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SGU: Stargate Universe: Season 1 (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 874 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (860 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00402FGE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A group of soldiers, scientists and civilians, fleeing an attack, is stranded billions of miles from Earth on an Ancient ship known as the Destiny. Locked on an unknown course, they must fight to survive and find a way home. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.

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If it isn't already apparent that Stargate Universe (a.k.a. SGU) is not your big brother's Stargate, all doubt disappears when a Nick Drake sound-alike song called "Don't Forget to Breathe" makes its way onto the soundtrack near the end of "Air," the three-episode pilot that unveils this new series. The stargate itself--an artificially created "wormhole" through which one can instantly travel to different worlds light-years away--is still around, but much else has changed. Gone, for the most part, are the rough-and-tumble adventures that were the specialty of SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, SGU's popular predecessors. Gone, too, are insouciant but charismatic and intrepid leaders like SG-1's Col. Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson does make several cameo appearances in that role in the course of these 20 episodes, offered here on six discs) and Atlantis's Col. John Sheppard, along with such memorable and monstrous alien nemeses as the Goa'uld, the Wraith, and the Replicators. In their places, in addition to a new ongoing story line, is a rather less conventional approach, featuring a more minimalist vibe and an entirely fresh cast of earnest, intense, mostly youthful characters battling personal demons and complex interpersonal relationships (including some involving, gasp, gay couples), along with a myriad of technical issues more typical of sci-fi shows. Sprinkle in a few more sensitive tunes of the kind you'd encounter on a nighttime soap opera, and you've got what might be called the emo Stargate.

If this all sounds very serious, well, these folks have a lot to be serious about. Very early on, the "Icarus Base" is under alien attack, forcing military and civilian personnel alike to escape through the stargate. They end up aboard Destiny, a massive ship that's millions of years old and was once the property of the omniscient master race known as the Ancients. Not only do our characters barely know how to operate the ship, they also have no idea where they are, except that it's billions of light-years from Earth. It's the responsibility of the two main men, Col. Everett Young (Justin Louis) and scientist Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle), to figure out how to get everyone home safely, a task that dominates the series' overall arc. That dicey proposition is complicated considerably by ceaseless internecine conflict on the ship, much of it between soldiers and civilians (typified by Young and Rush, both of whom are self-righteous, utterly humorless, and not especially likable). Much of the action takes place on Destiny, but there are occasional excursions to various planets in search of water and other supplies; there are also trips to Earth made possible by magical "communication stones" that allow users to exchange bodies with folks on the other end. As is the case with many new programs, SGU takes a while to hit its stride, but when that happens about a third of the way into the season, the results are often quite exciting; SGU may not be as much fun as the earlier shows, but it's still well written and entertaining, with excellent production values, good special effects, and some two hours' worth of bonus material. --Sam Graham


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129 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Edge October 31, 2010
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Watching the first episode of this show, I was groaning constantly. It seemed that someone had sat down and decided to merge two of the most popular science fiction shows of the decade (LOST and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) into one expensive-looking series. I mean, it had all the cliches. You've got the pretty girl who pretty much has the words "love triangle" tattooed across her forehead, the awkward boy genius, the Adama-like commander, the Baltar-like scientist, and a goal of returning to Earth from someplace far away.

Oh, and there were flashbacks. Sure, the action was cool, but it mostly looked like the visual effects artists of BSG had found new jobs.

I worked my way past the two part pilot and into what the main concept of the series would be. You have an Ancient ship called "Destiny" flying somewhere in another galaxy, and a group of soldiers and civilians are effectively trapped aboard it. They have very little knowledge of what makes the ship tick or what its purpose even is; they can't even figure out how to turn it around or make it do simple things.

Once I had given this premise a chance to settle, I continued on just to see if the writers would drop the ball. They didn't. They took that ball and ran with it to places that I still find myself trying to make sense of. I'm bewildered, frustrated, and angry at everyone on Destiny. And I'm loving every single second of it.

