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Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines

Jonathon Mostow    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Jonathon Mostow
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WJF6JE

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Returning for a third bout of cyborg time travelling, Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his good-robot role from TERMINATOR 2, once again travelling back from the future to protect future human resistance leader John Connor (played this time around by Nick Stahl). We soon discover that Connor has become something of a drifter, his mother Sarah Connor has passed away, and he has taken to the road in order to preserve himself for his supposed destiny. When Connor breaks into a lab to score some painkillers, he unwittingly runs into his future belle Kate Brewster (Claire Danes), and a whole load of titanium-plated-trouble in the form of a hot female Terminator played by newcomer Kristanna Loken. Hell-bent on destroying Connor, Brewster, and anyone else that gets in her way, Loken's Terminator comes face to face with Schwarzenegger's Terminator leading to some epic battles between the two cyborgs, and a neat string of one-liners from Schwarzenegger. Director Jonathan Mostow (U-571) clearly relishes upping the CGI ante for this explosive sequel, providing some no-holds-barred action sequences. Mostow also offers intriguing storylines continued from the previous two films, delighting fans of the franchise. In the chaotic final sequences Schwarzenegger warns "she'll be back," hinting that there's more Terminator frenzy to come in the not-too-distant future.


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Blu Ray won't disappoint you 12 Oct 2009
Format:Blu-ray
As it was released few months ago, the quality of this blu ray is up to 2009 standard, lots of extra and lossless soundtrack.

This is superior to the US version which contains dolby 5.1 soundtrack.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Oh what a suprise (not); the Terminator is now a woman; how predictable. What really is a suprise is that the third film in the Terminator franchise is rated '12'. Terminator films were and always should be rated '18' otherwise all you get is some diluted version of what was a winning formula. Instead they have turn Terminator 3 into a family film and from beginning to end this is plain to see.

Also; its a shame they couldnt make a new Terminator without Arnie. Ok he was great in the first two films but the franchise is strong enough to make this third film without this aging less convincing Terminator.

The latest bad guy Terminator is obviously a woman (suprise, suprise), but sadly this doesnt work and the villian is no where near as threatening or impressive as the liquid Terminator in the second film.

This is a deeply unsatisfactory film and I still cant get my head around why they have tried turning it into a family film. The Terminator films are horror movies and for it to be as good as the first 2 movies; it has to be a rated 18 movie. Otherwise all the things that made the first 2 great would be missing here ..... and they are.

Poor film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nooooooooooo, A 12a Terminator movie 27 Dec 2013
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Positive.
1)There is a decent chase with The Terminator & T-X & a superb cherograped fight between these 2 cyborgs.
2)Arnie just about makes this average.

Negative.
1)Didn't need another second sequel, T2 had closure.
2)12a rating, It's a Terminator movie FFS!
3)Nick Stahl as John Connor is miscast here.

Blu Ray Info.
Running Time 106 minutes, Documentary, Commentary, Trailer, Deleted scene.

Trivia.
1)Arnie fee was $30 million for this movie.
2)This is the first Terminator movie that doesn't feature any input from James Cameron & boy does it show.
3)Arnie gave $5 million of his fee back so director Jonathan Mostow could expand upon the chase between the T-800 on the police bike & TX in the fire truck on the freeway.
4)This was Arnies last film before his political career as Governor of California.

Review.
Arnies back but this time it's more likely for the $30 million dollar payday he received for his return.

Made in 2003 a whopping 12 year's after T2 this watered down second sequel sees Judgment day as inevitable & Arnies T-800 is sent back again to locate & protect John Connor from a new Terminator the T-X a female cyborg who has arrived seeking out John Connors future generals in a bid to assassinating them to change the outcome of the war against Skynet with the hope of luring out Connor who has gone off the grid since his mother Sarah Conmor has passed away from cancer.

The action scenes via the chases & the 2 Terminators fighting are well shot & are great action sequences, My issue is with the 12a violence were we see bloodless & shootouts shot at angles were we see no impact making this movie a more watered down effort than the first two (15)R rated classics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last REAL terminator movie! 7 Nov 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Very good movie and the last in the series (for me Salvation did not count!) not as good as T1 or T2 but still worth purchasing!
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What A Travesty 30 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
For starters, let me say what a fan I am of the first two Terminator films. 1984's 'The Terminator,' despite having a relatively very low budget changed science fiction movies forever. To make a sequel that could live up to such a film was incredibly ambitious, but proved to be more than worthy. It too changed movie-making in 1991 with it's revolutionary use of CGI, brilliantly executed and embodied in the T-1000. These movies (nevermind the later addition of 'Titanic') made up a repetoire of cinematic excellence that propelled James Cameron into the super-elite of directors in league with Spielberg, Lucas and Kubrik.

Based upon the success of the previous efforts, a second sequel was inevitable. The Terminator franchise was too great a money-spinner to sacrifice. And so, in spite of legal wrangling with regards to studio rights, budget and casting problems, the film was made. And what a bloody, God-awful mess they made of it.

In much the same vein as the Alien franchise, the Terminator story has been obliterated at it's third outing. On both occassions, James Cameron set up an incredibly cohesive dynamic between it's main characters, only for the makers of the third films to 'improve' said inter-relationships. I can only speculate as to quite what Mr. Cameron makes of having his ideas perverted once again, but I'm pretty sure he's not pleased.

From the opening scene, I had an idea that all was not well. The 'aesthetic' just wasn't consistent with it's predecessors. No flash graphics showing the font of the terminator logo, just plain black and white. The familiar Brad Fiedel score was also missing, which may sound very trivial, but I consider it to to be a movie no-no.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick, Great Release
Not That This Really Needed An HD Upscale As The Difference Is Really Hard To Tell For Most Of The Film, Where As In Small Snippets Of The Movie The Upscale Is More Noticeable. Read more
Published 28 days ago by John Angus
5.0 out of 5 stars UK release of Terminator 3 has Dolby True HD audio
Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines from the UK has a very good video transfer and it also has what the US release doesn't have at this current time. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dave Moritz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a great film. It was well packaged and the disk is good quality. This is well priced and worth it!
Published 1 month ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
a very good version, perfect for adults,the grafics in this film are cool, could watch this film hundrends of times.
Published 1 month ago by Smarty
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
this was a Christmas present for my brother in law as far as I know he enjoyed it I also have a copy of this film
Published 2 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars EXIICTING
lots of great Moments action packed and a great ending for the series even though THEY MADE A 4th 1 which was awesome but unneeded see this movie
Published 2 months ago by tallulah
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
I love the first two films. The original film created a stark tone, comparing the unstoppable, brutal and coldly efficient Terminator and the human spirit. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fraggle
4.0 out of 5 stars My Review.
I enjoyed this film because of the special effects and the acting and the length of the film also the actors that were in it.
Published 6 months ago by Mr Cyborg
4.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi actioner with a surprising take on America's weapons of mass...
Doesn't have the gritty feel of 'Terminator' or the sleek cutting edge of technology look of 'Judgment Day,' but it's a decent addition to the Terminator mythos. Read more
Published 6 months ago by danhasthespeed
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]
Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free] A decade has passed since John Connor [NICK STAHL] helped prevent Judgment Day and save mankind from mass... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
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