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Stargate SG-1: Season 1 [Import]
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Stargate SG-1: Season 1 [Import]
Hollywood's film archives overflow with the carcasses of dismal movies based on lame '60s and '70s television shows, a syndrome that shows no sign of abating. But here's evidence that the reverse effect, turning a movie into a TV series, can have surprisingly positive results. Indeed, based on the 21 episodes produced for the first season of Stargate SG-1, it could be argued that this show is significantly better than the 1994 feature it's derived from.
The central conceit of the original Stargate--the existence of an artificially created "wormhole" through which one can travel to different worlds light years away from Earth--was an intriguing one. In seizing on the obvious possibilities for expanding on that premise, series executive producers-writers Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright have smartly retained some of the film's basic elements (its amalgam of myth and theoretical hokum, or the ongoing clash of wills between scientists and soldiers), while adding a variety of fresh ideas (including new characters, new locations, and a welcome dose of humor, much of it supplied by Richard Dean Anderson, MacGyver himself, who replaces Kurt Russell in the central role of Colonel Jack O'Neill). The result is a show with multidimensional heroes and villains and consistently compelling story lines (many of them introduced in the pilot and carried forward through subsequent episodes) balancing excellent special effects and production values. All this and full frontal nudity, too (at least in the aforementioned pilot). Who can resist?
The first season is spread out over five DVDs; the 100-minute pilot shares the first volume with two other episodes, while discs 2 to 5 contain anywhere from three to five shows each. Sound and visuals (in widescreen format) alike will take full advantage of any home system's capabilities. But aside from language and subtitle options, bonus features are limited to brief featurettes that play like commercials and provide little in the way of background information or insight (there are no features at all on the first disc). Then again, if you really want to know what that symbol on Teal'c's forehead means, or why the nasty, parasitic Goa'ulds look a lot like the fledgling stomach monsters in the Alien series, there is no doubt a Web site out there just for you. --Sam Graham
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The Series continues on where the film left off. Col. Jack O'Niel has returned through the stargate and the corridor between the two world is not working anymore, or is it.
A new Enemy appears through the earth Stargate and after a few killings returns to where it came from.The Stargate still works!!
After returning to Abidos they find new addresses to go to which will take a supercomputor 1 month to churn out about 3-4 places they can go. HEY THAT MEANS THEY CAN GO TO A DIFFERENT PLACE EACH WEEK!!...Thus the TV Series.
All Ive done is given you background here. I don't want to spoil anyones fun. Its a Sci-Fi with a difference as it is travelling to other worlds in galaxys far far away,but compounded with Earths History, religions and beliefs. The caracters are real and very entertaining.As Ive watched up to series 4, I can tell you that it only gets better and better.This Box Set. This box set is packed with alot more footage and featuretts!It hold the whole first series on 5 DVDs and by the time you have watched the first disc your hooked.All the effects and story lines take a big leap by disc 3 when all caracters are introduced enough that the story in each episode is the story of each episode. I give this box set 9/10 and tell all you folks in the USA that seris 2,3 and 4 get a 10/10 so start your collection now, dont wait... I garentee you wont regret it. Enjoy.
First, these are ARTIFICALLY widescreen, images are stretched and you WILL see fat faces and circles, and other distortions. While I prefer widescreen when a movie is shot that way, these were originally shot full frame and should have stayed that way. Still, that isn't my main complaint.
The company who mastered these made a number of mistakes which are reported on a number of SG-1 message boards. In my case, starting with Broca Divide, voices are nearly inaudible unless you turn the stereo way up. The leaves rustling in the wind are still louder than the voices. Music and other sound effects scream and voices are barely a whisper. Supposedly Nox and a few other episodes also have this problem (haven't viewed them yet). Some say you can unplug one of the channels and get the voices. Why should we have to do that? And if you are using digital/optical sound "wiring" you can't do that.
Another problem is that the interlaced scene transistions will frequently "flash" bright white with thin dark horizontal lines. While you can ALMOST get used to this it is very annoying.
These are just mastering problems and can be fixed. I have not received a response from MGM but the store I bought them from will give me a full refund and are returning all copies FOR THEIR ENTIRE NATIONWIDE CHAIN to the distributor.
When Disney had a similar problem (no voice on the right channel for "The Black Hole") they issued a recall within the first week and replaced all defective copies already purchased. It's unfortunate that MGM has apparently ignored complaints in the US and Britian concerning the sound. I am anxiously waiting to buy all 5 season, but not until they are mastered correctly.
After seeing this set, there is something the buyer should know:
1. The series is shot in Canada, and to put it in a nice way, the cameras they used wern't exactly A+ equipment. That's why some scenes appear grainy. It's not the conversion to DVD, the grainyness was there on Showtime and when the show was syndicated on TV.
2. This show is presented in Dolby 2.0 Surround. To get the best experience, set your home theater to 2 Channel Dolby, and have the reciever send the two channels to both front and surround speakers. Some episodes of the series have some really neat surround effects if you listen carefully.
I put this series on par with X-Files, and Babylon 5, all great series in terms of storytelling.
It started off .. oh .. a few so years ago when I was on vacation and I unsuspectingly sat down to watch Richard Dean Anderson's new show. For all you kids who didn't experience the late 80s .. that's MacGyver. I loved the show, but now when you see the mullet .. ooh, horrible <g> I also watched Stargate (the movie) and it was interesting enough. So I watched an episode - The Nox, I think. And you know what, I thought it was absolutely horrid! And it wasn't just me. But don't worry, all is not lost. So back home, a couple of months later. I managed to catch the ending of an episode .. Children Of The Gods Part II. The dungeon part at the end. And it just blew me away. I was like OMG, how can it be sooooooo good?! How could I not know that? And since then I've been an uber-fan.
Granted the first season had it's ups and downs. I never did end up liking The Nox - even after a few times watching it. Some episodes you would definitely need some 'background' into the whole SG1 universe before watching later episodes. Some notable episodes would be - COTG, Torment of Tantalus, There But For The Grace of God, Within The Serpent's Grasp. You will not be disappointed with the plot lines, acting, special effects .. and whatever else. I think it's because the Stargate gives endless possibilities .. they're not stuck on a spaceship all the time, as their focal point .. for example. And as you go through this 1st season you'll see what I mean.
I can't comment much on the special features of the DVDs (because I haven't seen them all) but if you're a fan you'll love all the Behind The Scenes stuff.Read more ›
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In the first season key cast members are subject to mind-control, imprisonment, alien love, and alien viruses, they save the world and visit alternate earth - what's not to love? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Douglas
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