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Galaxy Of Terror: Roger Corman's Cult Classics [Blu-ray] (1981)

Edward Albert , Ray Walston , Bruce D. Clark  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Albert, Ray Walston, Robert Englund, Erin Moran
  • Directors: Bruce D. Clark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003I87O4Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Galaxy Of Terror: Roger Corman's Cult Classics [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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For the first time on Blu-ray, this cult science fiction/horror film has been remastered in high definition for the best possible, most gruesome presentation!


The innermost fears of the mind become reality for the crew members of the Quest when they land on the barren planet Morganthus hoping to find the missing crew members of the starship Remus: only to discover something deadly waiting for them. Each member of the rescuing team must come face to face with their darkest fears or perish. The cast onboard the Quest includes Edward Albert (The House Where Evil Dwells), Erin Moran (Happy Days), Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian), Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street series), Zalman King (Blue Sunshine) and Sid Haig (House Of 1,000 Corpses).

The film also had its share of new and emerging talent behind the camera, including James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens, Avatar), who did the production design, and Bill Paxton, who worked as a set decorator before later collaborating with Cameron in front of the camera as an actor.

Bonus Features:

* Commentary With Cast And Crew

* New Worlds: Producer Roger Corman, screenwriter Marc Siegler and director Bruce D. Clark discuss the origins of the film

* The Crew Of The Quest: Actors Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Taaffe O Connell and Grace Zabriskie discuss their experiences as crew members of the Quest

* Planet Of Horrors: A detailed look into the creation of the memorable sets of the film and alien landscapes

* Future King: Memories of co-production designer (and future visionary filmmaker) James Cameron from members of the cast and crew

* Old School: A journey into the complicated mechanical and makeup effects with artists Allan A. Apone, Douglas J. White, Alec Gillis and others

* Launch Sequence: Co-editor R.J. Kizer walks us through postproduction and a profile on composer Barry Schrader

* Theatrical Trailers

* Extensive Photo Galleries Including Posters, Production Sketches And Designs

* Original Screenplay (PDF)

* And More . . .

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better B Terror Films May 18, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I saw this when first released at the theater in 1980. It was a great terror movie. The tension runs throughout the movie as a group tries to escape a planet that prays upon their fears. One scene with a giant caterpillar and a scantilly clad lady was rather erotic. A good movie for fans of movies like Hellraiser and Phantasm. A young Erin Moran and Robert Englund do a decent job of acting. This is not something to take to serious, but to sit down and watch with a big bowl of popcorn some afternoon or evening. It certainly doesn't deserve to be put in the MST3K archive. Considering the time it was made and its budget I think it holds up pretty well. Look at how few SciFi movies that were made in the early 1980s have survived.

P.S. This is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Not sure it's Blu-ray worthy but I did get the DVD version. Since this is a B movie I recommend you get it if you like it as it may go out of print.

Addendum 11/12/2013: Now available to view in Amazon Prime.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 star movie -- plus a GREAT "making of" documentary February 24, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw GALAXY OF TERROR when it was first released in the 1980s. It was my favorite of the "top three" ALIEN ripoffs (the other two being FORBIDDEN WORLD and HORROR PLANET, aka INSEMINOID).

GALAXY OF TERROR is a weird film. Its sci-fi mysticism is more STAR WARS than ALIEN, but the sets are certainly "inspired" by ALIEN's H.R. Giger, albeit a poor man's Giger. (This IS a Roger Corman film.)

Others have explained the plot. Astronauts go on a rescue mission to a hostile planet, whereupon they meet strange deaths. Actress Taaffe O'Connell's nude rape scene by a giant, slimy maggot has become something of a cult event.

But what really sets this film apart from many DVD releases is its excellent "making of" documentary. Normally, I hate these things. They're usually just extended commercials (sometimes infomercials) shot when the film was made, to play on cable TV. Everyone just rehashes the plot, and offers obligatory praise (so you don't really know what they're thinking).

But GALAXY OF TERROR's "making of" documentary was shot in 2010 -- 29 years after the film was released. Many of these people are semi-retired, they have nothing to lose, so they can be trusted to tell the truth. Rather then prattling obligatory praise, they sound sincere, and offer interesting stories.

Roger Corman is interviewed, as are MANY of the actors (including Taaffe O'Connell), crew, and New World studio personnel. James Cameron (TITANIC, AVATAR) worked on GALAXY OF TERROR. He's not interviewed, but others discuss his work on the film.

This documentary (63 minutes long, according to the Internet Movie Database) is as interesting as the film itself, and that's rare.

The only fault with this DVD: when I hit the Display button on my DVD player, it won't reveal how long the film or documentary are, or how much time has elapsed. That's why I had to go to the Internet Movie Database to check the documentary's time.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For sentimental reasons..... March 17, 2009
Format:DVD
.....I am going to rate this movie 4 stars. I was just a young lad of about 10 when I saw this film at the local movie house. I was a voracious fan of science fiction and was eager to see this one.

