Dear scifinders and fiends: We have ourselves a whole pre-halloween weekend of TV, plus an extra hour! I hope you can make the most of it, and don’t waste it on silly things like sleep
If you can get yourself early to the TV, Film4 at 6.25pm is showing King Kong (1976) – the glorious 70’s meme rich version starring Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges. Oh the Dresses! The Flares! The Pathos!
For those of us glued, of course Shield is on Channel4 at 8pm. But you could hot foot it over to Film4 at 9pm for Terminator: Salvation (2009). Personally I’m heading for BBC4 and Tommy (1975). More Flares, Power Cords and, well yes, Pathos. (sorry)
Saturday sees a warning shot – ITV is showing Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones (2002) at 2pm.
I’ll give afternoon preference to Channel5, who bring us the (nominally) 2nd World War drama Run Silent Run Deep (1958). Yes, its a war film, but its also a brilliant psychological speculative drama, touching on the same interpersonal conflicts common to combat based science fiction. It also stars Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter and Don Rickles.
Evening viewing? We suggest The Phantom (1996) for swashbuckling fantasy, with a dose of Catherine Zeta Jones and Billy Zane. Its on Film4 at 4.55pm, and we should warn you that its been edited for broadcast.
9pm on Channel 5 sees my pick of the day: Stephen King’s Bag of Bones. Although with its post midnight finish, it might be wise to find something light and fluffy to settle you back down for bed… you have an extra hour after all
Sunday, sunday…. so good to me…
Grab some nachos, and settle in as Ghostbusters gets a Halloween outing on Channel 5 at 6.55pm. Also on Channel5 later, Scream 4 (2011). Terrestrial premiere for this schlock flick. 9pm.
If you’d rather not, then there is David Lynch’s The Elephant Man (1980) on ITV3 at 10.35pm. The classic film starring a host of fashionable society. Fact-based drama, directed by David Lynch, and starring John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller and Freddie Jones. Also features Hannah Gordon and Michael Elphick.
To close the day beautifully, Just Like Heaven (2005) is on BBC2 at 11.45pm.
Stars Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and Sam Worthington (Avatar) ignite the battle between man and machine in the futuristic action epic TERMINATOR SALVATION, blasting its way onto Blu-ray and DVD on 23/11/09 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The TERMINATOR SALVATION Blu-ray and DVD will arrive packed with spectacular bonus features, including ?Re-Forging the Future,? an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the film?s production, ?The Moto-Terminator,? a featurette revealing how the film?s visual effects crew and motorcycle manufacturer Ducati partnered to create the slick and deadly Moto-Terminators, plus eleven mini featurette focus points spotlighting how the ground-breaking special effects were created.
The Blu-ray edition of TERMINATOR SALVATION will exclusively include McG?s Director?s Cut of the film with additional footage not shown in cinemas and Maximum Movie Mode, which allows viewers to watch the film with director ?McG and includes a Picture In Picture (PiP) commentary with cast and crew interviews; 11 mini featurettes; storyboards; still galleries; and more. BD-Live features on the disc include 10 downloadable ?Terminator TechCom? videos, live-updated film information via movieIQ, and cinechat, a feature allowing movie fans to chat live with friends around the world while viewing this, or any other cinechat-enabled Sony BD title.
Priced to own at an RRP of ?24.99 (Blu-ray) and ?19.99 (DVD) (see right to compare prices), TERMINATOR SALVATION is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the mega hit Terminator series movie lovers around the world won?t want to miss. The film is also available to buy as part of a TERMINATOR 1 ? 4 DVD box set, priced at ?34.99 RRP, and as a Collector?s Edition Blu-ray with stunning life-size Skull packaging for ?74.99 RRP, the ultimate purchase for true fans of the franchise.
TERMINATOR SALVATION was directed by acclaimed director McG (Charlie?s Angels 1 & 2). Joining Christian Bale in the visually breathtaking fight to save the human race is an all-star cast that includes Australian newcomer Sam Worthington (Avatar), who was cast in the critical role of ?Marcus Wright? after a personal recommendation from James Cameron, Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village), famed American hip-hop artist Common (Wanted), rising young star Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter).
TERMINATOR SALVATION was produced by Moritz Borman (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), Derek Anderson (After the Wedding), Victor Kubicek (After the Wedding) and Jeffrey Silver (300). It was co-written by the writing team of John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Game). The film also co-stars Jane Alexander (The Ring), Moon Bloodgood (What Just Happened?) and Michael Ironside (Total Recall). The film was released internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing and has a run time of approximately 114 minutes.? It has been rated 12 (tbc) for DVD and Blu-ray.
