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WSR Detailed Disc Review
Stargate Atlantis: Fan's Choice
Genre: Science Fiction
Reviewed In Webzine Exclusive Of Widescreen Review®
Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks,, Richard Dean Anderson, Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Robert Picardo, David Hewlett, Michael Shanks, Carwin Sanford, Robert Patrick, Christopher Heyerdahl, Mitch Pileggi, David Nykl, Kavan Smith, Michael Beach, Amanda Tapping & Paul McGillion
Created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, "Stargate Atlantis: Fan's Choice" includes the full-length versions of "Rising" (88:02), the 2004 television series pilot, and "Enemy At The Gate" (45:47), the extended episode, which aired in 2009. "Rising" chronicles a brilliant team of scientists' journey through a Stargate to the legendary City of Atlantis, which is about to be engulfed by ocean water. There they confront an enemy who threatens everyone in the Pegasus Galaxy. In "Enemy At The Gate" from Season 5, the team tries to disempower Wrath hive ships which have discovered coordinates that will allow the Wraith to destroy Earth. (Gary Reber)
The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture quality on "Rising" is satisfactory, with a bright overall character. The special effects are, at times, poorly produced, and CGI is not always well integrated. Color fidelity is natural enough, and blacks are deep and solid. Fleshtones are generally accurately portrayed throughout. Resolution is often excellent, with fine textures and close-up facial pores and lines revealed. Shadow delineation is also quite good, revealing details in deep backgrounds. Star fields are impressively delineated. Slight noise and grain are noticeable but not objectionable. This is generally a nicely produced picture that is sure to please fans of "Stargate."
The 1.78:11080p AVC pictrue quality on "Enemy At The Gate" is far superior and simply superb! Shot in HD, the color fidelity is excellent with rich and vibant hues and deep, solid blacks. Contrast is excellent, with superb shadow delineation. The picture is very dimensional with excellent depth of field. The imagery is very engaging and sure to please fans. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventionally produced, with production dialogue and ADR not particularly well integrated spatially, though, background sound effects and Foley provides effective support in the stereo channels. The music score is nicely recorded and provides effective holosonic® surround envelopment. The frontal soundstage is wide and deep, and sound effects are directionalized but limited to the front. Bass extension is deep, with LFE .1 energy often extending below 20 Hz. Overall, this is an effective soundtrack that is sonically pleasing. (Gary Reber)