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Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods (2009)

Richard Dean Anderson  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Dean Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029WLJHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,346 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Forced Trailers: Stargate Universe Trailer, Stargate SG-1 Franchise Trailer
  • Commentary by Brad Wright
  • Featurette

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Remastered, recut, reimagined, remarkable! The thrilling pilot episode of television’s longest-running sci-fi series is now yours to own on DVD! With exclusive special features and masterful fine-tuning from series Co-Creator Brad Wright, Stargate SG-1 Children of the Gods Final Cut is a whole new experience.

Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) leads a formidable team on a mission to Abydos to defeat fierce warriors led by the vicious Ra.  With the threat of the brutal Goa’uld hanging over the galaxy, the team must succeed – or General Hammond (Don S. Davis) will unleash an apocalyptic solution!
  • Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby Surround / French: Dolby Surround
  • Language: Dubbed & Subtitled: English, French & Spanish
  • Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Full Screen: 1.78:1

  • New Edit with Never-Viewed Scenes
  • New and Enhanced Visual Effects
  • Revoiced Performance by Christopher Judge
  • Original Score by Joel Goldsmith
  • Special Features includes: Commentary by Co-Creator Brad Wright and Actor Richard Dean Anderson and Back to the Beginning Featurette

For the legions of Stargate SG-1 fans who followed the series from its inception in 1997 through the final episode some 10 years later, Children of the Gods will be like taking a trip back in time, albeit with a minor detour. This is the pilot episode of the show, but under the guidance of executive producer Brad Wright, it has been polished up and given a fresh coat of paint, as it were. At 93 minutes, it’s a little shorter, with some material deleted (including a very brief nude scene) and some added. The original musical score has been restored, special effects sequences have been enhanced, and, in perhaps the most notable change, actor Christopher Judge (Teal’c) has re-voiced his entire performance. This is Stargate before there even was an SG-1 team. Only when the heroic but insouciant Col. Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), who took part in the one and only previous Stargate mission (depicted in the feature film that started the whole thing in 1994), is called out of retirement to battle the dreaded Goa’uld does he even meet science geek Capt. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), reunite with Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), and come across the alien Teal’c, who spends most of the pilot as one of the bad guys. The gate itself is barely understood; in fact, our heroes at first think it only leads to one other place in the universe: the planet Abydos. In hindsight, all of this seems somewhat primitive (and even the improved visual sequences aren’t up to later standards). But that’s part of the fun--loyal viewers will definitely enjoy revisiting what amounts to an "origins episode," knowing full well that Stargate SG-1 soon evolved into one of TV’s most durable and well-executed sci-fi shows. Bonus material includes audio commentary and a featurette detailing the developments leading to this reissue. --Sam Graham

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140 of 141 people found the following review helpful
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I have to admit that I was apprehensive about the content and undecided as to whether or not I would buy this DVD. I read the reviews on, and ultimately decided to buy it, since I was very curious to see it, and wondered what exactly was put in that was different. Brad Wright, in the featurette, admits he took out 7 minutes of the original footage, but enthusiastically says that he "put in new footage." I am an ardent Stargate fan, and I was hoping to see some interesting new footage.

First, several of my favorite lines were removed - Carter's "Just because my reproductive organs are on the inside..." speech is removed, and frankly I object to that for two reasons - first, people watching Moebius in season 8 will not get the joke as she repeats those lines, and secondly, I think it makes O'Neill's line a bit later "I don't have a problem with women, I like women..." seem a bit out of context to me. Also removed - O'Neill's back and forth with Hammond about writing a book after retirement - that was funny, and I miss it!

