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Stargate (Director's Cut) [DVD]

Kurt Russell , James Spader , Roland Emmerich    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (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: PAL
  • Language: English, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A self-consciously epic sci-fi adventure of Cecil B DeMille-sized proportions, Stargate refreshes and combines several well-worn sci-fi and sword 'n' sandal genre conventions with some Erich von Daniken-style Biblical Egyptology. The directing-writing-producing team of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin had previously collaborated on B-movies Moon 44 (1990) and Universal Soldier (1992), but handed a significantly bigger budget they were able to give their Steven Spielberg pretensions free reign here ("Indiana Jones and his Close Encounters with the Chariots of the Gods" might be a suitable subtitle). James Spader is endearingly dithery as the fish-out-of-water academic who finds himself teamed with taciturn tough guy Kurt Russell: the two excellent leads are largely responsible for imparting what depth there is to otherwise two-dimensional characters. British composer David Arnold makes his major studio debut in the grandest fashion with an outstanding score that pays suitable homage to epic film music (John Williams' CE3K and Maurice Jarre's Lawrence of Arabia in particular). It's all done with such unabashed enthusiasm that viewers will happily forgive the film's derivative elements and even overlook the high-camp theatricality of Jaye Davidson's bizarre bad guy. Despite subsequent huge box-office hits (Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot), Stargate remains Emmerich and Devlin's freshest, most satisfying film.

On the DVD: This special edition version adds approximately seven minutes of additional footage, much of which is in the form of slightly extended scenes, but does also include an opening sequence in Ancient Egypt, a scene with Kurt Russell and the fossilised Horus guards, and Ra's bath scene. These are also collected in a bonus "Promo Reel". The anamorphic widescreen presentation of the 2.35:1 Panavision picture looks sharp and clear, although some of the additional footage is degraded; the sound is suitably spectacular 5.1 or DTS. Devlin and Emmerich provide a relaxed, chatty commentary ("We have nothing to do with the TV series"!), although you have to access this from the Set Up menu not the Special Features menu. There's a photo gallery and trailer, but sadly no "making-of" documentary. --Mark Walker

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Commentary by Roland Emmerich (Director) and Dean Devlin (Producer)
Theatrical Trailer
Stargate Promo Reel
Photo Gallery
Widescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English DTS
German Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Turkish


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Perfect 20 Jan 2010
Format:Blu-ray
The movie itself still stands the test of time as one of the true classics of the genre.The Blu-ray transfer is good but not perfect.The whole film is crisper, sharper and shows more detail in the dark scenes. Colours are generally rich and vibrant with the outside scenes,in particular, very brilliant by comparison to the standard DVD. Whilst I do not see this transfer as 'benchmark', it none the less improves the visual experience of the film by a fair margin. Well worth the upgrade to Blu-ray.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2010 UK BLU RAY REISSUE of "STARGATE THE MOVIE - ULTIMATE EDITION" ***

This March 2010 Blu Ray reissue (15th Anniversary) of Roland Emmerich's 1994 Sci-Fi blockbuster is a bit of a mixed bag. At least it has 4 hours of NEW extra content (on top of previously released features) and both the Extended Director's Cut and the Theatrical versions of the film - but its print is gorgeous one moment and awful the next...

There's a lot on here, so let's get to the spec details first:
* 1080p High Definition Print in 2.40:1 Aspect Ratio
* Opening Menu Offers 3 language versions - German (overdubbed), French (overdubbed) and English (see subtitles)
* Theatrical Version (121 minutes)
* Director's Cut (130 minutes)
* New 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio for English
* 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio for both French and German
* Subtitles German and French ONLY (NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
* New "Deciphering The Gate: Concepts And Casting" Featurette
* New "Opening The Gate: The Making Of The Movie" Featurette
* New "Passing Through The Gate: The Legacy" Featurette
* New "Never-Before-Seen Gag Reel"
* New "Picture-In-Picture STARGATE Ultimate Knowledge" Feature
* "Is There A Stargate?" Featurette
* "The Making Of Stargate" Documentary
* Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Roland Emmerich and Writer/Producer Dean Devlin
* Original Stargate Previews
* B-Roll Footage
* BD Live

As you can clearly see from the impressive list above, this Optimum Releasing/Studio Canal reissue isn't blindly throwing the film out there - there's really great new extras on here and fan-orientated too. But having said that, the whole shebang is let down somewhat by the actual print itself.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Too many one-line reviews here. "Ah like/hate it" and "Best/worst muhvie evah" reviews are notoriously both moronic and unhelpful.

