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Stargate
SG-U 1.0
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 450 Minutes

Starring: Robert Carlyle, David Blue, Ming Na

 

 

Studio: Fox

Retail Price: $69.99

Features: Audio Commentaries, Extended Version of Pilot, Featurettes, Kino Video Diaries

Specs: 1.78:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles, Episode Selection, Two-Disc Set

Released: February 9th, 2010


 

 

All the episodes of "Stargate Universe" are presented in 1080p High Definition, in a widescreen presentation with the aspect ratio of 1.78:1. These episodes look quite sharp, with a real three-dimensional quality that really draws you in. Black levels are rtock solid and fleshtones look great, while color saturation is really superb: the steely look of the show is drawn out well with a boldness and vibrancy. Detail is very refined and pretty excellent, too. No major disappointments here.

 

"Stargate Universe" features DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks in English, and these are pretty rich mixes. Dialogue is always clear, firm and easy to hear. The show's musical cues envelope nicely, but the surround effects really make the tracks. The show has a good deal of activity, and the sound effects not only fill the channels, but offer much depth to bring you into the series. Subwoofer use is well done as it will rock your room but won't feel completely overwhelming, while dynamic range and fidelity are perfectly fine. 

Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in Spanish is included, plus English Dolby Surround tracks. Also included are subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
 




First up, there's an extended version of the Pilot episode. Also on the set are several Audio Commentaries, on more or less all the episodes here. The cast are featured on most of them, while crew members — including producers, directors and visual effects guys — are included on the minority of them. You'll have to be a real big fan of the series to sit through all these.

Besides that, each disc has the Destiny Star Map and Log, which branches off into tons of featurettes (usually lasting a few minutes in length) about a part of the show's production, the actors, visual effects and the like. Each disc also has the Kino Video Diaries, where David Blue and executive producers Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright give background onto some of the series science-fiction elements. Too bad the layout for the bulk of the features is pretty cumbersome.
 

This is a pretty steep price for only 10 episodes on Blu-ray, but to be fair, you can find it cheaper online. Still, the amount of extras are decent and the episodes themselves look and sound superlative. Maybe casual sci-fi fans will want to give this a rental, otherwise, die-hard fans of the Stargate franchise may want to invest.