Four months after Stargate Universe made its much-hyped television debut, the third Stargate TV series is ready for you to take home. SGU Season 1.0 is out on DVD and Blu-ray high definition today in North America.
The 3-disc DVD set and 2-disc Blu-ray includes the first 10 hours of the series, which premiered in October on Syfy Channel in the U.S. and SPACE in Canada. Look especially for a never-before-seen extended version of “Air,” the 3-part series premiere.
Bonus material for the DVD edition includes:
- Cast and crew commentaries for each episode
- Daniel Jackson’s “Stargate 101” videos (featured in “Air”), including segments on the Stargate, the Goa’uld, hyperspace, the Ancients, ascension, and the Lucian Alliance
- Kino videos (webisodes), including a “Kino 101” introduction with series creators Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper
- Behind-the-scenes featurettes on each cast member
On top of this, the Blu-ray edition also adds a ton of behind-the-scenes featurettes:
- A Brand New “Universe”
- Designing Destiny
- Inside Destiny
- Kawoosh 2.0
- Chatting with the Cast: Shooting on the Destiny
- Director’s Minutes: Andy Mikita
- No Day at the Beach
- White Sands
- Director’s Minutes: William Waring
- Falling Through Ice
- On the Ice
- Setting the (Alien) Mood
- Out on the Town
- A Stunt in Tight Places
- Director’s Minutes; Ernest R. Dickerson
- Helmet-Cam 101
- Shooting in the Rain
- Let it Rain
- Future/Past: The New Stargate
- A New Look for SGU
Video is in widescreen 1.78:1, with subtitles in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Audio is in English 5.1 Dolby Surround (5.1 DTS HD Master for the Blu-ray), and Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Surround.
The DVD edition runs for $49.98 U.S. before retailer discounts (as of our time of publishing, Amazon.com has it for $27.99). If you want SGU on Blu-ray, look for a suggested sticker price of $69.98 (currently just $38.99 at Amazon). Pick it up at Amazon and you’ll help to support GateWorld with your purchase.
Stargate Universe stars Robert Carlyle as Dr. Nicholas Rush, a brilliant scientist with a hidden agenda who is responsible for trapping more than 80 people on board the Destiny — a previously unmanned Ancient vessel in the far reaches of the universe. Believed to be millions of years old, Destiny is on an automated course from one galaxy to another, following other ships sent ahead to seed those galaxies with Stargates.
Also starring is Louis Ferriera, David Blue, Brian J. Smith, Ming-Na, Alaina Huffman, Jamil Walker Smith, Elyse Levesque, and Lou Diamond Phillips.
The “Season 1.5” DVD release is expected shortly after the season finale in June. There is no word on whether MGM and Fox will also release a single, complete season set.
In the United Kingdom, however, the studio is releasing a full season in July, rather than this mid-season release of the first half. Look for it on July 5, and pre-order it now for £42.98 (subject to change).
The second half of Season One premieres with “Space” on Friday, April 2! Learn more about the back half of the season — which producers promise will meet many of fans’ expectations — in GateWorld’s Season One episode guide.