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For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA protector - "Commander Peter Quincy Taggart" (Tim Allen), "Lt. Tawny Madison (Sigourney Weaver) and "Dr.Lazarus" (Alan Rickman) - set off on a thrilling and often dangerous mission in space...and then their series was cancelled! Now, twenty years later, aliens under attack have mistaken the Galaxy Quest television transmissions for "historical documents" and beam up the crew of has-been actors to save the universe. With no script, no director and no clue, the actors must turn in the performances of their lives.
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After all those times listening to it, I wanted nothing more than to have a chance to actually see the movie. There were some jokes that just didn't make sense without the visual cues to accompany them, and I wanted to get them because all of the jokes that did work just on listening were still making me laugh after listening to them replay for weeks. Once I did see it, I loved it even more.
When one of my kids complains that something is too hard, there is often a parental yell of, "Never give up! Never surrender!" Galaxy Quest is my son's strongest association with Alan Rickman, so whenever we see him in something else and my son says that the actor looks familiar, all I have to say is, "It's Alexander Dane" and he's happy. When we watched Finding Dory and he wanted to know who the heck Sigourney Weaver was, his association was Gwen DeMarco.
By Grabthar's hammer, I love this film.
What this is is a love letter to Star Trek and to Fandoms. It is hilarious, and charming, and fun and a rousing good adventure. FanFiction brought to life. What if the actors who played on a classic TV SciFi show were thought to be their characters and brought into space to save the day. Particularly great performances from all involved, with extra credit given to the late Alan Rickman. This is one of his most interesting and yet self referential roles. Good Fun!
Twenty years after cancellation, the stars of the ‘Galaxy Quest’ Television Series, cling to their careers appearing at a Sci-Fi Conventions and Electronic Store openings. When a distressed interstellar race mistakes the show for a “historic document.” Jason Nesmith [Tim Allen] and his crew of has-beens are unwittingly recruited to save them from a genocidal warlord.
‘Galaxy Quest’ features an all-star ensemble, including Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shallhoub and Sam Rockwell, in this hilarious adventure that boldly goes where no comedy has gone before.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Hugo Award: Won: Best Dramatic Presentation. Nebula Award: Won: Best Script. Saturn Awards: Won: Best Actor for Tim Allen. Nominated: Best Science Fiction Film. Nominated: Best Director for Dean Parisot. Nominated: Best Actress for Weaver. Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for Alan Rickman. Filming Locations: Goblin Valley State Park - Highway 24, Green River, Utah, USA. Stahl House, Case House 22 - 1635 Woods Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA (Nesmith's house). Culver Studios at 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA. Hollywood Palladium at 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (convention).
Cast: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs (General Roth'h'ar Sarris), Patrick Breen, Missi Pyle, Jed Rees, Justin Long, Jeremy Howard, Kaitlin Cullum, Jonathan Feyer, Corbin Bleu, Wayne Pére, Sam Lloyd, J.P. Manoux, Dan Gunther, Matt Winston, Brandon Keener, Dian Bachar, Rainn Wilson, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Joel McKinnon Miller, Joe Frank (Voice of the Computer), Larry Richards, Mic Tomasi, Joseph J. Dawson (uncredited), Michael Haboush (uncredited), Danilo Mancinelli (uncredited), Molly O'Brien (uncredited) and Rocco Salata (uncredited)
Director: Dean Parisot
Producers: Allegra Clegg, Charles Newirth, Elizabeth Cantillon, Janet Lewin, Mark Johnson, Sona Gourgouris and Suzann Ellis
Screenplay: David Howard and Robert Gordon
Composer: David Newman
Cinematography: Jerzy Zielinski
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Thermian: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Running Time: 101 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: 'Galaxy Quest' is the type of comedy that sneaks up on you. During its theatrical run in 1999, the film had the misfortune to be marketed as a typical Tim Allen slapstick farce. The trailers made it look like 'The Santa Clause' in outer space. That really undersells its charms, to both the actor's usual fans (who may not be so interested in science fiction) and to sci-fi fans (who might be put off by his presence in it and the tone of the ads). The movie therefore comes as a pleasant surprise. Over the years, its history has been marked by viewers claiming that they expected to hate it, only to be won over in the end and I never saw it in the cinema, but it was well worth the wait, as I think this film is totally brilliant and now I am a massive fan.
The film is a pitch-perfect send-up of sci-fi TV shows and films and specifically 'Star Trek' shows and films of the same genre. Tim Allen plays Jason Nesmith, one-time star of a cheesy cult TV series that went off the air in 1982. In the years since, he and the cast of fellow washed-up actors (Alan Rickman as the bumpy-headed alien, Sigourney Weaver as the aging sexpot, Tony Shalhoub as the mildly-offensive racial stereotype, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as the former annoying child star now grown up) have been wasting away in the convention circuit, signing autographs for geeky fans that continue to dress up in costume and demand answers to ridiculous plot holes in the old show. Their lives seem trapped in a dreary cycle of rejection, failure, and despair.
