Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
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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.
There's only one deleted scene in this two-disc DVD set, but it's a doozy. The "Sgt. Candy Scene" is a must-see and, unfortunately, the best thing on the second disc. The rushed HBO documentary shows us far more flash than substance. Better is the Visual Effects Lab that goes more in-depth with four sequences, although you need to wade through a hokey interface for each segment. Making your "own" effects isn't that much fun; you can only choose a few effects that change in two scenes. Anyone looking to get the complicated backstory of the trilogy figured out should dig into the "Sky Net Database" and an intricate timeline. The two commentary tracks are worth a listen, with director Jonathan Mostow's solo track the better one. The director goes into great detail on how the little things (from lighting street scenes to tricks for destroying buildings) count. The second track is pieced together from the actors recorded separately. Mostow appears with actress Claire Danes (doing her first commentary track) and their chemistry is enjoyable after a slow start. The other actors have less interesting things to say, including Schwarzenegger who is constantly--yet enthusiastically--selling the film. --Doug Thomas
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But let's get to the movie first on this DVD. The movie isn't the best and yet, isn't the worst. It has its qualities - humor, action & twist. Other than that, the movie starts off with a B-Graded feel with an ending that gives us fans an ending. But is anyone satisfied? To me, its like killing off the franchise. We can't avoid the future? Its fated that these machines will fight us to the death? And everything in what we believe in means there is no point in fighting to stop a future that is already written even many times? Well, I'm sure James Cameron will be dissapointed with this 2nd sequel. So are the fans. But then again, if you take it as an entertainment value, its good enough to enjoy.
Now comes the extras. 1 deleted scene (Sgt. Candy Scene) and it explains why most T-101s looks like Arnold. Thank you for the deletion. The documentaries... truthfully, I slept through it. The gag reel isn't that funny. But other than that, its just okay for me.
To add in with your collection? Why not, at least its much better that "Terminator 2: Jughment Day (Extreme DVD)" edition. So just look at what T-3 has to offer for you first before you decide whether to buy or not. As for me, I bought it because I like the Terminator series.
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.
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