Nearly 10 years after it went off the air, Stargate Universe finally looks to be getting a proper Blu-ray release.
Visual Entertainment, Inc. has announced that Stargate Universe: The Complete Series will be released on Blu-ray disc on January 15 (Region 1 – North America). The set includes both seasons of the show, which ran on Syfy Channel for 40 episodes from 2009 to 2011. VEI previously published this set on DVD late last year.
The Blu-ray collection retails at $39.99 (USD). We expect it to come to Amazon soon, but meanwhile it is available for pre-order on the VEI Web site.
Strangely, the first season of SGU was sold on both DVD and Blu-ray – but then Season Two saw its home media release limited to DVD only. Fans have clamored for a proper HD release for the past decade.
GateWorld reviewed the Season Two DVD release when it was first published in 2011. Writer David Read commended the episodes and the collection of bonus features here, but bemoaned the studio’s lack of a Blu-ray release.
VEI lists the following bonus features to accompany the show’s 40 episodes:
OVER 2 HOURS OF SPECIAL FEATURES PLUS COMMENTARIES ON ALL EPISODES
• Extended Version of the Series Premiere Episode Air
• Chatting with the Cast Featurettes
• Kino Video Diaries
• Behind the scenes featurettes including Deconstructing Destiny
• Pitches: A Journey of Friendship and Discovery
• Behind the Season 2 finale – Gauntlet
• And Much More!
While this is not detailed enough to include a complete list of disc contents, we suspect that the discs will include the same bonus features that were originally released on DVD. The one featurette title that is provided here, “Deconstructing Destiny,” did appear on the 2011 release.
There is no word on whether these bonus features are in high definition, or simply copied over from the standard-definition DVDs.
VEI has not responded to GateWorld’s multiple requests for information about all three Stargate series’ Blu-ray releases. We cannot confirm the quality of these episodes – but we certainly hope that they are in 1080p high definition, given the readily available source material. Stargate Universe was filmed in 2009 and 2010 with HD digital video cameras.
The show streams digitally on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu in the United States in high definition. Amazon offers three video quality settings (“Good,” “Better,” and “Best”) but does not disclose what resolutions these settings correspond to. Hulu provides a similarly opaque “Best Available” setting for playback.
We’ll bring you more details on these releases if we can learn anything further from MGM or from the publisher. Also check out our armchair analysis of VEI’s recent Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis Blu-ray releases.
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