Reviewed November 17th, 1999 by Staff
Kurt Russell and James Spader star in this totally original science fiction masterpiece.
In the early 1900’s an archaeologist dig uncovers two great discoveries: a huge stone tablet with mysterious writings and a strange device of some sort. Now it comes to present day where Dr. Jackson (Spader) is giving a lecture on where the Pyramids really came from and is then offrend a job by the military to prove if his theories are correct.
Weeks later, Dr. Jackson finds out what the mysterious writings are on the tablet: they are really star constellations and putting the mars in the right order will then open the Stargate (the strange device).
On the other end of the Stargate is a world much like our own but seems to be stuck back in time of old Egypt. A small group of soliders (lead by Russell) are ordered to check out the planet.
That is where the adventure really begins.
The video for the new special edition is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen format and is not 16x9 enhanced. The transfer is great.
The audio is presented in DD 5.1 and is wonderful. Dialogue and sound seems to be dead on.
There are two main differences between this and the movie-only edition that came out a long time ago from Artisan. The most important is that the disc contains the original theatrical cut and also the nine minute longer director’s cut of the movie. Also, the old version was on a flipper disc and this one has both versions of the movie on the same side.
Besides the two versions of the film, other extras are: commentary (specific scenes) with Director Roland Emmerich and Producer Dean Devlin, trailers, cast & crew biographies and production notes.
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