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Stargate (Special Edition)

4.1 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, Alexis Cruz
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Writers: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin
  • Producers: Dean Devlin, Joel B. Michaels, Mario Kassar, Oliver Eberle, Peter Winther
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Artisan
  • Release Date: Nov. 14 2000
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305594252
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,698 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Stargate (Special Edition)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Although it arrived late, allowances are made for customs on imports. This is a much better cut than the VHS or commercially released versions. Lots of interesting scenes that never made the editing cuts for the theatrical version. Very pleased with this purchase. For those unfamiliar with the original film, it involves an alien discovering our planet centuries earlier, then archaeologists discovering a buried stargate in Giza, Egypt in the 1920's. That discovery leads present day US air force personnel headed by Kurt Russell and a haphazard professor (James Spader) through the Stargate to an alien world, believed ruled by the Sun God Ra. I liked this movie far better than the spinoffs which came later on television. Enjoy!
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Another awesome Kurt Russell epic sci-fi flick. This one has it all amazing story, great acting, great filming and how many TV shows came out of this what more could you ask for, except maybe a part 2 lol
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It's nice owning the classic movie that jumpstarted the TV series. I do find, looking back, how this movie really isn't as good as the TV series, but it has some nice cinematic, and the Daniel Jackson is a little more real. The Jack O'Neil isn't as well done though. Richard Dean Anderson played the role better, in my opinion. Anyway, the movie was delivered on time and in good condition. I have complaint with either.
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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 movie. Its one of those things you should really watch the movie first so you know what is going on.
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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.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 2 2008
Format: Blu-ray
"Stargate" is, obviously, the movie that later spawned the hit "Stargate SG-1" TV series, and its spinoffs.

But taken on its own merits, "Stargate" is a pretty entertaining blockbuster with some big flaws. It uncomfortably straddles the fence between "shoot-em-up bombs'n'action" and "mythology sci-fi," but provides a solid villain, some sketchy writing, and the foundation for a hit TV show. Well, it's definitely far better than your average sci-fi blockbuster.

Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) has just lost his job, when a mysterious old lady invites him to become involved in a secret military project. Soon he finds out why -- a massive stone ring found in Giza decades ago, with strange symbols on a central ring. When they use his calculations, the Air Force is able to open a wormhole to a distant galaxy.

Obviously a recon team is sent through, led by the grieving Colonel O'Neil (Kurt Russell). This new world is a desert planet, inhabited by a race of primitive human slaves who practically worship the strangers. But things turn deadly when a pyramid ship descends on the desert, and a malevolent "god" decides to obliterate Earth -- using a nuclear bomb O'Neil brought along.

It's a pretty straightforward action plot -- scientist opens gateway to new planet, bad guy shows up and makes trouble, good guys attack bad guy with the help of plucky natives. "Stargate" doesn't add much to the typical formula, but it does dress it up with gilded robes, giant stone statues, glittering starships and sandswept deserts.

In fact, spectacle is what "Stargate" excels at -- it has big armies of invading, big ships, big pyramids, and big battles with Ra's warriors. When it comes to gun battles and explosions, Roland Emmerich does a pretty decent job.
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By A Customer on Nov. 23 2002
Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
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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