Terminator: Genisys (BLU-RAY)
Fun Fact

When Sarah shoots the T1000 after crashing through the store to save Kyle, she fires 13 shots from a Desert Eagle. This pistol carries a maximum of 9 rounds. ~IMDB

     Terminator Genisys borrows a page from JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Fringe) as the franchise uses time travel to somewhat rewrite itself to create a new story within the original.
          Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as The Terminator along with Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke (Everest) as John Connor, Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad) as Kyle Reese, as well as Byung-Hun Lee (I Saw The Devil), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who).

     Genisys has an astonishingly beautiful transfer. Considering that a lot of the film takes place in low light there is never any troubling washout. Black levels are immaculate even against the flashy flash of the films constant special effects bombardment. The two actually fully compliment one another, which is fantastic considering the amount of CGI incorporated in the film. With a precise and solid picture none of the special effects come out looking fake.
     Detail and color saturation are strong as flesh tones remain organic, environment such as grass and tree's retain their natural vibrancy in bright green and dark browns, and as I said before CGI rendering of robotic characters and special effects tend not to get washed out and overexposed. All in all, a 4.5 out of 5 in this category.

     Sound on this film gets an A+. At it's lowest format (5.1 Dolby Digital) the soundsphere is well utilized giving optimum surround sound support without washing out dialog. Meanwhile, for those who have upgraded their surround sound systems to include Dolby Atmos, the sound is theater quality and beyond (depending on your speaker output and placement).  

~Family Dynamics: This bonus features talks about the diversity of the cast and the casting process. It's the usual uptalk from one actor about another, but for once I didn't feel like I was watching a propagated speech from actors being forced to testify for their coworkers by the studio. It helps the execution of the film to find the actors genuinely in love with their characters and the cast.
~Infiltration and Termination: The longest of the bonus features the most prominent discussions about the films and it's cast. One of my favorite interviews was with Byung-Hun Lee, whose given a very enthusiastic intro by Schwarzenegger, who talks about movement training and how he expected an action choreographer but was given a dancer and how that helped him a lot.
     The producers also go into detail about shooting in New Orleans. My favorite segment was when the producers were talking about shooting in an old rundown building and having the entire day of shooting disrupted by rainfall which found its way into the building and disabled all of their vehicles. Really, there was a lot the producers talked about that I found interesting and relevant in relation to the film itself. Worth checking out if you just check out one segment from the bonus features.
~Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys: Though the shortest of the three features Upgrades shares only one piece of information with Infiltration and Termination (that of finding a body double for the original Schwarzenegger Terminator) it is a relevant segment for a mostly special effects heavy film that shines a light on the more major special effects renderings in the film. Pretty cool if your into the behind the scenes stuff.

AJ Garcia
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