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Stargate [WS] [Special Edition] [DVD] [1994]

Release Date:10/23/2001
Roland Emmerich's sci-fi blockbuster Stargate comes to DVD in this deluxe edition from Artisan. The disc boasts a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplementary materials include a commentary track recorded by the director and producer Dean Devlin (who would go on to collaborate again on Independence Day and Godzilla), deleted footage, production notes, and a pair of theatrical trailers. This is a good disc, but one that seems a bit light for one that is advertised as a special edition. Still, the film's fans will be pleased.

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    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (205 out of 211)

    Special Features

    • Widescreen version contains both theatrical version and special edition version with nine minutes of additional footage and commentary with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin
    • 5.1 Dolby Digital
    • Digitally mastered
    • Interactive menus
    • Scene access
    • Production notes
    • Cast & crew information
    • Theatrical teaser and trailer


    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Kurt Russell
      Kurt Russell - Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil
    • James Spader
      James Spader - Dr. Daniel Jackson
    • Jaye Davidson
      Jaye Davidson - Ra
    • Viveca Lindfors
      Viveca Lindfors - Catherine
    • Alexis Cruz
      Alexis Cruz - Skaara

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