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Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] (2011)

Joe Flanigan , Rachel Luttrell , Andy Mikita , Brad Turner  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa, Torri Higginson
  • Directors: Andy Mikita, Brad Turner, Brenton Spencer, David Warry-Smith, David Winning
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 20
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 4398 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (531 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WJT5H4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 (Season 1):
• “Rising” (Parts 1 and 2)
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Actor Joe Flanigan
• “Hide and Seek”
o Commentary by Actors Rachel Luttrell, Torri Higginson and Paul McGillion
• “Thirty Eight Minutes”
o Commentary by Actors Rachel Luttrell ad Paul McGillion
• “Suspicion”
• Extras
o “Stargate: Atlantis” Set Tour with Directors Martin Wood and Peter DeLuise

Disc 2 (Season 1):
• “Childhood’s End”
o Commentary by Writer Martin Gero and Actors Rachel Luttrell and Rainbow Sun Francks
• “Poisoning the Well”
• “Underground”
• “Home”
• “The Storm”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett
• Extras
o Wraithal Discrimination: It’s Not Easy Being Green
o Diary of Rainbow Sun Francks

Disc 3 (Season 1):
• “The Eye”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett
• “The Defiant One”
o Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Stunt Coordinator Dan Shea
• “Hot Zone”
o Commentary by Writer Martin Gero and Actors Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks and Paul McGillion
• “Sanctuary”
o Commentary by Actors Rachel Luttrell and Torri Higginson
• “Before I Sleep”
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “The Storm/The Eye”
o Mission Directive: “Sanctuary”
o Mission Directive: “Before I Sleep”

Disc 4 (Season 1):
• “Brotherhood”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett
• “Letters from Pegasus”
• “The Gift”
o Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Actor Gary Jones
• “The Siege: Part 1”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett
• “The Siege: Part 2”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “The Siege”
o A look back on Season One with Writer Martin Gero

Disc 5 (Season 2):
• “The Siege: Part 3”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett
• “The Intruder”
o Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Actor Gary Jones
• “Runner”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Actor David Hewlett
• “Duet”
o Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett
• “Condemned”
o Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Actor Gary Jones
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “The Siege: Part 3” featuring Director Martin Wood
o Mission Directive: “The Intruder” featuring Director Peter DeLuise

Disc 6 (Season 2):
• “Trinity”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Writer Damian Kindler
• “Instinct”
o Commentary by Director Andy Mikita and Producer Paul Mullie
• “Conversion”
o Commentary by Writer Martin Gero and Actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett
• “Aurora”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Co-Producer Peter DeLuise
• “The Lost Boys”
o Commentary by Writer Martin Gero and Actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “Instinct” featuring Director Peter DeLuise
o Introduction to a Character: Ronon Dex

Disc 7 (Season 2):
• “The Hive”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood
• “Epiphany”
o Commentary by Director Neil Fearnley
• “Critical Mass”
o Commentary by Director Andy Mikita, Actor Rachel Luttrell and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer
• “Grace Under Pressure”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actors Amanda Tapping and David Hewlett
• “The Tower”
o Commentary by Producer Paul Mullie and Director Andy Mikita
• Extras
o Profile On: David Hewlett
o “Stargate: Atlantis” Stunts

Disc 8 (Season 2):
• “The Long Goodbye”
o Commentary by Director Andy Mikita, Actor Torri Higginson and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer
• “Coup D’etat”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett
• “Michael”
o Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Supervising Producer/Director Peter DeLuise
• “Inferno”
o Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Actor Gary Jones
• “Allies”
o Commentary by Director Andy Mikita, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett
• Extras
o Road to a Dream with Martin Gero
o Profile On: Paul McGillion

Disc 9 (Season 3):
• “No Man’s Land”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Director/Supervising Producer Marti Wood
• “Misbegotten”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Paul Mullie and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood
• “Irresistible”
o Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Director of Photography Michael Blundell
• “Sateda”
o Commentary by Executive Producer, Writer and Director Robert C. Cooper & Director of Photography Brenton Spencer
• “Progeny”
o Commentary by Director Andy Mikita and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “Sateda” featuring Director Robert C. Cooper
o Mission Directive: “Progeny” featuring Director Andy Mikita
o Inside the Stargate: Atlantis Visual FX Department
o Profile On: Rachel Luttrell

