Stargate

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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...
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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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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2003
  • UPC: 012236125709
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Digital Theater Systems
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,036

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
Robert Ackerman Companion
Rae Allen Barbara Shore
Kenneth Danziger Professor
Christopher John Fields Lieutenant Freeman
George Gray Technician
Cecil Hoffmann Sarah O'Neil
Erik Holland Prof.Langford
Gladys Holland Professor
Djimon Hounsou Horus
Richard Kind Gary Meyers
Gianin Loffler Nabeh
Jack Moore Lieutenant Reilly
David Pressman Assistant Lieutenant
Scott Smith Officer
French Stewart Lieutenant Feretti
John Storey Mitch
Roger Til Professor
April Webster
Frank Welker Voice Only
Christopher West Professor
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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Menu

Side #1 -- Director's Cut
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Ultimate Features
      Is There A Stargate?
      Audio Commentary With Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich: On/Off
   Setup
      6.1 DTS-ES Digital Audio
      5.1 Dolby EX Digital Audio
      2.0 Dolby Digital Audio
      Spanish Subtitles: On/Off
Side #2 -- Theatrical Cut
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Ultimate Features
      The Making of Stargate: Creating A Whole New World
      Trailer Gallery
         Theatrical Trailer
         International Trailer
      Cast & Crew Files
         Kurt Russell
         James Spader
         Viveca Lindfors
         Jaye Davidson
         Alexis Cruz
         Mili Avital
         Leon Rippy
         John Diehl
         French Stewart
         Djimon Hounsou
         Roland Emmerich
         Dean Devlin
         Karl Walter Lindenlaub
         Holger Gross
         David Arnold
      Production Notes
   Setup
      6.1 DTS-ES Digital Audio
      5.1 Dolby EX Digital Audio
      2.0 Dolby Digital Audio
      Spanish Subtitles: On/Off
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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    An excellent film which opened the way for the 10 year run of th

    An excellent film which opened the way for the 10 year run of the TV series. Both Russell and Spader do an excellent job portraying their respective characters.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Stargate

    Stargate is a fun science fiction adventure film starring Kurt Russell and James Spader. An ancient, circular, stone gate with mysterious hieroglyphs is discovered in Egypt. The American Air Force recruits an ancient languages expert to help decipher the markings. The linguist (Spader) succeeds and the stargate is activated. A team of soldiers led by an Air Force Colonel (Russell) enter the stargate and are transported thru a wormhole in the space-time continuum to a far away world that resembles Egypt. The linguist and the soldiers save that world and ours from the evil alien warlord. It's a fun adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unforgettable and truewise

    After the symbolic hints of the first Star Wars Trilogy, Stargate was the real ''grand opening'' of the New Millennial thinking, exposed in the sci-fi. The ancient times with their mythological and religious knowledge, incl. the legends of the so-called ¿lost civilizations,¿ are no blubbery superstitions, but ¿cognition,¿ which requires ¿another¿ to science and theology ''deciphering'' of the historic and pre-historic data. Stargate was the best portrayal of this struggle for ¿alternative science.¿ Excellent plot, excellent play, and excellent cinematography! There is much to think of after seeing such a movie event.

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