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Stargate SG-1 - The Complete Series Collection by Various Directors & Writers
Review by Charles Mohapel
MGM DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B000TJBNHQ
Date: 04 March 2008 List Price $329.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

While nobody can like all 214 episodes of Stargate SG-1 equally, we all have our favorites, and this Complete Series Collection gives us every single episode of all 10 seasons and a lot more. You also get all of the bonus materials from the 10 single-season sets, plus four additional Special Features Discs and a really cool-looking cardboard box with a 3-D Stargate on it and holding all 54 DVDs (Region 1). Also included is a beautiful booklet, listing all the episodes in order by season, as well as giving a brief synopsis of each episode and listing what is on each and every disc.

My personal favorites include anything from the Directors Series with Martin Wood, for the simple reason that he makes you laugh at the same time as you learn how a show is made from the other side of the camera. If you have an interest in working in the industry in props, special effects, CGI, stunts, makeup, etc., each of these crucial departments gets its moment in the sun. Speaking as a photographer, I've picked up a few more tricks of the trade.

Some of the extras are simultaneously fun and interesting, others are cool, and some are downright sophomoric. Given that cast, crew, directors, and executive producers number over 500 and the average workday is around 14 hours, the show could be quite a grind. That it isn't is due in part to the fact that both Executive Producer Brad Wright and Richard Dean Anderson have surrounded themselves with like-minded people who work hard, fool around on set often, and make this a pleasurable show to work on. RDA's motto is "LTS", standing for "Life's Too Short" not to enjoy your work.

Having met and observed a number of cast and crew over the years, you can see the joy they share and they're not shy about sharing it with their loyal fans.

Unfortunately, the design of the box interior leaves a great deal to be desired. Instead of the three slim, clear DVD cases (two double and one single) used in the later years, the interior design made me think of a wallet where your credit cards fit into slots and overlap like shingles on a roof. This is a very bad design because it causes each card to rub against its neighbors and damage the magnetic strips. The interior of the box lets the DVDs rub against each other, and even worse, fall out of their slots. When I opened the box for the first time, a number of DVDs fell onto my bare parquet wood floor and were damaged, some worse than others.

I give the contents an 'A+', the outside of the boxed set an 'A', and the inside packaging an 'F'. That said, I would unconditionally recommend the set for all 9,900 minutes of materials (according to Amazon.com), as well as recommend that you invest in 27 slim double cases to protect your treasure. I did and they fit the box perfectly.

If I were to wish for the Ultimate Edition of this set, I would replace the cardboard holders with those 27 clear, slim double cases I mentioned and add the wraparound covers from the individual season sets.

All in all, the Stargate SG-1 - The Complete Series Collection DVD set is a must-have for any serious collector.


Our Readers Respond

From: Harold Stein:
    Did the collection add any extras to earlier seasons or just reprint them and add the 4 discs of extras?
Reviewer's Comment:
    After I spoke with a number of friends who own all the single-season sets, it certainly looks like the discs for Seasons 1-10 were not changed and all they did in terms of new materials was add the four Special Features discs. Bonuses from Seasons 1 and 2 are almost nonexistent and those included are spartan in tone. But as the show grew, the executive producers realized that the fans wanted more and began shooting more and more goodies. It certainly seems as though the bonus material on the four Special Features discs wouldn't have fit on the individual season discs, but the executive producers wisely hung on to it anyway, possibly in the hopes of making a complete series set.

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