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No Longer Value For Money
on 3 June 2005
Sadly, the Stargate DVDs have fallen on hard times. For the last several years I have happily paid to import these DVDs, one at a time from the UK since they are released there much earlier than in the US -- in fact, for some time, we couldn't even get most of the episodes on DVD. Up until this particular DVD, I have continued to purchase every single one as they have been issued, usually pre-ordering them.
What a monumental disappointment as DVD after DVD has featured less and less in the way of added features as well as *shorter* features. Furthermore, the focus of the features, especially at the end of Season 7 and now with the Season 8 disks has been weighted towards advertising for Atlantis rather than providing the buyers of Season 8 disks their money's worth, in my opinion! I certainly don't mind a little cross promotion between SG-1 and Atlantis (although the Atlantis disks did not seem to return the favor with massive amounts -- or any amount, for that matter -- of SG-1 promotion). But listing as features Atlantis bits or free Atlantis disks and then providing little else quickly becomes frustrating for the *SG-1* fan. Constant focus on Amanda Tapping to the exclusion of the other actors also has gone way beyond frustrating for this particular fan (who much prefers Michael Shanks and Chris Judge and Richard Dean Anderson and could care less about Ms. Tapping or her "doe eyes," as the producers like to sigh over).
To add absolute insult to injury, however, the studio has released these DVDs in the UK now with only three episodes per disk (at the same prices!) and with *no* episode commentaries. This is not because the episode commentaries don't exist, mind you. The German DVDs have been issued already and the commentaries *are on them*. No doubt the commentaries will also be on any upcoming box sets that are issued. So those of us who have already purchased the DVDs, such as myself, at the higher price have received less special features for more money. That's a good deal?