Stargate SG1-Children of the Gods-Final Cut (2009)
Main Menu Audio
Audio Commentary-Brad Wright & Richard Dean Anderson
Featurette-Back to the Beginning
|Year Of Production||2009|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (46:29)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Twentieth Century Fox
Richard Dean Anderson
Don S. Davis
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
English Audio Commentary
Spanish Audio Commentary
Danish Audio Commentary
Dutch Audio Commentary
Finnish Audio Commentary
French Audio Commentary
German Audio Commentary
Italian Audio Commentary
Swedish Audio Commentary
Norwegian Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
There are lots of little changes all the way through and I do not have the episode in its original form to directly compare, however, if you would like more detail, lots more is available in this review at Gateworld , a Stargate fan site. Suffice it to say that it is an enjoyable episode which I think has improved with all these changes. When you watch the accompanying featurette and listen to the commentary you get an appreciation for the improvements made and why they mean so much to Brad Wright.
The episode follows on a year after the original movie, with Colonel Jack O'Neil (Richard Dean Anderson replacing Kurt Russell from the movie) having retired from active duty. Meanwhile, at the location of the Stargate on Earth, a surprise gate activation leads to an attack on the base by aliens including a leader who looks like Ra (the baddie from the movie) and a group of warriors including future team member Teal'c (Christopher Judge). They engage in a gun battle with the military at the base and kidnap a female soldier before retreating back through the gate (something fanboys have had a problem with ever since). General Hammond (Don S Davis whom this redone episode is dedicated to) asks Colonel O'Neil to come in and advise which leads to O'Neil suggesting a mission back through the gate to the planet they left Dr Daniel Carter (Michael Shanks) on during the original movie, Abydos. Added to the initial team is Captain Sam Carter (Amanda Tapping) a pilot and scientist, despite O'Neil's objections (who as fans would know also becomes a full-time member of the team).
Overall, this is a quality episode of a well-loved television series, although it does seem a bit over the top to go back and redo one episode of a very long series. One for die-hard fans really.
The video quality is very good considering the age of this particular episode.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced widescreen. All previous local releases have been at this aspect ratio.
The picture was quite sharp and clear with a lot less of the grain that has been complained about in previous releases. Shadow detail is good. There are some minor MPEG artefacts during fast motion and some minor macro-blocking in backgrounds.
The colour rendering was very good not looking like late 1990s television at all from that perspective.
There were no other noticeable artefacts.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired and 23 other subtitle streams for the commentary and feature in a variety of European languages. The English ones were clear and easy to read.
There is a layer change at 46:29 which was not noticeable.
The audio quality is very good.
This DVDs contains six audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and the same in Spanish, French, German & Italian plus an English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.
Dialogue is clear and easy to understand throughout.
The music is mostly new in this version and has replaced the music from the feature film originally used. The new music was composed by Joel Goldsmith who wrote the music for the main series.
The surround speakers were used reasonably regularly for specific directional effects such as the gates opening, gun battles and some impressive squelching. Occasionally these seemed a little overdone.
The subwoofer was also used regularly for rumbles, gate openings and other LFE effects.
|Surround Channel Use|
Small selection of extras
The menu includes music but is still.
There are a lot of good things about this commentary as Brad Wright has some interesting stuff to talk about regarding changes made, the new FX, music, cuts, reshot pieces, Stargate universe rule breakages fixed and lots of other stuff which fans will find interesting. On the negative side, Richard Dean Anderson is a jerk. Certainly worth a listen for fans.
Short featurette about some of the changes such as the new way of introducing Carter, the new FX, new music and vocal changes for Teal'c. Worth a look.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This release is very similar in Region 1 except for language and subtitle differences. Draw.
The video quality is very good considering the age of the source material.
The audio quality is very good.
The disc has a small collection of extras.
|DVD||Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|