Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines DVD Review

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Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines DVD Review
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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


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


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
Not as bad as we feared or as good as we
secretly hoped, but still an enjoyable action
flick and a fairly impressive DVD.




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