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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
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  • Looks good for 1080i...not 1080p
    This title looks good for its 1080i picture. I have a 1080p capable Sony TV with a Blu-Ray player that is hooked up identically as the HD yet all HD titles are 1080i and the Blu-Ray 1080p. Regardless this movie looks good and sounds great. HD is a good fit for a big budget "blockbuster" like this....more info
  • Rise of the Machines
    Huge blockbuster movie really like the first two films now Rise of the Machines pictures. John Connor around twenty years old. Skyney trying to kill him and Kate Brewster if you wonder what Skynet's a computer network that's programmed to destroy the world.
    Now with The Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles it got me glue to my sofa every monday on Fox. Really check it out. One of the best show of the year in my opinion....more info
  • Cliche BULL S**T 5.5/10 continued on swordfish/Terminator 3 double feature reviews
    I wish James Cameron would've directed this movie Johnaton Mostow gave it a college try I respect him for that. John D Brancato and Micheal Ferris gave Christina Lokken a cliche character oh she has a projectile cannon a flame thrower and her hands can also turn into a circular saw Lokken plays the T X. Brancato & Ferris gave her cheesy lines when Arnold shoud've had them but they gave him talk to the hand one of the worse line of the late 90's early 2000's. When the T X is pulled over by a cop she expands her breasts and tells the cop I like your gun. Or When she arrives from the year 2032 a she's butt necked of course like all Terminator films this woman asks her if she's alright T X responds I like your car. It doesn't even show the lady getting killed. To my point in T1 Arnold didn't say much in T2 Robert Patrick didn't say much they were cold calculating killing machines. Another bad thing Edward Furlong didn't return for personal issues we got Nick Sthal who was a gay, sissy John Connor....more info
    It has been said that a second movie in a series is never as good as the first and that it usually ends up being the worst. In this series, that has proven to be the opposite of what has happened. While the first film was the most imaginative, the second used that as a jumping point and added some spectacular effects and action. This movie attempts to do the same and fails.

    For those who have been cave dwellers for a while, the terminator is a robot from the future sent back in time to kill John Connors, the man who will one day lead a rebel revolt against the machines of the future. So much for movie one.

    Movie two had a second more advanced robot come back to kill Connors but also a copy of the original robot come back programmed by Connors to save himself. Movie two.

    This time around, Connor's mother has passed away and he is on his own, trying to do his best not to get caught up in anything that might change the future and result in his having to be the savior of the world. Yeah, like that's gonna happen.

    A new terminator, the T-X (Kristanna Loken) is sent back in time by the robots of the future to destroy not only John Connors (this time portrayed by Nick Stahl) but those who will become his staff as well when the final battle comes. The T-X gets a good start on this killing off a few when she encounters John along with one time friend Kate Brewster (Claire Danes). With two for the price of one in her sights, she attacks.

    Too bad that Connors sent back another terminator to prevent this from happening. Yes, it's the old model played by Arnold Schwarzenegger that comes to help. But he is obviously no match for the updated model sent to kill and destroy.

    As Connors and Brewster get reacquainted with one another while on the run, the Hollywood stuntman's association garners a major paycheck as tons of automobiles are blown to bits and stunt men dresses as Arnold are slammed through various buildings. This movie is more about action and explosions than any real science fiction.

    No one wonders why it is that robots keep being sent back which means that the future never changed after all. If it had, why are they here now? And the reason they came about explained in the second film is given little validity if there is another way that the future could have yielded these monstrous machines.

    The acing is...well....who really knows since acting is not the reason to watch this movie. It does look well made, I'll give it credit for that. But it is one of the most hollow films I have seen I a long time. While I cared about Connors as well as his robot protector in the second film, I found myself not giving a hoot for anyone here. Rather than being thrilled and awed, I was bored.

    A sequel, to be a good one, should cover new ground and take us somewhere just a little bit different. This movie is a rehash of the last one without new dazzling effects or enough emotion to ring us in. It substitutes roaring explosions for the matters of the heart that made us enjoy the last film.

    One had to hope that with this film the franchise would die. But it didn't as the release of the new television series proved. Even the surprise ending was one that didn't really matter much by the time it was revealed. If you are a die hard fan, by all means watch. But make sure you watch the first two again and you will see where this one was lacking.
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  • Slow, boring and a lame ending.
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines gave me new appreciation for the uneven television show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. At least the show wasn't wasn't dull.

    The film started off well enough, with a grimness that fits in well with the original movie. But soon it becomes clear that was meant to cover for cruddy production values, stiff dialogue and uneven characterization. (It's a strange day when Arnold Schwarzenegger overacts in a part.)

