Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
Release Date: Available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD November 10, 2015
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
In the war of man against machine, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, The Divergent Series) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke, Everest) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones). However, this time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future for all mankind. Now Reese must join forces with Sarah and her “Guardian” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save the world and stop the next evolution of Terminators.
On the edge of victory against Skynet and the machines amidst the future war, Kyle Reese (Courtney) must go back in time in order to save Sarah Connor (Clarke) from termination as Skynet sends a 101 model after her in the familiar setting of the year 1984 in which we are all quite familiar with, in one last desperate attempt to change the outcome of the war to its favor. Upon his arrival the mission appears clear enough, that is until Kyle is rescued by a hardened Sarah Connor and her guardian terminator (Schwarzenegger) who have been preparing for the inevitable war for some time already, proving that something has gone terribly wrong somewhere within a timeline, drastically altering events and bringing to the forefront a new and terrifying threat unlike anything they could have ever imagined.
Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) occupies the director’s chair for ‘Terminator Genisys’ the latest installment and in many ways a reboot of the Terminator franchise. Taylor does a more than capable job at the helm, obviously a fan of the original films with the shooting selections and little tidbits noticeable throughout. The cast this time around includes new actors portraying all of the lead roles with the exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger naturally; the cast includes numerous talented individuals from all around the globe including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Emilia Clarke (TV’s Game of Thrones), Jai Courtney (A Good Day To Die Hard), J.K. Simmons (Spider-man) and many more, all of whom deliver solid performances in each of their respective roles, some more representative of the actors who initially defined the roles than others although none of the performances are terrible by any means.
‘Terminator Genisys’ attempts to inject some new life into the longtime franchise, introducing new actors in each of the key roles aside from the exception of Arnold and taking the story we all know and love, then nearly completely altering what we were previously familiar with, therefore providing a perfect opportunity for a new storyline and hopeful starting point to a trilogy. While many of these attempts to bring some new life and a more original storyline into the series work to one degree or another, many of these elements feel drastically lacking and leave huge fans of the franchise such as me at least mildly perplexed with a few of the more vital twists the story throws at us. The film isn’t bad by any means, nor is it a monumental new movement in the franchise and the tamer rating doesn’t seem to negatively affect this entry much at all as in many ways the violence is more prominent than ever and the Terminator films were never exceptionally graphic to begin with. Overall, fans of the franchise will definitely want to at least give ‘Terminator Genisys’ a shot and it helps to go in without the grandest of expectations; it provides plenty of action-packed fun and some impressive modern special effects in addition to some enjoyable reflections of the previous films; it’s certainly well worth a rental at the very least.
The 3D Blu-ray release of ‘Terminator Genisys’ features a full 1080p High Definition MVC encoded 3D presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Aspect Ratio. This is one gorgeous high definition 3D presentation and it delivers a consistently impressive and enjoyable 3D experience from start to finish, contributing plenty of immersive depth and perceived extensions beyond the limits of the screen, never causing the 3D to feel in any way forced or excessive, while still managing to constantly keep your attention fully aware of the repeatedly gorgeous depth and smooth movement being thrown at you, never resulting in any noticeable crosstalk or other common issues and holding up impressively even during the numerous fast moving and/or darkly lit sequences within the film, never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible.
The 2D Blu-ray release which is also included in the 3D Blu-ray combo pack features an AVC encoded full high definition video presentation also representing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The 2D video presentation also looks fantastic in its own right, holding up in every way and with no notable faults or glitches to be found within, providing a high definition video presentation every bit as clean, detailed and solid as its 3D companion.
Overall, while both the 3D & 2D presentations look exceptional as a whole, the 3D presentation is easily my preferred viewing format for this film, its constant ability to impress in addition to the added enjoyment factor it brings to the overall viewing experience of the film would easily have me selecting the 3D version for any and all subsequent viewings.
The Blu-ray release (both the 3D & 2D disc) features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. As I personally don’t yet have the Dolby Atmos capability, this review will as usual reflect the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack which itself sounds phenomenal. This lossless multichannel soundtrack delivers a sharp, clean and incredibly aggressive audio presentation throughout, constantly utilizing all seven available channels with action oriented auditory effects and any other suitably fitting sounds swarming the viewer at a near constant pace, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a truly impressive Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that can’t possibly disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Terminator Genisys’ includes a few entertaining extras, the entirety of which can be found the 2D Blu-ray disc. Included on the release are three fun and informative Behind the Scenes Featurettes that explore different aspects of bringing the latest film in the franchise to life and feature behind the scenes footage along with interviews and comments from numerous members of the cast and crew. The three included Featurettes are: ‘Family Dynamics: The Acting Ensemble’ (running approximately 16 minutes in length), ‘Infiltration and Termination: Shooting in New Orleans and San Francisco’ (approximately 25 minutes), and ‘Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys’ (15 minutes).
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Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
‘Terminator Genisys’ Debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD & On Demand November 10, 2015; Now Available on Digital HD From Paramount Home Media Distribution.
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