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Stargate (Special Edition) (1994)

Kurt Russell , James Spader , Roland Emmerich  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (859 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, Alexis Cruz
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Writers: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin
  • Producers: Dean Devlin, Joel B. Michaels, Mario Kassar, Oliver Eberle, Peter Winther
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (859 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305594252
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stargate (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes both the theatrical version and the special edition version with nine additional minutes of footage

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

DVD collectors may recall that the original DVD release of Stargate was controversial because it was one of the few examples of a single-layer, two-sided DVD, requiring viewers to interrupt playback and flip the disc in the middle of the movie. Artisan's special-edition DVD solves that problem, and offers both the 119-minute theatrical release of the film as well as the 128-minute "special edition" version, which contains nine minutes of additional footage not shown in theaters. The commentary by director Roland Emmerich and producer-cowriter Dean Devlin offers explanation of the additional footage (most notably a prologue showing the abduction of Ra (Jaye Davidson) by an alien spacecraft in ancient Egypt), along with various insights about the film's influences and use of special effects. It's fairly routine as commentaries go (sample trivia: James Spader's production driver was one of Susan Sarandon's brothers), but Stargate fans are sure to find it enjoyable. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

In Egypt, archeologists uncover a gigantic stone ring that, decades later, is found to be an interplanetary nexus. Scientist James Spader and Air Force officer Kurt Russell head up a military expedition through the Stargate that lands them on a strange desert planet ruled by alien dictator Jaye Davidson and his jackal-helmeted minions. 119 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.0; audio commentary; biographies; deleted scenes; theatrical trailers.

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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MGM finally got it right! April 1, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
When MGM first released this film on Blu-ray (see Stargate (Extended Cut) [Blu-ray]), I bought it because it claimed to be 1080p picture quality with enhanced sound. The sound on that version was quite good, but the video quality was as if they just copied a VHS tape to Blu-ray: it was grainy, had all kinds of pixelation issues, and had no extras at all. I'm not sure what they did with all the space on the Blu-ray because they certainly didn't use it for the film.

So, I was a little leery purchasing this release because of the bad experience with the previous release. I am so glad to be proven wrong this time.

The video quality on this one is amazing! All of the images are very clear and crisp, the blacks are very black and there is none of the graininess as in the previous release. There is no pixelation that I can find. The audio quality has been boosted as well. They also spent a little time making a decent intro and menu this time as well. They have finally "done right" by this film and released it in what appears to be a new transfer from the film.

They also included all the extras found on the various releases, something completely missing from the first Blu-ray release. This kind of film demands "making of" specials, and the specials included are very interesting. They explain the sources of the film. You get to meet the director, the producers, and some of the actors as well. It's always very interesting to hear from the people who made the movie why they made the movie, what they experienced while making the film, and what they were thinking when they chose do one thing instead of something else.

If you have been waiting for a GOOD Blu-ray release, you don't have to wait any longer. This is the one to get.
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171 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a worthy release! November 1, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
After all the poor releases of this film, Lionsgate has finally stepped up and given the fans the REAL Ultimate Edition. This is a new 1080p VC-1 film-to-disc transfer (~25 Mbps peak), with an all-new 7.1 DTS-HD MA audio track (7 Mbps peak) which literally shakes the floor and sounds more alive and active than I've ever heard. I can't compare this to the 2006 blu-ray since I never purchased it (after reading that it too was subpar), but it's a massive upgrade from my 2003 Artisan disc. Rounding out this release is 4+ hours of bonus content, none of which is contained on the previous blu-ray. The best part of the deal was the fact that I was able to purchase this for $9.99 from a local big box retailer due to some confusion over which version was on sale. If you haven't purchased the 2006 blu-ray (and even if you have!) this is a must-own for fans.
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155 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Director's Cut Is Excellent! April 22, 2003
Format:DVD
I'm not sure what makes the ultimate edition much different from the special edition, as both include the director's cut and theatrical version. The ultimate edition does include a 'making of' featurette, as well as a 'Is there a stargate' featurette that isn't included on the special edition. These are both interesting, but nothing to write home about. One big difference is the audio. The ult. ed. includes DTS 6.1 audio, as well as dolby digital 5.1.
Good: Being a fan of Stargate SG-1, I wanted to own the original movie as well, and when the ult. ed. was released, knew it was time to buy. I watched the director's cut, and was amazed. There were added scenes, as well as extended existing scenes. These changes really gave me a better understanding of how things in the tv show came to be the way they are, such as the relationship between Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson. In the director's cut, we see more interaction between them. We also get more into the head of Jack, and better understand just how messed up he really is after the loss of his son.
Bad: The only disappointment I have with the ult. ed. is that there were no 'gag reels' or bloopers, or other deleted scenes included. I enjoy watching these on other DVDs I have, and would have loved to have seen them for Stargate.
Overall, I'm glad I added this DVD to my collection. My only wish is that the Stargate SG-1 DVDs included behind the scenes or blooper reels as well.
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74 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
First, let me start by saying that I love this movie. Perhaps because I traveled to Egypt when I was 16 and I saw the glory of the giant pyramids in person (just don't tell an Egyptian that it was the aliens who built their pyramids and not their ancestors, he or she will be mad at you forever!).
I also love Sci-Fi flicks, and this movie has a great story. if you haven't seen it and you like Sci-Fi movies, even adventure movies with Kurt Russell, you'll love this one.

