Who knows what film would spawn a franchise? I am sure James Cameron
was not even thinking about Franchise when his film The Terminator
hit theatres and wowed audiences back in 1984. This film quickly
became a cult classic holds the distinction of being one of the
better science fiction movies of all time that only got better with
each addition to the franchise. After all these years and with mixed
trepidation and anticipation the franchise hits the small screen and
now even better, Blu Ray disk! Fox and Warner Brothers team up to
bring us " Terminator-The Sarah Conner Chronicles."
One has to wonder what the heck where they thinking? A TV show?
Something that will be engaging and deliver? Even with some rocky
moments along the way, "Terminator – the Sarah Conner Chronicles"
actually does a pretty good job at keeping us interested. Filling in
the back stories intermixing new plots and characters into the
Terminator universe. Other critics have sighted that the John Conner
character is hard to imagine being some hero in the future, because
the young John Conner spends a lot of time being a self centered why
me kind of guy. By the time some of you read this you will have seen
the first episode of season 2 already, without giving anything away
there things do come around with this character. The first of what I
am sure , many events that shape the future John Conner takes place.
It will be interesting to see how they tie things together, or if
they even bother to, with the Terminator franchise in 2009 bringing
another motion picture to the big screen starring Christian Bale.
But I digress, I am here to talk about the Blu Ray release of the
first season. All the events of the show take place more or less
between the second and the third films. This time around there is a
female terminator programmed to protect John Conner, the female
terminator is played by Summer Glau who plays a pretty interesting
character. All the characters seem to grow during this first
season…even the female Terminator which is named Cameron. Not to
give anything away, but there is one episode that seems to question
as to if a Terminator can be sentient and even appreciate the finer
things in life such as the arts. The first episode brings us into
perspective pretty darn fast and establishes most of the main
players. We start out with Sarah Conner and John Conner on the run
and trying to stay of the information grid. It of course does not
take long before all of it soon explodes into that action we all
know would be coming. A Terminator locates john Conner and worms his
way into the school John Conner is attending and tries to gun him
down. Conner barely gets away with the help of Cameron, and we here
her speak that classic line "Come with me if you want to live." And
we know she is a re programmed Terminator.
It's all an intricate interweaving adventure with several new
characters, but even though the title has Sarah Conner in it, the
show seems to be about events that shape John Conner the future
leader of the resistance more than anything. It's a worthy addition
to the Terminator Franchise.
Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season"
is presented on Blu-Ray in a very nice looking 1080p, 1.78:1-framed
transfer which is the same ratio as the original airing. The image
while very very good, does not jump out at you in a way that makes
you say wow. The picture is pretty clean without any blur. There is
the occasional film grain during some of the hectic action scenes,
but these seem to be intentional and add to the gritty realistic
feel the director seems to be shooting for. Details are very high,
not the sharpest, but worthy of any ones Blu Ray collection. When
judging picture on Blu Ray, you may actually have some minor
differences depending on the equipment. In this case we check out
the title on a low end and a mid end HD TV.
Sound is a Dolby Digital 5.1, No lossless nor uncompressed sound but
the sound track offered sounds pretty darn good. The music sound
track also sound pretty darn good, new scores are here for the new
show, but it's intermingled with some of the familiar music scores
from the films. The first Season comes on a three disk set on 50GB
Blu Ray disks. The entire first season runs at 392 minutes in total.
"Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First
Season" Has some pretty interesting behind the scenes and other
various extras. These are spread out amongst the disks. As an
occasional actor I tend to appreciate the behind the scenes that
deals with the acting process, in this case we get to see some of
the auditions from some of the main actors. A welcome addition
indeed, add to this a few deleted scenes and the usual assortment
that one expects these days with their DVD releases.
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