Disc 10 (Season 3):
• “The Real World”
• “Common Ground”
o Commentary by Director William Waring and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer
• “McKay & Mrs. Miller”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood
• “Phantoms”
o Commentary by Co-Executive Producer Carl Binder and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood
• “The Return, Part 1”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Executive Producer Paul Mullie
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “Phantoms” featuring Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood
o General O’Neill Goes to Atlantis

Disc 11 (Season 3):
• “The Return, Part 2”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Executive Producer Paul Mullie
• “Echoes”
o Commentary by Director William Waring and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer
• “Irresponsible”
o Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Director of Photography Michael Blundell
• “Tao of Rodney”
o Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Director of Photography Michael Blundell
• “The Game”
o Commentary by Director William Waring and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “The Game” featuring Director William Waring
o Masters of the Alien

Disc 12 (Season 3):
• “The Ark”
o Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela
• “Sunday”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Director William Waring
• “Submersion”
o Commentary by Director Brenton Spencer and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela
• “Vengeance”
o Commentary by Director Andy Mikita and Creature Effects Designer Todd Masters • “First Strike”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero, Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “First Strike” featuring Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood o “Stargate Atlantis:” A Look Back on Season 3 with Martin Gero

Disc 13 (Season 4):
• “Adrift”
o Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero, Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood
• “Lifeline”
o Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Actor Amanda Tapping
• “Reunion”
o Commentary by Executive Producer/Writer Joseph Mallozzi and Director William Waring
• “Doppelganger”
o Commentary by Executive Producer, Writer and Director Robert C. Cooper and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela
• “Travelers”
o Commentary by Executive Producer/Writer Paul Mullie and Director William Waring
• Extras
o Mission Directive: Doppelganger with Robert C. Cooper
o A New Leader: Amanda Tapping Joins Atlantis

Disc 14 (Season 4):
• “Tabula Rasa”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Actress Amanda Tapping
• “Missing”
o Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Carl Binder and Producer/Director Andy Mikita
• “The Seer”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Director Andy Mikita
• “Miller’s Crossing”
o Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Producer/Director Andy Mikita
• “This Mortal Coil”
o Commentary by Executive Producer/Writer Joseph Mallozzi and Director William Waring
• Extras
o “Stargate Atlantis” Bloopers
o Mission Directive: “This Mortal Coil” with Director William Waring

Disc 15 (Season 4):
• “Be All My Sins Remember’d”
o Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Producer/Director Andy Mikita
• “Spoils of War”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Director William Waring
• “Quarantine”
o Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Actress Amanda Tapping
• “Harmony”
o Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Director William Waring
• “Outcast”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Producer/Director Andy Mikita
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “Quarantine” with Director Martin Wood
o Mission Directive: “Outcast” with Director Andy Mikita

Disc 16 (Season 4):
• “Trio”
o Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero, Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Actress Amanda Tapping
• “Midway”
• “The Kindred”
o Commentary by Executive Producer/Writer Joseph Mallozzi and Director Peter F. Woeste
• “The Kindred, Part II”
o Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood
• “The Last Man”
o Commentary on “The Last Man” by Executive Producer/Writer Paul Mullie and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood
• Extras
o The Making of “Trio”
o A Look Back at Season 4
o Deleted Scenes

Disc 17 (Season 5):
• “Search and Rescue”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Martin Gero and Director/Producer Andy Mikita
• “The Seed”
o Commentary by Director William Waring
• “Broken Ties”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi and Actor Jason Momoa
• “The Daedalus Variations”
o Commentary by Supervising Producer Alan McCullough and Director/Producer Andy Mikita
• “Ghost In The Machine”
• Extras
o Mission Directive: “Search and Rescue” with Director Andy Mikita and Producer Martin Gero
o Showdown! Ronon v. Tyre
o Bringing “The Seed” to Life

Disc 18 (Season 5):
• “The Shrine”
• “Whispers”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi and Director William Waring
• “The Queen”
o Commentary by Supervising Producer Alan McCullough and Director Brenton Spencer
• “Tracker”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Carl Binder and Director William Waring
• “First Contact”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Martin Gero and Director/Producer Andy Mikita
• Extras
o Mission Directive: ”Whispers” with Director William Waring and Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi
o Mission Directive: “Tracker” with Director William Waring and Executive Producer Carl Binder
o Tricks of the Trade: Submerging the Stargate
o Joe Flanigan: A Conversation with the Colonel

