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Stargate - Continuum (2008/Blu-ray/MGM)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: B     Film: C+



Stargate seems to be an idea with undying amount of possibilities.  After a groundbreaking film and a number of television series the direct to DVD/Blu-Ray films are now also becoming a strong entity to the already established Stargate mythos.  MGM Entertainment now adds a new film to the Stargate library with Stargate: Continuum.


Acting as the second post-SG1 installment (The Ark of Truth being the first) Stargate: Continuum starts with the Season 10 SG-1 crew at the extraction ceremony of Ba’al, the last clone.  Meanwhile back in 1939 the ‘real’ Ba’al massacres the crew on the ship carrying the Stargate to the United States, the ship eventually drifting to the Arctic Circle.  The events of that day in 1939 change the future and certain Stargate members disappear into oblivion, because the Stargate Program mission never occurred.  The team struggles to regain a foothold on those world changing events for 1 year and in that time Ba’al begins his attack on earth.  The Stargate team is called back into action, but it may already be too late.


The film to this reviewer was like a bad high school reunion; it is nice to see some old faces, but before long you want to get the hell out of there.  Stargate: Continuum reuniting the old SG-1 cast should excite any fan, but for the most part the odd plot holes (or convenient cheating) coupled with a certain rushed atmosphere truly detracted from the film.  If nothing else this film wrapped up the entire Stargate SG-1 series into a nice package and definitely caters to long time fans.  This reviewer, only mildly enjoying the SG-1 series, viewed the film on a more standalone and independent basis and it still managed to hold up as an enjoyable hour and a half.  Any Stargate fan will be pleased to add this film to their probably already immense Stargate library.


The technical features on this straight to DVD/Blu-Ray Stargate film are nice, but far from the level that a new Blu-Ray should be at.  The picture is presented in a 1080p 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that whereas it does have a solid color range with a balanced light/dark presentation, the sharpness and image crispness leave something to be desired.  This critique is not to say that the image is not very nice, but this reviewer expects a Blu-Ray presentation to step up its game.  The sound is presented in a DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio and an English 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround that for the most part is strong and solid track that demonstrates good range during the more pivotal moments of the feature, but does have moments where it there is an overly distant and soft quality.


The extras on this single disc release are not overloaded with useless games and features that only act as filler, but there are a good amount of solid, interesting, rewatchable special features for fans to enjoy.  The extra features include an Audio Commentary with producer/writer Brad Wright and Director Martin Wood that whereas it is discussing a film that was less than stellar the writer, director pair do a good job in offering up a plentiful barrage of interesting factoids and insight.  The extras on this release also contain a slue of featurettes such as a Making Of Stargate: Continuum Featurette, a Stargate Goes Artic Featurette, and a Layman’s Guide to Travel Featurette.  This reviewer can say that not a single featurette is wasted (if you at least somewhat enjoyed the film) and allow fans to partake in the creative process almost every step of the way.


This is not the best incarnation that the Stargate franchise has seen, but it is adequate and gives fans another taste of that sweet, sweet sci-fi goodness we call home.  Time is on your side with this one, it is only a remote click away…



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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