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The Terminator Anthology(1984-2009)
In the year 2029, the ruling super-computer Skynet sends an indestructible cyborg back in time to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, the woman who will birth its greatest enemy.
For more about The Terminator Anthology and the The Terminator Anthology Blu-ray release, see the The Terminator Anthology Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on August 27, 2012 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Directors: James Cameron, Joseph McGinty Nichol (McG), Jonathan Mostow
Writers: James Cameron, John D. Brancato, William Wisher, Jr., Michael Ferris, Gale Anne Hurd, Tedi Sarafian
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Earl Boen, Linda Hamilton (I), Michael Papajohn, Christian Bale, Michael Biehn
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The Terminator Anthology Blu-ray Review
A solid franchise set best reserved for those who don't already own all four films on Blu-ray...
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, August 27, 2012
Quite a bit of confusion has surrounded the Terminator Anthology from the moment it was announced (or rather the moment it appeared on a Warner Bros. release schedule with little to no accompanying fanfare). The reason for the under-the-radar release, though, is that it isn't all that remarkable, aside from the fact that it collects four franchise entries owned by three different studios. The rest is packaging and presentation; and not even of the AV presentation variety. Both the films' video transfers and audio tracks are the same transfers and tracks fans have been enjoying and complaining about for years. The Terminator could use a new master and ground-up overhaul. Terminator 2 could use a more filmic transfer and some new special features, specifically something we haven't seen a hundred times before. Terminator 3 looks the part but desperately needs lossless audio; it's still stuck with the same lossy mix its devoted fans have been forced to settle on for years. And Terminator Salvation is... well, just as across-the-board satisfying as ever.
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The Terminator Anthology Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Considering how simple and no-frills its design is, the 5-disc Terminator Anthology is one of the more handsome, low-key box sets to come along in a while. Removing the slipcover doesn't reveal anything flashy, just a classy, slighty oversized DigiPak featuring an embossed Terminator torso, art from all four films, and five Blu-ray discs spread across four panels and five hubs. Nothing fancy, no trinkets to toss aside, no snap latches, casing quirks or troubling disc access or removal. If only every box set were so functional, neatly contained and striking.
Disc One: The Terminator
The Terminator offers the same special features as its 2006 MGM counterpart, which frankly doesn't amount to a whole lot. Worse than being the Anthology's smallest collection of extras, it's the Anthology's most inadequate and disappointing package too. The film that started it all desperately deserves a full and complete overhaul, from the ground up, and a better disc than this.
Disc Two: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
In addition to the 137-minute Theatrical Version and the 154-minute Special Edition cut of the film (and an extended Special Edition cut on top of that), the Terminator 2 supplemental package boasts a migraine delivery device that utilizes irritating menus and needless options to induce a piercing headache in the frontal lobe of the human brain. Tricky Skynet. They'll kill us yet. But I digress. For all the fanfare and themed menus, Terminator 2 doesn't roll out a killer collection of special features; just a solid one that was assembled in 2009 for Lionsgate's Skynet Edition Blu-ray release.
Disc Three: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Rise of the Machines marches into the future with a less cumbersome PiP experience, three audio commentaries and more than an hour of additional bonus features (all from the 2008 Warner Bros. Blu-ray release), but never quite manages to overcome the feeling that the movie didn't deserve so much supplemental love. I'm all for special features, but three fairly redundant commentaries? On the heels of a PiP track? This isn't Lord of the Rings, or even a classic sequel. It's a divisive third entry in the Terminator franchise, and the cast and crew seem as cheerily apathetic about it as its fans.
Discs Four & Five: Terminator Salvation
Salvation comes in two flavors: theatrical and extended. Its supplemental package comes in just one, though: terrific. It may look like a limited batch of special features, but never underestimate the value of one good Maximum Movie Mode track. It only helps that McG's passion is so contagious, even when the movie it accompanies isn't, and that his cast and crew are just as passionate as their commander in chief. The result is a string of extras that ooze personal involvement and childlike wonder from all involved, neither of which wear out their welcome. Granted, if you hate the film, no amount of rah-rah-rahing or maximum-movie-moding will change your mind, especially when driven by the likes of McG. But if you're a fan, you'll be more than happy to dive in and soak up every cut of the film and every minute of content Salvation's two Blu-ray discs have on tap.
The Terminator Anthology Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Call me a sucker. Having one well-designed box set sitting on my shelf is something I have trouble resisting, so long as the price is right. Yes, the Terminator Anthology amounts to a Best Buy-exclusive double-dip more than anything else, but it isn't meant to lure those who own the current standalone releases to the franchise. We diligent (and, not so long ago, early) adopters tend to forget there are new consumers buying new Blu-ray players for the first time, and those consumers are eager to get their hands on as many of their favorite films as their wallets can handle. Who couldn't resist picking up a $30 Terminator box set if they didn't already own most or all of the films included? Just be warned: if you already own most or all of the Terminators, you're essentially purchasing packaging here. It's easy for me to say the Anthology edition's low price point makes it worth double-dipping -- I received a free screener, effectively eliminating my ability to make an objective cost-benefit analysis -- so consider yourself duly informed. The 5-disc Terminator Anthology doesn't correct any of the problems associated with the films' previous releases, it just looks nice sitting on a shelf. Take that for what it's worth. Just remember it isn't a box set intended for you. It's a box set intended for those entering the wonderful world of high definition. And yes, there's still a lot of them out there.
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