Disc 19 (Season 5):
• “The Lost Tribe”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Martin Gero and Director/Producer Andy Mikita
• “Outsiders”
o Commentary by Supervising Producer Alan McCullough and Director William Waring
• “Inquisition”
o Commentary by Director Brenton Spencer and Actor Tobias Slezak
• “The Prodigal”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Carl Binder and Director/Producer Andy Mikita
• “Remnants”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi and Director William Waring
• Extras
o Building a Humanoid with James Robbins and Martin Gero
o Dr. Jackson Goes to Atlantis
o The Life and Death of Michael Kenmore
o Deleted Scenes (Part One)

Disc 20 (Season 5):
• “Brain Storm”
o Commentary by Executive Producer/Director Martin Gero
• “Infection”
• “Identity”
• “Vegas”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper, Producer John G. Lenic and Editor Mike Banas
• “Enemy at the Gate”
o Commentary by Executive Producer Paul Mullie and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela • Extras
o Mission Directive: “Brain Storm” with Director Martin Gero
o “Stargate Atlantis” Goes To Vegas
o Deleted Scenes (Part Two)


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Explore the celestial wonders of an unknown world and experience the ultimate Sci-Fi adventure in stunning high-definition with “Stargate: Atlantis” The Complete Series Blu-ray gift set. From award-winning Executive Producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, “Stargate: Atlantis” is anchored with a compelling ensemble cast including Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, “Game of Thrones”), David Hewlett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Joe Flanigan (Ferocious Planet), Rachel Luttrel (Imposter) and Torri Higginson (The English Patient). Continuing the journey of “Stargate: SG-1,” television’s longest running sci-fi series, “Stargate: Atlantis” explores the great city of Atlantis built thousands of years ago by the Ancients and the new home base for an elite expedition team from earth. Overflowing with exciting quests and surprises, fans will experience every captivating, and spine-tingling mission of the Intrepid Team from their first hostile encounter to their last rescue mission.

Winner of the 2008 People’s Choice award for Favorite Sci-Fi show and three-time Emmy nominee, “Stargate: Atlantis” The Complete Series Blu-ray is the perfect gift for any sci-fi aficionado filled with all 100 episodes from seasons one through five and tons of commentary and special featurettes.

Now, for the first time on Blu-ray, you can own all five seasons of this groundbreaking science fiction series in this 20-disc set. Atlantis, built thousands of years ago by the highly evolved ancients, is home base for an elite expedition team from earth. these courageous military commanders and scientists leap through the city’s stargate to explore the wondrous Pegasus galaxy and battle the treacherous wraith, who seek control of Atlantis – at any cost.

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Stargate Atlantis: Season One

It's not a franchise on the order of Law & Order, CSI, or Star Trek--not yet, anyway--but with Stargate Atlantis, a more than worthy successor to SG-1, Stargate is becoming a nice little cottage industry in itself. The premise, in a nutshell: The Ancients, the greatest race the universe has ever known (or something like that), abandoned Earth millions of years ago, taking Atlantis with them; they then sunk the entire city in order to escape the clutches of the dreaded Wraith, an implacable bunch of villains who nourish themselves by sucking the life from humans. Now, as the two-hour "Rising" pilot details, a new team has gained access to the legendary city. Once they arrive, Atlantis loses the power to sustain its protective shield and rises to the surface, and thus begin the team's adventures (i.e., using the stargate to travel to other planets in the Pegasus galaxy, encountering aliens both hostile and friendly, and trying to defeat the Wraith, or at least stay out of their way).

Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), SG-1's driving force, is missed, but Atlantis has a strong replacement in Major John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), easily the most charismatic member of the new team. Like O'Neill, Sheppard is a wiseacre and a loose cannon, as well as a superb pilot with an innate understanding of the Ancients' arcane technology. His humor, humanity and conscience provide a welcome contrast to the other characters, especially brilliant-but-neurotic Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) and ultra-serious project leader Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson), who has little to do but give orders and stand up for her people. The Wraith, who resemble a vampire mutation of the albino blues guitarist Johnny Winter, are the focus of most of these 19 episodes (including the pilot). These bad boys will stop at nothing--nothing, I tell you!--in their quest to snack their way through every galaxy in the universe, with Earth their ultimate feeding ground. And while the final four episodes, dealing with the Wraith's massive attack on Atlantis, end with an unsatisfying cliffhanger (basically, nothing is resolved), earlier shows effectively keep their ominous presence in the forefront. The episodes in which the Wraith play little or no active role are often compelling as well, including "Thirty Eight Minutes" (one of our heroes' "puddle jumper" spacecraft gets stuck in the stargate), "Childhood's End" (we meet a race whose members are convinced that only ritual suicide is keeping the Wraith at bay), and "The Eye" (a planet-size hurricane/tsunami bears down on Atlantis). As is the case with SG-1, the visual effects work, especially by TV standards, is excellent; in fact, one might wish for bit more cool sci-fi action and less talk in some of the episodes. Special effects include commentary (by directors, writers, and/or actors) for every episode, as well as the occasional behind-the-scenes featurette. --Sam Graham

