps the T-X (KRISTANNA LOKEN), Skynet's most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet. Sent back through time to complete the job left unfinished by her predecessor, the T-1000, this machine is as relentless as her human guise is beautiful. Now Connor's only hope for survival is the Terminator (ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER), his mysterious former assassin. Together, they must triumph over the technologically superior T-X and forestall the looming threat of Judgment Day - or face the apocalypse and the fall of civilization as we know it.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.3 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Jonathan Mostow
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 49 minutes
- Release date : December 18, 2007
- Actors : Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, Claire Danes, David Andrews
- Producers : Andrew G. Vajna, Aslan Nadery
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B000XFVIMQ
- Writers : Gale Anne Hurd, James Cameron, John Brancato, Michael Ferris, Tedi Sarafian
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #96,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The female terminator is spectacular and the fact that the array of advanced weaponry at her disposal as well as her enhanced armor and mimetic properties follows suit.
The chemistry between the principal actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken and Clare Danes is movie magic and the reprisal of Dr. Silberman by Earl Boen was beautifully executed comedic relief.
As usual, the cinematography and editing are flawless and the scripting is more than sufficiently engaging.
This show WAS needed to tie-up loose ends, but it could've been better. I did purchase the DVD version to complete my T-collection and the price was right. I thoroughly enjoyed the free watch on Amazon instant video that came with my purchase,
But, I gave this flick a 3-star because it wasn't quite as good as 1 & 2 which straight-up 5-stars and 3 deserved a 3-star and Salvation would be 4 1/2 stars due to it's epic story premise where the whole resistance/Terminator fight comes full-circle where man & machine must put everything on the line... that is the story.
But, don't take my word for it---check them all out for yourself.
The whole package is pretty minimal. You get the typical less-plastic recycled material blu ray box with no liner notes of any kind, and the disk itself has no main menu- it launches straight to the movie and any special content must be accessed using the (decent) pop-up menu. This wouldn't be so bad, except this disk still blocks the player saving your position if you have to stop the film. WHY? You aren't skipping any ads or trailers by doing so; there are none. In terms of special featurs, you get a blooper reel, a smattering of trailers, Arnold's hilarious but inappropriate "Sgt. Candy" deleted scene, and a pretty worthy number of commentary tracks (which are still about the most interesting special feature in a movie IMO).
The transfer itself is decent, although it doesn't look nearly as sharp as T2 or many contemporary BDs. I'm not sure if this is a result of lazy mastering or just how the film is shot. T3 is very heavily processed for color in many scenes, and the outdoor shots are all desert and have a smudged, washed out look by design, so it may just not be a very sharp film. It certainly looks better than DVD, but not as clear as you might expect. Perhaps I'm just spoiled.
Overall I can recommend T3 as a worthwhile entry in the series, although not as compelling as any of the others. If you plan to collect the whole franchise, then T3 is a decent stepping-block to the fantastic Terminator: Salvation. If you're just in the market for a sci fi movie, you might want to keep moving, however; there isn't a lot about this film to attract new fans to Terminator.
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This review is for the HD DVD version, which I really suggest you don't buy unless you have a HD DVD player as I do* (few people have one (the old xBox 360 add-on drive is compatible AND will work with Windows (mine does), but may require a little work/technical to get the best out of it); it's a very obsolete format). Get the Blu-ray; if nothing else a Blu-ray has a much harder plastic compared to DVD or HD DVD, making it much more resistant to damage/scratches.
*A Toshiba HD-EP30, and it works just fine giving full 5.1 audio over HDMI - not bad for well over 10 years old kit eh?