UPDATED: Children of the Gods – Final Cut is on DVD in the U.K. on July 27, according to retailer reports.
Details on a pair of upcoming Stargate DVD and Blu-ray releases are finally available, thanks to our friends at TVShowsOnDVD.com! MGM and Fox Home Entertainment have announced the release dates for Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods – Final Cut (DVD) and Stargate Atlantis: Fans Choice (Blu-ray).
The release of the re-edited Stargate SG-1 pilot movie “Children of the Gods” will be available on July 21 in North America (Region 1). Series co-creator Brad Wright and editor Brad Rines revisited the show’s original pilot, completely re-editing it from the original dailies — choosing different takes, adding deleted footage, and expunging the nudity. It will also come with a new score and new visual effects. (Read more in our 2008 interview with Wright.)
“It is tighter,” Wright told GateWorld exclusively. “It’s significantly tighter. It is not a pilot. In some ways ‘Children of the Gods’ was an excellent pilot episode, but twelve years on what is worth making, I think, is the movie — the story that is ‘Children of the Gods’ that is the movie.”
The 90-minute film will come with a suggested retail price of $26.98 (U.S.). It includes a commentary by Wright (and actor Richard Dean Anderson, according to Wright), a bonus featurette, and a trailer for Stargate Universe. UPDATE: According to the BBFC, the featurette is titled “Children of the Gods: Back to the Beginning,” and has a running time of 7 minutes 23 seconds.
Here’s the cover art for the highly anticipated re-release (look for a larger version at TVShowsOnDVD.com:
Children of the Gods – Final Cut is also coming to Australia (Region 4) on August 5. EzyDVD.com.au lists it as a 3-disc set, though we have no confirmation that this is the case or any idea as to what might be on those other two discs. The cover art there is the same, and the site offers this description of the bonus featurette:
“A behind-the-scenes look at why the producers wanted to redo the pilot, including commentary explaining all of the changes/updates!”
UPDATE: The movie arrives in the U.K. (Region 2) on July 27, according to Play.com.
Next up is the first Blu-ray high definition release for Stargate Atlantis. The Fans Choice disc includes extended versions of the 2-part series premiere, “Rising,” and the series finale, “Enemy At the Gate.” It’s set for release two weeks later, on August 4. The episodes were voted on by fans, and the cover art (still to be announced) will be fan-designed (site).
The Blu-ray disc will be priced at $29.99, presented in 1080p widescreen video with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio. No additional bonus features have been announced yet.
Read more on this release at TVShowsOnDVD, and stay tuned to GateWorld for future updates! We’re also tracking the DVD releases of Stargate Atlantis: Season Five (June 30 – story), and hopefully Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series later this year.
(Thanks to AusGamerForever, Morjana, TraK90, apk51, Alan and Iain for the tip)