Now about the Blu-ray DVD:

Let me say that I have been a happy HD DVD owner for almost a year now, but seeing some the movies that I love in Blu-ray only, made me decide to get a Blu-ray player.

Video: The picture quality of this Blu-ray disc shows excellent CLARITY and BRIGHTNESS and BETTER COLORS that were not on the standard DVD. It seems that the brightness level was boosted, but also at the cost of some graininess and video noise.

The Picture looks almost perfect in the bright sunny desert scenes, but with very visible grains indoors.
Overall, comparing this version to the dark (less grainy SD DVD) is like the difference between Day and Night!
Also, This BD has a cool disc menu with ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic that turn into English letter.

There was a problem with the subtitled translation of the Alien language or ancient Egyptian (I'm not sure if this language was actually made up in Hollywood like the "KLINGON" language in the Star Trek Movies). The problem is, the translation should show up in English whenever that language is spoken, but it doesn't!!!!!! One helpful reviewer on this page suggested going to the main menu and selecting English subs, and it works!, but you end up with subtitles throughout the whole movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
DVD loose in case upon arrival and disc scratched
Published 2 days ago by paula jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie. A must see if you are planning on watching the tv series SG-1. If not, still excellent and fun entertainment. Good seller. Used dvd was in perfect condition.
Published 3 days ago by Laura H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it on the screen and it was great still!
Published 5 days ago by Michelle C Winter1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is great to give a start to the entire Star Gate series.
Published 6 days ago by David M Chudzinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's good to see my favorite movie in such good condition.
Published 14 days ago by Travis Goodsell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-fi with ET connections
What makes a great Sci-Fi Movie is one that is based upon enough previously accepted information i.e. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mr. P. Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent science Fiction
An oldie but goodie from the days when movies had coherent plots that's were sufficiently interesting to hold my attention. I wore out the original DVD and had to replace it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by L. D. Harbertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blacklist and Boston Legal Fans will get a kick ...
I had forgotten that James Spader was (in my opinion) the real star of this movie! He was SO, so cute! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Nashville shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Fun Sci Fi
A great movie but doesn't come near the TV Show. I enjoyed Stargate and still do to this day. It launched a series that is known the world over. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Seconds80
5.0 out of 5 stars New BluRay but what about the New Reboot?
OK. I have the first BD version. Better then the dvd but not as good as other BD transfers. Now as I order this new BD version I'm wondering what the StarGate world thinks of the... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Tuvak
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Is the Stargate Blu-ray just the DVD SE version in 1080?
yes it is, they ran it through the most basic filters and clean up tools and just packaged the ultimate edition.

It has the same chapter structure and chapter images the same interview tracks...ect The particle noise is exactly the same in both versions.
Jan 22, 2009 by William Baker |  See all 4 posts
Two DVD versions?
The original version of the ultimate edition had a 2nd disc which had the theatrical cut of the film, and a bous feature titled "The Making of Stargate", 2 trailers, and something called cast and crew files which is basically a text writeup on various people involved int the making of...
Apr 23, 2008 by Thomas J. Fallon |  See all 5 posts
Region free?
Hello, just got it and it runs on a german PS3 perfectly. So I conclude, it is in fact region-free.
Feb 14, 2008 by Joe Tex |  See all 6 posts
119 or 128 mins?
I'm guessing, but it's probably the 2003 version of The Ultimate Edition as compared to later releases. If you read the product description for Stargate: Ultimate Ed., David Horiuchi mentions the directors cut being 9 minutes longer.
Jun 6, 2010 by D. Richardson |  See all 2 posts
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