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Stargate SG-1 - Season 10 by Various Directors.
Review by Charles Mohapel
Date: 27 September 2007 List Price $49.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

If you ever watched Stargate SG-1 on TV, you likely didn't get the full effect of each episode due to poor cable, satellite, or over-the-air signals. Even if you had digital cable, if the stations airing the episodes broadcast a lousy signal, you still had to grit your teeth and suffer through it.

The Stargate SG-1, Season 10 DVD set fits onto 5 discs, each filled with the kind of bonus features that make the set even more of a special treasure than the 20 episodes of Season 10 which are a treat by themselves.

The Ark of Truth Trailer
This is a very short teaser, offering nothing new beyond a few new images and setting the viewers up for the Direct-to-DVD movie that promises to tie up the Ori storyline.

Directors Series: Insiders featuring Peter F. Woeste
Peter F. Woeste obviously enjoys guiding the audience through what proves to be a very cool, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Insiders, complete with a number of Ba'al jokes and puns.

The Ori: A New Enemy Featurette
Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper talks about how heroes are measured by the villains they are matched against and how after cutting the Goa'uld down to size and eliminating the Replicators in the Milky Way, the show had to create a new more powerful enemy. You see how the producers take Cooper's vision and develop it, including the design and look of the clothing of the Priors and each individualized staff, as well as the massive Ori warships.

Directors Series: Memento Mori featuring Peter DeLuise
According to Director Peter DeLuise, Memento Mori is a good old-fashioned action episode featuring Vala Mal Doran as the primary character. Not your typical Stargate SG-1 episode by a long shot, you see how the SFX department simulated gunfire by a safer method than the tried and true squibs of old. They took paintball shells and hand loaded them with zirconium and other debris to create loud, bright sparks.

Stargate SG-1: Behind the 200th Featurette
Executive Producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper take you behind the scenes of an episode that I did not really care for the first time I saw it, thinking it was too corny. Subsequent viewings, followed by this featurette showed me there was more to the episode than I had originally noticed. As Martin Wood who directed this episode said, this was their homage to the cast, crew, and die-hard fans. You get to see Richard Dean Anderson doing his best Kermit the Frog imitation as he wears a green suit in order to become invisible when they shoot against a green screen. Discover for yourself how many in-jokes are there for the sharing and listen to Anderson extol the "virtues" of those cool marionettes.

Directors Series: Company of Thieves featuring William Waring
William Waring talks about how the murder of Colonel Emerson by the Lucian Alliance is intended to emphasize how Lt. Col. Carter's life is in serious jeopardy.

Setting the Mood with Jim Menard Featurette
Director of Photography Jim Menard shows you just how lighting can make or break an episode. One massive set utilizes an impressive 2 million watts of light, a figure that made me reach for my sunglasses (just kidding). Menard then takes you outdoors and demonstrates how they use 18,000 watts of artificial light to counter the effects of natural top light, similar to photographers using fill flash in less than optimum circumstances. You learn how the show began shooting with 16 mm film, then switched to 35 mm film in Season 3 or 4, finally moving to HD. Until now I was not aware that shooting outdoors in HD was more difficult than with film, nor that interior shots were easier with HD. I had always been curious how the show creates the water effect and was surprised to see that it's an optical effect, not a CGI shot. Want to know the answer to this and other mysteries – buy the Season 10 set for this and other great stuff.

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