|Stargate (Extended Cut) [Blu-ray]
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Lionsgate Stargate (Blu-ray)
When Professor Daniel Jackson (James Spader) innocently accepts the offer of amysterious woman to decode an ancient Egyptian artifact known only as "Stargate," he unwittingly takes the first step on an epic adventure that will span galaxies and decide the fate of an entire planet. Colonel Jack O'Neil (Kurt Russell), a true soldier with nerves of steel and a tragic past, is brought back to active duty to commandeer the firsttrip through the "Stargate." On a desert planet on the far side of the universe, Jackson and O'Neilmust battle the powerful alien Sun God, Ra (Jaye Davidson). At stake: the freedom of an ancient civilization from slavery and any chance of ever getting home!
Before they unleashed the idiotic mayhem of Independence Day and Godzilla, the idea-stealing team of director Roland Emmerich and producer-screenwriter Dean Devlin concocted this hokey hit about the discovery of an ancient portal capable of zipping travelers to "the other side of the known universe." James Spader plays the Egyptologist who successfully translates the Stargate's hieroglyphic code, and then joins a hawkish military unit (led by Kurt Russell) on a reconnaissance mission to see what's on the other side. They arrive on a desert world with cultural (and apparently supernatural) ties to Earth's ancient Egypt, where the sun god Ra (played by Jaye Davidson from The Crying Game) rules a population of slaves with armored minions and startlingly advanced technology. After being warmly welcomed into the slave camp, the earthlings encourage and support a rebellion, and while Russell threatens to blow up the Stargate to prevent its use by enemy forces, the movie collapses into a senseless series of action scenes and grandiose explosions. It's all pretty ridiculous, but Stargate found a large and appreciative audience, spawned a cable-TV series, and continues to attract science fiction fans who are more than willing to forgive its considerable faults. --Jeff Shannon
- Very pleased
I got my video right away, and was very pleased. I am a stargate fan and will be buying more videos. ...more info
- The beginning and ending of worlds, infinity and eternity
Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader of "Wolf" 1994 popularity) does the unthinkable by even suggesting that The Ancient Egyptian Civilization may have been influenced by outside influences, very outside influences. This runs off all inquiries to his theories.
But wait it looks like some one is interested in his cryptology abilities. Catherine Langford (Viveca Lindfors) had a secret that her daddy found years ago. Her secret will change the life of Daniel and Col. Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil (Kurt Russell). Turns out that they will have a mission that will take them on a sojourn to the other end of the known universe. We go with them. What will we find and will we be able to bet back?
Ra Ra Ra
I will not compare media distributions however now Blue-ray and extended versions have become the common and not an exception.
Total Recall [Blu-ray]
The Fifth Element (Remastered) [Blu-ray]
- Still fun to watch
Hadn't seen this one in a long time, although I am a huge fan of both the Stargate series. Amazing how Michael Shanks reprised the role of Daniel Jackson so well! Would recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it or hasn't seen it in a while....more info
- Why do we spend so much money on a product of low quality?
I had the Special Edition of this movie for quite sometime until the Ultimate Edition came about some years ago. I exchanged it and was able to compare the two pictures. The picture quality of the ULTIMATE was way too much better. Unfurtunately the ULTIMATE EDITION has a burnt piece of frame in a place the Special Edition hasn't. When James Spader is watching the dunes when they arrive at the New Planet. This is totally unacceptable. It's the same as buying the 2nd Platinum Edition of SNOW WHITE and discover there are dirt and debris on some frames just to annoy us, the consumer....more info
- Awesome buy!
Fantastic movie! And on BluRay... what's not to love? The price was phenomenal!...more info
- Great movie! nice point of view...
I loved this movie at it's time, this edition is great, the sound and image are very good, plus the DTS sound...
I didn't give it a 5 stars because of the presentation inside..too poor for an Ultimate Edition, besides that the movie quality is impressive...
