Stargate Universe - Season 1

Stargate Universe
Cover Art UK release

Release date [US] Februari 9, 2010 & July 27,2010 - Complete : October 5, 2010

Release date [UK] July 5, 2010

Release date [NL] Not released

 

Stargate Universe Season 1 - In the US season 1 has first been released in two parts, hence the two reviews you see above. After that, full season was released just like it was in the UK. Not every Stargate fan is a fan of Universe, too much like Battlestar Galactica, nothing like it's predessecors, boring, dull...name it. Unfortunately it's been cancelled after only two seasons and what sucks even more is that season 2 won't be released on Blu Ray. Outragious!

 

I for one am glad it's not a copy of the first 2 series, it's darker, more character oriented, some say more dull but not me! I really enjoyed this Stargate. Okay, they waited too long with bringing in aliens but even then I was hooked. Universe had complex characters, not always likeable but that's what made it so good. Universe is a nice addition to the franchize, will always remain one of my favorite shows. People who say, it looks too much like Ron Moore's Battlestar Galactica, so what!

 

Stargate Universe looks stunning on Blu-Ray, it's absolutely brilliant and the first season set is loaded with special features. I can only hope that someday season two will also be released on Blu-Ray because the DVD release will NEVER be a part of my collection!

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

Five-disc set (5 BDs)

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles US : English SDH, French

Subtitles UK : English SDH

Packaging UK : Slipsleeve with not standard Amaray Blu Ray Case

Region Code US : A [Locked]

Region Code UK : B, A

 

Special Features:

 

  • Audio Commentaries: Here's a helpful hint -- sample Season One's technical commentaries before delving into the murky depths of its cast-centric tracks. The actors are charming enough, but they tend to blather away, pursue inane tangents, and giggle their way through awkward jokes and pop culture references. Executive producer Robert C. Cooper, director Andy Mikita, and VFX supervisor Mark Savela deliver the best of the bunch while dissecting the broadcast version of "Air." They discuss SGU's place in the Stargate universe, the tone they employed for the new series, the cast's performances, the first season's various storylines, and the challenges of revamping a well-established franchise.

    Unfortunately, the extended pilot's commentary falls flat. Helmed by actors Brian J. Smith, David Blue, and Eylse Levesque, the wince-inducing chat-fest that ensues offers little information (beyond what can be deciphered from their anecdotes). The same goes for "Darkness," "Light," "Water" (wherein Blue is replaced by Louis Ferreira), "Earth," and "Life" (Blue is again replaced, this time with Ming Na), all of which find the actors with less and less to say about the series itself. The cast compliments their co-stars incessantly, and take plenty of friendly jabs at their on-screen comrades -- I even laughed out loud a few times -- but continually neglect the fans listening at home (something their apologies reveal they're all too aware of doing).

    Matters finally improve with "Time" as a more subdued David Blue sits down with executive producer Robert C. Cooper to examine the direction of the show, its characters' conflicts, and the cracks developing in the survivors' demeanor. Pairing an actor with one of the series' creative heads proves to be a smart decision as theirs is the most diverse commentary available. "Justice" offers a similar experience as director William Waring rallies actors Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, and Jamil Walker Smith long enough to actually dig into the episode in question. The foursome tend to repeat some of the information that's already covered elsewhere in the set, but theirs is a lively conversation that ends the commentaries on a fairly high note.
 
  • Destiny SML Star Map and Log (SD): Each disc includes an interactive star map of sorts. But don't get excited, the feature isn't a snazzy BD-Live extravaganza ala Lost's sprawling online "University," it's merely a hub whereby users can access some two-and-a-half dozen standard definition featurettes (most of which are 3-5 minutes in length). The videos run the gamut -- a brief overview of the Stargatemythos (hosted by Daniel Jackson no less), a pile of behind-the-scenes interviews, dissections of key visual effects and stunt sequences, and a variety of other production EPKs -- but the menu itself is quite cumbersome. Thankfully, once a video has been played, its icon fades a bit, making it fairly easy to track which areas of the on-screen galaxy have already been visited.
 
  • Kino Video Diaries (SD, 24 minutes): Actor David Blue and executive producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper discuss the KINO orb's function as a series storytelling device before introducing a number of annoying KINO-captured character shorts.
  • Audio Commentaries (Discs 1-3): Ten tracks are included, one for each episode. Director Andy Mikita, VFX Supervisor Mark Savela and Producer Joseph Mallozzi discuss "Space," Actors Louis Ferreira, Elyse Levesque and Julia Benson shoot the breeze on "Divided," actors Brian J. Smith, Alaina Huffman and Patrick Gilmore cover "Faith," Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper and Director of Photography Michael Blundell dissect "Human," Gilmore and Brian J. Smith return with Actors Peter Kelamis and Jamil Walker Smith for "Lost," Ferreira, Levesque and Benson tackle "Sabotage," Brian J. Smith and Gilmore team up on their own for "Pain," Brian J. Smith, Huffman, Gilmore, and Jamil Walker Smith handle "Subversion," Huffman and Levesque deliver ladies-only tracks for "Incursion - Part 1" and "Incursion - Part 2." Unfortunately, the cast commentaries tend to be as chatty and tangential as ever, with only a few standouts. Don't get me wrong, the humor, chemistry and rapidfire anecdotes are a blast at times, but I often found myself longing for more details about the production itself, the series' storylines, the special effects, and Universe's role in the greater Stargate mythos. All of those topics are there, mind you -- especially when it comes to the tracks with the showmakers themselves -- but the actors dominate the commentaries, and leave listeners with far too many nagging questions.
  • Destiny SML (Discs 1-3, HD, 68 minutes): Three interactive star-maps (now in high definition, with a "Play All" option to boot!) grace the set, each one home to several "Destiny Log Entries." What are these fifteen log entries, you ask? A quality-packed collection of production featurettes, cast-hosted interviews with Wright and Cooper, set tours and "Chatting with the Cast" shorts, most of which prove to be well worth watching. Just avoid the feature's cumbersome menus. They're a pain.
  • Kino Video Diaries (Discs 1-3, HD, 20 minutes): The set's in-character Kino confessionals are a bit cheesy and heavy-handed, but should still entertain series diehards (or anyone who wishes SGU had been conceived as a fictional sci-fi Reality Show).
  • SGU: Survival Instinct: An exclusive, interactive arcade game of sorts that requires players to advance through a series of time-loops to make it back to the Destiny alive.

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