All four "Terminator" films are locked and loaded together in the "Terminator Anthology" Blu-ray collection from Warner Home Video. Starting with the groundbreaking "The Terminator" that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career and put James Cameron on the map, it is followed up with the theatrical and extended cuts of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" which was groundbreaking for its special effects and action sequences. The lesser effort "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" stars "Homeland" star Claire Danes, tabloid fodder Nick Stahl, as well as Kristanna Loken as our first female terminator. Finally, we have "Terminator Salvation" which was met with a less than stellar reception and introduced Sam Worthington, launching his pre-Avatar career. The films are digitally remastered and look terrific. Sound is also good with "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Terminator Salvation" boasting the best sound of the four installments.
There are over 15 hours of special features on the discs which is fantastic, just don’t expect anything new that wasn’t already on the single film Blu-ray discs already released.
The film includes articulate and fascinating audio commentary from Cameron and co-writer William Wysher, and an interesting second commentary that just takes random interviews from most of the cast and crew to discuss the film. While it doesn’t always match exactly what is on-screen, it’s pretty informative. There are two deleted scenes (the rest are included in the extended version of the film), one including the alternate ending where Linda Hamilton in old-age makeup gives us a hopeful ending. We also get three trailers and a couple of previews.
There are also BonusView ways to watch the film, but nothing all encompassing or new. It’s the same stuff from previous releases.
Other shorter features include the "HBO: First Look," "Dressed to Kill" about the costuming, "Toys in Action" about the toys associated with the films, "Storyboards" featuring side-by-side comparisons, and a deleted scene movie-within-a-movie scene called "Sgt. Candy Scene." It also includes the Theatrical Trailer.
If you own the "Terminator" Blu-rays, there’s no reason to purchase this set, but if you don’t, it’s well worth having in your collection.