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Ultimate Edition
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 71 (Apr 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Kurt Russell, James Spader, Viveca Lindfors, Alexis Cruz, Mili Avital, Leon Rippy, John Diehl, Carlos Lauchu Djimon & Jaye Davidson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Along with the 130-minute Director

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 12570
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 130/121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1994
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/18/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Roland Emmerich
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Story Synopsis:
Professor Daniel Jackson (Spader) is a science expert on a secret mission to decode an Egyptian artifact known as the Stargate. When he deciphers the code, its power is revealed as a mysterious passageway to the unknown. Mission leader, Colonel Jack O'Neil (Russell) commandeers a trip through the Stargate to an civilization on the other side of the universe, similar to that of ancient Egypt.

DVD Picture:
The differences between this newly remastered and anamorphically enhanced (finally!) 2.35:1 Ultimate Edition DVD and the previously released non-anamorphic versions are astounding. Starting with the color scheme, fidelity is more accurately balanced and natural, while the previous versions appeared oversaturated with dark browns and orange hues. Details are much more accurately rendered here, though many scenes still have a considerably soft appearance. Edge enhancement was extremely annoying on the previous versions, but is now much less of a distraction (though still quite apparent) on the Ultimate Edition. There is some occasional source element damage (most notably Ultimate Edition: Chapter 20, previous DVD: Chapter 12) on this new Director

The audio on this DVD is a new soundtrack remastering effort, offering an enhanced sense of dimension and atmosphere. The new audio also features a back surround channel via Surround EX encoding for Dolby