Sorry for my english...IoI
- Do not buy this DVD
This was a huge disappointment as I love this movie and it should have come alive with a real Blu-ray conversion. Unfortunately the studio must have taken the ultimate quick-and-dirty get it out fast approach. Honestly, my original DVD is better than this "Blu-ray". In fact, my copy does not even have the sub-titles when they are talking in the ancient language. I ended up translating for my audience. I have also decided not to buy another Blu-ray from Lionsgate unless I see a solid review first....more info
- BLU-RAY HD ROCKS!!!
Watch this movie again for the first time in HD. You'll see scenes you didn't see before. The price is right at around $15.00.
Highly recommended!!!...more info
- Stargate BD
Always a favorite. BD looks and sounds better than the DVD counterpart but will probably require a good home theater to realize the difference.
- True Fan
I am a StarGate fan, the original movie, the SG-1 series, and now Atlantis. I had to get this and am waiting for Continuum to be released....more info
- Universe of Pyramid Power
Chevron 7 locked. Come with me through the Stargate, anywhere, any era, any genre ! This movie was the beginning, a new concept and story, fun and hidden taunts at social mores, which eventually extended into TV as SG-1, & Atlantis. The Ultimate Version seemed to make a little more sense than the original flick, but then hindsight is always 20-20 ! Daniel Jackson is a different type of Nerd, but 'makes good' in this star-breaking introduction. Sci-Fi concepts are often novel and mostly plausible extensions of current scientific options or opinions, and for the touchy-feelies out there, just enough boy-girl frames to fill the gap ! ...more info
- Stargate Blu-Ray
Like other reviewers, I love the movie and already had it on dvd, but was VERY disappointed with the Blu-Ray transfer. When the scenes are bright (e.g., in the desert), the picture is excellent. But darker scenes are horrible. Very grainy. I'm not even sure grainy is the right word. There's snow on the picture like I'm receiving it with an antenna and the signal is weak. But then, switch to a brighter scene and we're back to crispy again. I can't figure out what went wrong. Was the original film poor in lower light conditions? I doubt it. Did they transfer from a copy of a copy of a copy? Probably. Regardless, I CANNOT recommend this Blu-Ray for now. Perhaps an "ultimate" or "collector's" edition will come out so I can buy it a 3rd time and they'll have cleaned it up. Hello? Criterion? Are you there? Somebody get the rights off these Lionsgate boobs.
I understand a lot of companies are doing this - rushing to put out a blu-ray versions with no effort to make good transfers. I'd rather they hadn't issued a Stargate blu-ray at all. I suppose they know I'll buy it again and again, like a lab rat getting repeatedly zapped at an electrified food dispenser.
Also, I didn't see any extras on the blu-ray at all, just the commentary, which was on the dvd....more info
- To compare it to the TV show...
A word of caution: if you're only familiar with the hit television show "Stargate SG-1" and have never seen this movie, you'll be very surprised. It was made three years before the first season of the show ever came out and doesn't have the same scope. Many of my favorite characters from the show are not in the movie.
That said, I still very much enjoy the movie, Stargate (which was incidentally made by many of the same people who went on to do "Independence Day"). The acting in it was very good. James Spader does an excellent job portraying the nerdy archaeologist Daniel Jackson. Also, Kurt Russell is wonderful as Colonel Jack O'Neil (Richard Dean Anderson fans beware - It's totally different from Anderson's O'Neill.) The special effects were good, and the scenes (the village, the pyramids, etc.) were beautiful. David Arnold's musical score to the movie is great, too - much of the music from the movie made it into Stargate SG-1.
The pilot of the TV show is a direct sequel to this movie. If you like Stargate SG-1, or if you're just a fan of action/adventure or sci-fi movies, this is a great one to add to your collection....more info
- Always wanted this movie!