Despite being only 10, I recognized this movie for what it was; a B-movie version that SORT-OF resembled Ridley Scott's "Alien", but with a totally different plot. Maybe this could be considered a cross between "Alien" and "Poltergeist".

Regardless of the film's inspiration, it does display above-average production values for being a low-budget film. The special effects are actually quite decent (for the early '80s) and the set design is very good. The acting is definitely not top-notch, but there are some memorable scenes that pull you in. Besides the actors listed in the product description, look for some decent performances from Bernard Beherens (the Star Wars NPR radio dramas as "Obi-Wan Kenobi") and Grace Zabriskie (The Big Easy, Twin Peaks).

The story itself is quite original (I can't help but feel that "Poltergeist" borrowed from this one - it KNOWS what scares you) and you can easily get caught up in the film's eerie ambience. But, perhaps what is most intriguing is that this is a film brought to us by the legendary Roger Corman; king of the B-movies. Corman had also released "Battle Beyond the Stars" earlier that same year, but this film is far superior to it. BBTS was a meat and potatoes sci-fi film (think "Star Wars" crossed with "The Magnificent Seven") whereas "Galaxy of Terror" had deep psychological undertones and a much more sophisticated plot.

Anywho, at the time this review was written, there is a used DVD copy going for $2400.00. Give me a feakin' break! Who in their right mind is gonna pay that much money for a MOVIE?!?!?!?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Galaxy Far, Far Away.......Corman's Galaxy! August 6, 2010
Format:DVD
It's about time I finally got to see this film clearly. I used to have a VHS tape of this that I had purchased from a video rental store that had gone under(courtesy of the evil Blockbuster Video). As you can imagine, the quality of this tape left alot to be desired, but at least I got to see that "hard to find" film cult fans had spoken of.
Honestly, I love this movie to death, I really do, and I'm not afraid to admit it. What I love so much about watching low budget Sci-Fi goofiness like this is A). The schlock value is just too much fun to resist, and B). I'm very interested in seeing how a low budget film maker(Corman especially) can stretch a dollar. Ironically, the average Avatar goer will hate this for those very same reasons(schlocky and cheap), but there's so much more to a movie than it's special effects, believe it or not. While there is definitely alot of hokiness and cheapness here, I marvel at just how well it does look considering it was only made for around a million dollars!! Unfortunately most folks don't view it in those terms. Besides, Avatar didn't have a chick raped to death by a giant maggot(and they would just CGI it if it did).
Though totally Sci-Fi in it's imagery and concept, Galaxy Of Horror is indeed a horror film in the way it plays out.
A astronaut rescue team is sent to a distant planet to investigate the fate of a ship on a previous expedition. Once there, our astronauts(a fun cast for B movie lovers) discover the other crew had all been killed, and decide to go exploring. The surface of the planet is similar to the planet in Alien-windy, foggy, dark, and looking like a junkyard. Our team finds a large pyramid, but there's no Dick Clark to be found. Instead, once trapped in the pyramid, each crew members' fears come to life and attack them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
oldie but goodie
Published 12 days ago by RANDY LABREC
3.0 out of 5 stars Horny bug alert!!
As many have said this is almost worth it just for the scene with the giant slug. The rest of it isn't too bad. Always enjoyed Ray Walston.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars A great terrible movie.
Chocked full of D-Listers. I remember seeing this at the dollar theater in the 80s with my dad. I'm so glad it's finally on streaming. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chucho320
3.0 out of 5 stars Goofy fun Alien derivative
Yes, it is somewhat like Alien but there are many more horrors and a decent cast involved in this. Fun stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Viva
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy at best
If you're a fan of shlocky horror/sci-fi movies with bad special effects, mediocre acting, gratuitous nudity and stupid soundtracks, then you're gonna love this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gina craig
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Got it cheap to see it, okay I did. Really hokey movie, so much so it's funny including the alien sex scene. Will probably re-watch it every 5 years or so.
Published 1 month ago by Michael E. Mayeau
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi classic
For its age, this movie has some pretty cool effects (crystal throwing star) and some cheesy ones as well (giant maggot). Read more
Published 2 months ago by BigDal
3.0 out of 5 stars James Cameron's early work is clearly visible here
4 years before James Cameron directed Aliens he served as Production Designer and Second Unit Director on Galaxy of Terror. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ron Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars campy fun.
I gave this 3 stars just for camp value. Silly entertainment with no redeeming social value. Put it in context of where science fiction entertainment was at the time of its... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dennis England
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
It felt like a test run for newer movies like "Alien" or "Terminator." The movie's premise keep continuity throughout the movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kensuke Takei
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