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Terminator Salvation

Street December 1st, 2009 by: Tom Landy Review Date: 1 11th, 2009 Movie Year: 2009 Studio: Home Video Length: 117 MPAA Rating: Rated R Country United States

The Itself: Our Reviewer’s Take

many movie lovers, a huge fan of the original ‘The ‘ from 1984. On the it was basically a straightforward chase with an interesting sci-fi (a relentless cyborg from the is sent back in time only one directive — to the mother of humanity’s savior he is born). Simple, yes, but in James Cameron’s masterful the film exploded into a phenomenon and transformed bodybuilder Schwarzenegger into a Hollywood superstar.

Then came 2: Judgment Day ‘ seven later. Cameron’s follow-up was part remake and part It had exactly the same premise as the film (and even back Linda Hamilton and only it was sort of flip-flopped and introduced Edward Furlong as the John Connor into the

The simplicity behind this concept really was ingenious, and topped off with a monster and state-of-the-art special effects (at the anyway), the movie defied the and became one of the most popular in cinematic history. I know not alone in thinking the franchise have ended right and there, as in a roundabout way, masterpiece had a fitting and almost conclusion.

Alas, as is usually the when a property is blistering that sadly wasn’t the In 2003, the third chapter 3: Rise of the Machines descended us. This time, though, Schwarzenegger returned—with Cameron, and Furlong all MIA. Although entertaining, the second sequel was a rehash of ‘T2.’ The only difference was that the villain was now a … change.

But the same can only be repeated so many and without Cameron behind the the magic went down the

This of course leads us to the installment, ‘Terminator Salvation.’ the previous three films, travel is not involved, and the bulk of the is set in the post-apocalyptic future. With an $200 million budget and Bale brought on board to on the role of resistance leader Connor, the opportunity was there to the series a refreshing new beginning, like Christopher Nolan’s ‘ update.

The film was by McG (‘We Are Marshall ‘ and the Angels’ films) and was met, with a barrage of scathing While I don’t think quite as bad as some of the critics made it out to be, I’d be lying if I I didn’t find it disappointing. among the razzle dazzle of the human element gets in the shuffle, and like Peter noted in his ‘review ,’ the of Cameron’s films is that he sacrifices heart for mechanics.

The opens with a brief set in 2003. A man named Marcus (Sam Worthington) is on … row for When Marcus is visited by Dr.

Kogen (Helena Bonham with a rather unique for medical research, he decides to do one good deed and grants her shortly before being put to by lethal injection.

Flash to 2018, fourteen years the artificial intelligence known as nearly destroyed all of mankind Judgment Day. During an on a Skynet base where he is the survivor, John Connor Bale) uncovers Skynet’s for a new advanced terminator. After his findings to his commander, General (Michael Ironside), Connor the resistance may also have a chink in Skynet’s armor and is to launch an offensive.

Meanwhile, has suddenly reappeared out of the rubble of the Skynet base. Apparently from amnesia, Marcus remember who he is or how he got there, and sets out to answers. Along his journey, befriends a young Kyle (Anton Yelchin), who has decided to out and join the resistance.

As all three destinies converge Kyle, and Marcus)—secrets will be trust will have to be and what’s left of humanity may be the same.

Admittedly, there are to like in ‘Terminator Salvation.’ The designs once again by Winston Studios look and even the pre-T800 models are cool with their primitive craftsmanship. It was nice to get a deeper look within operations and the little nods to the films were great sneaking in the same Guns Roses tune from was overkill). I even thought the was decent.

Bale oozes the necessary to pull off a born Some have criticized him for too wooden as Connor, but I actually his take was accurate, aside the grizzled Batman-voice slip Understandably, the younger version of the in ‘T2′ had more personality and a of humor, but after what been through it makes that it’s all withered

Everything his mother preached has true, human civilization has been wiped off the face of the and Youtube still hasn’t down that damn remix. Can you blame the guy for being I also think it helps the mirroring element with becoming emotionless like a or his mother, while Marcus on the hand is the one who grows the most as he with the revelations from his

It’s really Worthington’s all the way, and it’s his performance is the most interesting in the film.

as I mentioned earlier, the biggest of ‘Terminator Salvation’ is that McG over the heart, which is of ironic once you actually see the The action sequences are excessive, and seem like they are there to go through the motions—as often pop up without generating any tension, or excitement—feeling more something from a mild park ride than a war zone.

I was also put off by the whole harvester segment, as it really wasn’t out well at all. How on earth can that makes Optimus look like a munchkin up on a gas station in the middle of nowhere? I even if the humans weren’t enough to keep a lookout they know the area is with deadly things, they can hear an enormous of machinery stomping along a mile away.

So I’m but this didn’t make one of sense.

That being I didn’t loathe ‘Terminator but I didn’t love it either. I if McG had refined some of the action, down the fluff, and put a bit more on a few characters (a couple are a total and only there for show) it may have had a stronger reception. As it the film is still entertaining for it is and oddly enough does to improve on repeat viewings, don’t expect the second of Cameron.

