Stargate - The Ark of Truth
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- Commentary by Robert C. Cooper, Christopher Judge, and Peter Woeste
- The Ark of Truth: Stargate at Comic-Con
- Uncovering the Ark of Truth featurette
- Stargate SG-1: The Road Taken--Prelude to Stargate: The Ark of Truth
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I have to preface this review with the statement that I am an avid Stargate fan, and as such, my review may be biased (but I think not!)
After enduring season 4 of Atlantis this year, it is nice to get back to the show I truly love, Sg-1. Opposed to Atlantis, SG-1 takes place on earth, spends time on the explorations, and takes into account ancient mythologies, opposed to Atlantis, which is more action oriented, with dumbed down dialog, and shooting anything that moves.
I have been awaiting this release since it was announced, it finally came to my home yesterday, I watched the movie, then the extras (comic con conference which was really cool! and a behind the scenes which was great as well (this is almost 1 hour of material), I then watched the movie again, this time with commentary (again, I love SG-1).
This dvd has a "prelude" which basically goes over everything you need to freshen up on to fully enjoy and prepare for this viewing. As someone who has seen each episode of stargate countless times, I found this prelude a great review, as it has been a while since I watched it all.
The movie then follows, and it is a great movie. The scenery in this movie is astounding, it looks much better than we are used to seeing on the TV show. The pacing is slower, more akin to when the show aired on Showtime, which works well, as the aspect of stargate that i enjoy most, is the interactions between the characters, the explorations of new worlds and civilizations, and how everyone reacts to the culture.
This brings the conclusion to a satisfying end. I think several of the cliffhangers are drawn out a bit much (putting a tad too much tension near the end), but all in all, I enjoyed the movie.Read more ›
Ark of Truth was good. Not great. I really like the actors and the characters they portray. The effects were up there and the interesting Ori story arc was closed nicely. HOWEVER, there was nothing new here. It was an extended episode. What was worse was the whole plot thread that seemed to be added by a fan of the Terminator. It was cheap and a waste. I can only guess their reasons for it but it was insulting to have to watch that to get to the real story.
The ending hints at more adventures to come and I'm glad for that. Maybe they can take the Ark over to the Pegasus galaxy...
Stargate has always had its homages to other genre shows and they are clearly on display here -- the opening caption paraphrasing "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away", the peak-to-peak aeral shot just beging for Gondor outposts to light the signal fires, a Terminator-like rise from an explosion, ... (I'm sure folks can spot more).
The visual effects were lovely, and there were some really good bits of characterization. The converation between Teal'c and Tomin was wonderful, as was Tomin's final scene with Vala.
As for the rest...
While many a Stargate villain comes direct from Central Casting, Marrick (the IOA guy) is particularly ill-written in a series that brought us Senator Kinsey, Colonel Maybourne, and even the briefly-referenced Mr. Woolsey. In prior episodes where the IOA, NID, or Senator Kinsey were challenging the SGC often they had a legitimate PoV, even if they were wrong. Here, they are just wrong and profoundly stupid.
Similarly, Adria mostly gets to chew scenery in her scenes with Vala rather than have some character development before her inevitable defeat. (Itself a solution borrowed from Oma Desala's final battle with Anubis.)
Others have commented on problems with the Replicator subplot and Repli-terminator -- one other aside -- what did they make the walls and BLUs (blinkie-light-units, per the commentaries) out of?! Thousands of high-power rounds blasted around them, and not one bit of damage? Yet they bend when Mitchell is tossed into them? Yes, limits of CGIs, but might have been nice to show some collateral damage on a movie-scale budget.
The wounded Teal'c walking montage eventually blew my suspension of disbelief -- particularly when it is apparently occuring at the same time as Carter and Mitchell's battle with the Replicators (who knew Teal'c could walk that fast!).
The wife and I were a bit disappointed that Richard Dean Anderson didn't even put in a cameo appearance. Excellent production values as always, they won't seem better as the TV series was so good that we were all spoiled by them. The DVD includes plenty of extras including a prelude you can play previous to watching the movie. The prelude is snapshot segments from several episodes from the last two seasons and that lead up to the final battle. I bought a copy because I loved the series and it wouldn't be complete without this movie. They made it clear another movie is in the works. Let us hope there will be more exploration and singular episodic adventures for future movies. Great quality picture and sound and good replayability.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great follow up to the series....hated that they ended all the Stargate shows....such a good storyPublished 2 days ago by BRUCE LEITHEAD
A nice chapter the SG-1 story line.
Wish the show would still be on
it stopped with roughly 30 minutes left and i couldnt get it to work agaim so i gave up wish i knew how it ended ;/Published 8 days ago by mardee davis
Well had to get the last of the series Its good kind of borrows from the search for the Arc of the Covenant but you expected that anyway didn't you?Published 19 days ago by Peter Michael
Item arrived on time and as expected.
I'm a Stargate fan, so I'm biased in my review of this. Read more
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|Bring Back Stargate SG1||
I watch very little tv these days. Stargate SG-1 is the one show no matter what I watched. Now all we are left with is the heartless Atlantis. They should of kept SG-1, but I imagine the expense of keeping the actors, and writers had to do with it being cut. I truly hope we get to see more... Read More
Mar 13, 2008 by Jason | See all 7 posts
Yes, a behind the scenes look (30 mins)
A comic con sampling (very good and 20 mins)
and a prelude to the movie (9 mins)
it also has commentary on the dvd.
Mar 13, 2008 by Jason | See all 5 posts
|why is it taking so long?||
I agree. I was just at Hollywood Video and my friend walks up to me with Stargate: The Ark of Truth in his hands. I couldn't decide if i should rent it and try to cancel my preorder, if that is even possible. If I can rent it at Hollywood Video it means that indeed the movie has been released.... Read More
Mar 19, 2008 by Brad J. Dale | See all 2 posts
|Why Straight to DVD?||
That was always the plan. It must have something to do with their calculations on the budget vs. potential profit, but who knows how they decide this. Would have loved to see it on the big screen though!
Jul 15, 2008 by Lubo | See all 4 posts
|Please stop reviewing something you haven't even seen yet!||
If you look at my original post, you'll see I quoted the "Babylon 5" movies as an example of widely variable quality, and NOT as an example of a direct to video release. The purpose of citing them was to indicate that a currently unpublished direct-to-video Stargate movie won't... Read More
Dec 16, 2007 by W. B. Dowler | See all 33 posts
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