Too many "Bad quality" claims, too. A lot of people complain with a lot of blu-ray versions of slightly dated movies; for example that the movie looks grainy, when in fact it looks about as good as it ever did on celluloid. It is quite easy to find qualified information about transfer/reproduction quality in professional reviews with technical information on picture quality, comparisons with other releases etc. The subjective and unqualified opinions that some people put forth about "good releases" which are measurably bad and "bad releases" which are measurably good are not very helpful if you actually want to know about the quality of a specific release.

It is of course okay if a person does not like the original picture quality. But it's not okay to blame a technically very good reproduction for being the opposite. That is clearly putting the blame in the wrong place.

A few facts are needed, hence this review:

1) Quality

If you are in doubt about the picture/sound quality, look up a technically backed review, for example on blu-ray.com (search for Stargate Anniversary Edition), or on ign.com (search for Stargate Ultimate Edition). At ign.com the review offers comparison pictures with the earlier blu-ray release which will remove any possible doubt that complaints about this release being "bad quality" are completely off the mark. The transfer and picture quality of the "Ultimate Edition" blu-ray is simply close to perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film but flawed release 19 May 2011
By Mike_H
Format:Blu-ray
i dont know about you but i'd expect a standard edition of a film to have English subtitles, this "ultimate" edition blu-ray does not, despite having 5 sets of subtitles i was astounded that 2 sets are in French and 3 sets in German with no English or English AD subs at all so if you need or use subtitles and are buying this disc from amazon do be aware of this.

beyond that fatal flaw (for some) it has nice 7.1 audio and although they could have done more with the print it is marginally better than watching it as an upscaled dvd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars directors cut seriously ruined ! 13 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
i bought this after selling my original copy ....and what a big mistake.
the extra clips added seem very out of place , makes me wonder why they did it ??? were they previously deleted scenes and if so i can understand why now !! shame on the director .... i'm going to try to get my hands on the original again and put this dvd back up for sale on amazon !
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film, poor reviewers 17 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
I have seen many reviews for this film. There are some good ones that take the film for what it is, but these are short and unhelpful. The longer reviews tend to find holes in the plot, and complain about pace of the action. First of all I would like to say to those people, if you would like all the science and backstory explained to your satisfaction, we'd have a film that you'd only get half way though if you watched it walking to Abydos. Secondly the pace of this film lets you take in what's going on and gives it a much more realistic feel, as you are not being force fed action and useless information just to get it all into the two hours.
My advice is take this film for what it is, a relaxing feel good movie that can inspire your imagination. This more than your average blockbuster. Finally do not try and compare this to the TV series as they are very different, you'll only be disappointed they are not what you were expecting as they have different actors and a whole different feel about them.
This is truly a Sc-Fi movie that rises above the norm, not just an excuse to use lots of special effects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 8 hours ago by E MARSLAND
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad choice for getting your DVD's
Again the item came to me for a DVD in a different region. pretty bad considering
Published 4 days ago by Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original Stargate Movie.
The original stargate film from about 1984. Its an excellent movie and well worth watching. The reason I bought this movie was to complete my collection of Stargate DVD,s. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Morph
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ARRIVED WELL BEFORE ESTIMATED DATE.EXCELLENT TO WATCH.A LITTLE HUMOUR.YOU WON"T BE DISAPPOINTED.
Published 12 days ago by black cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I've always loved this movie, so I had to buy it on blu-ray, especially at such a low price (at the time of purchase).
Published 16 days ago by Mark W
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good movie and picture
Published 17 days ago by Michael Convey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
item as described
Published 20 days ago by Marc Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked the DVD.
In very good condition from Amazon.
Published 21 days ago by Sandra Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Shut your eyes an listen to this movie
What makes you watch a movie a number of times, some times it the complex plot, some times excellent portrayals by favourite actors, but in this case its the sound track. Read more
Published 24 days ago by R Dutton
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