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Finally a worthy release!,
This review is from: Stargate [Blu-ray] (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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Initial post: Apr 7, 2010 6:17:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2011 4:32:59 PM PST
I see no reason to laud Lionsgate for releasing a decent version of Stargate after initially releasing a horrible transfer in Blu-Ray. Are we to commend manufacturers for releasing an unacceptable product followed by another version of the product that is finally acceptable? I bought the first version of the Blu-Ray release trusting that the transfer would be decent. Unfortunately, most of the artifacts in the first release weren't Egyptian! The grain was excessive, the color pathetic and the sound only so-so. I don't intend to reward this way of doing business. My version says "1080p/Beyond High Definition," when all it was was a ripoff.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2010 8:47:05 AM PDT
I chalk that up to Lionsgate rushing a release back in 2006 to capitalize on the emerging blu-ray format. Try to understand that the transfers in the initial batch of most blu-rays were lacking, and Stargate was one of the first format releases. If you recall, back in 1997 when the DVD format was new, the disc transfers were similarly bad; some people even complained the the LaserDisc releases of the same movies from that time period were better. I'm not defending Lionsgate's lousy original disc, but I do recommend buying this version, only because the quality difference is night and day; the fact I was able to purchase it for $10 from BB ("Big Box") because of a pricing error was icing on the cake.
Posted on Jun 20, 2010 7:15:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2010 7:16:23 PM PDT
Jerome Bush says:
Discmangate: your review was spot on! I can see the tiniest drops of sweat on Russell's face, and the sound? The part where the team first goes through the stargate is circular (all 7 speakers and subwoofer firing--probably the best 7.1 I've heard) and spectacular. I don't know what kind of TV or blu-ray players the others are using, but the improvment is night and day. I, too, bought the original blu-ray. I just sold it on EBAY. This one was very much worth buying (got it at Wal-Mart for 20 bucks--I know it's 16 here, but figure in the shipping, and it comes out the same; plus I get the DVD immediately). I figure I'll lose $10 after the sale on EBAY, but this is the one to get!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2013 5:05:29 PM PDT
The film has an AVERAGE bitrate around 24Mbps. It has peaks much higher.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2014 11:21:29 PM PDT
Unfortunately, Amazon sometimes puts reviews for one version on all the versions. I got the 15th anniversary edition and it looks great.
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