I’m not sure what makes the ultimate edition much different from the special edition, as both include the director’s cut and theatrical version. The ultimate edition does include a ‘making of’ featurette, as well as a ‘Is there a stargate’ featurette that isn’t included on the special edition. These are both interesting, but nothing to write home about. One big difference is the audio. The ult. ed. includes DTS 6.1 audio, as well as dolby digital 5.1.
Good: Being a fan of Stargate SG-1, I wanted to own the original movie as well, and when the ult. ed. was released, knew it was time to buy. I watched the director’s cut, and was amazed. There were added scenes, as well as extended existing scenes. These changes really gave me a better understanding of how things in the tv show came to be the way they are, such as the relationship between Jack O’Neill and Daniel Jackson. In the director’s cut, we see more interaction between them. We also get more into the head of Jack, and better understand just how messed up he really is after the loss of his son.
Bad: The only disappointment I have with the ult. ed. is that there were no ‘gag reels’ or bloopers, or other deleted scenes included. I enjoy watching these on other DVDs I have, and would have loved to have seen them for Stargate.
Overall, I’m glad I added this DVD to my collection. My only wish is that the Stargate SG-1 DVDs included behind the scenes or blooper reels as well.
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First, let me start by saying that I love this movie. Perhaps because I traveled to Egypt when I was 16 and I saw the glory of the giant pyramids in person (just don’t tell an Egyptian that it was the aliens who built their pyramids and not their ancestors, he or she will be mad at you forever!).
I also love Sci-Fi flicks, and this movie has a great story. if you haven’t seen it and you like Sci-Fi movies, even adventure movies with Kurt Russell, you’ll love this one.
Now about the Blu-ray DVD:
Let me say that I have been a happy HD DVD owner for almost a year now, but seeing some the movies that I love in Blu-ray only, made me decide to get a Blu-ray player.
Video: The picture quality of this Blu-ray disc shows excellent CLARITY and BRIGHTNESS and BETTER COLORS that were not on the standard DVD. It seems that the brightness level was boosted, but also at the cost of some graininess and video noise.
The Picture looks almost perfect in the bright sunny desert scenes, but with very visible grains indoors.
Overall, comparing this version to the dark (less grainy SD DVD) is like the difference between Day and Night!
Also, This BD has a cool disc menu with ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic that turn into English letter.
There was a problem with the subtitled translation of the Alien language or ancient Egyptian (I’m not sure if this language was actually made up in Hollywood like the “KLINGON” language in the Star Trek Movies). The problem is, the translation should show up in English whenever that language is spoken, but it doesn’t!!!!!! One helpful reviewer on this page suggested going to the main menu and selecting English subs, and it works!, but you end up with subtitles throughout the whole movie. This release might have been rushed to the market (like many Blu-ray releases of 2006 in order to compete with the other HD format). How long do we “Stargate” fan have to wait again before we get a release with a good picture quality (hopefully grain free and no subtitle problem)????
Audio: very good
Conclusion: I can say that this is the best version of this movie available to date! but it has its problems. If you can’t wait and you don’t mind turning on the subtitles during the whole movie, it’s a great release under $20.
First off, once you get past the idea of a Stargate the rest kind of falls into place. The government, with the help of Professor Daniel Jackson (James Spader), figures out how to work it. Pro. Jackson, with an escort of soliders led by Colonel Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell) step through it to the other side.They find a desert planet where humans are being made to mine for the same material that the gate was made from. The people are Egyptians who were removed from Earth over 10,000 years ago, by an alien, and even Daniel Jackson can’t understand their language because living languages CHANGE.The movie is careful to stay away from many of the cliches of most sci-fi movies but also stays away from having characters which are TOO simple. Both Daniel and Jack (played by James and Kurt) are real people, not cardboard cut-outs, with all the flaws and merits of our own reality. The natives are catch between trying to be friendly towards strangers AND not pissing off their Gods.The science and technology used by Ra and his men look very sleek and very real. From the spaceship to the gliders, everything has a touch of old Egyptian myth mixed with advanced alien know-how. The DVD comes with two versions of the movie, Director’s Cut and the theatrical cut, in which the former has audio commentary. The DVDs also have a great ‘Making of Stargate’ featurette, a ‘Is There a Stargate?’ short starring Erich von Daniken himself, trailers, scane access, crew and cast information and production notes.Everything you could want in a DVD set, a mixture of sound science fiction, a touch of great effects and the pinch of old fashion adventure. This is a great pop corn flick. Enjoy!