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Terminator Salvation [DVD] [2009]

Christian Bale , Sam Worthington , McG    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Directors: McG
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, English, Italian
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023RRPRE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Terminator Salvation restores some of the balance of huge explosions and emotionally compelling plot to the Terminator series. Set entirely after the nuclear assault that left the computer system Skynet in control of the world, Terminator Salvation follows John Connor (Christian Bale) as he grapples with both murderous robots and his superiors in the resistance, who aren’t sure they believe the prophecies that Connor is destined to save humanity. Into the midst of this struggle tumbles Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington, who would later star in James Cameron’s Avatar); the last thing he remembers was being executed in prison decades before. Baffled, he falls into company with Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek) and a mute little girl who soon get captured--but Wright then meets and bonds with Blair Williams (Moon Bloodgood, Eight Below), a resistance fighter who remains loyal to the confused Wright even though Connor suspects he’s not what he seems--or what he believes himself to be. Terminator Salvation isn’t the astonishing synthesis of action and feeling that either The Terminator or T2 were. Despite this, Terminator Salvation has at least two skillfully orchestrated action sequences that will get your heart racing, and Worthington’s beguiling mixture of toughness and vulnerability gives his relationship with Bloodgood a genuine pulse. It’s imperfect, but compared with the hollow carcasses that most action movies (including Terminator 3) turn out to be, it’s worth seeing. --Bret Fetzer

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Set in the post-apocalyptic 2018, with Christian Bale starring as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.


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82 of 92 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Blu
Format:Blu-ray
The first thing to say about T-4 is that, for good or bad, it breaks the straightforward Terminator mould in which a target is hunted by a Terminator and protected by a guardian from beginning to end. Varied elements of this remain but that absolute pattern which remained unchanged from T-1 to T-3 is gone, and that might disappoint a lot of fans. I found the change refreshing, and the film has plenty of twists and turns from beginning to end, but the old trilogy is gone now, and often it feels much more like an extension into a new incarnation of the franchise rather than a sequel.

On the negative side, the acting is not uniformly great; I am not a big fan of Christian Bale, and would have loved to see Nick Stahl reprise his role from T-3. Most of the minor characters turn in fairly bland performances too. Anton Yelchin on the other hand is not just a good actor but an excellent mimic; it is absolutely obvious that he is Kyle Reese from the first moment he opens his mouth. He has captured Michael Biehn's range of facial and vocal expressions stunningly well.

The film has also attracted criticism for inconsistencies in the plot. Most of these will wash over you if you are watching to enjoy rather than criticise. It irritated me a little that the resistance seem much better equipped and situated than in Kyle Reese's memories from T-1; but perhaps over the course of this new trilogy that gap will close through losses to the machines as he approaches the age he was then.

Technically the film gets the full 5 stars for the DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack, great effects and pulsating traditional Terminator music (including 'You Could Be Mine'!) and unlike in "Public Enemies" the sound and dialogue are properly balanced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected! 10 Mar 2010
By DomTH
Format:Blu-ray
Many of the reviews I read for this film prior to release gave me the impression that the film is a train wreck. Indeed, they were bad enough that, given my work schedule, I didn't make the effort to see the film in the cinema. Finally, a friend lent me the Blu-ray and after leaving it on a shelf for six weeks, I decided to watch it one evening and was surprised to find myself enjoying it.

Sam Worthington's performance is particularly of note and Moon Bloodgood is a very good foil for him. Christian Bale, whom I rate highly as an actor is only so so in the film: his delivery of his first words is enough to induce giggles and gave me the feeling he was doing his 'Batman voice'.

I like the idea that this is a different future from the one Michael Biehn's Kyle Reese came back from in the first Terminator film: a future influenced by the time travelling events of the first trilogy. It also leaves room for the likes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles to exist in a parallel timeline. Anton Yelchin is likeable as Kyle Reese, but not quite the 'great evocation' of Michael Biehn's performance some claim it to be. The hybrid Roland Kickinger/CGI Schwarzenegger Terminator is considerably better than I expected it to be.

The story feels rather unbalanced in trying to deal with both Bale's Connor and Worthington's Marcus and the ending of the movie doesn't work for me at all. I've only watched the extended cut, but an early scene where Michael Ironside's character pulls a gun on John Connor is, to me, a critical relationship moment and thematically relevant to the time travelling background of the original films that is, apparently, lost in the theatrical cut.

