Stargate [WS] [Ultimate Edition] [Director's Cut] [DVD] [1994]

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.
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (201 out of 207)

Special Features


  • 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
  • Interactive menus
  • Spanish subtitles
  • Scene access
  • Production notes
  • Cast and Crew information
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Stargate
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



Overall customer rating

4.6
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The beginning of a legend

    Posted
    XAvenger
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    Stargate is a very good sci-fi action movie. The story involves an ancient alien device (the Stargate) used to travel to other worlds. A special forces team is sent through the Stargate on a recon mission. They come out of the gate on a world dominated by an alien calling himself 'Ra' after the Egyptian Sun God. The story is well thought out and works with Egyptian mythology very effectively. If you are thinking this is another cerebreal science fiction movie, think again. Stargate features some exciting action scenes and a host of fine visual effects that still hold up (impressive when you consider this movie is more than 10 years old). Stargate's main contribution to the sci-fi world is that it was the basis for the TV series Stargate SG-1. While the cast in the movie was good, the TV series cast was better. Kurt Russel did a good job as Col. O' Neill in the movie, but Richard Dean Anderson (TV series) gave the character more depth. The extras are kind of skimpy, I would have liked a featurette on the possible physics behind the Stargate. And there are a few very minor source material problems here and there. All in all, this is a much better than average sci-fi movie. If you are curious about Stargate, this is the starting point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    allf

    Liked the movie very much since I seen it in the theatres so I had no get it on blue ray, picture looks good and also sounds great (wich you expect from a blue ray) I only found a problem with the disc itself depending on what version you end up getting, at first I got the one that advertised it had NEW AND EXTENDED FEATURES wich when you get to the main menu it works GREAT the only problem with this version is that at a certain point in the movie the image freezes and the sound sets off for a couple of minutes. I had to exchange the movie THREE times and all of them had the same PROBLEM, until I got what I will call the OLD VERSION this one doesn't have the problem mentioned before but the main menu is really CHEAP if you compare it with tha new one and if you decide you want to go for the main menu while you're watching the movie forget about going back it will freez on you and you have to stop it all together. So you either settle for watching the movie without deffects (wich I did) or you go for the great features but with a DEFFECTIVE DISC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Seen Stargate When I Was Around 15 years old

    Posted
    wisdomseeker
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    The Stargate movie features Kurt Russell As U.S. Airforce Colonel Jack O’Neil, James Spader As Archaeologist And linguist Dr. Daniel Jackson, Jaye Davidson as Ra, Alexis Cruz As Skaara, Mili Avital As Shauri, Eric Avari As Kasuf,And Viveca LAndfors As Dr. Catherine Langford etc.. The character of Dr. Daniel Jackson is helping Jack O’Neil and other members of his groups towards a mission that they unexpectedly find trouble at first returning back to their preferred destination. What complicates matters is that the group ends up having little choice to help a group of people who are enslaved by a charismatic but evil ruler. One of the members unexpectedly develops romantic feelings for one of the locals which indirectly shape multiple plots of the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie, But Where Are The Subtitles?

    Posted
    Gsparky

    The "extended cut" looks great. The original cinematography was wonderful. The original music at times gets a bit repetitive, but I imagine that not many people have John Williams talent. Regardless, the most annoying thing about this version is the complete lack of subtitles for the many foreign languages spoken (German, "ancient Egyptian", etc). The only way to get any subtitling (and still much of the subtitles is not there) is to turn on either the English or Spanish subtitles. On the DVD I rented, the subtitles were there just for the foreign languages, leaving the English un-subbed. It wouldn't be so bad, except that this is a Blu-Ray, for which you're paying extra. You expect a little bit of continuity between the movies on different formats. I say, stick with the standard DVD version.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    90s sci-fi action Classic in HD!

    Posted
    AOPisaac
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    How can you beat James Spader, Kurt Russell, pyramids AND aliens?? Roland Emmerich's career is in big-budget action epics like INDEPENDENCE DAY, DAY AFTER TOMORROW & THE PATRIOT. Arguably, these are not fine films and not all of them are even good junk food. 1994's STARGATE, which spawned the popular TV series, is like a deluxe bag of Doritos. After all, few have tackled the whole "aliens built the pyramids" thing on a grand cinematic scale, but it DOES seem to be a magic ingredient to great moving pictures snack food. (What else...? The Michael Bay TRANSFORMERS series & ALIENS VS PREDATOR, I think...)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    What a way to trash a great movie.

    Posted
    soulsabr

    Ok, for everybody out there. Stargate is a great movie. If you haven't seen it, you need to. If you have, then you already know what I'm talking about. My purpose here, though, is not to tout a great movie, but blast Lion's Gate for releasing such a poor quality product. I own a good collection of Blu-Ray movies and they all look great on my 1080p Mitsubishi on a PS3. Stargate, however, looks like they ripped a VHS cassette tape and put it on a Blu-Ray disk. Sad. So, for my opinion, I say that your money is better spent on the DVD version. It will be cheaper and look the same.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High camp theater, but it works.

    Posted
    TheSmartOne
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    I have a 65" 3D TV, and while this is not in native 3 D, it is awesome when switched from 2D to 3D. A very clean transfer to Blue Ray -- sound effects solid. This movie spawned 4 really good TV series that I continue to watch over and over. Far better than watching WWW or GLOW events (Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling) which clog 4 of my 12 cable channels. So yes, I loved the move, and recommend it highly. Of course, I have watched Galaxy Quest 14 times, and while most of my friends think I am nuts (they're right) -- Stargate is a truly wonderful buddy movie!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great, now classic, movie.

    Posted
    Hillshiredr
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    Worthy of being in everyone's collection, this movie inspired an entire TV series. Though panned in many ways by critics, they often don't care what the public likes and like some exceedingly boring movies that people fall asleep during (ex. "Lincoln"). The outdoor scenes have especially good picture quality. There is one scene where the people are being attacked by the dominant alien fighters where for a moment you can see the wires that the fighter is hanging from but so it goes. Have been wanting the blueray of this for some time and finally got it.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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