Stargate SG1-Volume 7 (Season 2 & Season 1 bonus episodes) (1998)

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Released 14-Nov-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1998
Running Time 169:48
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Charles Correll
Martin Wood
Brad Turner
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Richard Dean Anderson
Michael Shanks
Amanda Tapping
Christopher Judge
Don S. Davis
Case DV-8
RPI $36.95 Music Joel Goldsmith
Kevin Kiner


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Auto Pan & Scan Encoded English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
Spanish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    One of the big complaints regarding the the entire issuance programme for Stargate SG-1 on DVD has been the lack of season by season box sets. The other big complaint is the fact that we haven't seen most of Season One, whilst we have with this Volume 7 in the series seen all of Season Two. As compensation for not seeing most of Season One, MGM Home Entertainment think that we are going to be satisfied with two isolated episodes bunged onto the tail end of the last Season Two DVD. Sorry, it does not satisfy at all and the presentation is an absolute joke. Indeed, the presentation here only serves to highlight the utterly ludicrous nature of the release format.

    How on earth can an episodic series where each episode builds upon the foundation created by the prior episodes be presented having a dozen or more of its building blocks missing? Even MGM Home Entertainment to some extent admit this by the choice of the Season One episodes used to fill out this DVD. The Season Two episodes refer to events and people that were first brought to the attention of the viewer back in Season One. Without understanding the context of those events and people, the Season Two episodes to some extent simply do not work. So in order to sort of cover that gaping void created by not having Season One on DVD in its entirety, the Season One episodes on the DVD - Thor's Hammer and Hathor - have been chosen to try and fill in the void. Of course, since they are presented as the last two episodes on the DVD, you don't know this until after you have watched the two Season Two episodes upon which they draw. Worse still is that there are other references in those Season Two episodes that remain unexplained due to the fact that there is not enough space on the DVD to include all the relevant Season One episodes.

    In some ways, I would almost prefer not to have Stargate SG-1 on DVD at all rather than this botched up release programme that we, and Region 2, have suffered and are suffering. MGM Home Entertainment should look to what their competitors, and their Region 1 affiliate, are doing and see that season by season box sets are the way to go. To continue this disgraceful presentation of the series on DVD is doing them no favours whatsoever. When exactly can we expect episodes 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111, 112, 114, 115, 116, 117 and 118?

    Well, having got that rant out of the way, on with the offerings on Volume 7:

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Short form: just the same as earlier Volumes in the series, only slightly less blessed with grain. Long form: read the short form twenty times over.

    The transfers are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and are 16x9 enhanced. The DVD is also Auto Pan and Scan encoded, for those of you wishing to see the series in that form.

    A slightly better than decent transfer as far as sharpness and definition go, that is the best that we have seen thus far in the series. Not that this really means that much as this is only a modest improvement and still barely near acceptable standards. The generally soft definition continues to rob the transfer of a little too much detail, and there is certainly no improvement in the shadow detail. Still, any improvement in the transfer quality has to be welcomed.

    In general, the colours come up well, and they are quite consistent. As is quite common with the other DVDs in the series, the contrast could be a little better with more definition in the darker colours. The tonal depth is decent enough in general. There are no noticeable issues with oversaturation or colour bleed.

    There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer, although at about 17:44 of 1969 there is some obvious pixelization in the background. There is also a slight glitch at around 3:20 of the same episode where there is a white screen for a brief moment. There did not appear to be any significant instances of film-to-video artefacts and there are no problems with film artefacts either.

    This is a Dual Layer formatted DVD, as I cannot detect any layer change during the episodes. It is therefore presumed that the first two episodes are mastered on one layer with the other two mastered on the other.

    There are three subtitle options on the DVD, although I restricted myself to only the English for the Hearing Impaired effort. These are good, although as usual missing a bit more of the dialogue at times than I would normally be expecting or wanting.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    Whilst this DVD has the consistent three soundtracks available, the options are a little different in being an English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded soundtrack, a German Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded soundtrack and a Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded soundtrack. You might have noticed that these choices are a tad different to Volume 6.

    The dialogue comes up well and is quite clear and generally easy to understand throughout the episodes. There did not seem to be any issue with audio sync here at all.

    The original music comes from Joel Goldsmith in general, with the aid of Kevin Kiner in Out Of Mind. More typical stuff, broadly similar to all the other DVDs and what we would expect from a television series. It does its job pretty well and is quite supportive of the show throughout.

    As regards surround activity, this soundtrack is very much in the same sort of mold as the previous volumes, with remarkably little difference to those efforts. It does its job well enough, albeit with that slight loss of body than would be preferred for this sort of action science-fiction at times.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    The usual.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    As far as we are aware, this has not been slated for release in Region 1 yet. However, it should be pointed out that Season One in its entirety was released in a box set and it is to be presumed that Season Two will be so released too. Personally, I would probably wait for that eventuality....

Summary

    Well at least there is less grain to complain about, but the transfer is still far from acceptable. Large screen owners remain well advised to audition this DVD before purchase, just in case they suffer from the overabundance of grain.

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© Ian Morris (Biological imperfection run amok)
Monday, May 20, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-515, using S-Video output
DisplaySony Trinitron Wega (80cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationYamaha RXV-795
SpeakersEnergy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL

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