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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 (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003I87O4Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,986 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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Editorial Reviews

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 . . .

Customer Reviews

Highly recommended to sci-fi/horror/B-movie fans, as well as a personal favorite.
Tom P. the Underground Navigator
This was so scary a scene with a giant worm and that women just was beyond what people Would do too make a movie.
Starry2
The special effects are actually quite decent (for the early '80s) and the set design is very good.
R. Legendre

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on May 18, 2004
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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 By Thomas M. Sipos VINE VOICE on February 24, 2011
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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 By R. Legendre on 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 By Tom P. the Underground Navigator on April 27, 2013
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In the wake of the colossal success of "Star Wars" in the late '70s, by the early 1980s sci-fi films, which were next to nonexistent for nearly a decade after Kubrick's "2001" in 1968, were again a big business. In particular, a new crop of them emerged that combined the outer space element with suspense and horror, such as British director Norman J. Warren's "Inseminoid" (aka "Horror Planet"), Stanley Donen's "Saturn 3" (both 1980), and Peter Hyams' "Outland" (1981).

To me though, the ultimate crowning achievement of them all was the Roger Corman production "Galaxy of Terror," which was filmed in a Corman makeshift studio (former lumber yard) in Venice, California during the sultry summer of 1981, and released later on in October of that year.

A search party from the space vessel Quest warp speed to the distant, lifeless planet of Morganthus in search of survivors of the starship Remus, which crashlanded there at some point, with some or all of its occupants now presumed missing or dead. They soon uncover strange things among the ruins of the seemingly uninhabited planet surface, including various hostile alien lifeforms that are something out of their worst nightmares.

Wow! Viewing this film over 30 years on, it's inconceivable that it was produced on such a typically low Corman budget (for an estimated $700,000). But that to me is part of the fascination of Corman films and great B-movies like this in general that today's sterile megamillion computer generated CGI effects films can't touch -- the filmmakers clearly worked in the best possible way with the limited budget that they had, to astonishing results. Maybe this is due to the film crew consisting of only the most talented young prodigies in all the American movie industry at the time.
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