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- Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes: "Re-Forging the Future" - Go behind the scenes of Terminator Salvation with an exclusive set tour. / "The Moto-Terminator"
- See how the Terminator Salvation visual effects crew and Ducati partnered to create the slick and deadly Moto-Terminator.
- 11 mini featurette focus points spotlighting how the ground-breaking special effects were created.
- Maximum Movie Mode featuring director McG deconstructing the film's key moments, mini featurette focus points, Picture (PiP) commentary with cast and crew interviews, storyboards, still galleries, timeline and more.
- BD Live Content: "Resist Or Be Terminated" Tech Com videos (nine viral videos from the theatrical campaign and four new videos from the Home Entertainment campaign) / "The Final Resistance" video - access the secret plans of Skynet / CINECHAT
- BD-Live technology that lets viewers around the world chat live about this, or any other CINECHAT enabled BD disc, from Sony Pictures International Home Entertainment.
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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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Run time: 114:46 mins. (Theatrical Cut) / 117:40 mins. (Director's Cut) | Production: 1993
I hate it when a potentially great film is ruined by the producers' greed. TERMINATOR: SALVATION is one of those cases. TERMINATOR: SALVATION could have stood right next to the original THE TERMINATOR (1984) as the best sequel, surpassing even the mediocre TERMINATOR: JUDGMENT DAY (1991), but the producers wanted a PG-13 sequel, so SALVATION suffers from the PG-13 curse: low violence and at no time do you feel any real threat or peril (because sustained threat is a reason for an R rating, so it needs to be tame (lame).
I liked the setting, the desolate post-apocalyptic scenery is perfectly brought to screen by giving the film a very faded, gray-dominant look. Thankfully a different path was chosen story-wise, instead of sending the 4th advanced Terminator back into time to assassinate person x, who is protected by a weaker terminator... what was brilliant in the original already was stale in the first sequel...
The cast is very good: Christian Bale was the best John Connor ever, Sam Worthington introduces a new character into the franchise, Anton Yelchin as a young and inexperienced Kyle Reese obviously was only added for identification purposes of the franchise. The characters Sarah Connor and the Arnie-Terminator are absent (I don't count the voice or the CGI reproduction).
Too bad that so much talent and a good scenery was completely wasted. The fearsome and threatening atmosphere of the original is nowhere to be found here: it's a popcorn-muncher: just sit tight and watch - zero suspense - and bring your kids, chances are they'll enjoy it more than you will. Pity for the wasted potential, this could have been GREAT! Hollywood: grow back up!
[VIDEO | 5 out of 5]
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Extremely sharp and detailed state-of-the-art picture quality. Close-ups look amazing, you can literally count the pores and facial hair.
[AUDIO | 5 out of 5]
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- English Audio Descriptive Dolby Digital 5.1
Excellent loud and clear soundtrack, very well balanced, one of the best audio tracks on Blu-Ray. Add the superb picture quality and you can almost jump into the screen and experience it live...
English, English HoH, Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, and Swedish
[EXTRAS | 3 out of 5]
- Theatrical Cut and Director's Cut of the film
- "Maximum Movie Mode" Interactive Bonus View Feature
- "Focus Points" Featurettes (29:57): "Digital Destruction" (2:38), "Enlisting the Air Force" (2:56), "Molten Metal and the Science of Simulation" (2:17), "Building the Gas Station" (3:01), "Creating the VLA Attack" (2:54), "Exploding Serena's Lab in Miniature" (2:45), "Hydrobots" (2:27), "An Icon Returns" (3:09), "Terminator Factory" (2:25), "Stan Winston Workshop" (3:12), "Napalm Blast" (2:54)
- "Reforging the Future" Featurette (19:01)
- "The Moto-Terminator" Featurette (8:33)
- unrelated trailers for "Blu-Ray" promo and "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines"
- additional Features: BD-Live, CineChat, MovieIQ
‘Terminator: Salvation’ is the film that fans asked for, but didn’t ask for the way they got it. While it was made, the Terminator himself was busy running the state of California, so couldn’t really reprise his role (and don’t get me started on any CGI work used to correct this – it really isn’t up to the ‘Rogue One’ standards we’re now used to). However, that’s not so bad, as the story isn’t just about the indestructible machine of metal, but also the Connor family, so most people were relieved that a decent actor like Christian Bale was going to be playing John Connor. Unfortunately, the film takes the weird route not to follow him, instead choosing to be mainly about Sam Worthington’s character – a death-row inmate who somehow wakes up in the future and also helps trash a cyborg or two. I won’t spoil too much of Worthington’s character, especially as the trailer basically did that for me. However, I will say that this film would have been a damn sight better if it simply omitted his character completely. I’m not having a go at the actor. He did all he could with what he was given. It’s just people weren’t going to watch this film based on ANY new character – they wanted to see more of the old ones (even if they had been recast!).
I could pick out various personal annoyances that I had with this film – the helicopter pilot who wears sunglasses at night, the silent child who’s used as a plot device to show how caring our central characters are, or the fact that the end battle completely rips off T2 beat for beat. All of these I could have overlooked if it wasn’t for the fact that ‘Salvation’ completely ignores various plot points that have been clearly stated in previous films. Maybe those not so ‘up# on Terminator lore won’t notice, but for me I found myself asking too many questions as to why things were happening this way. I know you could say that timelines got changed here and there so things are now different in the future, but, in my opinion, that’s just lazy writing and a cop out.
There were at least a couple of stand-outs, namely Ashton Yelchen’s excellent take on how Michael Biehn portrayed Reece, Skynet City looking pretty cool and the nod to T” by playing Guns and Roses again. However, this film was almost damned before it was released as much of the publicity surrounding it was directed at Christian Bale’s bizarre outburst on set at a fellow crew member.
I guess that ‘Terminator: Salvation’ isn’t as bad as I’m making out. It’s an okay sci-fi/action film. However, because it has the Terminator name attached we – the fans – are just hoping for more than we got. And, if you’re interested, you may want to Google it’s alternate ending, as it is much darker and interesting than what we got.
I did watch to the end because I wanted to know how the story, as begun in the original 'Terminator', played out. But I needn't have bothered. This film was an inferior and cynical exploitation of what started life as a good idea back in the 1990s. (I mean the first two Terminator films, specifically.) I ended up knowing I'd wasted both my money and time. I should have been warned by the weakness of Terminator 3 - though this one is much worse than that was.
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