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Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 80 (Jan 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, David Andrews & Kristanna Loken

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Disc One offers two audio commentary tracks, the first featuring director Jonathan Mostow and cast members Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristianna Loken; the second featuring a solo effort by Mostow. Theatrical and video game trailers and DVD-ROM content also appear. Disc Two features several items, including a brief introduction to the DVD by California's Governor (if you can believe that!), a 13-minute HBO First Look featurette, a humorous Sgt. Candy deleted scene, a gag reel (a Terminal Flaws montage), a visual effects lab, a Skynet database, a T3 Web options feature, a text-based Terminator timeline, segments on storyboards, dressed to kill, toys in action, and another PC game trailer and the making of the video game. As with "The Matrix Reloaded," Warner Home Video has abandoned the much-disliked snapper case packaging for this T3 DVD.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 27723
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong sci-fi violence and action, language and brief nudity
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Tw-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/11/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jonathan Mostow
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Special Notes:
Also available in a 1.33:1 (4:3) fullscreen edition.

Story Synopsis:
Arnold Schwarzenegger puts on his trademark shades and leather jacket to return as a time-traveling T-101 Terminator in this smash hit by Jonathan Mostow ("U-571"), taking over the directing reigns from James Cameron. He's back to protect youthful Earth Resistance leader John Connor (Stahl) and an unsuspecting veterinarian (Danes) who's stunned to learn her destiny is linked with Connor. But protecting the two is easier said than done. An awesome new foe is programmed to terminate them

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD picture -- framed in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio -- exhibits excellent image quality. Images are sharp and detailed, with excellent textures and clarity. Overtones often include the steel blues reminiscent of the previous Terminator movies, but many sequences also include a warmer wash of hues like golds and browns. Contrast and shadow delineation are superb, with a clean gradation of visual information in the darkest scenes. While the picture is not entirely free of the annoying distraction of edge enhancement, its presence throughout the movie is generally minor. Pixelization is also occasional, but there is little in the way of smearing or loss of finer details. (Suzanne Hodges)

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