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Stargate Universe – Season One/SG-U 1.0 (2009/Fox/MGM Blu-ray)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Episodes: D



I was only so impressed by the original 1994 Stargate feature film and never a fan of any of the TV shows, which actually killed a potential direct feature film sequel that might have been better.  Like Star Trek, this franchise has TV spin-offed itself into monotony and even with actors Robert Carlyle and Lou Diamond Philips on board, Stargate Universe – Season One/SG-U 1.0 (2009) is a very tired, disappointing recycle of everything we have seen in the previous series and the tired digital work only hinders it further.


This new Blu-ray double set feature the first ten hour-long shows and the twist here is that the cats is stuck on an old ship called The Destiny for which they cannot escape and can they get home?  I liked this better when it was called Space: 1999 (at least for its first season) and was shocked at the dullness and endless parade of clichιs and condescending moments (all teens here are overly hooked to videogames and computers) that seem extremely desperate throughout.  Too bad, because with some ambition, this could have distinguished itself from the previous shows, but you can forget it.  For diehard fans only.


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 AVC @ 18 MBPS digital High Definition image is shot on the slowly aging Panavision Genesis 4K HD camera system with its share of motion blur, phony color and other imperfections that have plagued most productions (even the expensive Superman Returns) that used it.  The look is everything we have seen before.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is lacking in a consistent soundfield, dialogue is not always recorded well and the sound over all the shows is underwhelming overall as the DTS shows its limits.


Extras include feature-length cast/crew audio commentaries on all episodes, Exclusive Extended Version of “Air” Pilot, Kino Video Diaries including 5 exclusives, Stargate 101 (by Dr. Daniel Jackson), Chatting with the cast of SG-U and Creating a New Universe, a Blu-ray exclusive with over 40 minutes of exclusive footage.


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