Is the third time really the charm? It may just be with 1994's Stargate, released for the third time in this "Ultimate Edition." Artisan is known for continually updating their discs, but this two-disc set is still impressive in many ways. Both DVDs have the film -- the first with the 128-minute director's cut and the second with the 121-minute theatrical version -- and, for the most part, they look fantastic. The 2.35:1 image, finally anamorphic, really shines. Colors are represented as they should be and detail is constantly strong. The predominant gold tones really stand out, and distracting elements are kept to an absolute minimum. While that is good, the sound takes this set a step further. Both Dolby Surround EX and DTS 6.1 ES tracks are offered, and they are intense. Surrounds are used extensively, and to great effect, as is the thunderous bass that will surely test any good sound system. At the same time, the quieter moments, including dialogue, are never drowned out. Where the film falters is the supplements, which are good, but it's questionable whether they're "ultimate." The director's cut does include a good scene-specific commentary track from director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin. These two have a history together and enjoy the work they do, as is obvious from their comments on this track. Also on this disc is the brief featurette "Is there a Stargate?" consisting of an interview with Chariots of the Gods? author Erich Von Däniken. For a popcorn movie, his theories are treated all a little too seriously, though it's still enjoyable to watch. The second disc, with the theatrical cut, doesn't have a commentary, but it does have a 22-minute documentary, entitled "The Making of Stargate: Creating a Whole New World." Other than a very annoying narration, it does offer some insight into the production, though it never goes too far in depth. Interviews with a number of crew members are included, but oddly enough, not the main two, Emmerich or Devlin. Finishing things off are two theatrical trailers and a fairly extensive biography and filmography section, as well as some lengthy production notes. Ultimate Edition may be something of an overstatement, but fortunately, the pluses outweigh the minuses with this release.
New remastered 16 x 9 widescreen director's and theatrical cuts
Digitally remastered sound
6.1 DTS-ES Digital Discrete Surround
5.1 Dolby-EX Digital Surround Audio
"Is There a Stargate?" featurette: Iincludes an interview with Erich Von Däniken, author of "Chariots of the Gods?"
Audio commentary with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin
"The Making of Stargate" featurette: Includes never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes video and archival photographs, and interviews with design and production team members
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.