Changed, just for example, when the team first gets to Abydos, and O'Neill brushes past Daniel to get to Skaara, he actually brushes him in the original, leading to a slightly hurt look from Daniel as he recoils from the brush-by. In this version, that does not occur. It is interesting to me to see the different ways the shoot a scene. The dead Jaffa that is unveiled now also has a friend - female at that, which goes against Canon. The prison scene where Daniel regains consciousness seems to have more dialogue between him and Jack, and he seems to almost pass out a couple more times than I remember from the original. The scene where Daniel and Sam are dialing the gate at the end is shorter.
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105 of 116 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For new comers only! (Maybe) August 24, 2009
First off, dont get me wrong i LOVE Stargate! i own every DVD of both SG1 and Atlantis, even have a few novles! Shows i watch and watch and love the more i watch! When i first heard last year about this "re-imagined" pilot movie i was excited! Becaused it is one of my fave episodes of SG1 (If not my first)
But when i watched this right off the bat i was deeply disappointed! Lines were cut out from the movie that didnt even need to be! making much of the start seem rushed! Sam's intro scene got a big chop, She has a few new lines here and there in the movie as well. Brad Wright said it made her character 'stronger' i didnt see this! Because she seems more wide eyed then in the original! Especially when she meets Dr Jackson for the 1st time!(i did a face palm to that one!)
Teal'c (Christopher Judge) had his ADR re looped making him sound out of Season ten where his voice has become alot deeper with age. The new CGI isnt anything that made me go 'wow what an improvement!' Yeah the nudity scene was cut, this i didnt mind cause thats not what Sg1 is about, but the few new 'scenes' added in have changed the flow of the movie for me! The new scenes are nothing worth the money of this DVD! They seemed rushed and poorly scripted (and the reason why this dvd was done was cause Wright didnt like most of the early writing?) Most are just different takes of scenes that were in the original, which i guess were not In the original because they werent as good in performance and scripting!!
The biggest sin of a change was taking out the "Macgyver" referance, which i thought was a nice touch to Richard Dean Anderson who is one of may fav actors! But this next change is what has me stumped the most! Where Major Kawalsky gets a Goa'uld in him is completely removed, why? I have no idea!!
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162 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH better than the Original! July 19, 2009
I don't know about the others on this board, but I have actually watched through the movie, listened to the commentary track, and viewed the featurette. If I have any one complaint, it would be for a longer featurette.

First of all, this is a completely new re-edit. Expositional scenes that are establishing the basis of the series (which are wordy and slow the pace of the original pilot) are trimmed. The action is tighter. The movie has also been re-scored, whereas the pilot contained re-hashed music from the original Stargate feature film. There are also a handful of new shots, improved special effects, and a re-recording of Teal'c's voice (no longer does he have that strange accent that he had in the pilot, but it is now in keeping with the rest of the series).

There is no longer any graphic nudity. Carter no longer makes the cringe-inducing comment about her reproductive organs being on the inside, nor does she say she can "McGuyver" anything, and a continuity error has been removed regarding being able to step back through the Stargate once entering (see Apophis' entrance at the beginning of the film).

There are new scenes trimmed from the pilot now restored in this film. In all, this feels like a film and not like a studio pilot. As a result, the entire feature "feels" more in keeping with the series as a whole.

Richard Dean Anderson joins the commentary track; all in all, an enjoyable commentary.

The feature is presented in Widescreen 1.78:1 and Dolby 5.1 surround. The quality of the presentation on DVD is much better than the original box set pilot and feels much less "compressed."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the original pilot
Much better than the original pilot. If all of the first few seasons were cleaned up as this one, the Stargate franchise might still be alive and well today. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great SciFi without all the gore.
If you like SciFi, it's a good one. Hardly any bad language, and very clean movie. Although not a kids movie, you don't have to worry about them seeing or hearing something they... Read more
Published 5 days ago by mapumba
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought this was a remake of the first Stargate movie ...
Thought this was a remake of the first Stargate movie, but in the timescale it seems to be between Curt's version and the first released episode on TV. Read more
Published 15 days ago by pinball_wizard
5.0 out of 5 stars Stargate one of a kind
This 100 times better than the Star Trek series
Published 18 days ago by Jack W. Rohrabaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It is what I wanted and it works
Published 23 days ago by Ron Denman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Love Stargate. This is simply the first episode or two of season one combined into a movie length show.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Had hours of great movie fun
Published 1 month ago by brenda j kwitkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Stargate fans fav!!!!
If you are a stargate fan; this is a must for your collection. It is a very extended version of the pilot. My family are all stargate nuts!!!! We love watching this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Ronald Lighthall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ty so much what a deal!
Published 2 months ago by fruit ninja
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