    There's the illogical writing -- none of the characters find it strange that they can break into a top-secret military facility that seemingly has no guards around and no personnel at all -- and CGI-generated robot threats that change size based on how large or small their environs are.

    And then there's the conclusion. I know, it was supposed to be grim (and possibly set up a sequel, which I suppose it does, even though it's one in which everyone involved is disavowing the third movie), but it's delivered with no oomph, and what should be a horrifying moment instead elicits a "so what?"

    This is a rental at best, but even then, most casual Terminator fans would be better served skipping this one entirely and just going straight from T2 to Salvation. If you must bridge the gap, watch the television show instead of this dud....more info
  • Great looking movie - felt like a tv show/same story as T2
    Movie looks great - very crisp/clear on Blu-Ray player and plasma tv.

    It felt a little like a tv show/movie rather than a theatrical movie like the first two. Not sure what about it made it feel like that, but it was there.....

    Pretty much the same story as T2 - Arnold is zapped back in time, heads to a bar, gets come clothes heads out to protect someone....meanwhile another terminator (more advanced, just like T2) also is zapped to earth, commandeers a vehicle, and starts hunting down people....where have we heard this before?

    Overall I did enjoy it, but a little "freshening" up of the story would have been nice....more info
  • It Was Inevitable
    The Good Things
    *Lots of great action and special effects. It's hardly ever dull.
    *Storyline relatively fits.
    *Still lots of serious and lots of funny parts.
    *Characters are not bad.
    *The Terminatrix is an excellent enemy. I like the fact that she combines the best of all previous terminators; it's a very systematic solution.
    *Music is not bad.

    The Bad Things
    *Not as many memorable lines.
    *Some things in the franchise have become convuluted. This film introduced certain elements (like John Connor having a wife) that probably should have been left out.
    *John Connor's character is weakened. And now that I've seen "Carnivale," I will probably always look at the actor Nick Stahl as a reluctant farm boy instead of the future leader of the resistance.

    I never expected this film to have any more action than T2, but I was ultimately surprised as to how much there was. The first half had loads of great scenes, including one of the coolest car chases I've ever seen. The Terminatrix impressed me as well. The film had a fair amount of both drama and comedy. Some parts remain ambiguous or convoluted, but still fits okay with the other films. It's not perfect, but it is enjoyable, and for the movies, brings everything into a mostly-full circle....more info
  • Skip T3, go and see Sarah Connor Chronicles on FOX or download it on itunes!!!
    I highly recommend the "Sarah Connor Chronicles" on FOX as a BETTER alternative to T3 the film! It faithfully continues the storyline begun in T1 and T2. It shows Sarah Connor (now played by 300's Lena Headey) as a woman on a mission to save humanity from Skynet at all costs! With his now older son John (now played by Thomas Dekker) and a Female Terminator (played by Summer Glau of "Firefly,") they must fight evil Terminators sent to destroy them all. Please support this action packed TV Series!!! Mondays at 9 pm (EST) on FOX! (Also available on itunes at $[...] per episode!) The series' site is !

    Mark McLaughlin / / Hudson, MA, USA...more info
  • Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines - Blu-ray Info
    Version: AUS, UK / Sony / Region Free
    Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
    MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / AACS / High Profile 4.1
    Running time: 1:49:06
    Movie size: 32,634,789,888 bytes
    Disc size: 37,364,241,806 bytes
    Total bit rate: 39.88 Mbps
    Average video bit rate: 26.79 Mbps

    Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1831 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1831 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
    Dolby TrueHD Audio Italian 1800 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1800 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps)
    Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
    Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
    Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
    DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / 16-bit

    Subtitles: English, English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish
    Number of chapters: 16

    #Audio commentary by cast & crew
    #Audio Commentary by director
    #Documentary (SD - 13m:2s)
    #Storyboards (SD - 3m:55s)
    #Dressed to Kill (SD - 2m:11s)
    #Toys in Action (SD - 7m:4s)
    #Sgt. Candy Deleted Scene (SD - 1m:51s)
    Terminal Flaws: Gag Reel (3m:02s)
    #Making of the Video Game (8m:57s)
    #Trailers (5m:23s)
    #Terminator Vision: Picture-in-Picture (BonusView) Experience


