Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines

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Director: Jonathan Mostow

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes


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The Terminator series has a long history of delivering jam-packed DVDs sure to rock your speakers and blind you with their pristine picture quality -- a legacy which, at the outset, Warner Bros. T3: The Rise of the Machines seems to live up to -- though closer inspection of this two-disc set might prove otherwise. Technically it's brilliant, with a deep 5.1See more details below


The Terminator series has a long history of delivering jam-packed DVDs sure to rock your speakers and blind you with their pristine picture quality -- a legacy which, at the outset, Warner Bros. T3: The Rise of the Machines seems to live up to -- though closer inspection of this two-disc set might prove otherwise. Technically it's brilliant, with a deep 5.1 Dolby Digital track that'll knock your socks off and shake your teeth, while this version's equally as rich (though aesthetically inferior) full-screen picture contains crystal-clear clarity surrounding the perfectly transferred auburn and blue color schemes of the hit film. Feature-wise, the first disc offers two audio commentaries, the first featuring director Jonathan Mostow and every principal in the cast, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and the sexy TX herself, Kristanna Loken. While it's not quite the group experience that you'd expect, the individual interviews that make up the track still offer amazing insight into the production -- even if Arnold is far funnier when he has someone else to work off of (see his hilarious commentary with John Milius on the Conan: The Barbarian Collector's Edition for proof). Another, more pared-down, in-depth commentary can be found on the director's lone track as he discusses everything from casting decisions to the role he had to fill after James Cameron departed. Rounding out disc one is the final theatrical trailer, along with a trailer for Atari's T3 game for X-Box and Playstation 2. Disc two is where the juicy extras await you, starting with a new introduction from Arnold, explaining what you'll find on the disc and, of course, the promise that he will inevitably "be back." Next is a breezy 13-minute on-set HBO First Look documentary and the best feature on the DVD -- the deleted Sgt. Candy scene, a bit which not only provides some good continuity for the series, but also one of the biggest intentional (or unintentional, figuring on how you view it) laughs on the whole disc. The heart of the extras comes with the T3 Visual Effects Lab, which features separate sections on the stunts and effects of the Crane chase, TX Transformation, Future War, and Crystal Peak (aka: half-machine Arnold after the helicopter crash) scenes. Sadly, the featurettes are littered with a truly annoying transition screen that screams "cheap" and shows exactly why this is the more casual commercial release, rather than the one for the hardened DVD and movie lover. In contrast, this section also contains a truly innovative feature called Create Your Own Visual Effects, which puts the audience in control of three key money shots in the film and lets them create the scene over and over again by deleting or adding various layers into the final FX shot (the part with the exoskeletons with flame-throwers is genius). Next up is the Skynet Database section, which also adds to the overall cheapness factor of the DVD by including fictional Skynet "files" on various characters and machines in the Terminator series and in the video portions, substituting horrible stand-ins for some of the leads (who they obviously couldn't get footage of) and recycling footage already seen in the visual effects featurettes. The makers of the DVD put a tad more time into the Terminator Timeline feature, an extra which details the entire series' story line in a comprehensive manner -- though it, too, is hampered, this time with poor design and functionality (as can be seen after a few minutes fiddling with it). Rounding out the second disc are a gag reel, a storyboards section, featurettes on the costumes and Todd McFarlane toy line, a PC game trailer, and a making-of segment on the game itself. Gripes about the features aside, this disc should tide fanatics over until the more bonus-filled disc Mostow has promised comes out -- until then, audiences will always have that Sgt. Candy scene....

