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“Stargate SG-U: 1.0” - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: MGM
Genre:
TV-Series
Release Date:
2/9/10
Special Features:

Featurettes, commentary tracks

Review:

In “Stargate Universe” our heroes are forced to flee from bad guys. Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle) and Eli Wallace (David Blue) have to randomly take a stargate and find themselves trapped on an alien starship billions of light years from home and with no idea how to get back. Led by First Lieutenant Matthew Scott (Brian J. Smith), the group of stranded passengers face challenges in each and every episode including encountering new alien races as they struggle to find a way back home. ***

The second spin off of the popular “Stargate” TV series which, in turn, was a spin-off of the popular movie of the same name goes for a much darker vibe than the previous series. More of an ensemble show than the first two series “Stargate Universe” faced the hurtle of having a different tone and little in common with the first two TV shows but the cast, producers, writers and directors manage to bring it off surprisingly well. We get the first ten episodes of the series. I do hate these half season sets but bringing it out now allows fans to catch up on the series as the second half of season one debuts. ---

Image & Sound:

Shot in HD “Stargate: SG U” looks surprisingly good. Blacks are rich and deep and skin tones are very accurate with nice detail in the picture. The presentation is in widescreen (1.78:1 to be precise). ***

Audio sounds quite nice with a nice 5.1 surround mix presented in DTS-HD.

Special Features:

We get commentary tracks on every single episode from the cast and crew. I haven’t listened to them all (I haven’t had time honestly) but the ones I have listened to are quite good. ***

We also get “Destiny Starmap Log” on each disc which allows you to access brief featurettes for a number of episodes with behind-the-scenes footage. We also get “Stargate 101” with the one of the few links to the original TV series featuring Dr. Daniel Jackson explaining what the Stargate is and what it can do as far as travel. It gives fans new to the Stargate universe a better understanding of the premise of the show. ---

Final Words:

Fans of the “Stargate” universe may have a harder time with this darker more intense variation but it’s well worth checking out.

 

 
 
 
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