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DVD/Blu-ray Releases for 12/01/2009

Buying movies is almost a dangerous obession with me.  I love it, and probably have spent more money on movies in my lifetime than any sane person.  At least I’m not spending money on heroine.

New Movie Tuesday is my favorite day of the week.  Here are this week’s releases as well as my recommendations.

Being the film snob I am, I will recommend the Blu Ray versions of these flicks if available.

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Terminator Salvation (Director’s Cut)

Terminator Salvation (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]

 

List Price: $35.99
Amazon Price: $16.99

Average customer review:

If you take away your Arnie sized expectations and ejoy the ride, there’s a lot here to enjoy. At $16.99 this Blu Ray is a STEAL. But at least rent it and give it a shot.  Unfortunatly, the promised 30 minutes of cut footage isn’t here, only 3 is woven back into the film.  Basically, we have the tidbits McG had to cut from his intitial final cut in order to seal the PG-13 rating.  I have a feeling McG’s hands were tied with demands from the studio and this is what we get (or, he’s an overselling/underdelivering douche). 
At any rate, there some great action, incredible sound design and some solid performances.  Nowhere near T1 or T2, but tons better than T3.  Terminator Salvation is a lot of fun, just don’t think too hard.

Obama Blamed for Terminator Salvation Flop*

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io9 “speculates” that the cause of the Terminator Salvation flop isn’t necessarily the director’s fault, the writers fault or Christian Bale’s wooden performance.  It was President Obama’s fault*.  The above graph (click image to enlarge) shows the performance of past Terminator films in relation to the President in power at the time of release.

Coincidence? I’ll let you decide.

* In case Secret Service or President Obama himself stumble upon this: This claim may not be entirely true.

[Source: io9]

Movie Review: Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Directed By: McG

Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Michael Ironside, Helena Bonham Carter

Plot Synopsis:

Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale) is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind. [Warner Bros. Pictures]

Review:

Let me rant for a second.  McG is a stupid name for a director.  I don’t care if it’s your Frat Boy nickname or whatever.  If you want to be taken seriously as an artist, ditch the first name only names.  Let alone a name with no vowels.  The Rock changed his name back to Dwayne Johnson for movies.  Rappers-turned-actors are my pet peeve.  Whenever I see names like Common or 50 Cent appear in credits, I roll my eyes.  Now we have a McG film.  Dude, are you a rapper, a frat boy or a director?

Stupid names or not, Terminator Salvation delivers on action, great effects and sound, but is sorely lacking in a compelling lead performance or a compelling plot.  For the most part, this is a fun, brainless thrill ride with some fun action sequences.  It’s a good looking film and I don’t doubt all the money is on the screen.  Terminator Salvation looks great and sounds great on the big screen.  Just don’t prepare to get your mind blown.  While I don’t think it’s as bad as most critics are saying (and most are being extremely unfair), this isn’t the best movie of the summer.

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Total Depression: Critics Hate Terminator Salvation

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McG.  McG. McG.  Seriously, just use your stupid real name.  I guarantee the negative reviews all begin with critics not taking someone named McG seriously.

I’m going to see Terminator: Salvation this weekend, with expectations lowered, but think it will still be a great time.  Look for my review next week.  Until then, here are the good and the bad for Terminator: Salvation:

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LOL! Transforminators: A McG/Michael Bay Film

What if and got their man-love on and gave birth to a new movie? We’d have Transforminators!

Here’s a pretty genius mash up between the Transformers 2 Trailer and the Terminator: Salvation trailer.

[Source: Slashfilm]

10, yes 10, Terminator: Salvation Clips

10 clips from Terminator: Salvation after the jump.  Things are looking pretty good, the clips do a good job of wetting our appetites, I’m really looking forward to the flick.

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Terminator: Salvation Gallery

View the full Terminator: Salvation gallery of all the pics I’ve collected over the web after the jump.  As more come in, this gallery will be updated.  Enjoy!

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Los Angeles Nuked by Terminator: Salvation

Here’s an amazing still from Terminator: Salvation showing the post-apocolyptic L.A. skyline.  I’m hearing great pre-release buzz about the movie and early reviews are very positive.  It’s a great summer to be a geek!

See the new 4 minute trailer and some more new pics after the jump.  A new Terminator: Salvation gallery is available

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Schwarzenegger To Appear as a Digital Cameo in Terminator: Salvation

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A cameo by the original Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger has finally been confirmed by Variety for McG’s Terminator: Salvation.   The amazing thing is, Schwarzenegger didn’t have to do a thing! All he did was show up and approve the footage shown to him by McG.

From a 25 year old body cast, the special effects team on Terminator: Salvation were able to create a fully CG character actor.  This will create continuity between the films and finally puts all the rumors and speculation to rest.

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Tons of Terminator: Salvation Pics

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Tons of Terminator: Salvation pics for your geek needs. Check them all out after the jump.

Terminator: Salvation is directed by McG and written by John Brancato.  Starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin.  Released on May 22, 2009 by Warner Bros Pictures.
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