Stargate SG1-Volume 10 (Season 3) (1999)
Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Profile on Teal'C (10:31)
|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||169:44 (Case: 168)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Twentieth Century Fox
Richard Dean Anderson
Don S. Davis
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Stargate SG-1 Volume 10 sees us just about caught up on the releases thus far for the series (sorry, we have not yet obtained Volume 11). It has seen us cover seven volumes in about two months (yes, I know - I am very slack), these volumes having seen an overall significant improvement in quality as we have progressed to Season Three. Hopefully, this overdue improvement in quality will be continuing henceforth and thus make a significant contribution to the enjoyment to be had watching the series. I might not always show it in the reviews, but after well over five hundred reviews for this site it takes something pretty special to make the reviewing process an enjoyable one - and this series is pretty special. When you add this uniqueness, for that is pretty well what it is amongst current science fiction television series, to transfers that are eminently watchable, it makes the prospect of sitting down for hours to do a review a far more palatable prospect indeed. The adventures of the SG-1 team are amongst the few things that genuinely keep my interest up.
Anyway, before I got too maudlin, I suppose we should check out the episode offerings on Volume 10:
As with the previous two volumes in the series, the quality of the transfers here are much improved and given the general lack of notes I made during the review session, this would be arguably the best volume we have yet seen. It is still by no means perfect and certainly not of reference quality, but for a television series it is not half bad. As usual, 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 of widescreen presentation, the DVD is also Auto Pan and Scan encoded.
Read my lips (well, really, just read the review for Volume 9): 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. Unlike Volume 9 however, the grain seemed to be a little improved here and basically fell into a more consistent nature that is generally noticeable throughout the transfers, but not really that much of an intrusion. Clarity continues to be much improved as a result of the slightly improved grain, and there did not appear to be any problem with low level noise.
The colours continue to be a little underdone, very much on a par with the previous volumes in the series. Overall though, they remain quite vibrant and nicely rendered, with interior shots having a good tonal depth to them. There is no issue with saturation nor with colour bleed.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in 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.
There are three soundtracks available on the DVD, being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a German Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack and a Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack. I valiantly stuck with 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 for all four episodes. Nothing much more than what we have heard before and doing the job well enough to contribute to the overall success of the television series.
For most people there is not likely to be much complaint with the soundtrack. Only 5.1 fetishists will be clamouring for more action in the soundtrack. There seems to be good presence from the surround channels, with the rear channels making a decent contribution. The sound is not suffering any form of congestion and the overall result is quite natural.
|Surround Channel Use|
Again, nothing really and truly exciting but still a nice enough inclusion.
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. It should be noted that this time the DVD goes straight to the menu therefore the usual animated introduction to the main menu is absent.
Continuing the look at the characters of the series, which would indicate that we will see one for each major character. Featuring some interview material with Christopher Judge 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 actor playing it. Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, it is not 16x9 enhanced and comes with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. The picture is quite grainy at times, reflecting the quality of the transfers from Season Two.
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.
Stargate SG-1 Volume 10 is somewhat improved upon previous volumes of the series, and represents the best we have yet seen in quality terms for Stargate SG-1. Whilst the usual caveat emptor exists for large screen owners, this continues the improvements in general for Season Three and makes this an eminently watchable DVD.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515, using S-Video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega (80cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|