Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines DVD Review

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by AVForums Dec 1, 2003 at 12:00 AM

    Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines DVD Review
    SRP: £24.99


    The anamorphic 2.40:1 transfer is
    good, but we can't help but think that
    things will improve with the inevitable
    release of a SuperBit version. It's a
    sharp transfer, with plenty of fine detail
    and no sign of artefacting, but we did
    spot some minor edge-enhancement
    and digital crawl in a couple of scenes.
    Not enough to really distract you, but
    enough to make you think that the
    best is still to come.
    Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines Picture


    This DVD certainly took us by surprise
    with the inclusion of a DTS mix as well
    as the announced Dolby Digital 5.1
    soundtrack. As you might expect, this
    is reference-quality stuff with plenty
    of deep rumbling bass and smart use
    of the surrounds during the action
    sequences that lends the film a real
    visceral impact.
    Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines Sound


    Disc One is primarily devoted to the
    film, with the only extras taking the form
    of a short introduction to the movie by
    Arnold Schwarzenegger and the usual
    cast and crew commentaries (featuring
    input from director Jonathan Mostow
    and Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl,
    Kristanna Loken and Claire Danes).
    So, on to the second disc in the set,
    which is where all the real meat of
    the collection is to be found. Inside
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is
    a rather disappointing 13-minute
    puff-piece that offers no great insight
    into the making of the film and
    instead is content to trot out a load
    of self-congratulatory talking heads
    and effects-filled clips from the film.
    Director Jonathan Mostow has already
    stated that he is happy with the cut of
    the film he delivered and that it used
    almost everything he shot, so it's no
    surprise that there is only one deleted
    scene on offer. Terminal Flaws is a
    gag reel that lasts three minutes and
    features the usual footage of people
    mucking up their lines and bursting
    out laughing.
    Getting on to the better material, we
    come to the T3 Visual Effects Lab. This
    contains a selection of five featurettes
    on the key FX. Also housed here is the
    Create Your Own Visual Effects option,
    which allows the user to experiment
    with compositing and manipulating
    two sequences from the movie.
    Up next is The Skynet Database.
    This snazzy-looking feature is actually
    home to little more than a selection
    of character and Terminator profiles,
    but it presents it all in an attractive
    manner. Next is the Terminator
    Timeline, an interactive attempt to put
    the Terminator films into chronological
    context. Finally we come to three
    further featurettes about the costumes,
    action figures and tie-in videogame
    and a short storyboard-to-screen
    comparison. It's not a bad selection,
    but we have a feeling that a super
    deluxe Ultimate Edition DVD of the film
    is already being prepared somewhere
    in the world.
    Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines Extras


    Not as bad as we feared or as good as we
    secretly hoped, but still an enjoyable action
    flick and a fairly impressive DVD.
    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.99

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