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Stargate 15Th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
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An Egyptologist, a colonel and his team are transported to an ancient land of pyramids, slaves and an alien ruler.
The Stargate universe has expanded so rapidly since 1997, what with three TV series, three additional movies, and even an animated show, that it's possible to overlook the big bang that started it all. This Blu-ray release of director Roland Emmerich's 1994 Stargate theatrical film should help remedy that, especially as it's accompanied by a raft of bonus material. Emmerich and Dean Devlin, his co-screenwriter, envisioned a sci-fi epic with a working title of "Lawrence of Arabia" in Outer Space--an apt description for a big-budget project that, while sometimes burdened with some silly plot details, never fails to impress. As the film begins, archaeologists in Egypt discover the ancient stargate in 1928--yet it isn't until many decades later that the disheveled but brilliant Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader), a linguistics expert, figures out that this ancient doorway between worlds can transport humans to the far side of the universe in a matter of seconds. The discovery soon becomes a top-secret military operation, with Colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell, in a far more serious portrayal than the insouciant character played by Richard Dean Anderson in the Stargate SG-1 television series) leading a mission that lands him, Jackson, and a group of soldiers on a desert planet where a primitive race lives under the heavy hand of Ra (Jaye Davidson, fresh off an Oscar-nominated performance in The Crying Game), an omnipotent Egyptian god who's kept himself alive through the millennia by inhabiting a human body. The visitors get along fine with the peaceful villagers (indeed, Jackson falls in love with one of them), but Ra and his minions are a different story, especially once Ra realizes that O'Neill intends to destroy the stargate, thus prohibiting any further travel to Earth. In the end, despite the story's lofty pretensions (it's suggested that the bad guys visited here some 10,000 years earlier--so might we all be descended from aliens?), lots of stuff gets blown up, and our heroes… well, suffice to say that there aren't a lot of surprises, which is by no means a bad thing.
Stargate is an impressive technical achievement; the sets are magnificent, the effects are convincing (especially since it was made at a time when computer-generated imagery was in an embryonic stage), and the distant planet's inhabitants even speak a version of ancient Egyptian. All of that is explained in the better and more recent of two making-of featurettes contained in the bonus material. Other extras include an unrated, extended (by about eight minutes) cut of the film; featurettes examining the possibility of a real stargate and other pseudo-science; a gag reel; a trivia contest; audio commentary by Emmerich and Devlin; and an interesting picture-in-picture "ultimate knowledge" option in which various experts discuss the production's Egyptian iconography and other details. --Sam Graham
• DTS HD High Resolution ES Audio
• 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX Audio
• Audio Commentary with Director Ro land Emmerich and Producer Dean Devlin
• Interactive Menus Powered by Metamenu Technology
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But anyway, ignoring the junk gag reel, this is definitely the edition to get if you want to add this movie to your collection.
CON: You have to sit through at least 15 minutes of ads for "upcoming" movies and TV shows before it even gets to the menu. And you can't skip past it...you're just stuck with it. So pop in the DVD and then go pop some popcorn, use the rest room, maybe even eat dinner. By the time you're back, the menu will finally come up and you can watch the movie.
I've watched all the tv spinoffs and they all leave me cold as Star Trek wannabees and I soon get bored of watching them be it SG-Atlantis, etc. What makes this movie so great is that I've watched it so many times and I still enjoy it. Although Kurt Russell didn't want to do this film at first I think his performance here is exceptional and so is James Spader's. In fact the entire casting was inspired and I can find nothing even to nitpick about to criticise this film. Having watched both versions, I think the thearetical version is still the better film and the added scenes for the extended version do not really add that much more to the overall emjoyment of the film however it is still nice to have to two to watch and to compare. I now wait with bated breath for a similarly great treatment of "Beastmaster - The Movie" but hopefully in a nifty digibook format.
As for this release of "Stargate - The Movie" I cannot recommended it highly enough.
But, this Blu Ray version is just fantastic---the quality of the gate
and the sharpness of the pictures just really jumps out at you with
it's clarity and the surround sound is absolutely tremendous. Most
definitely worth the price----actually worth a lot more than the Amazon
reduced rate. The extras are quite interesting and enjoyable, if you
are a film buff as I am. I'm sure you will enjoy it----if you like
Science Fantasy or just enjoy a good action movie. Kellybob
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