Stargate

Stargate

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Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson

     
 

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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-minuteSee more details below

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Overview

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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Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2003
UPC:
0012236125709
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Digital Theater Systems]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
3,159

Special Features

Closed Caption; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil
James Spader Dr. Daniel Jackson
Jaye Davidson Ra
Viveca Lindfors Catherine
Alexis Cruz Skaara
Mili Avital Sha'uri
Leon Rippy General West
John Diehl Lieutenant Kawalsky
Erick Avari Kasuf
April Webster Actor
Djimon Hounsou Horus
French Stewart Lieutenant Feretti
Gianin Loffler Nabeh
Christopher John Fields Lieutenant Freeman
Jack Moore Lieutenant Reilly
David Pressman Assistant Lieutenant
Scott Smith Officer
Cecil Hoffmann Sarah O'Neil
Rae Allen Barbara Shore
Richard Kind Gary Meyers
John Storey Mitch
George Gray Technician
Erik Holland Prof.Langford
Gladys Holland Professor
Roger Til Professor
Kenneth Danziger Professor
Christopher West Professor
Robert Ackerman Companion
Frank Welker Mastadge

Technical Credits
Roland Emmerich Director,Screenwriter
David Arnold Score Composer
Patrick Beaufront Co-producer
Derek Brechin Editor
Dean Devlin Producer,Screenwriter
Michael J. Duthie Editor
Oliver Eberle Producer
Ute Emmerich Co-producer
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
Marc Frydman Producer
Holger Gross Production Designer
Donald Heitzer Production Designer
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Steve Love Asst. Director
Philippe Maigret Producer
Joel B. Michaels Producer
Peter Murton Art Director
Greg Nelson Makeup
Joseph Porro Costumes/Costume Designer
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Tatopoulos Special Effects
Ralph L. Thomas Producer
April Webster Casting
Peter Winther Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Director's Cut
1. Main Title/ 8000 B.C.
2. Egypt, 1928/"Big Surprise"
3. Who Built the Pyramids?
4. "You've Been Reactivated"
5. A Bad Translation
6. A Map of Sorts
7. The Seventh Symbol
8. A Doorway Between Worlds
9. Through the Stargate
10. A Look Around
11. Stuck, Doomed & Camping
12. Domesticated Monsters
13. Contact Through Chocolate
14. Sandstorm
15. Cleansing and Other Rituals
16. Death From Above
17. Playing With Fire
18. The History of Ra
19. Facing the God
20. Rain of Fire
21. There Can Be Only One
22. Uprising
23. Rushing to Die
24. "We're Going Home"
25. Fortress Under Siege
26. "Completing This Mission"
27. Conditional Surrender
28. Countdown into Space
29. "I'll Be Seeing You"
30. End Credits
Side #2 -- Theatrical Cut
1. Main Title/ 8000 B.C.
2. Egypt, 1928/"Big Surprise"
3. Who Built the Pyramids?
4. "You've Been Reactivated"
5. A Bad Translation
6. A Map of Sorts
7. The Seventh Symbol
8. A Doorway Between Worlds
9. Through the Stargate
10. A Look Around
11. Stuck, Doomed & Camping
12. Domesticated Monsters
13. Contact Through Chocolate
14. Sandstorm
15. Cleansing and Other Rituals
16. Death From Above
17. Playing With Fire
18. The History of Ra
19. Facing the God
20. Rain of Fire
21. There Can Be Only One
22. Uprising
23. Rushing to Die
24. "We're Going Home"
25. Fortress Under Siege
26. "Completing This Mission"
27. Conditional Surrender
28. Countdown into Space
29. "I'll Be Seeing You"
30. End Credits

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