Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as a time-traveling T-101 Terminator in this smash hit directed by Jonathan Mostow. With dazzling effecs, bravura thrills and a story that boldly spins into the unexpected, this is an event spectacle to see and see again.


Studio Warner
SKU 210800194
UPC 883929018567
UPC 14 00883929018567
Format DVD
Release Date 5/12/2009
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Theatrical Release
Time Travel
Editors Note
Note Returning for a third bout of cyborg time travelling, Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his good-robot role from TERMINATOR 2, once again travelling back from the future to protect future human resistance leader John Connor (played this time around by Nick Stahl). We soon discover that Connor has become something of a drifter, his mother Sarah Connor has passed away, and he has taken to the road in order to preserve himself for his supposed destiny. When Connor breaks into a lab to score some painkillers, he unwittingly runs into his future belle Kate Brewster (Claire Danes), and a whole load of titanium-plated-trouble in the form of a hot female Terminator played by newcomer Kristanna Loken. Hell-bent on destroying Connor, Brewster, and anyone else that gets in her way, Loken's Terminator comes face to face with Schwarzenegger's Terminator leading to some epic battles between the two cyborgs, and a neat string of one-liners from Schwarzenegger.^Director Jonathan Mostow (U-571) clearly relishes upping the CGI ante for this explosive sequel, providing some no-holds-barred action sequences. Mostow also offers intriguing storylines continued from the previous two films, delighting fans of the franchise. In the chaotic final sequences Schwarzenegger warns "she'll be back," hinting that there's more Terminator frenzy to come in the not-too-distant future.
Entertainment Weekly "...That T3 fulfils its assignment so ably is a triumph of brain taking over where brawn can no longer prevail....[With] bright, heavy metal charm, unexpectedly lively and self-aware wit..." 07/11/2003 p.59
Rolling Stone "...Stan Winston's creature effects are first-rate....[Mostow] propels the narrative with the same zippy B-movie energy he brought to his smaller-scaled BREAKDOWN and U-571....T3 is good enough to warrant a T4..." 07/24/2003 p.94
USA Today "...Schwarzenegger still looks spectacular..." 07/01/2003 p.1D
Los Angeles Times "...An expertly paced and efficient sci-fi thrill machine, T3 effectively marries impressive action sequences with persuasive storytelling..." 07/02/2003 p.C1
Variety "...T3 delivers the goods. A hard-hitting, straight-ahead sci-fi actioner..." 06/30/2003 p.23-9
Box Office "...The stunning Loken's liquid-metal performance as the T-X easily holds its own against the franchise's baddies past, while Stahl and the always-engaging Claire Danes do respectable work..." 09/01/2003 p.125
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Viewers will be pleased to find out that yet more dastardly shape-shifting awaits them in T3..." 07/01/2003 p.116
Sight and Sound "Arnie's most satisfying romp since 1994's TRUE LIES." 02/01/2004 p.70
Jon Mostow
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Kristanna Loken
Cast & Crew
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Star
Claire Danes - Star
David Andrews - Star
Nick Stahl - Star
Kristanna Loken - Star
Neil Travis - Editor
Don Burgess - Director of Photography
Guy East - Executive Producer
April Ferry - Costume Designer
Joel B. Michaels - Producer
Colin Wilson - Producer
Moritz Borman - Executive Producer
John Brancato - Screenwriter
Gale Anne Hurd - Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair - Executive Producer
Jeff Mann - Production Designer
Mario Kassar - Producer
Marco Beltrami - Composer
Andrew G. Vajna - Producer
Michael Ferris - Screenwriter
Jon Mostow - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 1000038581
UPC 00883929018567
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
MTV Award (2004) Terminator 3 : Rise of the Machines, Nominee, Best Action Sequence
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Terminator 3 is the summer movie of 2003 that hard-core action fans have been awaiting. It's not ponderous and incomplete like The Matrix Reloaded. It's not steeped in characterization and modern-day mythology like Hulk. And it's not vapid and flashy like Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Bad Boys 2. Instead, it's a relatively straightforward science fiction adventure film - just what movie-goers expect from a third outing with Arnold Schwarzenegger's cybernetic alter-ego...Schwarzenegger effortlessly slides into the role that made him a superstar. Depending on where his political aspirations take him, this could either be a comeback or farewell. Either way, this performance reminds us why, for all of his acting limitations, no one was a bigger action star during the '80s (not even Stallone). Schwarzenegger has charisma and screen presence. Watching him here, it's hard to believe that he's in his 50s. And, after several duds (the most recent of which was Collateral Damage), it's nice to see him finally back in form...Will there be a Terminator 4? The ending allows for one, and parts of the story have yet to be told. But, from an action standpoint, is there any way that way that a fourth picture could be anything other than a re-hash of its predecessors? And can the franchise succeed without its star (who, barring a failure to gain political office, will not be interested)? Those are questions for the future. However, considering how well Terminator 3 is likely to fare at the box office, the future won't be that far away. It has taken a long time to get Terminator 3 to the screen, and, while the production doesn't rock the action motion picture industry to its foundation, it's a credible and entertaining movie, and was worth the wait.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Going into the third movie of the Terminator series, I steeled myself for the worst. Arnold Schwarzenegger is clearly desperate for a hit after a string of flops...Sucking on the Terminator tit that was milked for a worldwide box office of $550 million would let him go out on top and clear the way for a reported run for the governorship of California...Never mind that it's been twelve years since T2, that Schwarzenegger is now fifty-five and that James Cameron, the gifted director of the first two films, decided to sit this one out. Ouch! Also opting out was Linda Hamilton, who played the mother of mankind's future savior, John Connor (Edward Furlong, another no-show). It sounds like rats leaving a sinking franchise...Well, color me pleasantly surprised. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines may lack the mythic pow of the 1984 original and the visionary thrill of T2, but it's a potent popcorn movie that digs in its hooks and doesn't let go until an ending that ODs on apocalyptic hoo-ha...To catch you up, John Connor, now played by In the Bedroom's Nick Stahl, is on the run. He wants no part of this savior business. That's when a new terminator, called T-X for terminatrix, is sent to dispatch him...Stan Winston's creature effects are first-rate, and the action, be it a car chase (a pulp cliche transcended) with T-101 hanging from a hundred-ton crane or an army of robots marshaled to attack, bristles with an R-rated intensity that suits the film...Major credit must go to director Jonathan Mostow. Working on an epic scale that comes with a $170 million budget, he propels the narrative with the same zippy B-movie energy he brought to his smaller-scaled Breakdown and U-571. I mean that as a compliment. T3 is good enough to warrant a T4.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News ...spectacular...the action sequences--particularly the fights between the good and bad terminators--are exhilarating.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times An expertly paced and efficient sci-fi thrill machine...[that] effectively marries impressive action sequences with persuasive storytelling...
Paul Clinton, CNN Utterly spectactular. The best action film of [2003].
Scott Foundas, LA Weekly Here, at long last, is a summer movie -- like its precursors in the Terminator canon -- worth its weight in cybernetic organisms.
Todd McCarthy, Variety T3 delivers the goods.

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