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DVD Shopping Bag: Terminator Blu-ray Box Set

To Be a Completist or Not?

By Robert T. Trate     September 04, 2012
Source: Mania.com

I picked up the Best Buy Exclusive Terminator Box Set last week for two reasons. I really wanted the first two Terminators on Blu-ray. They both set precedents in storytelling and special effects for the genre. Any true Maniac should have both of these films in their library. The rub was picking up the box set knowing that Terminator 3 and 4 are just sitting there waiting. 

I remember the hype for T4 brewing here at Mania. I personally interviewed director McG about the film (read here). There was the Christian Bale meltdown that Family Guy promptly spoofed and now is all but forgotten. Plus, there were the numerous books featuring the “making of” and “original art concepts” (here on Mania.com) by the dreamers who brought the Terminator’s world to life. Then, finally, May 21st arrived. A collective face palm by all the Terminator fans happened as we watched yet another installment run off the tracks. This was the first one without Arnie (well, the real Arnie, anyway) and yet another without James Cameron. Perhaps it is their collective brew that has made the first two films such classics. Perhaps other filmmakers can only play with Cameron’s toys to a certain point; which is obvious after sitting through this film for a second (and last) time. It is just a bloody awful mess from start to finish. 

Now, I could re-trudge us through the open heart surgery performed by a veterinarian or the fact that there isn’t a main character or one singular story, here. Finally (and I have to say this), did we need another Terminator story to begin with? I do like part of what McG did in the film. He tied the films, certain moments, and characters together perfectly. It’s just that the leap he asked us to take was too great.

Those are my final thoughts on Terminator Salvation. What I really wanted to address is, does a box set like this entice you? As I placed this one on the shelf, I noticed another box set that also has unwatched installments. The third and fourth Batmans in the Batman Blu-ray Anthology have never been watched by me. Why do I own it, then? Well, like the Terminator Box Set, I really wanted the first two films on Blu-ray. I have thought about listening to the commentary, the one where director Joel Schumacher apologizes for his two Bat films. Yet, fading memories of these films are all I have and I have no need for anything else. Yet, there they sit... waiting for someone else to discover them in my library.  

I broke the need to complete The Matrix Trilogy. I bought the first one, like everyone else, and the second one, too. I held out hope that the third film was going be great and, thus, having the second one would be essential. I never even bought the third one. Every time I see it sitting on a friend’s shelf, I like to ask when the last time was that they watched it. The answer usually is, “I only have it to have the complete trilogy”. The Matrix Reloaded has since disappeared from my library, but The AniMatrix and The Matrix on Blu-ray have taken its rightful place. 

Of course, I do have all the Star Wars films. Yet, sadly, the prequels grow more dust than views in my Blu-ray player. 

This box set was only half worth it.. but are there any out there that are truly worth it?   

 
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
 
1. Megaforce
2. The Incredible Shrinking Man [DVD + Digital Copy]
3. Re-Animator [Blu-ray]
4. Mother's Day [Blu-ray]
5. Harvey [DVD + Digital Copy] 
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

Ca$h: The Root of All Evil (Director's Cut) Starring Sean Bean, Chris Hemsworth and Victoria Chathappuram

Cold Creek Manor [Blu-ray] Starring Dennis Quaid and Stephen Dorff

For the Love of Money Starring James Caan, Jonathan Lipnicki, Edward Furlong

Rear Window Starring James Stewart, Wendell Corey and Raymond Burr

Renegade Starring Kaylee DerFer

Sacrifice Starring Xiaoming Huang, You Ge and Xueqi Wang

Safe [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] Starring Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke

Scarface (1932) [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)

White Vengeance Starring Shaofeng Feng, Leon Lai and Hanyu Zhang

White Vengeance [Blu-ray] Starring Shaofeng Feng, Leon Lai and Hanyu Zhang

ANIME

Haibane Renmei: The Complete Series (Anime Classics) Starring Ryo Hirohashi, Erika Weinstein, Akiko Yajima

Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto 1 [Blu-ray]

Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto 1

Pokemon Dp: Sinnoh League Victors Set 3

Psychic Squad: Collection 3

CARTOONS

Alvin and The Chipmunks: Halloween Collection Starring Ross Bagdasarian, Janice Karman and June Foray

Mad Monster Party Combo Pack BD + DVD [Blu-ray] Starring Boris Karloff

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Vol.1 Starring Jarred Blancard, Mitchell A. Lee Yuen and Dean Choe

CLASSICS

Child's Play [Blu-ray] Starring James Mason, Robert Preston, Beau Bridges and Ron Weyand

Harvey [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary) Starring James Stewart, Cecil Kellaway and Charles Drake

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Starring Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, Tab Hunter and John Huston

Man on a Swing [Blu-ray] Starring Cliff Robertson, Joel Grey, George Voskovec

The Navigator: Ultimate Edition [Blu-ray] Starring Buster Keaton and Kathryn McGuire

Pursued [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Judith Anderson

Pursued Starring Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Judith Anderson

Secret Beyond the Door [Blu-ray] Starring Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, Anne Revere

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary) Starring Thomas Jay Ryan, Jim Carrey, Elijah Wood

Classic Comedy Spotlight Collection (Buck Privates / Duck Soup / Road to Morocco / My Man Godfrey) Starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx and Zeppo Marx

