Terminator 3: The Coming Storm HD - The B-Movie Cut

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I'm a big Terminator franchise fan and I have collected my favorite edits of T1, T2 and Dark Fate.
I have yet to find what I would call the definitive version of Salvation, and I couldn't care less about finding a good version of Genisys.
But Terminator 3, I like it but it certainly has it's flaws, quite a few flaws. The best edit I have found is "The Coming Storm" by @Uncanny Antman. The only problem with it is that it is only DVD quality. I have found 1 or 2 others that claim to be HD versions, but they are not the same, or even close to the same. So I am attempting to do it myself.
I wanted a go-to version of Terminator 3 in HD.
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Uncanny Antman for their great work!
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These are the Cuts and Additions, copied and pasted from The Coming Storm's IFDB page. The differences between my version and this version will be in bold yellow lettering and will be highlighted with a ***
- New opening titles.
- Removed opening nuke and John’s first V.O. Film proper starts during John’s nightmare.
- Joined both parts of John on motorbike together and reworked V.O. to eliminate age reference and to simplify his narration.
- Removed the TX’s, “I like this car.”
- Added “Uploading Virus” readout to TX’s HUD. The so-called supervirus that pops up out of nowhere does not exist in this version. The only virus is the one she delivers. My line of reasoning is that future-Skynet sends her back with a virus that cannot be stopped by conventional means, thus instigating the Military’s activation of Skynet in the here and now.
- Removed TX’s Inflate-O-Boobs(TM).
- Removed Kate and Scott shopping scene. The latter half of this sequence (after General Brewster gets off the phone with Kate) is moved way back in the film. It would make little sense for General Brewster to be concerned about a supervirus that was only uploaded a moment earlier.
- Removed T-850′s encounter with the bouncer outside the Desert Star.
- Removed zoom into 'Ladies Night’ sign and sped-up shot of T-850 reacting to new song starting. ***did not speed this shot up
- Altered so that T-850 doesn’t blink when hit in the face with a glove. (Yes, I realise that Terminators blink, but it makes him seem scarier that he doesn’t need to when hit. Mostly I just didn’t like Arnie’s ‘startled old man’ expression.)
- Removed T-850 talking into stripper’s hand, and the rest of the scene with the star-glasses. He just breaks the stripper’s hand and we go straight to the TX at Jim’s Burgers. Replaced song during entire Desert Star sequence. ***I left the music as is
- Removed the TX scanning Jose Barrera’s iris. As Reese said, “Most of the records were lost during the war.” I’m not a fan of Skynet’s files being this detailed. It’s bad enough she has John’s DNA records on file.
- Fixed the incorrect spelling of “BARRERA” on the TX’s heads-up-display. Now her readout matches his name-tag. ***I didn't change the spelling here. I look at it as the name tag is wrong, not the HUD. The nametag was probably made by some teenage manager that does not care about anything.
- After the TX kills Jose, we cut back to the T-850 stealing a truck. Removed watch on top of visor, synchronizing time, and T-850 contemplating the sunglasses. He just picks them up and puts them straight on without looking at them for ages.
- Removed newscast about supervirus seen during Bill Anderon’s party. Bill and his girlfriend are now watching a movie instead. For one, I needed the virus mentions all moved towards the end of the film, and two... who watches the news at a party?
- Fixed TX blinking when she shoots Bill. ***I did this as well, but slightly different than it was done by Uncanny Antman, because I am not skilled at vfx.
- Removed all references Kate makes to Mike Kripke’s basement. Also removed Kate mentioning them being in the 8th grade when John disappeared. As with the John’s age, this is incorrect. We don’t need to know how John knows Kate, it’s enough that he just does. In my mind, Nikki Cox was Kate Brewster in T2. She had red hair and certainly knew John back then.
- Removed TX scanning Betsy’s blood and speaking to herself about it.
- Removed some of Kate’s whimpering when hiding from the TX. The TX is so close, she should really hear it.
- Removed TX’s visible reaction to John’s blood ID. I don’t have a problem with Terminators showing reactions to things, but this one is a little over the top. Even if she were human, I’d have probably cut it.
- Removed Kate dropping her keys.
- Removed T-850′s line to Kate, “I lied.”
- Removed all the talking between John and the T-850 when first meeting in the hallway. John comes across like an idiot. “Are you here to kill me?” No, son if he were you’d be dead before you got the question out. Now, the Terminator strides up and just grabs John right away.