This was a gift for my husband! We love the movie and the television series they have come out since the movie! It still just as great watching it at home as it was in the theaters!!!...more info
- Bluray conversion is good but extended cut is not
Stargate is one of my favorite sci-fi films. Unfortunately, the movie studio had to mess it up with their 'improved' extented cut version. When will the movie studios will ever learn that the real director's cut is the version that they chose to show at our movie theaters? 99% of the time the theatrical version will be better than any other versions that they will introduce later. In this extented cut version, it includes extra scenes that did not need to be there, a few extra dialogues that we would not miss, and most importantly it messed up the flow of the movie. The Bluray conversion is good. But overall, I am disappointed that they did not include theatrical version with the extented cut version. Bluray disc is certainly has enough space for 3-4 versions on one disc....more info
- The best
Has always been one of my favorites, but in Blu-ray, even more so.
A must for your Blu-ray collection....more info
- Stargate Ultimate Edition
I highly reccomend this particular edition. I still watch this movie at least once a month. I have the entire Stargate SG-1 Series, as well as the Stargate: Ark of Truth movie. I am a big fan and if you like Stargate at least as half as much as I do, please consider Stargate Ultimate Edition. I doubt you'll be disappointed. I wasn't and I love the movie, and the creation of the series....more info
Amazon.com should make it more clear, that this is not the standard "Ultimate Edition" but the Ultimate Edition (version 2). These are not the same sets. Even though reviews and images posted are of the original... THIS IS NOT IT.
The V.2 does not come with the original theatrical version, and is just the "Extended Cut". On top of that the transfer is so poor, you have a better chance of seeing a higher quality version taped off of a television broadcast from 15 years ago. The picture is excessively grainy, blurry in most spots, and the colors are faded or washed out.
This belongs in a dollar DVD bin. I thought that for less than[..] on sale, I was getting a bargain... now I feel ripped off. While it may cost close to your standard video rental, it will be watched fewer times. It's truly sad that such a magnificent movie can't ever be viewed again how it was originally intended to be seen.
My advice... Avoid all Artisan Entertainment products until they can figure out how a movie is meant to be watched....more info
- Bought the worng thing and happy I did
I saw Star Gate on BluRay and thought it was the new movie. I've seen this one before but it was great on a 42" LCD with BluRay...more info
- Stargate (Extended Cut) Blu-Ray is worth the price
I just found the special edition on SD in the WAL-MART bargain bin less than a year ago, so I was a little squeamish at shelling out cash again for a movie I already own. However, the need to fire up special effects on my HDTV won over my cheapness.
The picture and sound is definitely an improvement, I noticed much greater detail and the extra footage was nice but didn't really change the story much.
There is not the same drastic difference in DVD to BLU-RAY as on say the Disney and Fox disks, but it is better and at a good price if you are a fan of the film. If you're not a fan, you are better off digging in the bargain bins or buying the standard DVD from Amazon.
The story is a good concept that was turned into a great TV show (SG-1). I saw this movie released in the theater when I was in college and only loved the first half of the film and merely thought of the second act as a poorly orchestrated "Dune" rip-off. Now that I am older, I think the movie stands the test of time and the second part is just the result of a good popcorn sci-fi actioner. In fact, director Roland Emmerich went on to direct many Sci-fi disaster films that I enjoy on regular basis. I recommend it....more info
- Great flick but...
There's not much else here. You get a commentary from the director and that's about it. You'd think that the bluray release of a movie that spawned a huge franchise (which I'm not really into,sorry) consisting of more than one type of show on the sci-fi channel would have some special features. Give me Something.
But besides that the movie looks great. I mean they probably never expected there to be defintion this good because if you watch it on bluray there is a scene (no lie) that you can see the film crew in the reflection of one of the soldiers sunglasses!!! And it's not a close up shot! Thats why I said they probably never even dream that that would be a problem. When they watched things back in editing they probably never even noticed it! HD is great.
So, overall its a good movie and a great collection for bluray but there's not much as far as extras to keep the disc in for long...more info
- Terrible Picture Quality for Blu-ray
I bought the blu-ray edition of the movie and was blown-away at how horrible the picture looked. I'm not sure how they transferred the film to digital but the blu-ray looks worse than DVD copies of the film I've seen. You'll be looking at the TV wondering if its on the fritz becuase there's so much snow and artifacts in the picture - and no I don't mean archeological artifacts either. Avoid the blu-ray version!...more info
- Great Movie and Okay BluRay Transfer
Have always enjoyed this movie.