That all changes in a big way when a group of genuine space aliens from a planet with no concept of fiction arrive on Earth. The Thermians have been monitoring the transmission of "historical documents" from our planet, and now request assistance from the valiant crew of the NSEA Protector to help them deal with an evil grasshopper-like warlord called Sarris who wants to wipe them out. To prepare, they've studied every episode in depth and built an exact replica of the Protector spaceship and one that actually works. All they need is the heroic Capt. Peter Taggart (Nesmith's alter ego) to tell them what to do. Now, the band of has-beens will need to muster up the courage and conviction to become the people they've long pretended to be.
The genius of 'Galaxy Quest' is that it functions as both a cunning satire of all things science fiction and 'Trek' related, and yet also a loving tribute to them. The film's creators obviously love and respect the real 'Star Trek' and its fans, but aren't afraid to poke a little fun. The film is filled with clever references and twists on such things as phasers, tricorders, transporters, communicators, shuttlecraft, warp drive, force fields, the universal translator, and assorted nonsense technobabble. The ship's bridge shakes when attacked. Alien planets naturally have Earth-like gravity and air. The daring captain will of course find excuse to tear off his shirt. When it comes down to it, even the show's fans will play an important role in the adventure.
Tim Allen is surprisingly well-cast as the cocky, vain, attention-hogging blowhard who must find the hero within after his confidence is shaken. Alan Rickman embodies defeated dignity as the classically-trained actor forever trapped in a role he hates. I don't generally think of Sigourney Weaver as "sex symbol," but the actress really had it going on in this film. She's smart, and knows how to deliver an exasperated one-liner. Also hilarious is Sam Rockwell as the anonymous random crewmember convinced that he's expendable and doomed to die horrifically. Backing them up are some very funny supporting actors such as Enrico Colantoni, Rainn Wilson, Missi Pyle, and Justin Long, many in early screen roles?
'Galaxy Quest' is a true sci-fi spoof, but also a legitimately very funny and exciting story in its own right. The characters are well-developed, the dialogue is sharp, and the jokes consistently hit their targets with laser-like precision. You don't have to be a Trekkie to appreciate this comedy, though it certainly doesn't hurt.
One interesting information I found out is “Reaction quotes from Star Trek actors” and I thought you would like to read these quotes, as I think it shows you how genuinely loved these actors loved ‘Galaxy Quest’ and now read on . . .
"I had originally not wanted to see Galaxy Quest because I heard that it was making fun of Star Trek, and then Jonathan Frakes rang me up and said "You must not miss this movie! See it on a Saturday night in a full theatre." And I did, and of course I found it was brilliant. Brilliant. No one laughed louder or longer in the cinema than I did, but the idea that the ship was saved and all of our heroes in that movie were saved simply by the fact that there were fans who did understand the scientific principles on which the ship worked was absolutely wonderful. And it was both funny and also touching in that it paid tribute to the dedication of these fans." — Patrick Stewart.
"I loved Galaxy Quest. I thought it was brilliant satire, not only of Trek, but of fandom in general. The only thing I wish they had done was cast me in it, and have me play a freaky fan boy who keeps screaming at the actor who played "the kid" about how awful it was that there was a kid on the spaceship. Alas." — Wil Wheaton.
"I think it's a chillingly realistic documentary. [laughs] The details in it, I recognised every one of them. It is a powerful piece of documentary filmmaking. And I do believe that when we get kidnapped by aliens, it's going to be the genuine, true Star Trek fans who will save the day. ... I was rolling in the aisles. And Tim Allen [star] had that Shatner-esque swagger down pat. And I roared when the shirt came off, and Sigourney Weaver [co-star] rolls her eyes and says, 'There goes that shirt again.' ... How often did we hear that on the set? [Laughs.]" - George Takei
Blu-ray Video Quality – DreamWorks Pictures presents ‘Galaxy Quest’ in a very respectable 2.35:1 aspect ratio and especially in a beautiful 1080p encode image that is well detailed and highly pleasing. Elements in the crew's costumes, against the set design, and across metallic elements are presented in attractively well-sketched fashion, while facial close-ups and the desert location shots aptly preserve natural textures. The computer-generated elements pour through the image to degrees that retained motion and line integrity well, even if they're showing a bit of their age. Contrast levels also look exceptional, holding onto minor gradient shifts in shady sequences and preserving depth to proper degrees. Appearing largely similar in palette to the previous standard-definition editions, it does suffer from a few colour solidity issues against many of its backdrops. It occurs throughout, though the night-time sequence with Nesmith in his mansion shows a good amount of the issues. Also, grain pushes over towards digital blocking and compression issues instead of natural film grain, while a noticeably amount of dots and blips with print damage can be seem. These elements keep the image looking a little more digital than expected, yet it's still a very attractive upgrade over the standard-definition counterparts that only stray from excellence by a few paces.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – ‘Galaxy Quest’ warps onto Blu-ray with an engaging and fantastic 5.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio soundtrack. Though the track is disappointingly front-heavy during the opening convention sequence, it doesn't take long for it to engage "warp speed" and evolve into a well-above-average listen. The track does well to mix powerful sound effects, fine directionality, and aggressive bass throughout the outer space sequences; weapons fire penetrates the listening area, ships swoop from front to back, and various explosions pack a hefty wallop. One of the film's signature scenes is the "chompers" that famously represent lazy writing that serves not to further the technical realities of a fictional universe but instead create a situation for false but dramatic effect, creates a sense of panic in the listening area as the thuds of each metallic collision seem to crush the entire soundstage while the sounds of hydraulics are heard moving all about the listening area. Additional and far more subtle effects give a consistent hum of the Protector's engines in the calmer scenes, for instance and often do well to create a decent sense of atmosphere throughout. David Newman's [‘The Spirit’] excellent score enjoys a fine clarity through the entire range, and dialogue reproduction never falters throughout. ‘Galaxy Quest’ doesn't feature the most robust or crystal-clear soundtrack out there, but it does make for a solid all-around listen.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Special Feature: Galactopedia: This hilarious interactive trivia interface is designed in the same style as the "Library Computer" feature on the various 'Star Trek' Blu-rays. The trivia has even been written by renowned 'Trek' experts Michael and Denise Okuda! It's jam-packed with funny facts, as if the fictional ‘Galaxy Quest’ had been a real TV show.
