It's about 3 years ago when the complete series on Blu-ray was announced, late 2020. I had just finished my last rewatch of Stargate SG1 on DVD and learned of this release! I was quite disappointed because I knew I wasn't going to watch it right away again, so I would purchase it and put it on my shelve for the next couple of years. So I decided to wait a couple of years and I have to say, that too perhaps was not the best choice because nowadays, if you are living outside of the USA, it is hard to purchase it for a decent price which is extra annoying because it even isn't a true HD upgrade.
Last few months I was looking for the set and I even thought to purchase it via Amazon.com. Ordered it, it was stuck, contacted Customer Service, re-ordered it twice more but the order kept being stuck. So therefore I thought to try and find it on eBay. There I saw one for a reasonable price, but it wasn't new. It said "Like New". I decided to risk it and indeed it looks very good, all discs are there, it is a compact release. I realize it will not be as good a normal "HD" release but I still wanted to have it in my collection and for the time being I'll keep my DVD sets till I am satisfied this set can replace them.
Well I do not have to explain to you what this show is about, what its history is because if you visit this website, you are a fan of SCI-FI and most likely also are a fan of Stargate-SG1. I believe the last 3 seasons, 8, 9 & 10 were filmed in HD so it is logical that these 3 seasons do look better than the first 7 seasons. The set has English subtitles, it is a 41-disc set and it is region free! And yes, what is up with the cover? Where is Daniel? I mean, what kind of a company releases a set like this without knowing the content apparently! I think that if you are unaware of the original team, you are most likely come from the planet Mars of something! The set does come with a booklet where you can find all the episodes and the special features with an accompanying premise about the show. There are some pictures on the background on the pages, but characters Vala and Cameron Mitchell, who do get mentioned in the booklet, didn't get a picture in the booklet. Regarding the special features, this set is really loaded with special features! On each season 1-10 disc you can find lots of extra's but disc 41 is a disc with only extra's on it! According to the cover, it also contains extended episodes!
- Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
- Resolution: 1080p
- Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
- English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)
- English SDH
- 41 Discs (41 BD-50)
- Slipcover in original pressing
- 2K Blu-ray: Region Free
- Yes, lots!
- Comes with a Booklet
The review of this Blu-ray set is not very good on Blu-ray.com! In fact it is well below average! I knew this beforehand, but after some consideration I still choose to purchase it. The reasoning, well, because I figure we won't get a better release in the near future. Also the last 3 seasons appear to look better than the first 7 seasons. It is a small package in comparison to the separate seasons I have on DVD, so it saves shelf space. I have the other two series also on Blu-ray so I liked to have it complete. I know, not very good reasons when it concerns such an expensive product which is far from a perfect presentation. Regarding the packaging, as you can see on the pictures, the discs are packed differently. I read a lot of complaints about this. I however don't mind this kind of packaging because it eliminates damage to the discs and disc-holders because there are no standard disc-holders! To compare, I recently purchased the complete series of Star Trek: Voyager: If you look at this release, which packaging would you prefer? I for one prefer the Stargate SG-1 packaging! It's way more user-friendly, the discs are better protected, less chance of damage and also the SG1 set is way more compacter! Ten seasons is significantly smaller than seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager.
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So to come to a conclusion, don't expect a perfect HD picture! Granted, I have yet to see it for myself but I trust that the review from Blu-ray.com, is close to the truth, even though not everybody will agree with that review because not everybody is the same and watches it differently. As I said, it is a compact set, the last 3 season appear to look above average, it has English subtitles and has a 16:9 ratio. Strictly speaking, I cannot recommend this set because of the lack of PQ & SQ. But for those like me, who realize it is below par, but still want to have it on Blu-ray, then yes, I would recommend it. It is a shame Stargate SG-1 did get this treatment, it deserves better and perhaps in the future it will be attempted again...properly, but to be honest, I don't think it will happen.
I have been watching the first season since September 1st, and although I recognize it is not real HD and that there is room for improvement, but I have to say, after seeing 17 episodes, I am pleasantly surprised by the PQ! Because of all the complaints I've read I was expecting the worst but so far, I am positively surprised!