Stargate 1994

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Egyptologist Daniel Jackson deciphers the secret code of a relic, reactivating the Stargate, a portal that can transport people to another dimension proving the theory that the pyramids were placed by an alien race.

Starring:
French Stewart,Mili Avital
Runtime:
1 hour, 56 minutes

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Roland Emmerich
Starring French Stewart, Mili Avital
Supporting actors Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, John Diehl, Alexis Cruz, Leon Rippy
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Parental Guidance

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
Oh, the chicken man.

When scientists and historians finally figure out the meaning of an ancient Egyptian artifact, it opens a portal to another planet.

Stargate was panned by the critics on its release, no A list stars they cried, a plot line that bore a resemblance to a 1970 film called Erinnerungen an die Zukunft, and apparently caught between being an adult picture and a child friendly blockbuster. Those critics were forced to eat their words as Stargate promptly went on to be a monster smash, making $196,567,262 worldwide, and spawning a hugely popular TV series. It is for sure a no brain popcorn piece, suspension of disbelief should be at the forefront of any prospective first time viewer, however, it's great fun and snazzy in all its set piece work.

Led by square jawed Kurt Russell as an on the edge Colonel, our band of merry men adventurers face peril in their new world via the weather, language barriers with the locals, oh and something a touch more sinister!. James Spader does an impressive turn as a geeky Egyptologist, on who's fate the groups survival may well rest, while Jaye Davidson serves a reminder that yes, he did act in movies many years ago. It's cliché ridden, and most of it is hacked together from far better pictures in the genres that Stargate wants to emulate, but it's damn entertaining and looks fabulous on a High Definition TV at upscale through a HDML lead. 7/10
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2011
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Asger Harlung on 3 Jan. 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
As most buyer's of this Blu-Ray will probably consider it after watching one of the Stargate series on SKY, you will probably already be aware of the fundamentals of "Stargate" and while it lacks much of the humour of Atlantis and SG1, it is certainly worth buying to find out about the origins of the Stargate programme and view it as a spectacular high budget, 2 hour long episode. Viewed like this, it certainly is great value for money and is definitely worth buying.

One of the main concerns about buying this on Blu-Ray rather than DVD however is what is the transfer like on this 18 year old film? If you just watch the film, it has to be said it is excellent with an incredibly clean and clear HD experience in both vision and sound, only when you see the supplemental material do you see just what a great job they have done with the film as the picture and sound on these additional documentaries, while variable, is pretty awful.

As a stand alone film, or to find out the origins of the Stargate programme, it has to be worth seven pounds fifty of any ones money!
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