Special Feature: Historical Documents: The Story of ‘Galaxy Quest’  [480i] [18:00] This retrospective documentary offers interviews with the cast and crew looking back on their experience making the movie. Points of discussion include how the film evolved from an early concept titled 'Captain Starshine', the obvious 'Star Trek' and sci-fi influences, and the studio's difficulty marketing the movie. The piece is a bit of a love-fest, but is generally good-natured and not cloyingly self-congratulatory. 'Star Trek II' director Nicholas Meyer makes an appearance to call the movie "brilliant." What greater compliment could it ever receive?
Special Feature: Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Intrepid Crew of the NSEA Protector  [480i] [23:00] A look at the casting of the film. Tim Allen is a good sport and acknowledges that many people will consider this the only "good" film he's ever made. He and other cast members share behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Director Dean Parisot stresses his desire that everyone play the film straight. Then, Alan Rickman comes into focus with both old 1999 and new interview footage, discussing his Shakespeare background and delivering the "By Grabthar's Hammer" line. Sigourney Weaver falls into focus as the anti-Ripley, references of David Carradine in Tony Shaloub's character, as well as anecdotes about the rest of the cast.
Special Feature: By Grabthar's Hammer, What Amazing Effects  [480i] [7:00] This documentary is primarily comprised of vintage documentary footage of Stan Winston and ILM artists describing their work on the film. Of note is that the Protector's bridge set was designed to really shake during explosions, rather than the usual practice of just shaking the cameras.
Special Feature: Alien School: Creating the Thermian Race  [480i] [5:00] Enrico Colantoni explains how he developed the bizarre speech pattern for the alien characters. Sam Rockwell also talks about the Alien Sex scene late in the film. Finally, they give due diligence to Erico Colantoni's conceptualization of the race.
Special Feature: Actors in Space  [480i] [6:00] The cast discuss their own experiences being typecast in their famous roles, and how that has affected their careers in Hollywood. Of course, no names are named, but it's fun to hear them discuss their nature. Tim Allen discusses "Home Improvement", Long discusses being "The Mac Guy", and others discuss typecasting.
Special Feature: Sigourney Weaver Raps  [480i] [2:00] This is a very silly birthday video that the actress and some of her co-stars recorded for her agent.
Deleted Scenes [480i] [12:00] Eight scenes (plus two introductions). Highlights include Alan Rickman's character being shown his new ship quarters, Sigourney Weaver seducing a pair of aliens, and an extra gag with the rock monster. Some scenes have incomplete visual effects.
Theatrical Trailer  [480i] [2:00] These are really excruciating bad trailers like this probably account for the film's disappointing box office reception.
Special Feature: Thermian Audio Track: The entire film can be viewed with the dialogue overdubbed in the shrieking alien language in 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround format. The joke is mildly amusing for about a minute, and then quickly grows annoying.
Finally, ‘Galaxy Quest’ is sheer perfection in its ability to both engender its own identity while at the same time playing with the vast "Star Trek" universe, both on-screen and in the real world and in its creation of the ultimate parody of the series and satire on the fans behind the obsession. Painting the cast, the characters they play, and their most ardent fans as heroes, ‘Galaxy Quest’ betters the admittedly fun Trekkies by giving the fans their rightful due and painting them as perhaps slightly off-kilter but nevertheless worthwhile in their pursuit of knowledge in a world that exists only in media. As a Parody, they don't come any better, and the effort is headlined by a remarkable performance by Tim Allen that captures the very essence of ‘Star Trek’ icon William Shatner to uncanny perfection. DreamWorks Pictures Blu-ray release of this gem sports a superb technical presentation and a decent collection of extras. “By Grabthar's hammer,” ‘Galaxy Quest’ comes highly recommended, so much so, it has now gone to the top of my most watched Blu-ray disc, as we in the UK thinks this is such a brilliant tour-de-force comedy and very genuine loveable film to make you laugh out loud and get it is a total sci-fi genre send up and what makes it even more superb, is all the brilliant actors who make this brilliant film what it is for us true sci-fi fans of this genre and also a great honour to add this to my Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom