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The Ark Of Truth
DVD Review by Nigel A. Messenger

UK Release Date: 28 April 2008
UK certificate: 12

Stars: Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Claudia Black, Beau Bridges

So it's finally here! STARGATE: THE ARK OF TRUTH is the first movie feature from the Stargate SG-1 TV show featuring all of the same cast and picking up directly where season 10 of the show left off.

Season 10 of STARGATE SG-1 dealt with the most powerful enemy SG-1 have ever faced, the ascended beings known as the Ori. The Ori had pretty much stayed in their own galaxy until now but after Daniel Jackson and Vala "body-swapped" with a couple of aliens in the Ori galaxy the fight was definitely on and although season 10 closed with what could have been a farewell, the Ori storyline was left wide open.

THE ARK OF TRUTH picks up directly from that story and creates a full movie, and I mean a real movie that you can sink your teeth into, with a big screen panoramic intro and an all action big bang ending just the way a great movie should.

Of course the STARGATE franchise originally started with a big screen adventure so now that the television series has finished, in a way it's only fitting that it should continue as a series of movies. My only complaint is that THE ARK OF TRUTH is so good, yes I am a STARGATE fan, but the production quality is so high and the film is so enjoyable, that this should have been a theatrical release, if only to take advantage of the cinemas big screen experience. While it's true that any viewer really does need to have watched at least some of season 10 to fully understand what is going on, I would have thought that there was enough STARGATE fans out there who would buy tickets!

Still I guess a direct to DVD release with Sky One in the UK showing the film first, was a sure-fire way to secure a success and pave the way for the next STARGATE SG-1 adventure CONTINUUM. So as long as STARGATE continues to appear with new adventures on screens large or small - I will be happy!


Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Robert C. Cooper, Actor Christopher Judge and Director of Photography, Peter Woeste
'Uncovering The Truth' documentary (30 mins)
'Stargate SG-1: The Road Taken: Prelude to The Ark of Truth' featurette
The Ark of Truth: Stargate at Comic-com featurette

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