Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [Blu-ray] [2003]

  • SKU: 8817444
  • Release Date: 02/26/2008
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (144 out of 160)

Special Features


  • Join director Jonathan Mostow and his creative team for a behind-the-cameras tour of state-of-the-art sci-fi/action moviemaking - all while watching the film itself!
  • Introduction by Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • 3 commentaries with the stars and director
  • HBO First Look documentary
  • Sgt. Candy scene
  • Terminal Flaws gag reel
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Storyboard gallery
  • Toys in action
  • The making of the video game
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
The second sequel to the 1984 sci-fi action classic, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is the first film without the involvement of director James Cameron. Instead, Jonathan Mostow, the man behind Breakdown and U-571, has stepped in to fill the shoes left vacant by Cameron. In addition, the role of John Connor from the second film has been recast, with In the Bedroom's Nick Stahl taking over for Edward Furlong. Set ten years after the events of 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the film finds Connor living on the streets as a common laborer. Sarah Connor, his mother, has since died, and their efforts in the second film have not stopped the creation of SkyNet artificial intelligence network. As he will still become the leader of the human resistance, Connor is once again targeted by a Terminator sent from the future by SkyNet. This new Terminator, T-X (Kristanna Loken), is a female and is more powerful than any of her predecessors. To protect Connor, the human resistance sends a new T-101 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back from the future. Also starring Claire Danes, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines had its world premiere when it showed out of competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger - T-101
  • Nick Stahl
    Nick Stahl - John Connor
  • Claire Danes
    Claire Danes - Kate
  • Kristanna Loken
    Kristanna Loken - T-X
  • David Andrews
    David Andrews - Robert Brewster



Customer rating

4.1
90%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lots to like, not much to love

    Posted
    neoferro

    THE MOVIE: I won't defend "T3" anymore than necessary here. It isn't a great movie, and it is not on the level of James Cameron's movies. It works splendidly as a robotic action thriller with a specific mission to entertain the eyes (and not much else). The visual and practical F/X are generally top-notch, and while it looks nothing like the first two movies, it tries hard to follow their structure and rules. "T3" comes truly alive in the final act, as though the movie itself didn't have a heart until that point. I'm referring to the moment where Skynet takes over, or close to it. When the T-800 says that THIS IS Judgment Day the movie gets serious, and you're hooked until the end (if you can forgive the clunky first two acts). Nick Stahl is an odd but passable choice as John Connor. He actually resembles Michael Biehn from the original movie more than Edward Furlong; when looking at him in this context it is not as distracting. Schwarzenegger, while looking a bit older, still fits the part comfortably. The script is the weakest element, forcing moments on us such as the "Funky Monkey" scene at the AM-PM. Some of the most embarrassing moments of the saga happen in this third film, largely due to hammy dialogue and some atrocious continuity regarding the first two movies. All things considered it is not the travesty it could have been. It isn't as bad as many have said, but it IS following in the footsteps of two genre masterpieces and that has almost never been an easy act. Now that we have a fourth picture set in the future post-JD in "Salvation," "Rise of the Machines" is a far more forgivable entry. THE DISC: No complaints here. This has a pristine transfer, which looks excellent in 1080i. I have read complaints about "T3" being encoded in 1080i and not 1080p, but as I have no way of testing for 1080p I can't confirm whether this has been corrected. I would assume so, as this film was off the shelf for a long time at BB and just popped back up the other day. The extras are not bad at all, giving a total of three commentaries. A BD exclusive is the crew commentary, something I appreciated. It included the writers of the film- a commentary rarity- and the director, as well as the cinematographer. It also has a BD-exclusive "In-Movie" experience, which showcases production footage while you watch the movie. A handful of featurettes are included as well. In closing my review of "4 stars" is reflective of both the movie and the Blu Ray presentation. The movie itself would get 3/5; the disc is practically flawless as it gave me everything I wanted to know about "T3."