Hocus Pocus [Blu-ray] Starring Omri Katz

My Sucky Teen Romance Starring Devin Bonnee and Santiago Dietche

My Sucky Teen Romance [Blu-ray] Starring Devin Bonnee and Santiago Dietche

Criterion Collection

Umberto D. (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Clina Gennari

HORROR

An American Werewolf in London Starring Brian Glover, David Naughton, David Schofield

Attack of the Herbals Starring Calum Booth, Steve Worsley, Liam Matheson

Classic Monsters Spotlight Collection (The Mummy (1932) / The Wolf Man / The Invisible Man / Phantom of the Opera (1943)) Starring Boris Karloff and David Manners

The Dark Mirror Starring Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell

The Dark Mirror [Blu-ray] Starring Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell

Dead Files Starring Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi

Horror Double Feature (Hellraiser / Hellbound: Hellraiser 2) Starring Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins

Mother's Day [Blu-ray] Starring Nancy Hendrickson, Tiana Pierce, Deborah Luce

Piranha 3DD (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) Starring Danielle Panabaker, David Koechner, Katrina Bowden

Piranha DD Starring Danielle Panabaker, David Koechner, Katrina Bowden

Re-Animator [Blu-ray] Starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton

Sleepwalkers [Blu-ray] Starring Brian Krause, Madchen Amick, Alice Krige and Ron Perlman

Thriller: Fan Favorites Starring Boris Karloff, Brandon De Wilde, Dick York and Henry Jones

MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY

Hand That Rocks the Cradle: 20th Anniversary Ed [Blu-ray] Starring Matt McCoy

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

The Incredible Shrinking Man [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary) Starring Raymond Bailey, Paul Langton, William Schallert

It Came From Outer Space [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary) Starring Richard Carlson, Russell Johnson, Joe Sawyer

Lisztomania Starring Ringo Starr and Roger Daltrey

Megaforce Starring Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta

TV LAND

2 Broke Girls: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] Starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs

2 Broke Girls: The Complete First Season Starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs

Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season Starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson

Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] Starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson

Criminal Minds: The Seventh Season Starring Joe Mantegna and Thomas Gibson

Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble

Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble

The Good Wife: The Third Season Starring Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles and Chris Noth

Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Eighth Season Starring Patrick Dempsey, Justin Chambers, Sandra Oh

How to Make It in America: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] Starring Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzman

Hung: The Complete Third Season Starring Thomas Jane and Jane Adams

Hung: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] Starring Thomas Jane and Jane Adams

The Office: Season Eight Starring John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer

Person of Interest: Season One [Blu-ray] Starring James Caviezel and Michael Emerson

Person of Interest: Season One Starring James Caviezel and Michael Emerson

R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Vol.1 Starring Dan Payne, Bailee Madison and Brendan Meyer

R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Vol.2 Starring Dan Payne, Bailee Madison and Brendan Meyer

BOX SETS

Harry Potter Wizard's Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Robbie Coltrane, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman

Resident Evil / Resident Evil: Afterlife / Resident Evil: Apocalypse / Resident Evil: Extinction - Set [Blu-ray]

Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Hobbs 9/4/2012 5:40:01 AM

I will give Salvation some credit for great special effects but that's it.  I won't get into all the plot problems as I dont have the time.  You raise a good question if box sets are worth it.  Box sets are nice for collectors and sometimes you get a cool documentary but otherwise I prefer the option for single releases.  Indiana Jones comes out next week and all I care to own on blu is Raiders, not the others but you can't get it seperate at least I don't think so plus the price for this box set is nuts as well. 

As for terminator you can get one and two on amazon for about ten bucks total so unless there is a ton of special features on this set that we haven't seen before, I don't think it's worth it but to each their own.

CaptAmerica04 9/4/2012 9:06:56 AM

I have to shamefully admit:  I'm really tempted to buy "Megaforce" just so I can watch it one more time (I used to love it when I was 8 years old).  Of course, this would be an alcohol-soaked viewing, but I'm still tempted to spend the $15.

redhairs99 9/4/2012 9:35:30 AM

I have T1 and T2 on blu already, so I won't be buying this boxed set.  And as much as I love T2, I did watch a video over at Cracked a couple weeks back that I posted on my fb page that theorized Why T2 is a terrible movie.  It had a lot of good points...A Lot! Still, I do love T2, plot holes and all.

What about this uber Harry Potter set?  I knew it was coming sometime in the fall, but I had no idea it was out this week.  Will we get a review of this, Bob?

RobertTrate 9/4/2012 3:27:03 PM

 Sorry redhairs, no Harry Potter, I wish though. I have Cabin in the Woods, Halloween 2 and 3, plus The Halloween Tree coming though

hanso 9/4/2012 4:09:25 PM

LOTR trilogy is worth it, Toy Story is worth it, when Nolan's Bat trilogy drops it will also be worth it.

I think the Matrix trilogy and Godfather trilogy are also worth it.

redhairs99 9/4/2012 5:23:08 PM

Well, dang!  At least there's Cabin in the Woods.  That movie is Awesome!

karas1 9/4/2012 8:45:22 PM

In Terminator 4 I really liked Sam Worthington and his search for his humanity.  Can free will triumph over programming?

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