All in all, a better-than-expected movie, closer in quality to Terminator 3 than Terminators 1 and 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A loyal presentation of Terminator lore 6 Jan 2010
By C. Kocu
Format:Blu-ray
Anything starring Christian Bale is A-ok in my books, even before I've seen it. American Psycho is one of my all time favourite movies and I cannot help but gravitate towards all his works.

T:S is awesome. It's the post-apocalyptic, doom-mongering, sci-fi, chase movie of the year. McG has done a fantastic job of injecting the `contemporary' terminator models with the same level of malevolence and fear that we remembered from the original Terminator movie. Bale rocks as Connor, the young Kyle Reece is goddamn awesome and somehow has exactly the same voice tone/dialect that Michael Bhein had so many years ago.

It's a clever action flick, combining all elements of Terminator lore into a non-stop hardcore metal to metal mash-em-up that had me wooing and cooing at each and every adrenaline filled scene. The SFX is unquestionably amongst the best I've ever seen, including Transformers 2.

There's also one scene that practically made me poop and wee my pants - it's so utterly cool but to disclose it now would class as a massive movie spoiler, so please, go and see this.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark and gritty view of the future 9 Sep 2010
Format:DVD
I had doubts about this film when it was released but despite all the negative feedback that it has recieved, I really liked it.

John Connor, for once, is portrayed as a strong albeit reluctant hero and leader instead of a whiny kid afraid of his future and Christian Bale portrays him very well, capturing the desperation and tortured emotions of a man who has to fulfil a destiny that he is starting to doubt. However, the main focus of this film is given to Marcus Wright, a mystery man portrayed by Sam Worthington who awakens in a post apocalyptic future and tries to figure out how he ended up there. The emotions that the character goes through as he discovers startling revelations about himself are all shown convincingly by Worthington, who brings a tough but also remorseful and vulnerable appeal to Marcus's plight.

The third important character in the movie is Kyle Reese, the paradoxical father of John Connor who at this point is only a teenager and portrayed by Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the recent Star Trek movie. Reese is shown to be a hero worshipper of the resistance, especially Connor and is compelled to join him, showing traits that would be associated with the character when played by Michael Biehn back in 1984.

The story of the film mostly revolves around Connor trying to find Reese but also about Marcus figuring out how he arrived in the wartorn future, and the story works pretty well. The camera style is mostly hand held, which adds a more natural and first hand look to the film and makes it feel more like the audience is in a warzone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
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 Better than T3
I made the mistake of taking notice of the bad reviews Salvation got, which lead me to delaying purchasing this film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by diamondgeezer1
4.0 out of 5 stars Good night in!
Great film. Good addition to the Terminator series. Christian Bale is superb and keep the action going along at a good pace.
Published 2 months ago by Xman61
5.0 out of 5 stars slated by many but worth watching
Why was this film slated so badly it's far superior to T3 which lets face it Terminators going back in time to alter the future had been done then done again superbly in T2 and not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mr a davis
1.0 out of 5 stars A DESCRACE TO THE TERMINATOR FILMS
TOTAL RUBBISH / POOR STORY / POOR ACTING . CHRISTIAN BALE IS ABSOLUTE CRAP THEY SHOULD HAVE STUCK WITH NICK STALL.
THIS FILM AS NO ARNOLD SCHWARTZENEGGER IN IT. Read more
Published 2 months ago by THE GRAND WIZZARD
4.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME but
AWESOME and action packed like the 3rd movie (I haven't actually seen the 1st and 2nd ) but it's unneeded T 3 had a great ending for the franchise also wheres the good... Read more
Published 2 months ago by tallulah
3.0 out of 5 stars Terminator 4
This was a second hand version but was in excellent condition. This edition of the Terminator series didn't get many good reviews. I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. D. V. Hatfield
5.0 out of 5 stars A good film
It's now sometime since I watched this film and therefore the best I can manage here is a very basic comment......it was GREAT !!!!
Published 3 months ago by JMK
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be back!
I liked it a lot. It's has Terminators in it, which are good. It has other stuff which is good too, but I don't want too say too much in case I spoil it for everyone. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mikey
3.0 out of 5 stars case not as shown on photo
Love the film, hate the packaging, thought I'd ordered a normal blue-ray case (as per the product photo) but instead received a big box and a rather daft Terminator skull case,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mr justin kemp
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