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The Terminator trilogy comes to an immensely satisfying finish with this apocalyptic, action-crammed adventure, which finds a clueless mankind moving inexorably toward its subjugation by machines. Humanity's last best hope, John Connor (Nick Stahl), lives quietly "off the grid," eschewing anything that might leave computerized clues to his whereabouts. After being targeted for assassination years ago (or years hence, actually) by a time-traveling "Terminator," he leaves little to chance. But unbeknownst to John, a smarter, more fearsome terminator, the TX (Kristanna Loken), has been dispatched to the early 21st century to prevent him from leading the Resistance. Timing is everything, because the SkyNet computer network is about to go on line. To protect him, allies in the future send a new bodyguard, the upgraded T-850 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), back in time to find the young man before TX does. The result of all this, as you might imagine, is action aplenty. Director Jonathan Mostow, who demonstrated a flair for efficient cinematic thrills in U-571, knows what Terminator fans want and he delivers it in spades. The series' fans also have come to expect top-of-the-line special effects, and in that respect the production team has outdone itself. The "evil" terminator played by Robert Patrick in T2 remains one of sci-fi's most memorable villains, but the gorgeous Loken makes an equally strong impression, even if her potent right hand invites unfortunate comparisons to Inspector Gadget. Claire Danes, making a welcome return to the screen, brings striking credibility to her role as the feisty young woman unsuspectingly caught up in John Connor’s date with destiny. And then, of course, there's Arnold...need we say more? The governor of California is in fine fettle as the relentless T-850, a walking demolition team programmed to save his youthful charge, even if it means blowing up half the state -- which is just about what it takes. We'd hardly call T3 cerebral, but it takes its fanciful premise seriously and arrives at its conclusion with nary a groan. The breathtaking rush of eye-popping action set pieces, together with the satisfying approach to continuing the Terminator story line, makes this a fitting finale to one of moviedom's most amazing trilogies. That is, if it remains a trilogy.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
In the post-millennia sea of overblown action epics with inflated running times, the third installment in the Terminator franchise is a lean, mean breath of action, defying most low expectations and proving that you don't have to be James Cameron to know what makes this successful and entertaining series tick. What T3 does effectively is bring back the mix of highly intense action, character-driven humor, and technological wizardry that the big screen had been lacking for more than a decade since Terminator 2: Judgment Day. There's a direct understanding of the series core dynamics, and once things kick in, there's no doubt that you're back in Terminator-land. Arnold Schwarzenegger eases back into the role effortlessly, bringing an understanding to the lovable cyborg that goes beyond simple line delivery and stoic screen presence. Joining him are Nick Stahl and Claire Danes, new faces to the Terminator films that bring fresh energy to the work, especially Stahl's wearied approach to John Conner. Danes is an unlikely choice, but made a suitable (if not just too "known") substitute when her role was recast when the first actress was deemed "too young" during filming. It's not too easy to follow up Robert Patrick's steely-eyed breakout performance either, but Kristanna Loken's deadly TX Terminator manages to put her own villainous stamp on the series -- easily holding her own against Schwarzenegger's iconic screen presence. More than anything, what drives this film is the man behind the lens, Jonathan Mostow, the director of such effective smaller thrillers as Breakdown and U-571. This being his big-time proving ground, Mostow pulls off the once-deemed impossible feat and cranks out a Terminator flick that embraces audience's popcorn sensibilities without any of the personal flash or style upon which some of his bigger, more-expensive peers thrive. It doesn't hurt that he also surrounded himself with the same visionaries behind the series' highly evolved special effects work, namely Stan Winston and Industrial Light and Magic. With unprecedented practical robotic effects mixed with top-of-the-line (at the time) CG work, the big screen magicians deliver some truly show-stopping moments that are pure movie-making magic. Score-wise, the classic theme and its composer Brad Fidel are indeed sorely missed. There's nothing in Marco Beltrami's work that matches the urgency of Fidel, even if the filmmakers knew exactly when and where to use it. Naturally, many other criticisms have been levelled against the film -- some valid and some not, though all come down to a matter of personal taste when it comes down to it. Even considering most of the arguments, Rise of the Machines still proves its worth thanks to its ingenious ending that leaves John Conner in the exact place that his character needs to be left in the series -- something that this entry desperately needed to prove its inclusion. Schwarzenegger did come "back" for this one, and audiences everywhere should thank him for it.
Washington Post
A solidly professional attempt and a pretty good summer movie in the bargain. Stephen Hunter
Chicago Reader
A sizable quotient of the movie's target audience just wants to see stuff destroyed, and in that regard Rise of the Machines won't disappoint. J. R. Jones

