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Stargate (Special Edition)

Kurt Russell , James Spader , Roland Emmerich    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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The Stargate universe has expanded so rapidly since 1997, what with three TV series, three additional movies, and even an animated show, that it's possible to overlook the big bang that started it all. This Blu-ray release of director Roland Emmerich's 1994 Stargate theatrical film should help remedy that, especially as it's accompanied by a raft of bonus material. Emmerich and Dean Devlin, his co-screenwriter, envisioned a sci-fi epic with a working title of "Lawrence of Arabia" in Outer Space--an apt description for a big-budget project that, while sometimes burdened with some silly plot details, never fails to impress. As the film begins, archaeologists in Egypt discover the ancient stargate in 1928--yet it isn't until many decades later that the disheveled but brilliant Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader), a linguistics expert, figures out that this ancient doorway between worlds can transport humans to the far side of the universe in a matter of seconds. The discovery soon becomes a top-secret military operation, with Colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell, in a far more serious portrayal than the insouciant character played by Richard Dean Anderson in the Stargate SG-1 television series) leading a mission that lands him, Jackson, and a group of soldiers on a desert planet where a primitive race lives under the heavy hand of Ra (Jaye Davidson, fresh off an Oscar-nominated performance in The Crying Game), an omnipotent Egyptian god who's kept himself alive through the millennia by inhabiting a human body. The visitors get along fine with the peaceful villagers (indeed, Jackson falls in love with one of them), but Ra and his minions are a different story, especially once Ra realizes that O'Neill intends to destroy the stargate, thus prohibiting any further travel to Earth. In the end, despite the story's lofty pretensions (it's suggested that the bad guys visited here some 10,000 years earlier--so might we all be descended from aliens?), lots of stuff gets blown up, and our heroes… well, suffice to say that there aren't a lot of surprises, which is by no means a bad thing.

Stargate is an impressive technical achievement; the sets are magnificent, the effects are convincing (especially since it was made at a time when computer-generated imagery was in an embryonic stage), and the distant planet's inhabitants even speak a version of ancient Egyptian. All of that is explained in the better and more recent of two making-of featurettes contained in the bonus material. Other extras include an unrated, extended (by about eight minutes) cut of the film; featurettes examining the possibility of a real stargate and other pseudo-science; a gag reel; a trivia contest; audio commentary by Emmerich and Devlin; and an interesting picture-in-picture "ultimate knowledge" option in which various experts discuss the production's Egyptian iconography and other details. --Sam Graham

