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Kurt Russell, James Spader, Viveca Lindfors. A woman presents a professor with an ancient Egyptian artifact known as the Stargate, which he promptly decodes. His findings initiate an epic journey for Col. Jack O'Neil, who returns to active duty specifically to commandeer a mission to a desert planet more than a million light years away. 1994/color/128 min/NR.
Before they unleashed the idiotic mayhem of Independence Day and Godzilla, the idea-stealing team of director Roland Emmerich and producer-screenwriter Dean Devlin concocted this hokey hit about the discovery of an ancient portal capable of zipping travelers to "the other side of the known universe." James Spader plays the Egyptologist who successfully translates the Stargate's hieroglyphic code, and then joins a hawkish military unit (led by Kurt Russell) on a reconnaissance mission to see what's on the other side. They arrive on a desert world with cultural (and apparently supernatural) ties to Earth's ancient Egypt, where the sun god Ra (played by Jaye Davidson from The Crying Game) rules a population of slaves with armored minions and startlingly advanced technology. After being warmly welcomed into the slave camp, the earthlings encourage and support a rebellion, and while Russell threatens to blow up the Stargate to prevent its use by enemy forces, the movie collapses into a senseless series of action scenes and grandiose explosions. It's all pretty ridiculous, but Stargate found a large and appreciative audience, spawned a cable-TV series, and continues to attract science fiction fans who are more than willing to forgive its considerable faults. --Jeff Shannon
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It's difficult for buyers when the product page combines reviews for multiple versions - how can you tell which version is going to be great for you? So I'm being very specific, to help prospective buyers. Hope my tip is helpful to you as a fan.
Stargate(1994) managed to merge Egyptology with Science Fiction, creating a unique look at ancient Egyptian gods. While the movie is not perfect it proved to be a great hit amongst the sci-fi fans and spawned a number of shows; including the extremely popular Stargate SG-1 which ran 10 seasons. This Ultimate Edition DVD almost gives you the Ultimate experience of the movie, but falls short in a few areas that holds it back from being a 5 star DVD.
Almost everything is here with this DVD. The movie was completely remastered in 16:9 widescreen and re-cut into an Extended Edition. The audio and music has been remastered and now supports 5.1 Dobly and 6.1 DTS. Throw in Audio commentary with the Director and Producer, and a small Featurette: "Is there a Stargate" and you have quite a nice package. The remastered movie looks great on my 1080p upscaling DVD player, looking crisp and sounds great!
To use the term "ultimate" edition might be pushing it. I was a little let down over the lack of bloopers/gags and the lack of deleted scenes. While they did provide an extended cut I just have this feeling there are more scenes left out. Also the lack of behind the scenes and interviews is a let down; especially when this is supposed to be the "ultimate" edition.
Despite missing some bonus features the movie itself is great! You are getting a remastered, extended version of the film that will look excellent on DVD. Even with the lack of bonus features this still is the DVD to own for the movie.
Nonetheless, this movie kicks off a very long running TV show, with two spinoff series and many movies. It is meant to be fun and entertaining and it is.
Yes, it is a movie that requires a certain lack of "reality" but it is still worth a good look. The sad thing is that the BD featured has 480p video quality and more "grain" at higher resolutions than an upconverted DVD.
Still, if you have a BD player and no copy of this movie in your library, a $10 price tag and a fun ride will be waiting. Just the idea of a movie based on a 10,000 year-old renegade alien who established the Egyptian civilization is fun enough but with Spader and Russell in the lead, it's still a joy.