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Product Details

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Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[Dolby Digital Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature film with two commentary tracks with the stars and director; Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; Movie and video game trailers; Languages: English & Français (Dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français, & Español; Introduction by Arnold Schwarzenegger; HBO First Look making-of documentary; Sgt. Candy scene; "Terminal Flaws" gag reel; T3 Visual Effects Lab: Build your own eye-popping action sequences; Skynet database of weapons and personnel dossiers; Terminator timeline; Storyboards ; "Dressed to Kill"; "Toys in Action"; The Making of the Video Game; Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM PC

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger T-101
Nick Stahl John Connor
Claire Danes Kate
Kristanna Loken T-X
David Andrews Robert Brewster
Mark Famiglietti Scott Petersen
Alana Curry Bill's girlfriend
Mark Hicks Detective Martinez
Brian Sites Bill Anderson
Timothy Dowling Paramedic Stevens
Jerry Katell Actor
Jay Acavone Cop - Westside Street
Robert Alonzo Jose Barrera
Chopper Bernet Chief Engineer
Earl Boen Dr. Peter Silberman
Helen Eigenberg 3rd Engineer
Jon Foster Gas Station Cashier
M.C. Gainey Roadhouse Bouncer
Matt Gerald SWAT Team Leader
Kiki Gorton Roadhouse Clubgoer #3
Chris Hardwick 2nd Engineer
Moira Harris Betsy
Carolyn Hennesy Rich Woman
Christopher Lawford Brewster's Aide
Billy Lucas Angry Man
Larry McCormick KTLA Anchorman
Susan Merson Roadhouse Clubgoer #1
Elizabeth Morehead Roadhouse Clubgoer #2
William O'Leary Mr. Smith
Michael Papajohn Paramedic #1
Kim Robillard Detective Edwards
George E. Sack Semi Truck Driver
Jimmy Snyder Male Stripper
Rebecca Tilney Laura the CRS Tech
Walter von Huene CRS Victim
Rick Zieff Mr. Jones

Technical Credits
Jonathan Mostow Director
Maria Baker Set Decoration/Design
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Moritz Borman Executive Producer
John Brancato Original Story,Screenwriter
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Nicolas de Toth Editor
Timothy M. Earls Set Decoration/Design
Guy East Executive Producer
Michael Ferris Original Story,Screenwriter
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Shepherd Frankel Art Director
Beat Frutiger Art Director
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Jay R. Hart Set Decoration/Design
Randi Hiller Casting
A. Todd Holland Set Decoration/Design
Gale Anne Hurd Executive Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator,Special Effects
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Mario Kassar Producer
Betty Krul Set Decoration/Design
Hal Lieberman Producer
Jeff Mann Production Designer
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Menzies Art Director
Barbara Mesney Set Decoration/Design
Joel B. Michaels Producer
Bruce G. Moriarty Asst. Director
Tedi Sarafian Original Story,Screenwriter
Theodore H. Sharps Set Decoration/Design
Maya Shimoguchi Set Decoration/Design
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Neil Travis Editor
Andrew G. Vajna Producer
Colin Wilson Producer
Stan Winston Makeup Special Effects
Jane Wuu Set Decoration/Design
Mark Zuelzke Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. My Name Is John Connor [:17]
2. Weight of the Future [3:20]
3. T-X Arrives [2:05]
4. Humans in the Loop [3:29]
5. Terminator Arrives [2:12]
6. Quarries Subdued [4:54]
7. Recognition [4:02]
8. Pedal to the Metal [2:35]
9. You Must Live [3:17]
10. Multivehicular [3:16]
11. Target Acquired [2:55]
12. Demolition Derby [2:47]
13. Obsolete Design [3:00]
14. Talk to the Hand [4:01]
15. Supposed to Meet [1:32]
16. Don't Do That [4:37]
17. Useful Emotions and People [3:19]
18. Not Human [2:07]
19. Hearse Havoc [1:01]
20. Judgement Day [2:38]
21. Future Shock [2:31]
22. Open to Attack [5:40]
23. Switch On [2:45]
24. Rise of the Machines [2:15]
25. Terminators Tangle [3:08]
26. Magnetic Attraction [4:27]
27. I Am a Machine! [2:49]
28. Two for the Future [3:34]
29. They're Back [4:08]
30. Terminated [2:38]
31. Mission Accomplished [2:04]
32. Our Destiny [1:59]
33. End Credits [3:21]

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