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1.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate? Strings Attached March 14 2003
I was expecting a cleaned-up picture, perhaps along the lines of what Lucasfilm did for the Star Wars films. But you can still plainly see strings on the gull-wing gliders, along with artifacts galore.
Buy this one used.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stargate Special Edition Nov. 23 2002
By A Customer
The low rating I am giving this disc does not reflect my opinion of the film, but rather my opinion of the discs poor quality. The below average image quality is surprising, considering the fact that this is already the second DVD release of this movie. Not only is the overall image quality not as good as it should be, but to top it off the entire film features a video burn on the right hand side of the picture. Lower end monitors may cut this area off and therefore hide it, but a good screen will feature this irritating flaw. One can only hope that a Superbit or Criterion version of this film will be released one day. The disc presently available is certainly a disapointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Story light but still entertaining May 11 2013
By tornitons TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Not the best story I have seen in terms of quality of filming and play of the actors. Nevertheless, the subject is very interesting, the movie lasts a while and my interest stayed focused all the way. You must see that movie at least once because of the unusual theme. Relationship to Egypt is interesting, but underexploited. I think that the rythme there is better than in the TV series. Anyway, it looks like a low budget film, not Spielberg... Image quality is questionable at times, mostly in dark scenes, when it can be quite grainy. Otherwise, it is always a pleasure to watch a movie in 1080p.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Transfer not Great! June 5 2012
So having just viewed this Blu Ray version, I must say, aside from the majority of the scenes being very nice by Blu Ray standards, I found the rest of them lacking detail, or simply grainy and fuzzy. Not enjoyable!!! So I'm not sure if it's just my copy or if this was done from a poor source. The difference is very noticeable and almost brings the quality of VHS tape to mind.
Two days prior, I viewed my original DVD version and found it was good all the way through. A consistent 480p by DVD standards. This aside, the extended scenes were great adding much to a already familiar story. Here is hoping they improve the next release. Five stars for the content, but only three stars for the poor transfer. So 3 it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen Pleasure... April 7 2009
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I bought myself this DVD for my birthday as it has been a favorite for a long time. I prefer wide-screen version and the featurette interview was a nice bonus! It would have been nice if it had closed-captioning or english sub-titles but the picture is clear and sharp and the sound is good. Get a copy for yourself and enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just an attempt to get more bucks from fans July 3 2004
If you're like me, you are really - really - getting tired of producers, film compaines, whomever there is to blame re-re-re-releasing the same DVD with different packaging, and calling it the "Ultimate" or "Supreme" or "this time it really is a Limted edition" special releases. The motivation? Raking it in from fans who expect and want more. You'd be better off spending your bucks elsewhere.
There is NOTHING to make this DVD stand out from any of the numerous previous releases. Save your money! Sure the director's cut is great - but it's on what, three previous releases?
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This Steelbook sci-fi film was excellent in video/audio quality for viewing on HD screen. Fictional story was entertaining; with lots of action, some romance, and surprising twists, as the story unfolded. Details about 'STARGATE" film can be read elsewhere on the Internet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Stargate released in 1994,was a film that was underappreciated by most critics at the time garnering mixed to poor reviews.But the general public liked what they saw and gave out,much to the delight of its' producers,at the box office.The movie went on to influence other subsequent films(such as the opening of the Fifth Element) and spawned video games(direct and indirecty),along with the ever popular TV series franchise.
The film opens with the discovery of a circular device and the fossilized skeleton of a being of some sort,buried in the Egyptian desert in 1928.Fast forward to modern day and a Dr.Jackson(James Spader) who is giving an ill-received lecture on who exactly built the great pyramid in Egypt.Afterwards an elderly woman arrives and invites him to join her at a research facility run by the military in Colorado.
There they have in their hands the device found in the sand and want Jackson to decipher the writing.He does and inadvertantly gives the military brass the code to start up a working replica of the device.The project is headed by Col.O'Neil(Kurt Russell) and he leads a military team along with Dr Jackson through,what is now referred to as,the Stargate.The "other side" is light years from earth and is a planet much like the Egyptian desert,complete with their emergence point in a similarly structered building,dwarfed from behind by a huge pyramid.
In due time they find a colony of human slaves who are mining the material that composes the Stargate.Dr Jackson slowly but surely learns the language and eventually finds the key that will enable the team to return to Earth.But in the meantime the beings who oversee all this,return and wreak havoc with Col.O'Neil and company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stargate: 15th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Le titre devrait être Stargate: 15th Anniversary Edition (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

Langue originale: Anglais, Français.
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Published 1 month ago by Stephane Mercier
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi Flick
With numerous spawned TV shows and TV movies, the original helps you believe that sci-fi like this could be a reality.
Published 3 months ago by Matthew Aiken
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Watched it almost as soon as it came. I had my brother storm stayed here for a few days and he had never seen it but was about to start watching the series that is based on the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by sheilawhite_5
5.0 out of 5 stars Started it all.
This is the movie that started it all. Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe! A very good movie that turned into awesome TV series.
Published 8 months ago by Diane Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars bon film
Valeur que Kurk Russel ai refuser de continuer mais il faut remplacer par un excellent acteur en Richard D Anderson.
Published 10 months ago by Réal Brunet
4.0 out of 5 stars super prix
la version du 15eme anniversair est la meilleur version en bluray, autant coté son qu' image
un tres bon achat pour tout amateur de Stargate
Published 16 months ago by PHILIPPE GABAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Stargate - The Original serioes starter
The extra sequences were not all that noticable but did help with the story line. you get to see what happened when the team excaped the clutches of Ra. Read more
Published 17 months ago by SHAKEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks a lot!
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Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Fast shipping, came in perfect condition, and the movie and special features were awesome! Gift cards well spent! Would recommend this movie to anyone who loves science fiction!
Published 18 months ago by Nathan Pinno
4.0 out of 5 stars Travel to the past
I watched this movie years ago and then got hooked on the TV series. It is absolutely enjoyable and a must have for the armchair archeologist like me.
Published on Feb. 22 2012 by Just Me
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