The Blu-ray: Vital Stats

Warner Brothers ‘Terminator Salvation’ on Blu-ray as a set consisting of two dual-layered BD-50 discs (the Theatrical and supplements on one, and the extended Cut with BD-Live features on the and a third disc containing a copy. The discs are housed in a butterfly keepcase and my copy came with an embossed

The Theatrical contains not one, but two forced Blu-ray advertisements baffles me these show up on a we’re already watching ) and for digital copy. Fortunately, the Cut doesn’t have any trailers at all and goes right into the The U.S. version of the Blu-rays are reported to be region free and should play properly on all 3 and standalone players.

The Video: Up the Picture

On a technical level, 1080p/VC-1 (2.40:1 aspect encode on the ‘Terminator Salvation’ is practically flawless. The source is completely devoid of dirt, and other imperfections. As one would from this type of the picture has a very washed-out primarily consisting of various of browns and grays to replicate the futuristic world of tomorrow.

There’s a mild to medium presence for a gritty film-like and although grain levels do heavier in poorly lit areas the tunnels and sewers, it’s a distraction and really suits the of the film. The sense of depth is pleasing and detailing is fantastic. looks grungy and is caked dust and grime. Facial reveal pores, stubble, and fine intricate details incredible distinction.

The texturing on and weathered remnants of civilized is outstanding. I did spot the occasional having a slight softness and level down to about 98 but both of these instances minimal at best in an otherwise transfer.

The Audio: Rating the

Even better is the bombastic Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. is this thing intense.

things off is Danny Elfman’s that fills the soundstage liquid metal, and as soon as it is with the thunderous Terminator it pretty much seals the material deal. Dialogue is intelligible even amidst all the going on in the film. Dynamic is also among the grandest heard yet. Explosions, and clanking machinery are extremely and the sense of directional movement is as and immersive as it can get.

Aerial have smooth pans and a presence viewers can actually The rear channels are vigorous too (the scene when is attacked by the hydrobots is amazing) and the quieter, subtler moments realistic and convincing acoustics. any doubts whatsoever, I can safely say will be ecstatic with mix.

The disc also alternate Dolby Digital 5.1 on the theatrical cut in French and Spanish, as as optional English SDH, and Spanish subtitles.

The Supplements: Into the Good Stuff

In another bold move, Brothers has reserved all of the supplemental exclusively for the Blu-ray release. As everything has been shifted to the section below.

HD Bonus Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

As mentioned, since the DVD release contain any bonus material all of the content found on the Blu-ray is an

Director’s Cut of the Film – I’m this in this section technically it is a Blu-ray exclusive. The version adds about extra minutes of deleted and footage not shown in the PG-13 release. To be honest there’s really earth shattering (a few alternate lines, some explicit violence, and a brief of a topless Moon Bloodgood), but still nice to have

Maximum Movie Mode 2:01:43) – First introduced on the Director’s Cut ,’ Warner’s of all picture-in-picture experiences is included and is the main selling point of Blu-ray release. As the film a variety of interview clips, still galleries, focus featurettes, Terminator timelines, and will periodically pop-up to an interactive smorgasbord of additional

Director McG will also appear before two screens on (one on the left containing the film and the other on the right behind-the-scenes footage) to comment on segments of the movie. McG’s tour covers the effects certain action sequences, that didn’t turn out as as planned, material from the room floor, and even a at a much darker alternate Hats off to Warner for delivering impressive and innovative feature full advantage of what the format has to offer.

Focus (HD) – The production vignettes via the Maximum Movie Mode can be easily viewed separately the menu. There are eleven of behind-the-scenes featurettes in total: Destruction,’ ‘Enlisting the Air Force,’ Metal and the Science of Simulation,’ the Gas Station,’ ‘Creating the VLA Attack,’ Serena’s Lab in Miniature,’ ‘Hydrobots,’ Icon Returns,’ ‘Terminator ‘Stan Winston Workshop,’ and Blast.’

The Moto-Terminator (HD, 8:33) – featurette takes a look at the between Ducati motorcycles, Light Magic, and the production to create the driverless scouting seen in the film.

Re-Forging the (HD, 19:00) – The last can be classified as a making-of piece the evolution of the Terminator franchise for the sequel.

Warner also their BD-Live portal on the Cut disc, giving access to more additional content 2.0 compatible players required).

or Be Terminated Video Archive – appear to be a series of webisodes the film.

Terminator Salvation Movie Prequel Digital Issue #1 – Like the title the first issue of the ‘Terminator prequel comic book is on the server.

Terminator Salvation: The Series – Moon Bloodgood her role as Blair Williams in CGI miniseries along the same as the animated ‘Resident Evil: ‘ film which place a couple of years the events in ‘Terminator Salvation.’ that this series is available as a standalone DVD release, owners definitely get more for their buck.

My Commentary – commentators can record their own commentary.

On the third platter in release is a digital copy:

Copy – A digital copy of the version compatible with PC and Mac

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