- Removed T-850′s line, “Keep moving!” I’ve tried to make the Terminator as taciturn as possible, removing any lines that really aren’t needed.
- Removed T-850′s, “Get out of here! Now!”
- Moved the paramedics finding the T-850 to a little later. Helps minimize the fact that they just stand next to him for a long time doing nothing. Also removed them trying to move him. It’s a stupid moment, and since when are paramedics in the habit of just dragging accident victims around without knowing what has happened to them?
- Removed T-850′s line to the motorcycle cop, “Get off!” It’s obviously looped after the fact, and it’s not needed.
- Removed John hitting the inflatable toy in the front yard during the car chase. “Boing”?? I could have just taken the sound effect out, but taking the shots out altogether actually made the sequence flow better.
- Re-instated an unused piece of score during the crane chase. ***did not do this.
- Removed reverse-motion shot of Fire Truck heading straight for the T-850. It’s too obviously in reverse due to the exhaust fumes.
- Removed TX smirking to herself after shaking the T-850.
- Removed T-850′s to the firemen, “I’ll drive” and “Get out.” The ˜Get out’ is another obvious loop job. ***I left the "get out", it may be a crappy loop job, but I like it, its a call back to the previous Terminators.
- Removed TX’s double-take when seeing the T-850 in the firetruck.
- Removed the Terminator’s, “Excuse me.” to the TX. Substituted a metallic clink, (the axe hitting the side of the crane) which is what gets the TX’s attention instead. ***I left the excuse me, I felt like it was fine. Uncanny Antman tried to remove almost all of Arnold's quips, but I feel like a couple are better fitting with the other entries in the franchise.
- Removed “Move over” when the Terminator climbs into the driver’s seat of Kate’s truck. Another looped line.
- Removed all of John’s idiotic, “Do you even remember me?” talk.
- Removed, “I am unable to comply” when Kate tells the Terminator to drop dead.
- Removed John’s question, “Where are you taking me?” and the T-850′s reply, “To a safe location.”
- Removed the T-850′s claim that, “Judgement Day is inevitable.”
- Removed, “I’m an obsolete design.”
- Removed all the talk about the TX being an anti-Terminator Terminator, and “I am not shitting you.”
- Removed T-850′s second, “Relax!”
- Replaced the song playing in the ampm store. I cannot stand “Dat Funky Man” or whatever it’s called. ***I left the song. I don't like it either, but it seems fitting for what a kid working at a gas station would have playing. I did lower the volume however. It was quiet in the store but got very loud as they went outside, I tried to keep it the same throughout.
- Fixed jump-cut when TV is shown switching channels. ***this was minor and I never noticed it before reading this so I didn't change it.
- Removed T-850 leaving the store. No 'Talk to the hand' at all. We can just assume he paid for the items. A few moments later, we will see the clerk calling the police due to Kate’s screaming. Wouldn’t he have been a bit more shaken, and already calling the cops if a huge dude in leather had just robbed him moments earlier?
- Removed all the revisited talk of Mike Kripke’s basement, and John’s idea that he and Kate were destined to meet.
- Erased the tire-iron from the back of the vet truck as it speeds down the road. The T-850 already removed it and threw it away. ***I didn't do this, again because it would require vfx work. It is minor and I never noticed it before reading this.
- Removed the TX killing Scott, and the cops coming to the door. The scene sucks, and this way it’s a mild surprise when the TX kills the cops a few minutes later.
- Removed the dates on Sarah’s plaque. Both dates are completely wrong. Removed John saying that Sarah “...fought for three years” against leukemia. Now he just says the more ambiguous, “She fought long enough to make sure the world didn’t end.” ***I left the dates. The dates are wrong combined with the voice over at the beginning, but with that removed and with John's "fought for three years removed", I think it works because we know from T2 that "Judgement Day" was in '97 and John says she held on long enough to see that Judgement Day did not happen.
- Removed John telling the T-850 that it was the closest thing he ever had to a father. John just comes across as stupid, as he knows full well that this is not the Terminator that protected him in 1995.
- Removed the T-850′s, “My mission is to protect you” to Kate.
- Removed T-850 spitting out the bullet. Gee, sure is a lucky shot that Kate managed to shoot a bullet into his mouth while it was closed. ***also removed Kate's OMG following this, why would she say that if she didn't hit him with the shot? Ok, after giving this a watch through, I added the OMG back. Removing it kind of made a continuity issue. She shoots at the T-850, and if she does not hit him in the mouth, why is she convinced now that he is a machine? I'm going to go with the idea that the shot ricocheted off him.
