Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.0
Video 7.0
Audio 7.5
Special Features 7.5
Total 7.5
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Classification: M15+
Classification: 187 minutes
Reviewer:
Mark Beresford

7.5


Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods

Set a year after the original Stargate mission was deployed, Children of the gods picks up with a new alien race of Apophis and his Jaffa who return to earth through the still active Stargate and take a soldier hostage. With these events brought to light Colonel Jack O'Neil (Richard Dean Anderson) returns to the Stargate facility and after being questioned by military officials, it is revealed that the alien planet Abydos wasn't actually destroyed by a nuclear blast and though the evil Ra were killed, the population still exist including former mission member Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks). After sending a tissue box through the Stargate to prove that Jackson is in fact still alive and well, the SG-1 team with O'Neil,  Louis Ferretti (Brent Stait), Charles Kawalsky (Jay Acovone) and Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) assembles to investigate just who or what is posing as a threat to human existence.

Originally aired as a two part episode in 1997, Stargate SG-1 : Children Of The Gods does a great job at bridging a gap between the once off movie and the future TV series, and although few of the original actors returned for the TV series, the essence of the Stargate adventures remained. This Directors Cut version of the pilot has some great changes with a few minor removals of scenes to help the story flow better, some great touch ups on the CGI to give the production a better gleam and a lot of footage that was removed from the original airing has been added in. All of these combined give this disk more of a Movie feel than simply a long TV episode.

The DVD release also has brought forward the addition of a 16:9 widescreen format, noticably sharper action sequences and  few slight tweaks to the audio to remove some of that Television hiss. But probably the biggest drawcard for 'Gaters' is the special features of a Behind The Scenes documentary which tells the story of exactly why this production went ahead and reveals a lot of the shuffling that happened from the original airing to bring the DVD to life. As well as that there is some extremely insightful audio commentary from Brad Wright & Richard Dean Anderson who offer their own opinions on the changes that occur in the movie and why each were put into place.

SG-1 has had, and still does have its cult following, but anyone who watched the TV series, more than likely watched the first episodes, and more than likely loved it too. This DVD is in fact better than the original episodes, as it's transformed into the movie that it should have always been, and it's great to see it finally come to fruition.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Behind The Scene's Documentary

  • Audio Commentary






 
 



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