SCIFI FLASHBACK STARGATE THE MOVIE EXTENDED VERSION

I PICKED THIS UP ON BLUERAY IN ASDA FOR £6 AND HAVE NEVER ACTUALLY SEEN THE EXTENDED VERSION BEFORE. THIS IS THE MOVIE THAT SPAWNED 3 SERIES WHICH HAS COME TO AN UNFORTUNATE END.

BUT HAS IT STOOD THE TEST OF TIME/ YES, AND IS FANTASTIC ON BLUERAY. THE ADDITIONAL SCENES ENHANCE THE MOVIE AND THE SOUNDTRACK IS EXCITING AND FLAWESS, EVOKING A REAL SENSE OF EPIC. KURT RUSSELL AND JAMES SPADER ARE PERFECT AS JACK AND DANIEL. SPADER’S PERFORMANCE AS DANIEL JACKSON IS PERFECTLY EXECUTED AND HIS SIMILARITY TO MICHAEL SHANKS IS ASTOUNDING, RIGHT DOWN TO THE MANNERISMS.RUSSELL’S JACK IS FAR REMOVED FROM THE TV VERSION BUT THIS IS AS MUCH A STORY ABOUT HIS EMBRACING LIFE AGAIN AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS SON AS IT IS BATTLING PARASITIC ALIENS. I’D FORGOTTEN DANIEL HAD ALLERGIES, WHICH WAS QUICKLY DROPPED IN THE SERIES. AND THAT FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE STARGATE IN ACTION IS AS THRILLING AS THE FIRST TIME I SAW IT, SOMETHING DILUTED BY ITS FREQUENCY ON TV.

THE BATTLE AGAINST RA IS SUPERB WITH MACHINE GUNS AGAINST STARSHIPS, SOMETHING THE PILOT FOR THE SERIES DID EQUALLY AS WELL. THE STORY FLOWS, THE CHARACTERS ARE WELL ROUNDED AND THE TV SHOW PICKS UP AND ENHANCES THE ALIEN TECH AND BACKDROP TO A DEGREE ONLY HINTED AT HERE, AND I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY THE PRODUCERS OF THE MOVIE DISASSOCIATED THEMSELVES FROM THE TV SHOW. I WAS LITERALLY CHEERING WITH EXCITEMENT WHEN THE REBELS DEFEATED THE ARMY OF RA, LOVE IT.

REMEMBER THIS WAS DONE ON A BUDGET BUT YOU WOULDN’T KNOW. FROM THE PYRAMID SHIP DESCENDING ON ABYDOS, THE AIR BATTLE IN THE DESERT AND THE SCENES WHERE YOU REALLY DO THINK THEY ARE A THOUSAND EXTRAS ALL GEL TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS A FANTASTIC RIDE. HATS OFF TO EVERYONE ON THIS, STARGATE IS BLOODY BRILLIANT.

AND THE BEST LINE, “GIVE MY REGARDS TO KING TUT, ASSHOLE!”

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