- Removed all of John’s, “Why me?” stuff, and the T-850 'convincing' him to fight.
- Moved driving scene with Scott and the cops to after Kate meets Silberman. Reframed one shot to cover the fact that the TX’s arm isn’t behind the seat where it should be. Trimmed out one shot of the driver’s terrible 'pain’ acting, and removed shot of TX’s hand slowly taking the steering wheel.
- Trimmed out the last few moments of Silberman’s ramblings. Way to run the joke into the ground, folks.
- Removed T-850′s casualty readout after shooting at the SWAT team.
- Removed the T-850 telling John that Kate will be his wife in the future.
- In the graveyard, the TX stupidly reverts back to its default form for no reason before trying to kill Kate. To try to help justify this, I’ve moved up the shot of John and the Terminator approaching in the hearse. It’s not much of an excuse, but at least it’s something. Sort of like the TX knows it’s busted, so there’s no need to keep up the ruse.
- Removed shot of the hearse turning and losing a hubcap. It loses the same hubcap again a moment later.
- Removed the last few frames of the TX jumping onto the hearse. There was a moment of 'float' to the cable work there.
- Removed Kate screaming, “Do something!” at the Terminator.
- Erased visible safety cables and effects markers from two shots of the TX on top of the hearse. ***more vfx, didn't do this. I never saw them anyway.
- Removed the T-850′s deadpan line, “We need a new vehicle.” And John and Kate’s dumbfounded stares. A very sitcom-esque moment.
- Removed the hearse’s door falling off the hinges when the Terminator opens it. More sitcom “hilarity”.
- After Kate has her little cry, we cut to General Brewster talking about the super-virus. Then we come back to John and the T-850 discussing the TX’s hit-list.
- Removed John asking about his future marriage to Kate.
- Removed John theorizing about fate and he and Kate getting together back before T2.
- Removed all the business about, “You cannot self-terminate.”
- Removed line about Skynet assuming control over global communications. How can it when it hasn’t been brought on-line yet? The virus is the one affecting our communications.
- Removed Kate finding out about her marriage to John.
- Removed small-scale flying H/K and endoskeleton at CRS.
- Removed final mention of Mike Kripke’s basement, and T-850′s line about levity.
- Removed line about Skynet operating at 60 teraflops per second. The 'PS’ in teraflops already stands for 'per second’ so it’d be an awfully stupid thing for a technician to say. ***I left this. I understand that it is incorrect, but people misspeak all the time, that's all he did.
- Removed “She’ll be back.”
- Removed John’s line, “Skynet is the virus!”
- Removed General Brewster’s line about Pandora’s box. It’s very trite, and I prefer that the shot focuses on Kate’s reaction instead of his rambling.
- Removed the Terminator telling John and Kate to run when the TX shows up. They should know to run just fine without being told to all the damn time.
- Removed the TX’s head spinning all the way around.
- Removed a few frames from when the T-850 steps on the TX’s head. The original shot had a little reverse motion in it, and looked silly.
- Removed the TX turning her upper body all the way around.
- Removed the TX stomping the T-850′s head off. It’s stupid that it would go back on fine with no effort, and some of the CG looks really crummy. She injects her nanobots while he is still reeling from the electrical shock.
- Removed John and Kate versus the small flying H/K.
- Removed Kate’s, “Just die, you bitch!” and a few frames at the end of the scene when you can see someone else at the end of the tunnel.
- Removed the T-850 putting his head back on.
- Removed, “You can’t kill a human, you said so yourself!” The T-850 never said this.
- When the Terminator is smashing the truck, removed a few shots that ruin the continuity.
- Removed both shots of the plane with the wrong call letters on the side. ***left this, I never noticed them and felt it flowed better with the whole shots. It felt too choppy and quick with them removed.
- Removed, “I’m back.”
- Removed a bunch of the TX’s roaring and screaming. I couldn’t get all of it out without it being ridiculously choppy, but I snipped as much as I felt I could. ***I left a little more than UA.
- Removed Kate’s suggestion to just let the bomb go off. She’s awfully quick to embrace suicide.
- Slightly different ending, features no V.O. from John about the virus/Skynet, alternate musical cue, and a different final shot of the film. ***added some of the bombing from Genisys in with the bombing here.
- Shortened end credits and replaced music. Score only, no songs. ***didn't shorten the credits, not sure why UA did.