    Version: U.S.A / Warner / Region Free
    Original release: 1080i59.94fps
    Correct release: 1080p23.976fos
    VC-1 BD-50 / PIP burned-in
    Running time: 1:49:00
    Movie size: 14,008,811,520 bytes
    Disc size: 31,303,348,231 bytes
    Total bit rate: 17.13 Mbps
    Average video bit rate: 13.52 Mbps
    DD AC3 5.1 640Kbps...more info
  • Terminator 3
    I have not and will not be able to view this product as it is an HD DVD. I don't know if I ordered it that way or you just sent it that way. There are no HD DVD players due to Blue Ray. If you have this product in regular DVD format. Please let me know....more info
  • The best terminator movie out of all of them
    Nick Stahl's portrayal of John Connor in my opinion defined the character, and Claire Danes was also excellent in the movie as his soon-to-be wife. Of all the Terminator movies, i felt that this movie devoted more time to character development and story building than the prior films, which is good because the series has a philosophical component which a lot of people for some reason overlook. Although the movies are best known as action films, they are also the story of mankind's savior- a person who knows he is destined to be a great leader for his people but who doesn't want the role. Nick Stahl brings that story to life in this movie. It's a story which beyond being entertaining is also worthwhile because it has parallels throughout history. Most of the great leaders we remember in history rose to their roles in the midst of a crisis. The most noble minded of those leaders resented their role as a leader because they resented the crisis that propelled them into that role. This movie takes that story and brings it into a science fiction format, along with bringing a message that people should be careful how much trust they place in technology as we move into a digital age where more and more of our lives revolve around computers. That message along with John Connor's storyline make this movie very compelling. I don't understand why Terminator 4 is said to have cast a different actor in the leading role. Nobody deserves the role better than Nick Stahl....more info
  • OK action film let down by an overall air of familiarity
    "T3 - Rise of The Machines" is a decent entry in the big, dumb action (BDA) movie genre. Nick Stahl adds depth to the role of John Connor - future leader of the resistance and Claire Daines is pretty good as his love interest Catherine Brewster but Governor Schwartzenegger's acting has not improved - even playing a robot (the "good" termininator) - and Kristina Loken makes a memorable if rather one-note "bad" terminator. The film has all the stunning special effects and spectacular stunts you would expect in a BDA but the main problem the film can never quite overcome is an overall air of familiarity.
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  • Tales from the not so deep
    This one is not the instant classic that the first and (especially) the second, but it holds up well enough as a good action movie. It is not as intense as the first. Nor is it as insightful as the second. The aim this time around is simply to have fun, and it meets that goal very well.

    Arnold is back here in his likely last appearance as a terminator from the future, and, despite the years that have passed since the first outing, he looks very much the same, as he should. Kristanna Loken is a welcome addition to the pantheon of terminator models, becoming both very sensual and very eerie.

    You may feel that the movie should have done more to deal with the concepts of fate and free will, like was discussed in the previous movie, but if you merely want to watch a movie that has great effects, great action and passably charismatic characters, you could do worse than this movie....more info
  • Rise Of The Machines, Fall of the Blu-Ray Disc
    Warner messed up the video coding on this disc. The output is 1080 i not 1080 p as indicated on the specs. The disc has been repressed and was re-released under a new UPC/ASIN number. The release date on the new one is 2-26-08. Buy that one, not this one....more info
  • Very Entertaining!
    Being a big fan of the second film, I must say that I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this film even more. Sure, there are people that complain that the story is not as good as the first two movies. But if you like non stop action and big special effects, you won't be disappointed. Definitely no boring moments....more info
  • Good movie, great ending
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a very good action packed movie that has a very amazing and yet, frightening ending.

    As a follower of the Terminator series, T3 really stands its own ground against T1 and T2.

    The acting is good, but the story line is better. I know there were a lot of terminator fans that hated this movie, but i loved it. I saw it 4 times at the movie theater!

    The story again revolves around John Connor, only this time, he's not the main target, his leadership is.

    Skynet sends back the TX, a woman terminator who is equiped like Inspector Gadget with everything from flame throwers to chainsaws. She also has the power to control other machines, which makes for a great car chase scene in the movie.

    Arnold is back, and he has some very funny lines (talk to the hand), but again, as a Terminator fan, the key moment was when he first appears on scene, very reminiscent of the Inidana Jones shadown scene in The Cyrstal Skull.

    overall, the movie is excellent, and honestly, you don't have to know or have seen the 1st 2 movies to understand this one.

    My favorite part of the movie is the ending. It has a very realistic doomsday feel like in the movie The Day After, with nukes coming out from the ground and blowing the world to Judgement Day in the Terminator movie.

