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Stargate Atlantis - Rising (Pilot Episode) (2004)

Joe Flanigan , Torri Higginson , Martin Wood  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Francks, David Hewlett
  • Directors: Martin Wood
  • Writers: Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper
  • Producers: Martin Wood, Brad Wright, Jennifer Johnson, Joseph Mallozzi, Michael Greenburg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009299PG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stargate Atlantis - Rising (Pilot Episode)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurette: Preview to Atlantis
  • Sneak peek: Stargate Atlantis Season 2
  • Stargate SG-1: The Alliance video game art and teaser trailer
  • Special features are not closed captioned

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Product Description

When SG-1 discovers what it believes to be the remnants of the Lost City of the Ancients ? the originators of the Stargates ? Stargate Command launches an investigation. A new team of explorers, headed by civilian Dr. Elizabeth Weir, travels to the distant Pegasus Galaxy, where it discovers an advanced but deserted city on the ocean floor, a group of nomadic humans and a deadly enemy that feeds on humans as an energy source!

There are those who may regard it as old wine in a new bottle, but that doesn't mean that Stargate Atlantis doesn't have something to offer to both newcomers and fans of Stargate SG-1, the franchise from which it evolved. Co-creators and executive producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, both of whom worked on the earlier show, have concocted an appealing premise for this spin-off, in which the so-called Ancients abandoned Earth millions of years earlier, taking their city (i.e., Atlantis) with them. Now, a new team has gained access (via the Stargate, the "wormhole" our heroes use to travel to different worlds) to the legendary sunken city, where new adventures and deadly new enemies await. Stargate SG-1 stars Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks make appearances in this series premiere, but the focus is on the new characters. Of these, Joe Flanigan excels as the insouciant Major John Sheppard, an Air Force pilot unexpectedly recruited for the new mission because of his preternatural ability to interface with the Ancients' wondrous technology. The new leader is Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson), a role that is neither especially well-written nor well-played. The new monster-villains, replacing the trusty old Goa'uld, are the Wraith, whose name is actually cooler than they are; they may eat humans, in addition to being all-powerful (natch), but they tend to come off like refugees from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Overall, the production values and special effects remain top-notch, especially for television, and the story itself is OK. But while Stargate Atlantis is certainly promising, it has a ways to go to equal its predecessor, which remains one of the best-made, most compelling sci-fi programs on television. --Sam Graham

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
First off, you may want to read this, then skip over to the season 1 boxed set, as that contains this episode, and the entire first season. It pretty much makes this one defunct. Aside from that, this is a very thrilling start to the SG-1 spinoff, and they've assembled a very interesting team for the show. It's too bad Robert Patrick didn't stay on as a regular, as I liked his tough as nails military leader attitude, and the clashing between him, Sheppard and Weir.

The story revolves around SG-1's discovery of a new Stargate on Antartica, at the end of Season 7, and then Daniel Jackson uncovers a link to the Stargate at the real Atlantis. This new team, headed by civilian Elizabeth Weir, and militarily by Colonel Sumner (Robert Patrick) are sent in to investigate the new find, knowing that they may never safely return. What they find is the ancient city of Atlantis, buried beneath an ocean on a planet in the Pegasus Galaxy. There, they find there isn't enough power to keep the city's shields from imploding with water, so they send a team led by Sumner to a random Stargate dialed from an Ancient code. It is here they encounter the two main races of beings which they will deal for most of the first season, the Athosians and the Wraith.

The Athosians are a nomadic tribe like people, who are friendly, and the Wraith are their feared enemies, but were not seen for a very long time. The SG team's presence there causes the Wraith to awaken, and the Athosians are forced to relocate to Atlantis, which has now risen from the water to become a spectacular city again.

