We’re running a bit behind on news heading into July, but today we’re excited to pass along the official word from MGM and Fox Home Entertainment on Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods – Final Cut. The remixed and remastered pilot movie for Stargate SG-1 arrives on DVD on July 21 in North America, and July 27 in the U.K. (Region 2).
This is “Children of the Gods,” the premiere episode that aired in July of 1997, as series co-creator Brad Wright intends it to be. To recut the pilot movie Wright and Stargate editor Brad Rynes revisited the original dailies from 1997, trimming, expanding, and even choosing alternate takes. (Among the cuts is the infamous full-frontal nudity that broadcaster Showtime wanted in.)
The film has also been re-scored by composer Joel Goldsmith — a blessing to those of us who recall the premiere’s sometimes awkward reliance on the original film score. And also be on the lookout for some brand new visual effects.
UPDATE: The episode also includes a “revoiced performance by Teal’c,” according to an advertisement included in the Atlantis Season Five DVD set.
The episode was written by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright, and directed by Mario Azzopardi.
Children of the Gods – Final Cut will come with a suggested retail price of $26.98 U.S. ($37.98 Canada and £19.99 U.K. — sorry, guys), but of course retailers like Amazon.com will offer a substantial discount.
The episode is presented in English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound or French Dolby Surround, with subtitles available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Bonus features include a new featurette titled “Back to the Beginning,” and a much-anticipated audio commentary from Wright and series star Richard Dean Anderson (“Jack O’Neill”). We’re hoping that alone makes it worth the asking price!
The DVD is available in Australia on August 5, in a special collector’s tin.
(Thanks to Stuart, RoX, DJTom, Andrew, AusGamerForever, Tim and Tim for the tip!)
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