The transfer to BluRay is okay. No doubt sharper but because of the age of the original movie it seems as though the transfer also boosted noise and grain.
Still enjoyed the movie in the BluRay format alot!...more info
- Decent and Original Sci-Fi Movie
I much prefer this movie over any of the "stargate" TV series spin-offs. I like the originality of the story, the special effects, and some of the character interaction.
I give it 4 stars because, as is often the case, Sci-Fi movies suffer from having excellent plots and acting.
Neverthless, if you're a Sci-Fi fan, this movie should be in your collection.
- The Origin of it all
The Original Story...
The begining of a great, never ending, now redundant saga...
You can see, in this movie alone, the First ever, and now famous
"Wave of Power" after the destruction of the Pyramid/Ship....more info
- Comparison between DVD and Bluray
I own this both on DVD and this bluray. Some scenes are noticeably crisper. Other scenes suffer from granularity due to the low exposure and light levels in many of the scenes in this film....more info
- Stargate (Extended Cut) [Blu-ray]
One of my favorite films and I was very disappointed. I wasn't too upset that there was no extras other than a commentry and previews of up coming Lionsgate Blu ray releases.
Picture quality was poor and grainy, although on close up's quite detailed. Sound wise very good presented in DTS HD and Dolby 5.1 EX.
If you like the film I would suggest you buy the region 1 Artisan ultimate edition which has remastered Theatrical and Directors cuts, as well as 2 featurettes and DTS 6.1 ES. ...more info
This I must say as a kid was my favorite movie. The Movie is good and that's what saves this. The reason I gave it two stars is because the video quality is horrible for bluray standards. I own other blurays and this is the worst I have seen. The special features are slim also. Back to quality of dvd the audio is great, picture is bad with signs of decent when there is light dark scenes look like standard early dvds. So just buy it on standard....more info
- What happened to the 1080p
I cannot get the movie to play in 1080p as advertised all over the box. I have an HDMI cable between my Blu-ray player and my plasma, but it continually says, 480p. Any suggested or did I get duped?...more info
- very poor transfer to blu-ray
I really loved this movie, have it on dvd... thought I would get it on blu-ray to really saver the experience of a fantastic movie. BUT the reproduction of the movie onto blu-ray is dreadful, grainy and very very poor. If you need any advice before purchuseing this title. then take this advise "DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY,STICK WITH YOUR DVD VISION" because that is all it is wrapped in a blu-ray box. ...more info
- Not the best bluray but the price was right
I wasn't too happy with the quality of the movie as others have said but then again I believe it was filmed in 1994 and wasn't expecting a full 1080p transfer to look that great. And I got this movie for $9.99 which I figure is a few bucks more than the dvd costs right now so it can't hurt. Other than that the movie itself is rather great; I have seen all of SG-1, Atlantis, and the two new Stargate movies but never the original.
The subtitles on the movie are not defective they are just hidden. If you hit your subtitle button a few times I believe track 5 English has the subtitles ONLY for when the aliens talking. The first English track is for subtitles on ALL the time.
I gave this movie 4 stars because I thought they could have done a better job transfering the movie to high-def and they could have figured out that English audio track 1 should have subtitles for the alien language instead of putting it on a separate track... as if any of us speak English AND the alien language to NOT need the subtitles.......more info
- BLU-RAY review
The Stargate Blu-Ray does not look good at all. I would only buy this on Blu-Ray if you do not own it on any other version, as it is only $10. ...more info
- OK Movie
It looks and sounds great. Overall, though, in terms of story, etc., I 'd call it just above average....more info
I liked this movie so much, I bought it. The name of this movie
is "Stargate". Excellent....more info
- Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
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I regard Elaine Pagels to be a knowledgeable and reliable scholar in ancient religious works, and writes in a very readable and understandable style. Very worthwhile book in exploring early Christian thought, and the origins of the Church....more info