There is plenty of action and tension throughout the entire pilot, and it gives high expectations for the new series.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE PEAPLE!! DON'T BELIEVE THAT GUY! April 24, 2005
A Kid's Review
DO NOT believe that guy who says that the 2-parter pilot episode won't be included in the Atlantis season 1 boxset. Of course it will be. The thing is you won't get a special box for "Rising". The boxSET will contain 5 discs. Every disc has 4 episodes on it. "Rising" will be on the first disc with among episode 3 and 4. If you are a MAJOR FAN of the show and really can't wait for the whole boxset then go ahead. And if you think you'll need this special neat box I'm not stopping you. But please understand that if you think you can wait then don't buy it. It costs alot and THESE EPISODES ARE INCLUDED IN THE BOX SET.
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93 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please tell me you're releasing a box set! April 11, 2005
Seeing just the pilot movie for sale makes me skittish. I really dislike it when companies release shows piece-meal. I'd like to know if this will be part of a Season 1 box set later so I can save my money. Or do they plan on releasing them bit by bit much like Farscape and Andromeda only to turn around later and sell you the same thing in a neat little box set? I like what we've come to expect from SG1 and am hoping that SciFi/MGM don't begin this nerve racking trend. Anyway the spin off from the original SG1 is clever and refreshing, something Stargate fans should really enjoy. But please tell me you're putting out a box set I'm sure many agree with me on this. Loyal fans of the show deserve better! Can I get an Amen!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Springboard to a Really Good Spin-off July 4, 2005
This is a good introductory DVD to the spin-off of SG-1, though I concur with those who've complained that it should have been released not on its lonesome, but rather with the full Season 1. The Rising is definitely a lead-in to the rest of the series and though it's a good episode, it's not necessarily the best representative episode of Season 1. Some of the characters aren't as well developed as others in this episode (Rodney McKay comes to mind--IMHO he's become the most interesting of the group and his developing dynamic in Season 1 with Sheppard is equal to that of Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson of SG-1) and the Wraith aren't fully compelling yet.

The best reason to get this ahead of the full release is the commentary by Joe Flanigan and Martin Wood--there are some interesting insights offered. The other features are sort of bland.

Atlantis itself is a worthy successor to Stargate SG-1 and probably has even more potential than its predecessor in that the spin-off's characters are, in some ways, more engagingly complex. If SG-1 is home to the "epic superheroes who always save the day," then Atlantis is home to the "everyday guys you can relate to and who save the day in spite of their shortcomings." The latter is likely to yield far more drama over the long term.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
gotta say to start out that rising is possibly one of THE best tv pilots i have ever seen, and certainly better than the SG1 pilot (though the latter is certainly to be expected what with the crew being so well-oiled after 7 seasons od SG1 :)), and i'd really forgotten how great it was until i watched it again after the season was over!

though i'll admit, even as a great fan of the show, that the wraith don't really become a terrifying enemy until about half-way through the season and surely some characters didn't get much development til very late in the season, i still will oppose the skeptics (of which i know there are many) and say this is an excellent series and has an excellent pilot :) can't wait for the whole season on dvd this fall, but this ep alone is certainly better than nothing for the time being :)

this show has an excellent cast (especially joe flanigan, who plays the unprepared and unexpected, not to mention emotionally-hurting, hero just incredibly-well over the course of the first season and rising is no exception), amazingly-talented crew, and great stories (excluding the few duds which every show is bound to have :D)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it rocks
Published 14 days ago by buckshot
4.0 out of 5 stars SG Atlantis-Rising
Good Sci/Fi action adventure seqel to SG-1. The begining offering of this series with Joe Flanigan. The Wraith are a different type emeny.
Published 12 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series
We've been adding to our collection and that includes all the extra movies. The movie came quickly and as described. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars love
i miss the show. i was it did not end. i give it att. i should buy the movie. cool
Published 18 months ago by teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this series.
We have been big fans of Stargate Atlantis, the new series. Even now, we throw in a disk now and then and still enjoy the show. Highly recommended.
Published on September 28, 2012 by terster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sci-fi
This was an excellent movie. It reminds me of what sci-fi used to be, before it went "pop". Be sure to watch the series episodes as well.
Published on August 22, 2011 by globaltrekkie
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD TV SERIES, GREAT PRICE
I had been looking for this in the stores in my area, if they did have it it was about $9.00. I said I know I can get this cheaper and did on Amazon. Thanks. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by kewpielover
5.0 out of 5 stars high rating
this arrived very quickly and in great condition. Will recommend this vendor to anyone
Published on October 10, 2010 by GJ Ainsworth
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading! Buy Season One instead!
I bought this because I thought it was separate from Season One, but it's just the first episode of season one, set off as a separate DVD, and pretty expensive too. Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by E. Miranda Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Love Star Gate Atlantis and the pilot episode was great! :) It arrived on time, no problems with it at all! Great experience buying online! Thank you! :) Wendy
Published on April 14, 2010 by Wendy M. Johnson
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