What you have is a spacebound mystery that leaves you largely in the dark (LOST) on a ship where its crew just wants to go home (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA or STAR TREK: VOYAGER). The concept seems derivative, largely because it is, but once this series found its footing all bets were off. You stop caring about what Destiny really is, where its going, and why.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow space drama, not what I expected from Stargate. February 5, 2011
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Let me begin to say that if you are a fan of the other two Stargate series and expect action adventure science fiction pulp with witty dialog and alien villains aplenty then you will not find this in this series. Stargate Universe is a drama series who happens to be placed on a spaceship, there is little which is similar to other Stargate products in this. To me it seams like the makers of Stargate saw how well Battlestar Galactica did and decided to try to jump on that bandwagon and they have done so with varying degree of luck.

The first few episodes for Stargate Universe is horrible, they are long drawn and boring with most of the three episode pilot being about trying to get limestone so they could get the CO2 scrubbers to start working again, if it had not been for having paid good money for the DVD set I would have stopped watching here, however luckily I stuck with the show as it do pick up further into the season. Now for those of you who might not know what Stargate Universe is about, the series follows a group of people who have been working on how to use the ninth chevron of the Stargate, unfortunately they end up stuck on the other side, the ninth chevron leading to the run down, million years old space ship Destiny which travels through faraway galaxies on an unknown mission. Now the group of random survivors have to try to survive with limited resources on board the ship while trying to find a way home. Every now and then the ship stops allowing the survivors to gate to various planets in search of supplies and other things they might need. Now this sound exiting enough, however 90 percent of the storyline is drama, there are love affairs, attempted murders, pregnancies, infidelity, betrayals and power struggles. In fact this is a space soap opera.
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72 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank the gods for SGU! September 4, 2010
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With "Battlestar Galactica" all wrapped-up, I was hurting for more hard core sci-fi! "Caprica" filled that gap until the season ended. Then to my surprise a new Stargate adopted the hardcore egde! I know that some people will hate this but I cant get enough. SGU starts out a bit slow and I think that's great.

Early on the newly formed crew is desperately trying to find out where they are and what the hell happened! They learn that they're on a ship called Destiny very far away from earth. They must also find basic recources for survival but most of these people aren't trained SG military officers. Naturally lines are drawn and alliances are made. And like BSG and Caprica, no mercy is shown. There are military men and women with guns and more guns and there are civillians. They have no guns. Guess what happens when critcal life and death descisions need to be made and one side has guns and the other does not? Yeah - It gets ugly.

As time goes on the crew finds a new star and planet that wasn't originally there back in the day. Some of the crew decide to stick around because they think who ever created the system will help them get back to earth! Really? Mabey these super-intelligent beings dont want filthy humans pissing on their brand new planet. Time will tell!...

I love this kind of Ultra hardcore sci-fi. Im glad to see that the Stargate franchise went in this direction and I cant wait for season 2. Wether you like sci-fi or not this show is a great buy. It's the kind of show that's actually genre bending! Is it really sci-fi or is it drama? I had to ask myself that question about BSG. What do you think?

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The special features are top notch! It's all in HD and well put together.
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Boy, do I feel scammed...
wise to wait for a whole season to be released, they have done this many times before.
Oct 9, 2010 by Kirk A. Smith |  See all 6 posts
boring
I like some of episodes. The problem is that it is character driven and not plot driven. Most of the characters are not like able. I like rush young and eli. Most of the conversion are not interesting. The writers some are good make interesting events feel trivial and focus to much on trivial. I... Read More
Jan 2, 2011 by Michael Craig Bryant |  See all 2 posts
Full season cheaper than half season?!?!?!
In addition, Netflix has really expanded their instant viewing selection (I remember when it was a joke containing movies no one would ever want to watch). This now includes all of SG-1 (including the two follow-up tv movies), all of Atlantis and the first season of Universe. It's the wave of the... Read More
Sep 14, 2010 by Robert J. Lynch |  See all 3 posts
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The final season is the second season.
Jul 8, 2011 by L.W. |  See all 3 posts
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Alguien me puede decir si este blu ray viene con idioma en español o subtitulos en español, el dvd trae idioma en español latino. Gracias por las srespuestas
May 16, 2011 by Luis Leopardi |  See all 4 posts
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