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Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods (Final Cut) by Directed by Mario Azzopardi
Review by Charles Mohapel
MGM (Video & DVD) DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B0029WLJHK
Date: 29 July 2009 List Price $26.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Speaking as a fan of Stargate since the 1994 film, I was very curious to find out what show co-developer and Producer Brad Wright had added, changed, and tweaked in Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods (Final Cut), the 2 hour series pilot for Stargate SG-1.

Having seen and heard Wright speaking on different DVDs for both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis, I also was very certain that any bonus material with him in it would be as entertaining as it was interesting and informative.

Disc Contains:
Promo for Stargate Universe Coming Fall 2009 on SciFi (before name change to Syfy)

Promo for Stargate SG-1, Seasons 1-10 on DVD

Promo for Stargate Atlantis, Seasons 1-5 on DVD

Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods (Final Cut) (92 minutes)

Special Features:
Commentary by Executive Producer Brad Wright and Actor Richard Dean Anderson On / Off
Watching the episode with their commentary was so hilarious that I watched it four straight times after watching the reworked episode first.

Wright talks about how he deleted scenes that dragged on without advancing the story significantly, reinserted some scenes that had been removed 12 years earlier, removed the added music that was clashing with Joel Goldsmith's score, and replaced a number of special effects that looked quite unsatisfactory with 12 years hindsight. I wasn't aware that three different special effects companies had made the "puddle" every time the Stargate opens, but they kept the better ones and replaced the poorer ones.

In the interests of making the pilot more family-friendly fare, the full frontal female nudity is gone and only hinted at, while the entire scene in the harem of Apophis has been cut. The one problem with sanitizing it like this is that that the demonstration of the total contempt of the Goa'uld, even to the point of not caring if their would be hosts were naked and vulnerable is completely gone.

On the plus side, Captain Samantha Carter's introduction to Col. O'Neill and the rest of the team is much smoother and no longer produces uncontrolled cringing.

If you value a good long laugh, then watching the final cut with commentary should satisfy your needs.

Back To The Beginning
Here we hear Brad Wright and VFX Supervisor Michele Comens (worked on the pilot as a VFX coordinator) talk about the changes made to improve the pilot, but in my opinion it was way too short. (7:33 including relatively long end credits)

The difference between the original pilot which aired in 1997 and Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods (Final Cut) is like Day and Night. This is one time that New and Improved are the absolute truth, not the hype of an ad agency.

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