Stargate Atlantis: Season Two

If Stargate Atlantis isn't the coolest sci-fi series on television, this five-disc, 20-episode box set from the second season (2005-06) offers ample evidence that it's right up there. The writing is good; the stories are intriguing, and the science part of the equation is credible enough to justify our suspension of disbelief. The characters are for the most part well-defined, and the acting, while perhaps not Emmy-caliber, is just fine. The action is exciting, the effects work impressive, the costumes and sets first-rate. But what Atlantis really has going for it is the presence of some of the baddest bad guys in the cosmos: the Wraith.

With their flowing white locks, cat-like eyes, pale, almost translucent skin, and teeth so bad they'd make the British blush, the Wraith rock. They also have a constant need to feed--on humans, of course--and are a serious threat not only to Atlantis but to the entire known universe, including good ol' Earth. And although there are occasional diversions, the producers and writers have wisely kept the focus on these implacable antagonists; in fact, the newest member of the team, one Ronon Dex (played by the dreadlocked and hunky Jason Momoa), is a "runner" who escaped the Wraith's clutches, was a fugitive for years before being found by our heroes, and specializes in dispatching the villains with cold precision. In the course of the season, via single episodes and several multi-parters, the Stargate team, commanded by Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson in the show's least interesting role) and led by insouciant Major John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), with genius-neurotic Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) handling the scientific intricacies and yet another doc, Carson Beckett (Paul McGillion, affecting a Scottish brogue), overseeing medical matters, deals with the enemy on many fronts. Lt. Ford (Rainbow Sun Francks) defects after assuming Wraith-like characteristics. The team experiments with a "retrovirus" designed to turn Wraiths into humans (the results are decidedly mixed). They encounter a human who raised a Wraith female from childhood and insists she's just like us (she's not). They're captured and imprisoned on a Wraith "hive" ship. And in the final episode, the humans and the Wraiths even form an alliance of supposedly mutual convenience (the episode is a cliffhanger that awaits resolution until Season Three, but anyone who thought this "partnership" was a good idea for our side clearly hasn't been paying attention). As was the case with the Season One set, bonus materials are generous, including audio commentary (by actors, directors, and others) on every episode, various featurettes, photos, and more. Now if only there were a few Wraith interviews... --Sam Graham

Stargate Atlantis: Season Three

With Stargate SG-1 now permanently off the data screen (except for a TV movie or two) after ten productive seasons, it appears that the fate of the universe is now the responsibility of the Stargate Atlantis crew. Based on the latter's third season, whose 20 episodes (plus a wealth of bonus features) are made available here on five discs, we're in good hands.
Three years into it, Atlantis has retained numerous familiar elements while continuing to evolve steadily. The core cast is intact, with the cocky wiseacre-hero Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) and the egotistical, neurotic genius Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) still the most entertaining of the bunch; as the series explores the characters' personal lives and backstories, we even meet (in "McKay and Mrs. Miller") the latter's sister, who's every bit the wiz that he is. On the other hand, the roles of team leader Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson) and members Teyla (Rachel Luttrell) and Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa) are neither especially well-written nor well-played. The return of Richard Dean Anderson (and his sense of humor) as General Jack O'Neill, the SG-1 mainstay during most of its run, for a few cameos is most welcome, as is the presence of the Wraith, the series' principal villains (SG-1 fans will also recognize the "sentient machines" known as the Replicators from that series). With their flowing white locks, cat-like eyes, pale, almost translucent skin, ultra-fine black leather dusters, and, in one case, shades that would make a Hollywood hipster envious, the Wraith remain the coolest bad guys on the sci-fi scene. We already knew that they feed on humans, but this season brings some startling new revelations, particularly in "Common Ground," an excellent episode that finds Sheppard and a Wraith (Christopher Heyerdahl) forming an unlikely alliance against a mutual enemy; we also witness the return of the Wraith known as Michael (Connor Trinneer), who was the subject of the Atlantis team's ongoing "retro-virus" experiment (designed to make Wraiths human) in Season Two and plays a significant recurring role in Season Three. Other developments are apparent as well, but most dramatic of all is the death of one of the team's key members.


