The complete chronological release of all 22 episodes of season
one of Stargate SG-1 has been a long time in arriving
in the UK. And now they are available in widescreen anamorphic
format as a five DVD disc collectible boxset. But was the
wait worth while?
first thing to note about this long overdue release is that
the picture quality is well below par - in places looking
not much better than a video copy. Then there is the added
frustration of not a single extra in sight. This wouldn't
have been quiet so obvious if MGM hadn't spoiled us with seasons
five and six of the series which had great picture quality
and a fantastic collection of extras.
is also another problem which makes me think that MGM really
didn't take any care over this collection. On almost every
episode there were a few scenes where the action appeared
to be very jerky. This normally happened when there was a
lot of action on screen or someone moved quickly and led me
to the conclusion that these discs are nothing more than poor
quality transfers from the US discs - where the frame rate
episodes themselves are entertaining, but I noticed that the
episodes that have previously been available in the UK on
DVD are not as good quality on this collection and this I
of the Gods was the feature length episode that started
it all off and rewatching it it is obvious that David Arnold's
score borrowed from the movie really helps to provide a darker
atmosphere. I'd also forgotten how much Michael Shanks looked
like James Spader - there were a couple of scenes where you
could almost believe Shanks was Spader.
the episodes I also noticed how conveniently the writers forgot
about Jackson's allergies - they are used here and again in
a later episode, but purely as a plot device to explain why
Jackson doesn't succumb to an illness.
is an episode worth rewatching. It's not original, every sci-fi
show has used the story of one of its main characters being
put on trial in an alien world, but there are some great lines.
Included is a scene were O'Neil and Carter and trying to convince
Hammond that they must remove Teal'c from the planet using
force. To which Hammond states: "The United States is
not in the business of interfering in other peoples affairs."
To which O'Neil simply replies: "Since when, sir?"
one is a lot slower in pace than following years (the show
really only takes off in year three) but there are some worthwhile
episode in here.
just a shame that the picture quality is so poor and a few
extras would have been welcomed. Still at £50 what more
do you want?
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