Movie Review: TERMINATOR GENISYS (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

TERMINATOR: GENISYS was directed by Alan Taylor from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussierand stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, JK Simmons, Courtney B. Vance, Byung-Hun Lee, Matt Smith and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Arnold is back and better than ever” in this explosive new chapter of the blockbuster Terminator franchise. In the war of man against machine, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). 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 in “one of the best action movies of the year.”

During the future war, John Connor sends Kyle Reese to the past to save and protect Sarah Connor because the Terminator has been sent back into the past to kill her. John gives Kyle some but not all of the details about Sarah and how innocent and unprepared she is during this time but when the soldier arrives and meets her, he immediately realizes that the timeline has been changed. He sees that young Sarah has already become aware of the Skynet threat and that she’s very war savvy, plus she has “Pops,” the aging T-800 that has become her backup as well as a father-like figure.

The trio comes up with a plan to stop Skynet that has now disguised itself as a new operating system called Genisys and they have to time travel into the future as they battle it out with the sinister Skynet and its plot to detroy mankind. During their fight, they go up against a T-1000 and end up battling it out with a new T-3000 that has close ties to Sarah as well as Kyle and this adds the first major twist to this story – that we’re already familiar with. The second twist is that there’s also a futuristic T-5000 that is actually the physical form that Skynet has taken. In the end, the trio finds away to reset the future and stop this latest threat to destroy the world but they’re not aware that the T-5000 is still out there.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The UHD disc has a black finish and features the movie logo and the two Blu-ray discs have a light blue finish and both feature the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this new release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio quality. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, Terminator: Genisys told the same old story as the first movie did but it added a few new twists and gave it a different perspective of the concept. The movie got a lot of flack for the casting and not being original enough but I enjoyed it for what it was and glad we got this fifth entry into the long-running Terminator franchise. To me, the cast did a really good job with their characters and Emilia Clarke delivered the goods as a young Sarah Connor who’s complimented nicely by the aging cyborg “Guardian” played by the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’m a big fan of director Alan Taylor who is a great storyteller and I thought he captured a lot of exciting elements that are full of exciting stunts and fantastic special effects as well as the emotional side of the movie that shows the close bond between Sarah Connor and the old T-800 that has now become a father-type figure that looks after her. As action packed as it is, Terminator: Genisys is still a character driven survival thriller through and through. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. Terminator: Genisys will be available on a 3-disc 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on June 12th.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 125 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160P Ultra High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / EDA / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / EDA / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: All of the extras have been imported over from the previous home video release. There are eleven behind-the-scenes and making of featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

Blu-ray

  • Reset the Future: Constructing Terminator Genisys
  1. Paradigm Shift (15:24)
  2. Family Dynamics (15:51)
  3. Old. Not Obsolete. (15:38)
  4. Tactical Apparel (11:43)
  5. A Once and Future War (16:00)
  6. Infiltration and Termination (25:29)
  7. Manipulating Matter (30:00)
  8. Exiles in Time (10:16)
  • Battle on the Bridge: Multi-Angle Scene Breakdown
  1. Angle 1: Previsualization (03:21)
  2. Angle 2: On the Set (03:21)
  3. Angle 3: Previsualization/Final Film Composite (03:21)
  • Upgrades: The VFX of Terminator Genisys (15:07)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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