Stargate Atlantis isn't the most original TV show ever created; in fact, elements of The Running Man, Alien, The Abyss, Enemy Mine, and other sci-fi works are sometimes so obvious that the characters themselves mention them in dialogue. But as always, the action sequences, special effects, models, and other technical elements are first-rate, as are the bonus features, which include episode commentaries, featurettes, and photo galleries. --Sam Graham

Stargate Atlantis: Season Four

Replicators and Wraith. ZPMs and hyperdrives. Good guys, bad guys, and guys who could go either way. They’re all on hand for the fourth season (originally aired in 2007-08) of Stargate Atlantis, still one of television’s finest sci-fi shows. There are a number of new developments in the course of this 20-episode run. The first is the departure of leader Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson), who’s gone from the team by the third episode, replaced by Col. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping, who will be familiar to Stargate SG-1 fans after her long stint on that now-defunct series); seems Weir’s body contains “nanites,” the elements that make up the “sentient machines” known as the Replicators, which leads to her making a supreme sacrifice on behalf of her fellow humans. (Speaking of the Replicators, these bad boys are so formidable a threat to the entire known universe that even the Wraith--the cat-eyed, white-haired, weird-skinned, vampire-like Johnny Winter lookalikes who feed on humans--fear them, resulting in a rather fraught, on-again-off-again alliance with the Stargaters. Unfortunately, the Replicator-Wraith showdown, which could have made Godzilla v. Megalon look like a game of tag, isn’t exploited to nearly the degree one might have wished for.) Meanwhile, the team’s personal lives are examined more closely this time, as Teyla (Rachel Luttrell) becomes pregnant, dreadlocked beefcake dude Ronon (Jason Momoa) considers rejoining his original tribe, irreverent hero Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) returns to Earth for his father’s funeral (where he runs into his ex-wife and estranged brother), and genius scientist Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett, a good actor whose character’s incessant glass-half-empty, pessimistic whining is getting a bit old by now) once again meets up with his sister, who also made an appearance in Season Three. Overall, the fourth season contains several terrific stories (like “Adrift,” in which the entire city of Atlantis heads into space in search of a new home planet, “Tabula Rasa,” in which the crew is infected with amnesia, and “Trio,” described by its creators as the most logistically complex episode of the entire series), and a smattering that aren’t so hot. As always, Atlantis has terrific special effects, sets, and action (this show ain’t cheap to produce, and it shows), plenty of wit (Sheppard, upon being served a strange-looking meal by his captors: “Is that a form of torture?”), and a very generous selection of bonus features, which include commentaries for every episode, featurettes, and photo galleries. --Sam Graham

Stargate Atlantis: Season Five

As the curtain is drawn on the first of the 20 episodes that comprise this fifth (and apparently last) season of Stargate Atlantis, we’re assured that “the threat level is down” across the universe. The “sentient machines” known as the Replicators have been defeated; The Wraith, the white-haired, translucent-skinned, cat-eyed vampire dudes who have been our heroes’ principal nemeses all along, are in disarray; And while the character known as Michael, who was the subject of the team's ongoing ""retro-virus"" experiment (designed to make Wraiths human) in Season Two and played a significant recurring role in Season Three, is still around, he too no longer inspires much dread. So, “the threat level is down,” right? Yeah, right. You don’t need to be an astrophysicist to know that rosy analysis is mere wishful thinking. Indeed, Michael’s human-Wraith “hybrids” are a serious menace almost immediately; and by the end of the season, not only have the Wraith pulled themselves together, they have constructed the mother of all “hive ships,” located Planet Earth, and begun attacking it. In between, regular Atlantis fans will witness a few significant developments: among other things, Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1 veteran Amanda Tapping), who took over command of Atlantis in Season Four, is soon replaced by the by-the-book civilian Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo); team member Teyla (Rachel Luttrell) has a baby; and Rodney McKay (David Hewlett), the kvetching genius scientist, and medical doc Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) kindle a romantic relationship. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), another SG-1 veteran, appears in two mid-season episodes.

Story-wise, Season Five offers considerable variety; “The Daedalus Variations” is heady sci-fi filled with technical mumbo-jumbo about parallel universes, while “Whispers” is a zombie jamboree straight out of Night of the Living Dead, and Vegas, an “alternate reality episode” in which Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan, in what is still the show’s most appealing role) plays a beleaguered homicide detective, takes place almost entirely in that city. As usual, the best stories are the ones involving the Wraith, including “The Queen,” in which Teyla temporarily transforms into one of those villainous creatures. Also as usual, the visual effects are first-rate, and the bonus material is copious (including commentaries for every episode and all manner of featurettes) and impressive. If this is indeed the end of Stargate Atlantis as a series (a feature-length movie is already in production), it will certainly be missed--but at least they’re quitting while they’re ahead. --Sam Graham


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First of all, the packaging for the blu-ray set is simple. A small cardboard case with two thick plastic cases containing the first four seasons, and a thinner, four disc case for season five.

