The fourth movie in the franchise, Terminator Salvation bounds onto 4K Ultra HD. But what’s it like on the format? Win, or lose?
The story: With Arnie busy being the Governator, they had to rely on CGI to bring the big guy into this instalment of the Terminator saga, one which he later claimed “sucked”. Not everybody agrees with him though – not that they’d likely admit that to his face – and this tale, set post Judgment Day, has its fans. Made in 2009 but set in 2018, it features Christian Bale as John Conner, who comes into possession of a mysterious new half human/half machine weapon in the war against Skynet. Ah, but can the human half be trusted?
“So that’s what death tastes like.”
The 4K disc: The theatrical cut of the Terminator Salvation arrives on 4K Ultra HD in an upscaled 2K presentation, featuring standard HDR enhancement. It’s generally a quite dark looking movie, and thankfully black levels throughout are up to the task. Meanwhile, explosions and other such moments of brightness really benefit from the additonal visual dynamic range. There’s a bit of grain visible at times, and ultimately this is a modest, but still worthwhile, improvement over the standard Blu-ray.
While sound comes via the previously existing DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix, that does happen to be a rather bombastic piece of aural fun, so things sound pretty good. That doesn’t mean that an Atmos or DTS:X mix wouldn’t have been preferred, but we take what we’re given. Ultimately, all the booms go boom suitably, while the surround channels get a decent workout throughout. Dialogue always remains clear amongst the general din.
While no extras appear on the 4K disc, the inlcuded standard Blu-ray delivers the option of watching the extended cut of the film (which is only about three minutes longer), as well as a decent selection of featurettes – plus the ability to watch the movie with director McG along for the ride.
Release date: November 13, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.