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TERMINATOR SALVATION- THE MACHINIMA SERIES

DVD review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  74 minutes, two featurettes

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Warner premiere/ Halcyon Company/ Wonderland Sound And Vision/ Machinima.com

RELEASE DATE:  11-17-2009

TERMINATOR SALVATION- THE MACHINIMA SERIES is a story told in six episodes that chronicles the story of Blair Williams.  Blair is on a mission to stop The Ghost who is disrupting Resistance communications in the war against Skynet after Judgment Day.  Blair finds out The Ghost is a hacker named Laz Howard.  Laz has found a code that interferes with the RF frequency that the Terminators and Resistance communicate on.   Both see him as a threat, but Blair sees him as an asset that must be saved.  Laz can help turn the tide against Skynet.

 

TERMINATOR SALVATION- THE MACHINIMA SERIES is an animated feature that combines video games and cinema to create a different type of animated series (using video game assets to create a series that first aired on the web).   I found the animation to be jarring at first.  I know video gamers are used to it, but I can’t help if an animated TERMINATOR SALVATION tale would look better as an anime.   I found the story to move at a good clip and keep me engaged.  It fleshes out the character of Blair and serves as a good prequel to TERMINATOR SALVATION.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

THE MAKING OF TERMINATOR SALVATION- THE MACHINIMA SERIES takes a look at Machinima and how it was used to create the six episodes.  You have interviews with the animators and producers involved.

CHARACTER PROFILE: BLAIR WILLIAMS explores Blair Williams and how Machinima was used to tell the story.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  TERMINATOR SALVATION- THE MACHINIMA SERIES is solid and yet I sometimes wish they could do a TERMINATOR anime.

 

This DVD review is (c)11-20-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com