The Terminator Salvation Blu-ray disc can be watched with live director commentary tonight. It's starting. Update: McG is making a Terminator 5. No!
6:05: Logging into the Warner Bros. BD-Live account now.
6:08: There's a Harry Potter one on December 12, apparently.
6:12: Trying to figure out how to log into this commentary.
6:12: Sorry, I may have already had a few beers before this thing started.
6:15: I think it's the Director's Cut disc...
6:16: Still loading. It's a good thing I saw this movie already.
6:17: This IS December 5th right?? Why are there no screenings available?
6:25: OK I'm in. Had to join the session by joining the invite from an email. My fault.
6:26: Strange, it seems to be text only. I thought this thing was going to have audio.
6:29: There's even an option to have Event Audio "on", but it's not working.
6:30: Someone just asked him what's up with the name "McG"
6:30: Long silence.
6:31: He explains his mom actually came up with the idea to call him McG.
6:36: There we go! Commenter dishab says I had to change to Linear PCM audio to hear it. How in the hell would anyone know how to do that?
6:37: And now either McG is silent, or the audio stream somehow cut out. But he is talking about how he wanted to be a Laker.
6:39: This is seriously annoying. How would a normal person with a PS3 know to flip back and forth between Bitstream and PCM Audio? How would they even know what the hell either of those meant?
6:40: Don't get me wrong; the idea is pretty great. To have a director give live commentary and answer questions on top of the movie is a good idea. But this BD-Live implementation isn't any better than it was last year with The Dark Knight. In fact, I think it may actually be worse now.
6:42: Here's a FAQ posted by dishab in the comments in case any of you are having trouble.
6:44: I'm restarting the movie to see if that will fix the audio problem. What makes it even more frustrating is that I got it to work for about 30 seconds.
6:46: OK, now it works again. McG is talking about how they wanted to vary up the ethnicities of the survivors.
6:46: McG: "Where are all the people that hate this movie? I want these questions soon."
6:47: They're going to take a break soon. But before that they're talking about Moon Bloodgood's boobies.
6:47: The transcript on screen seems to be way delayed from what he's actually saying. 30-60 seconds.
6:48: Five minute break. And then afterwards some boobies.
6:49: I think somebody forgot to pause the movie like they did in the Dark Knight screening.
6:50: It's just silence and no typing now, but the movie is still playing.
6:53: It's starting up again in 30 seconds.
6:53: They're back. Oh they missed the boob scene. McG says he didn't want to make it the "gratuitous titty shot in a genre film."
6:54: He had to cut out some stuff like a screwdriver attack to make it a PG-13 in the theatrical release.
6:55: McG just compared his movie to The Dark Knight.
6:57: Question: how do you feel about making the horrible Charlie's Angels films?
6:57: McG: "I really like those movies. If you don't like them you can fuck off."
6:59: "I want feedback from the audience if you want another movie or not?"
7:00: From the comments the director's making, it seems like McG isn't really a fan of subtlety. I don't want to get too negative or anything...but yeah.
7:02: In answering a question about if Robert Patrick (T-1000) would be in a future movie. McG said that he might be, if there was a scientist that wanted to model a Terminator after himself. (Yes, he took that base idea from Terminator 3, in case you were wondering.)
7:03: McG just called himself heavyhanded.
7:05: Question: "What do you want for Christmas."
7:05: McG: "Blah blah let go of materialism blah blah spiritual salvation blah blah douche answer." It was pretty horrible.
7:06: I don't know how long I can deal with McG's commentary.
7:07: And now he just compared himself to Alfred Hitchcock.
7:10: You know when you're listening to a stupid person try and use big words he doesn't know the meaning of and end up using similar-sounding words that are totally different? This is like that.
7:10: You know when you're listening to a shallow person try to come up with some profound things to say, but fails miserably and sounds stupid? Yup. This is that.
7:13: The moderators are picking only the positive comments to give to McG to talk about.
7:13: He just announced that he's making another Terminator movie. Seriously.
7:15: Here's a tip that will go down in history from one of the film greats. "There's two elements that go into filmmaking. There's sound, and there's the picture."
7:16: Oh and for those people who are punching themselves in the face that he's making another one? He said he's making one after that.
7:19: McG just confessed to verbal abuse from his father when he was growing up.
7:21: And now McG is being coy about making another one? I don't get it.
7:22: McG says he only saw one episode of the Sarah Connor chronicles. And he didn't "pay attention" to the third movie. No wonder none of this shit lined up with the third movie.
7:23: It's also unfortunate that the main two characters have the names John and Kate.
7:24: And now he's talking about a second or third movie again.
7:24: I'm doing this for you, by the way, readers. Normally I would have turned this off an hour ago.
7:25: Words, words, words. He's using a lot of words to say very little.
7:27: And now the audio is cutting in and out. I actually like it more this way.
7:28: Here's a good comment from djbneozen:
Do you have to be really really full of yourself to be a director for a major Hollywood production nowadays? I'll just say it right now; T4...not that great. The movie lacked substance. No wonder they aren't really talking about it directly. I mean, specificly about what was going on in different scenes, why it was shot from this angle or that angle or what they may have cut from the movie. You know, discussing the "directing" choice in the movie with the DIRECTOR.
Batman, on the other hand, spectacular.
Jason...by the attitude of McG, I bet he had a lot more beer than you tonight.
7:30: They paused the movie to figure out the technical difficulties. Namely, the no audio-ness of what's going on right now.
7:32: You know, I think this movie is the only movie I've ever seen that was actually better when watched on the back of 7-inch airplane seat screen.
7:33: Now I have to restart the movie since the audio's still messed up.
7:34: Apropos of nothing, I just got a spam text talking about debt relief.
7:36: Anyone else like Community with Joel McHale? My favorite new show of the season.
7:37: OK audio is back. I wonder what stupid comments I just missed int he last 5 minutes.
7:37: Aaaaaaand he's talking about Hitler.
7:38: McG says once the T800 goes out, it's "curtains" for the resistance.
7:43: Wow, McG just dissed the third movie. Seriously? "We just tried to introduce credibility." Holy. Fuck. He thinks his movie is better than the third movie.
7:44: McG asked viewers who didn't like the third act, and it was all positive. Hell, I even liked the third act, because it meant the movie was ending soon.
7:46: He says Sarah Connor is going to be in the next film, but he's not sure how he's going to pull that off.
7:47: McG just says he loves what he does. Well, if I were a horrible director (I am) and got handed the reigns of a beloved franchise, I'd love it too.
7:48: McG: "I'm disappointed in myself that I couldn't make the best movie." Holy shit. He just said he thought he could make a better movie than #1 or #2.
7:49: Someone asked if McG could use Christian Bale in another one of his movies, what would it be? McG then talks about how it's good to work with Christian. And then babbles for three minutes before not answering the question.
7:52: McG talks about how he could have made a "dark ending" and ended the franchise by having [spoiler] Connor wake up from the transplant and shoot everyone else. Then it fades to black and the franchise is done.
7:53: THE MOVIE IS OVER! THE MOVIE IS OVER!!!
7:53: Thanks for reading everyone. I hope this was at least somewhat entertaining for you, as painful as it was for me. It's time to go break this Blu-ray disc so I'll never have to hear McG's voice again. Good night.