Original runtime: 1:49
Uncanny Antman runtime: 1:29
My runtime: 1:30

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Holy ****, this movie is amazing. Seriously. Everything that’s ever bothered me about Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines has been cut out of this fanedit, and it actually works as a cohesive film, even with 19 minutes missing. It’s fast-paced, action-packed, and dark as ****.

Most of the bad dialogue, bad acting, and forced romance has been miraculously excised. Not only that, but all mentions of fate and inevitability have been omitted, which makes this film more thematically consistent with Terminator 2. With this version, I get the impression that the heroes could have stopped Judgment Day. They just didn’t. They weren’t destined to fail. They just failed.

Also, the plot point of the T-X being responsible for the computer virus makes so much sense. She can control machines! Of course she’s the one who started the virus. And then you get this cool predestination paradox where she creates her own creator when she controls Skynet with a virus that was probably designed by Skynet’s future self. It’s just like the causality loop in the first movie. I love it.

And my god, the ending is haunting. If I had seen this version in a theater, I would have walked out of there in dead silence. I’m still thinking about it hours later. No silver lining, no sequel bait. It’s just ******* bleak. Of the first three films, this one is now the darkest, rather than the silliest.

Well done, Uncanny Antman and Bailey. You have performed an impossible task. You turned Terminator 3 into a **** good movie.

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Owner's reply November 12, 2023

Wow! Thanks for the great review!

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This will be an extremely short review because my actual review will be at the original editor's page.
Here I'll just briefly comment on the HD part and "yellow" changes.

First of all, I've got to say that I only love the first two terminator movies. All the other sequels were one worse than the other, with the exception of Salvation where they tried to do something different, with a competent director, but they kind of lost their way in the narrative.

This edit did exactly what is says, it brought the Coming Storm to more modern standards. The image was very clear and all the cuts were still seamless.

As for the yellow changes, do be honest I don't mind at all for all the stuff that were left in again or the minor changes in other. My only complaint is that there are three ridiculous scenes with the terminator still in. 1) were Arnie gets stuck on the windshield of the fire track like a cartoon bug with the broken sunglasses, 2) when the female terminator grabs him from his crotch to push him through walls and 3) when Arnold temporarily shuts down after trying to kill John and he is frozen with his legs open, completely unnecessary scene, though very brief.

Other than that, great job at making this excellent edit HD, this will definitely my go-to version for any future Terminator marathons and I can't recommend it enough!

Thank you Bailey for all your hard work and thanks to anyone who read my review!

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Owner's reply August 13, 2023

Hey palandrin! Thanks for the great review!
I recently updated this edit to fix a couple of flash frames, and while I was in there I removed the crotch grab that you mentioned.

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Uncanny Antman’s Terminator 3 The Coming Storm is one of my most beloved FanFixes out there, as well as one the very first fan-edits I came across. For a number of years I’ve been searching online for some version which fixes the only real problem I had with UA’s work; the DVD quality of his edit. And just as I was contemplating on doing some rework myself based on his blueprint, Bailey came to the rescue.

The B-Movie Cut is an almost shot-for-shot recreation of UA’s original work, delivering everything that it promises. On a technical level, the editing is nearly impeccable and I could only spot a few minor issues; there’s a split screen visible when the male stripper throws his glove onto T-850’s face, a small frames issue just as John is about tο start the truck outside the vet shop (his hand does not move naturally) and some sound glitch when the alarm goes off in the nuclear bunker. The last one being the most obvious, I wouldn’t have noticed any of the rest had I not been such a big fan of the original edit.

Some little changes compared to the original were also present here and there, either because the editor was not as comfortable with vfx modifications as UA –which is more than understandable- or because Bailey thought it would serve this edit better. Of all these little changes, I particularly loved the extended ending montage, using some Genisys footage (and, oh boy, I deeply hate Genisys). This gave a more personal touch to Judgment Day, as soldiers are running in panic and that little boy is watching the missiles launching to humanity’s end from the plane window. I will confess in all honesty that I would have preferred the fewer T-850 quips of the original edit and especially the omission of that fiendish “Dat Funky Man” music in the gas station, but that was not enough to spoil my entertainment.

All in all, a great HD remake of a great edit that will make a fine addition to my collection.

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Owner's reply August 13, 2023

Hi panexis! Thanks for the great review!
I recently updated this edit to fix the issues that you mentioned. I removed a couple flash frames that I missed and fixed that alarm. I can't believe I missed that!
I'm glad you liked the little bit of Genisys that I put in there. Your description is exactly why I put it in there. Oh, and I also deeply hate Genisys.

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