    The only thing that really bothered me about T3, is forced comedy (the Victoria's Secret scene, what's the point?) and some poor editing (how in the heck did both the Terminator and TX know to go to the Animal Shelter right away?)

    but other than that, good movie. The DVD is excellent and features deleted scenes, features, and even the making of T3 and T3 the video game.

    Overall, 5 stars. T3 stands its own ground. good popcorn movie, great ending....more info
  • Takes a beating, but keeps on ticking!
    I was just noticing in my Bible study from Genesis on the Tower of Babel how man's technology had become threatening to God, so God divided the languages of men from one voice into many tongues so that they had to stop work on the tower. I was just thinking when God might send our technologically advanced society into darkness as well! In this movie, of course, the computers controlling society go haywire and plunge America into nuclear armageddon!
    That pretty blonde woman terminator that Arnold is trying to kill is more advanced than he; she takes a licking but keeps on ticking! I am sure that the cause of women's rights might think that this movie actually encourages domestic violence! Can you believe that Arnold Scharzeneggar once a guest star on Robert Schuler's HOUR OF POWER!
    Since I wait for the end of the world due to nuclear armageddon, I think there is a certain romance of having the hand of a pretty young woman to hold as you wait out DOOMSDAY in safety of a bomb shelter designed for politicians! I would say that at the air force command center in the movie that I thought I recognized a supercollding cyclotron as a long tube there in the tunnel that the young people fled though. I had seen one once at Michigan State University in a guided tour in 1984....more info
  • Full of holes
    I bought this just to have all three. James Cameron set the benchmark which has never been exceeded in sci-fi with Aliens, and T2 and T1 we're very well done too. This was made without the eye for detail and plot consistancy one unfortunately expects with the bulk of todays movies, and this one is no exception. ...more info
  • Terminator 3
    The extras are ok, but not what I expected. Terminator 2 had way better extras. Although every time there's another terminator it always seems better from the last....more info
  • Bozo, savior of the Humanity
    Bozo is chased because his mission is still to become the head resistant of a lost humanity engaged in a terrific fight against the machines. Bozo does not read nor write. He is adolescent, but he knows how to drive. With his first hand he holds the steering wheel, another seeks a weapon, with the third, he defends himself, the fourth shuts up his future (who does not know) wife and finally, with his fifth, he passes the speeds. He dramatically lacks a sixth hand to wipe his nose, since the action is so exciting!

    In Terminator 2, the evil robot machine was a man. In the third the robot is ... a woman. To help the viewer understand that this is indeed a nasty woman, she is blonde (you will notice that 9 times out of 10 in American cinema, perverse women - those who turn good husbands into sexual bests as in Basic Instinct - neurotic killer and female traitors are blondes. That is a point to clarify ...). And she does not smile. My mother smiled to me, she is nice. A woman who does not smile, is a priori evil. This is the second index. Then, we understand that she is robot as she inflates her chest! Please laugh as it is the only funny moment of the film.

    Then, Bozo is seeking, is being himself tracked to be killed. Cascades, lots of smoke, lots of flames ... big pollution that help the Universe understand why Bush refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol on the environment ... What a crazy consumption of oxygen! The (future) step-father of Bozo made a mistake by releasing the anti-virus computer in the pipes that control the world (we are the United States of America, not the Lichtenstein! therefore above of the World). The machines revolt. Nuclear war is ahead. In a last rattle the good step-father who is commander-in-chief asks his son-in-law and daughter to flee in order to take refuge in a bunker to save, nothing less than the Humanity. But there is a last problem to be solved ... they must kill the evil "robot". Well, then ... the computers are too old to be operated! A phone call coming from... an admiral or a general or an arch-duke or a opera dancer... who calls for aid and is happy to fall on Bozo who will certainly become the head of the resistance.

    I yawn of deep boredom. My cat was, once again, wiser than me. It slept throughout the film.
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  • Blue - Shmoo
    A third-rate third-in-a-series movie does not do any better in blu-ray than it does on VHS or Betamax. There is no noticeable improvement in special effects, much less an improvement in the poor scripting, shoddy direction and editing, and plodding actors. If you were thrilled by the originality of T1 and the action and special effects of T2, best to pretend that T3 was never made - but if watch it you must, save your bucks and rent it from Netflix, 'cause you'll never watch it again . . . and the extra you'd pay for the Ray would better be spent on a real classic (e.g. Forbidden Planet or Blade Runner) that you'll enjoy watching again....more info
  • Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines [Blu-ray]
    I was very happy to this one brought to blu-ray, Crystal Clear Entertainment, keepin the old new Enjoy,I did...more info