This lucrative, elephantine-budgeted sci-fi opus paved the way for director Roland Emmerich's mega-hit Independence Day (1996). The story commences in Giza, Egypt, circa 1928, where an archaeological expedition unearths an ancient ring with cryptic hieroglyphs. The film then moves to the present day, where Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) is busily trying to convince a group of skeptics that the pyramids were not built by man, but by an extraterrestrial force. After the lecture, a military man approaches him and offers him a job translating the said ring; its inscriptions actually constitute a map to a massive stargate (or interstellar portal). The army sends over resident crackpot colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell) to travel through the stargate and see what's on the other side; Jackson accompanies him, and the two men turn up in a desert planet on the other side of the universe, with three moons in its sky. The world in question is ruled by Ra (Jaye Davidson), a hermaphroditic Egyptian sun god, who oppresses hordes of slave workers. Jackson and O'Neill then join forces to help the said workers revolt against their oppressor.~Paul Brenner
Original theatrical version of the feature film
Unrated extended version of the feature film
"Deciphering the gate: concepts and casting" featurette
"Opening the gate: the making of the move" featurette
"Passing through the gate: the legacy" featurette
Never-before-seen gag reel!
"Master of the Stargate" interactive trivia challenge
For those looking for a quality Blu-ray transfer of Stargate, the search can be a bit confusing. There have been several versions released but not all are truly an upgrade in quality. For true Stargate fans, I would recommend this one, the 15th anniversary release. It has both picture & sound upgrades that the film deserves & that truly improve viewing enjoyment! There are 2 versions of the film: original theatrical release & director’s cut; as well as a slew of special features. There was a 20th anniversary blu-Ray that was released, that for whatever reason was not as good as the 15th anniversary edition.
This Steelbook is amazing. Both sides of the Steelbook have a fantastic art. Great movie with real stakes of being trapped on another planet and saving the inhabitants from slavery. Plus this gave us 3 TV series of a total of 17 Seasons. The TV series really built on the concept and is a real fun time.