After viewing a few of the episodes, I can honestly say the video quality is superb. The colors are bright and vivid and SGA hasn't ever looked this good. I had bought the "Fan's Choice" blu-ray with three episodes, and it's safe to say the rest of the series has been transferred to high-def just as well.

The audio is to be expected, 5.1 DTS and I haven't noticed anything I could complain about.

There are too many special features to list, but there are more than pretty much any other boxset I've owned. Quite frankly it will take me months to listen to all the audio commentaries and featurettes, deleted scenes, and interviews. However, I believe they are all the same ones included in the DVD release so if you plan on upgrading to the blu-ray from the DVD set, you're paying for the higher resolution episodes, that's it.

Just a note, the special features are all in standard definition, so keep that in mind. Personally, I'm fine with that since all I care about are the actual episodes being in HD, but it's still something worth mentioning.

Highly recommended, the price alone is worth seeing SGA in such excellent quality and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase the set if you're even thinking about it.
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306 of 329 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The show is amazing... this set is not. October 18, 2009
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EDIT: This review is for the DVD version of this set only, NOT the Bluray version. I've heard that the Bluray version is much better.

Before I begin I would like to point out that this review and star rating is for this set and its packaging ONLY. The show itself is great and would get a 7 out of 5 stars from me, but before your mouth starts watering over the "Collector's Edition", hear me out.

Pros: The outside package and photos used are nice and add something you wouldn't get by buying the seasons individually. The episodes "Vegas" and "Enemy at the Gate" come in both the extended versions and broadcast versions. There is a bonus disc that has two featurettes that come only with this Complete Series set.

Cons: Where do I begin? I was appalled to find some of the discs were scratched and has smudges on them (most notably the season one discs and the bonus disc). One disc had errors, even though there were no apparent scratches on it. The 26 disc are divided up into seasons, and those individual seasons are housed in thick glossy paper with slits in it for the discs. The discs are supposed to be held in by rubber knobs... it was very hard to get the discs onto these knobs, and when you pulled a disc off of one, sometimes little pieces of the knob would come off with it and the knob would often smudge the disc. The Season One folder would ALWAYS catch on a tab just inside the packaging when you pull out the "drawer" to get a disc (a way around this is to lay down the season one folder on it's side; the rest can stay upright).

Although this isn't really a pro or con, I was a little disappointed that they reused the discs put into the individual season sets.
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146 of 155 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good series, terrible packaging October 15, 2009
By D
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So I like the series, and I'm enjoying it right now. The problem I have was with the packaging. If you bought the complete SG-1 series, it came in two large foldout cases of something to the effect of glossy cardboard. Roughly 3 of the disks were damaged and some episodes wouldn't play. You can see a lot of message boards talking of similar problems.
The Atlantis set takes the poor planning a step further. It is broken up by season, but uses the same glossy paper, and now a hard gel-ish holder for the middle of the disc which is both unnecessary and annoying. I don't know if any of the discs are damaged yet, but if I leave them in the current case, they likely will become as such soon.

Save yourself A LOT of headache and buy a CD/DVD case at the same time.
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129 of 139 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Manufacturing of DVD's October 21, 2009
By Travis
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I had already seen most of the TV series, it's great, no complains on it. I'm a huge SG fan and have the full 10 season SG-1 set as well, in addition to the DVD release movies.

The disks are in bad shape, I noticed scratches on some but they played fine. Got to 3rd disk, and it had defects so bad it was unwatchable. I'm in the process of sending it back now, hope my replacement is in better shape but I don't have my hopes up.

Packaging looks nice, but as others mentioned it's not handy for using the disks, the gel center holders make it hard to get the disks in and out.

I'll edit in any further issues I come across, hopefully the replacement will be better. Quality control utterly failed somewhere in the manufacturing process of these disks. I heard similar complains about my SG-1 disk set, but the one I got was fine, maybe eventually I will get a second run of sets with better quality standards eventually.

EDIT: Got replacement set, these don't appear to be as bad as the others, but still some scratches. 1st Season seems to be the worst, however I have not found a disk that does not play well yet.
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yes, next SG1 on BR:)?
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