Terminator Salvation is a lot more fun than you might have been led to believe. This fourth installment is really more of an action movie with a Terminator backstory, It also does not have the magic and soul of the first two or even the third movie in the franchise. Still, it is pretty damn good. The Blu-ray version of Terminator Salvation looks especially good on Blu-ray which also includes the Director’s Cut. It is only two minutes longer. If that is what will sway your decision between that and the DVD, I am not sure 2 minutes and special features are worth the extra buckage.
Salvation is a prequel to the Terminator story. A man named Marcus is on death row. John Connor and his soldiers invade a skynet facility. Stuff blows up. Marcus escapes the facility. More stuff blows up. Marcus meets Kyle Reese, John Connor’s father. Stuff blows up. Kyle Reese and Marcus are separated. Stuff blows up. John Connor and Marcus meet up. More stuff blows up.
As action movies go, this one is pretty good. There is at least one instance where you can see how the scene was set up for a stunt as you can see the landing ramp for the motorcycle jump bit.
John Connor is not as interesting a character as you would expect him to be. Perhaps this is due to Christian Bale but it is also due to the fact this movie is more action oriented than focused on story.
You must admit though that when the plot twist is revealed, it is one hell of a great idea.
Any fan of the Terminator series will want to watch this one. As to whether or not this is a keeper, it’s a matter of personal taste.
Terminator Salvation DVD has the theatrical Version of the Film.
The Blu-ray version has Director’s Cut (Rated R) and the Theatrical cut (PG 13) with the option Maximum Movie Mode featuring Director McG deconstructing the film’s key moments, 11 mini featurette focus points, over 40 minutes of Picture (PiP) commentary with cast and crew interviews, storyboard comparisons, still galleries, Terminator mythology timeline and more. “The Moto-Terminator” - See how the Terminator Salvation visual effects crew and Ducati partnered to create the slick and deadly Moto-Terminator! “Re-Forging the Future” – Go behind the scenes of Terminator Salvation with an exclusive set tour. BD LIVE Content includes: Compilation of 10 viral videos from the “Resist or Be Terminated” alternate reality game revealing SKYNET’s secret plans.The first episode of Terminator Salvation Machinima Series. Digital version of Issue #1 of the Terminator Salvation official movie prequel comic. Digital Copy
Now, if someone could explain to me why this Blu-ray features an ad telling you why you should get Blu-ray….