We finally have all three Stargate series on Blu-ray disc with a high-definition picture, and so far our initial look is encouraging. The packaging is (mostly) well put-together, the bonus features are (almost) all here, and the early seasons of Stargate SG-1 look more crisp and clear than ever before.
“Stargate: The Blu Ray Series Collection” comes from Visual Entertainment Inc., which has just finished putting out budget-friendly editions of SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe on both Blu-ray and DVD formats. Fans can buy each series individually — or take the plunge like I did, and buy the complete collection in one box.
For Stargate SG-1, it’s actually the show’s very first appearance on Blu-ray disc — now more than 13 years after the series ended. Atlantis has seen a Blu-ray release, but Stargate Universe only received an HD release for its first season. So this Blu-ray collection is long overdue.
In this video we’re unboxing the Blu-ray collection straight from VEI. The video below runs about 30 minutes. We’ll spend about 18 minutes pulling apart the Blu-ray collection, then turn to compare it with the previous DVD releases — including a look inside the Stagate SG-1 Collector’s Edition gold box.
You can read more about VEI’s Blu-ray release of Stargate SG-1 here.
The bottom line: Despite some disappointing cover art for Stargate SG-1 — including a rather poorly Photoshopped Stargate image — the packaging for the complete collection is quite good. The keep cases for each series are slim and sturdy, and close with a satisfying snap.
Inside the discs are held in clear-sleeve jackets. This has a big advantage over previous releases of Stargate SG-1 on home media, which didn’t list episode titles on the face of each disc. The 2007 Collector’s Edition is especially unwieldy, with a fold-out accordian design and the discs hidden in overlapping pockets.
I’m really pleased with the packaging and presentation in this collection. They take up less space on my shelf, and are vastly more usable than my Stargate DVD sets.
But what’s on the discs? How do these episodes look … especially those upscaled copies of Stargate SG-1? In an upcoming video we’ll dig into the discs themselves and show you side-by-side comparisons of HD Stargate with the old, standard-definition releases.
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