Lost the Terminator plot? Then read on…
John Connor (Bale) was 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 (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.
DVD and Blu-ray? High Def Bonus Material
?Re-Forging the Future? ? Go behind the scenes of Terminator Salvation with an exclusive set tour.
?The Moto-Terminator? – See how the Terminator Salvation visual effects crew and Ducati partnered to create the slick and deadly Moto-Terminator!
Plus, 11 mini-featurettes spotlighting how the ground-breaking special effects were created!
Exclusive to Blu-ray? High Def:
The Extended Director?s Cut of the film with additional footage not seen in theaters.
Maximum Movie Mode – watch the film with director McG,
11 mini featurettes
Picture ?in-Picture ?(PiP) commentary with cast and crew interviews
Timeline. BD-Live Content:
Ten downloadable ?Termninator TechCom? ?video segments
cinechat ? BD-Live technology that lets viewers around the world chat live about this, or any other cinechat enabled BD disc, from Sony Pictures International Home Entertainment!
movieIQ ? Live-updated on-screen film information available via BD-Live
The Blu-ray Disc? version of TERMINATOR SALVATION is BD-Live? enabled, allowing users to get connected and go beyond the disc via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. Download content, give feedback through an exclusive survey, and register for rewards.
One of the biggest shames in Terminator history is that fact that the production of the first 3 movies was splintered over several distributors, thus the licence for the various movie’s DVDs are split over different companies. So it is rarely that we will see a complete movie boxed set – which would suit this move for such an important franchise to Blu Ray so well.
The Terminator – (also the Governator still) Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the ultimate cyborg assassin for another explosive, action-packed ride in Terminator 3, but this time he?s taking on Skynet in High-Def! This global smash-hit blasts onto screens on Blu-ray Disc on May 25th ?2009, looking better than ever and including exclusive special features and interactive content. The Picture-in-Picture ?Terminator Vision? gives fans the chance to join Director Jonathan Mostow as he takes them on a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the movie, whilst the cinechat feature lets viewers interact with each other as they experience the enhanced visuals and sound that only Blu-ray can deliver!
A decade has passed since John Connor (Nick Stahl) helped prevent Judgment Day and save mankind from mass destruction. Now 22, Connor lives “off the grid” – no home, no credit cards, no cell phone and no job. No record of his existence. No way he can be traced by Skynet – the highly developed network of machines that once tried to kill him and wage war on humanity. Until… …out of the shadows of the future steps the T-X (Kristanna Loken), Skynet’s most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet. Sent back through time to complete the job left unfinished by her predecessor, the T-1000, this machine is as relentless as her human guise is beautiful. Now Connor’s only hope for survival is The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), his mysterious former assassin. Together, they must triumph over the technologically superior T-X and forestall the looming threat of Judgment Day…or face the apocalypse and the fall of civilization as we know it.
Directed by Jonathan Mostowwith thescreenplay written by John Brancato (Terminator Salvation) and Michael Ferris (Terminator Salvation), Terminator 3 also stars Claire Danes (Stardust), Nick Stahl (Sin City) and Kristanna Loken (The L-Word) as the beautiful but deadly cyborg T-X.
All-New Exclusive Special Features
Digitally Mastered Audio and Video
?Terminator Vision?: Picture-in-Picture feature which provides a unique user experience. Fans can join Director Jonathan Mostow and his Creative Team as they take them on a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the making of Terminator 3
Cinechat: Viewers can experience the film whilst interacting with each other via this Blu-ray exclusive feature
Blooper Reel: Terminal Flaws: Gag Reel
Commentary: Director & Cast
Commentary: Director Commentary
Deleted Scenes: Sgt Candy Scene
Featurette: Dressed to Kill
Featurette: Making of the Video Game
Featurette: Toys in Action
The Blu-ray Disc version of Terminator 3 is BD-Live? enabled, allowing users to get connected and go beyond the disc via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. Download exclusive content, register for rewards, give feedback through our survey and more!
Please note the new release date, which is now June 3rd as opposed to June 5th.
This is the film Terminator fans have been waiting for – to witness the post apocalyptic war between the machines and the human resistance!
Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, 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, 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. NEW Trailer – March 2009
Trailer – Feb 2009
Terminator Salvation is due to be released in the UK on the June 5th 2009.