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Suprise Ending I Didn't Expect

    Posted
    Throwdown918

    The third installment of the Terminator movies was pretty much the answer, and finality to all the questions you still have from the first two movies. T3 also contains the first female Terminator Kristanna Loken, who does a really great job portraying the movements, and the lack of feeling typical to the Terminators. T-X (Loken) also has some really cool new weapons, and abilities that make T3 a little more interesting. In my opinion the best part of the movie is the ending (No Spoiler), in which what happened just wasn't really what I expected to happen, which was nice to see. I don't really follow the Terminator series to closely so I don't know if the ending was obvious to bigger fans, but I thought it was well done. If you are looking to have some finality to this series then T3 is a must watch. Some of the action scenes are massive and cause an outrageous amount of carnage. I just think this movie fell short, without having Sarah Connor and a largely unfamiliar cast to the previous two movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The 3rd Is An OK Sequel

    Posted
    PurchaseFreak
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    I have seen every Terminator movie many times over, and have mostly enjoyed the first 2 movies without a doubt, despite some flaws in them. Terminator 3 I enjoyed, but was a little bummed out that they didn't, or couldn't cast Edward Furlong as John Connor grown up. Oh well, movies are never made that way for whatever reasons. I don't care anymore. So, this movie IS a TERMINATOR movie with Arnold, but, it seemed dumbed down & missing the awesomeness Terminator 2 had. Enjoyable, but not my favorite sequel. It was just OK. Christina Loken is so freakin' HOT! Rawrrrr.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    No, no...and no

    Posted
    Ohitsappropriate

    This movie never should have been made. Arnold is hardly believable as the terminator anymore. Let's forget the fact that the story and the acting was awful...the choice to go with a female terminator was another huge mistake. Normal males, who make up 99% of the audience for these types of movies, don't want to see a 90 lb fashion model trying to be a hero or a villian...it's boring and unrealistic. That's why they all flop miserably...hint hint Hollywood...do you recall Terminator I, II (aside from the unrealistic Sarah Connor as a hero part), Predator, Commando etc etc...?? Not sure when they'll figure it out...hopefully soon...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I like Terminator 3, just as much.

    Posted
    backintime
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    The first two Terminator movies did not sell for thier plotlines. They succeeded because they made people believe in the story and relate to the emotions of characters in the films. Terminator 3 did just fine in regard to this aspect. I don't like Arnold's make-up and I think the female terminator in the movie is lame (compared to Summer Glau and other "would-be" candidates). BUT you know what, this movie allows me to extend my fantasy on the series and there is no big flaw throughout. Forget about stupid Christian Bale. Terminator needs no "Salvation" !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    T3 in Blu-Ray!

    Posted
    Caliber72
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    Though it was not my favorite, T3 had to be added. If you are a fan of the Terminator movie, you will know that this is a must buy for Terminator 3. It is one of the best sci-fi action movies ever made. Definitely purchase this in a Blu-ray format for enhanced visuals and to see some of the better outtakes for behind the scenes footage. Definitely a must buy. Add all parts 1, 2 and 3 to your collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good film

    Posted
    mad10jen
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    It is a good movie in my opinion. The way Arnold for an older man beefed up for the part was pretty amazing. Didn't care too much for Nick Stahl's acting as John Connor ,but the story and action were pretty good. It looks amazing in blu-ray and the sound is superb. It is not better than Terminator 2 or even Terminator Salvation but hey for 10 bucks or less you will watch it again and again. The story and action make it worth the price even though the acting is painful at times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Film

    Posted
    mad10jen
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    It is a good movie in my opinion. The way Arnold for an older man beefed up for the part was pretty amazing. Didn't care too much for Nick Stahl's acting as John Connor ,but the story and action were pretty good. Buy It on bl-ray for the same price it looks amazing in blu-ray and the sound is superb. It is not better than Terminator 2 or even Terminator Salvation but hey for 10 bucks or less you will watch it again and again. The story and action make it worth the price even though the acting is painful at times.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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