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Stargate (Ultimate Edition) (1994)

Kurt Russell , James Spader , Roland Emmerich  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (885 customer reviews)

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  • 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: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (885 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844I8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stargate (Ultimate Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurette: "Is There a Stargate?" includes an interview with Erich von Daniken, author of Chariots of the Gods?

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Product Description

Newly re-mastered Single-disc ulitmate edition, starring Kurt russell and James Spader.

Additional Features

Nothing beats a sci-fi movie with wall-shaking sound, and the Stargate Ultimate Edition delivers the goods with 6.1 DTS ES and 5.1 Dolby Digital EX. Yes, Stargate has been released on DVD numerous times, but this 2003 version is the best yet, with improved sound and a generally clean picture that's now anamorphically enhanced for widescreen televisions. Note: The current Stargate Ultimate Edition is a stripped-down version with only a featurette and commentary track. 

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97 of 102 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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173 of 187 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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157 of 173 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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146 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a way, a very realistic movie... June 8, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First off, once you get past the idea of a Stargate the rest kind of falls into place. The government, with the help of Professor Daniel Jackson (James Spader), figures out how to work it. Pro. Jackson, with an escort of soliders led by Colonel Jack O'Neil (Kurt Russell) step through it to the other side.
They find a desert planet where humans are being made to mine for the same material that the gate was made from.
The people are Egyptians who were removed from Earth over 10,000 years ago, by an alien, and even Daniel Jackson can't understand their language because living languages CHANGE.
The movie is careful to stay away from many of the cliches of most sci-fi movies but also stays away from having characters which are TOO simple. Both Daniel and Jack (played by James and Kurt) are real people, not cardboard cut-outs, with all the flaws and merits of our own reality. The natives are catch between trying to be friendly towards strangers AND not pissing off their Gods.
The science and technology used by Ra and his men look very sleek and very real. From the spaceship to the gliders, everything has a touch of old Egyptian myth mixed with advanced alien know-how.
The DVD comes with two versions of the movie, Director's Cut and the theatrical cut, in which the former has audio commentary. The DVDs also have a great 'Making of Stargate' featurette, a 'Is There a Stargate?' short starring Erich von Daniken himself, trailers, scane access, crew and cast information and production notes.
Everything you could want in a DVD set, a mixture of sound science fiction, a touch of great effects and the pinch of old fashion adventure. This is a great pop corn flick. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The movie looks really great on blu-ray and there is some added footage which answers a couple of questions.
Published 3 days ago by sbeer101
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a classic enjoyed it.
Published 6 days ago by Steve Coburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie
Published 10 days ago by Christopher E. Latin
5.0 out of 5 stars well this was very different as i think it sets up for the Series and...
Yes, well this was very different as i think it sets up for the Series and helps us with the O'Neil character later on in the series to see just how far he comes from being... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mr. Alan P. Jarrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love this kind of sci-fi - well made too
Published 17 days ago by whimsical_one
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Product was as described and delivered on time
Published 18 days ago by Tyler J Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Best movie ever
Published 18 days ago by Felipe Jimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 21 days ago by josh
4.0 out of 5 stars Stargate (Ultimate Edition)
I started watching Stargate SG-1 on Amazon Prime Instant Video and realized that it had been a long time since I had seen the original Stargate movie, so I watched the original... Read more
Published 24 days ago by MM
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like sci-fi you have to like this box office record setter.
Really good Sci-fi. Good affects even by newer standards. Better plot than most.
Published 25 days ago by R. Miller
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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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