Stargate SG1-Volume 9 (Season 3) (1999)

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Released 12-Feb-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Profile On Captain Carter (5:34)
Featurette-Producing Stargate (4:51)
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 169:40 (Case: 168)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Martin Wood
Peter DeLuise
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Richard Dean Anderson
Michael Shanks
Amanda Tapping
Christopher Judge
Don S. Davis
Case ?
RPI $36.95 Music Joel Goldsmith
David Arnold
Richard Band


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Auto Pan & Scan Encoded English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/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 1.75:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
Spanish
Swedish
Finnish
Norwegian
Danish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Stargate SG-1 Volume 9 sees us continuing the voyages of the SG-1 team through the galaxy, meeting human descendants of many varied ages. Whilst it does occasionally beg the question as to why the Asgard seem to be the only genuinely alien race in the galaxy (well, excluding the Unas which is debatably a race), the voyage is an interesting one nonetheless. It also offers a chance to make us look at the ways we sometimes do things.

    So without further ado, let's check out the offerings on Volume 9:

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Those improvements that we thankfully saw on Volume 8 continue here, with just a little bit more variation. On the plus side, sharpness and definition generally seems a little better, whilst on the minus side there seems to be just a little more grain on occasions. Still, this remains a good transfer in most respects and one that should see few complaints from most viewers. As usual for the DVDs in this series, the transfers are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and are 16x9 enhanced. To accommodate those that have not yet seen the light with respect to widescreen presentation, the DVD is also Auto Pan and Scan encoded.

    In general, this is a nice, sharp transfer with above average definition for a television series. There really is not much hidden by the transfer and apart from slight lapses in shadow detail at times, this is a nice looking transfer. The only downer is that there seemed to be a bit more grain present during Point Of View than the rest of the episodes, but not anything approaching the levels previously experienced in Season Two. A good example of this relatively mild issue is at 4:47. Obviously with the reduced levels of grain and the resultant generally better looking transfer, clarity is very good. Low level noise is not an issue here.

    The colours are again just a little underdone in my view, and this seems to be prevalent during any scenes involving high levels of greenery. For some reason, green seems to lack the sort of vibrancy that I would expect and at times gets a little "digital" in its look. Other than that, I have no real problem with the colours - they are quite vibrant and nicely rendered. There is no issue with saturation nor with colour bleed.

    There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer. There is some indication of pixelization of the background around 37:57 in Demons but this is only for a brief moment and does not really detract from the transfer. Aliasing and other film-to-video artefacts are again pretty much absent from the equation. There are no problems with film artefacts.

    This is a Dual Layer formatted DVD, with no 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 seven subtitle options on the DVD. I restricted myself to only the English for the Hearing Impaired effort. Very much in the same mold as the earlier DVDs in the series, they are missing just a little here and there as far as dialogue is concerned, sometimes annoyingly so.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    Continuing the audio improvements from Volume 8, we have just a little unusually some consistency in the soundtracks on Volume 9 - three soundtracks are available, being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a German Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and a Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. I of course restricted myself to the English option.

    The dialogue comes up well and is 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, with David Arnold (composer of the original Stargate theme tune) and Richard Band helping out on Learning Curve. Nothing much than what we have heard before and doing the job well enough to contribute to the overall success of the television series.

    Just occasionally the LFE channel exhibits some extraneous contribution that does jar just a tad with the overall soundtrack, but then again as my biography indicates, I am very bass sensitive. For most people therefore there is not likely to be much complaint. Even more so than on Volume 8 there seems to be much more added presence from the surround channels, especially the rear channels. Whilst it is never going to be confused with a superbly mastered, modern film effort (is that an oxymoron?), for a television series it is a real nice change of pace. The sound is given plenty of air and the overall result is much more natural than is generally the case with television-intended material.

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Extras

    In line with the improvements seen on Volume 8, a similar size package is available on Volume 9. Nothing really and truly exciting but still a nice enough inclusion.

Menu

    The same vibrant menu style introduced on Volume 8 continues here with the better audio and animation enhancement. The menus themselves are also 16x9 enhanced.

Featurette - Profile On Captain Carter (5:34)

    Well, apart from the fact that she is actually now a Major, indicating that this was prepared prior to Season Three, this is a nice look at the character. Featuring some interview material with Amanda Tapping and others, with a bit of behind the scenes footage mixed with episode footage, it really does its job of providing an EPK-style introduction to the character and the actress playing it. Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, it is not 16x9 enhanced and comes with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Featurette - Producing Stargate (4:51)

    Another EPK-style presentation that delves in rather shallow terms into the production of Stargate SG-1, how it came about and so on. Not as interesting as the other featurette but at least gives a small insight into the gestation of the series - and even a clue as to how long the producers think it could last. Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, it is not 16x9 enhanced and comes with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

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. When it eventually gets released in Region 1 it will most likely be in a season box set, which is by far the preferred presentation for television series. Still, if you cannot wait, the Region 4 version is of a sufficient quality to recommend now.

Summary

    Whilst Volume 9 is slightly grainier than the previous instalment, it by no means approaches the extent of graininess we suffered in Season Two and the bits of Season One that we have seen. Whilst the usual caveat emptor exists for large screen owners, this continues the improvements from Volume 8 and makes this an eminently watchable DVD.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ian Morris (Biological imperfection run amok)
Friday, May 31, 2002
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A minor correction... - Philip