I wanted to give an update on some progress and decisions and discoveries.
I have taken a break from the “entering the stargate section” as It was giving me a headache so I started looking at other parts in more detail.
Subtitles will be Verdana bold - seems to be a good match for the original subtitles that were used on first release. They are also quite small in size and will be embeded (burnt in)
I took a look at the part where Daniel has to execute his friends Daniel turns shoots at the Aliens instead and they escape with the help of the slaves on Mastages. This part was fairly easy to extend the footage and edit it better whilst also making a few discoveries one in particular quite large.
first off in this part some shots when swapped out have sound mix already done for them so this means I put those in the right place and it was edited late in production and the sound mix not altered. There is possibly a different music cue for this part but it’s too difficult to alter this or at least if there is more music it’s not been released and I don’t have it.
Secondly there is a shot that is absent from the special edition that is in the theatrical version of Ra standing up. This is not mentioned on sites like movie censorship.
This is now the big discovery - once again I had a lot more footage than there is music to match with and with the left over shots I then realised what it was for. There is 2 shots of Daniel and O’neil on the Mastage as they escape. These 2 shots were for the Mastage with passengers being chased by a death glider. So there was another scene after the special edition set at sunset where a Death glider gives chase and they are heading into a sandstorm. This is where the footage of the Death glider exploding goes as it is shot by the Staff weapon from the back of the mastage. They then gallop into the cover of a sandstorm. Now when we look at the footage of the Death gliders attacking Nagada there is a number of shots of death gliders at sunset with the pilots shouting whilst in a mist of sand. These shots were probably meant for this part. They would be shouting I imagine when translated (absent in the movie) “you can’t hide, we’ll get you when the storm is over” or words to that effect. This then leads on to dusk where the pilots are returning and are punished by RA.
^ This however is a bit of a rabbit hole and is probably impossible to pull off. But I would like to confirm the existence of the chase through the desert scene at sunset and hope one day we will get to see it. Also bear in mind it was not a massive scene it was fairly brief like 1 minute to 1 minute and 30 seconds. I don’t have all the shots to make it convincing I don’t think.
Also of note is the shot of the pyramid ship at dusk was meant for this part for the gliders returning as the Bay doors are open for the gliders to fly in. The shots of the Gliders taking off were made repeatable and on the secrets of Stargate CD there is a version that has 4 gliders leaving the pyramid so I also imagine that four gliders were launched.
Just thinking some more about the actual last shot in the special edition the Horus Guard sort of stares in disbelief as they escape perhaps that was at the sight of the impending sandstorm. If I can make it work I will but it’s a big stretch…
Hope fans of the film find these discoveries interesting.
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