Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio (Anamorphic)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (DTS version also available)
Mark Johnson, Charles Newirth
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni
· Behind-the-scenes Featurette
· 7 Deleted scenes
· Additional trailers: Chicken Run, The Road to El Dorado, Road Trip
· Original Theatrical Trailer
· Production Notes
· Cast and Crew Bios and Filmographies
Reviewer: Marc Flemming [Staff]
"Captain, we have a major situation developing portside. There is reason to believe these maturing circumstances are threatening our precise coordinates and primed to have an adverse affect resulting in conveniently taking our crew of superior capabilities where no politically-correct individual has gone before. What is your immediate recommendation to alleviate these most unfortunate circumstances? ... Captain? We have a MAJOR sit-- Captain?? Hello? What the ... wouldja wake UP!! Hey! Okay, would someone PLEASE wake up the Captain?! I mean, this is getting really old. ... And take the bottle of scotch out of his hand while you’re at it! ... Oh, okay, well, if that’s how it’s going to be - hand that bottle over here as well or I’m falling asleep come next asteroid belt.” Sound like a bad episode of Star Trek? Not quite. But for the sake of consideration, give the original crew a few more seasons and I’m sure this scenario wouldn’t have been far off. No, what we’ve got here is a crew of has-been actors on a straight path to evening lengthy couch potato sessions watching their own reruns with chips and salsa growing fungus in the cracks between their cushions - a sight uncanny in similarity to their own careers. Let me explain.
In this film, Galaxy Quest, like Star Trek, was once a popular show on television that brought its actors fame, respect and recognition. But, the show is all over and the stars aren’t glittering so brightly anymore. Moving sluggishly from one promotional convention to the next, this crew that had seen sights beyond the imagination (given they were all sets and short people in costumes), were quickly losing sight of their own lives. Enter gathering of fans stranger than the strangest Star Trek groupies (and that’s GOTTA be strange). This group’s odd characteristics are with good reason and apparently straight from out of this world - or so it would seem. At one such convention, the Captain of the Galaxy Quest crew, Jason Nesmith [Tim Allen from television’s Home Improvement], is approached by these individuals that he assumes to be just another fine example of their insane class of fans. What he soon finds out is that these people aren’t really people at all and their origins are way beyond the distant horizon. An alien species calling themselves Thermians, pursue the Galaxy Quest crew to aid their efforts of survival in a battle that wages light years away. Now, why would they travel all this way to seek the help of an aging television cast? A simple misunderstanding of course. The Thermians have been picking up the television show for some time now - of course, they’re not familiar with the concept of television drama and instead perceive these broadcasts as a sort of series of “historical documents” reflecting a true reality. Reluctant and timid, the Galaxy Quest crew takes on the responsibilities imposed upon them by these visitors and truly go ... where no television cast has gone before.
Galaxy Quest consists of a cleverly crafted script that delivers a line here and there that usually catches you off guard or makes you think twice about the fine writing interwoven in segments of the film. Sigourney Weaver [Alien, Aliens, Copy Cat] comfortably returns to her outer-space roots as the blonde beauty, Gwen DeMarco. Honestly speaking, short of her walking around in her underwear in earlier films, this is the best she’s ever looked in a role. Maybe I’m just a pushover for the blonde hair. I won’t think about it too much. A few of the other characters stick out above the rest and I’d like to mention them here. Enrico Colantoni [NBC’sJust Shoot Me] does a magnificent job as Mathesar, the content leader of the Thermians. His sputtering and monotonous delivery of dialogue struck me as creatively unique and successfully implemented. In another role, more of a comedic side-note than anything, is Sam Rockwell [Lawn Dogs] as Guy Fleegman, who’s onscreen persona cracked me up again and again without failure. Truly an excellent portrayal of a hilarious coward who wants so hard to escape the impending doom of his fate - the lurking thoughts of his death in the first five minutes of episode 81 becoming a reality in this hazardous new and REAL environment.
DreamWorks has fashioned a product that provides a very satisfactory presentation of this film. Knowing their track record with DVD, this isn’t very surprising at all. The video is pristine in all respects capturing the abundance of ILM visual effects and super creature design by the likes of Stan Winston [Aliens, Predator]. The sound is delivered in a Dolby Digital 5.1 (or DTS - not reviewed) soundtrack that offers discrete spatiality that is truly tested in certain segments of the film. At one point, the viewer is given a test of 360 degree sound presentation that is magnificent to hear in a properly configured sound environment. The score is reminiscent of past features of this sort and doesn’t skip a beat in providing its own spunk and originality.
The disc contains a series of extras that are sure to spark the curiosity of the average curious DVD menu wanderer. The features of this disc are kept within splendidly animated interactive menu system that is great both visually and audibly. Apart from the standard features of the disc, DreamWorks has included indepth Cast & Crew Bio/Filmographies and Production Notes. Upon taking a closer look at these biographies, note that some of them actually contain interview clips accessible by highlighting a filmstrip icon at the top of the content windows. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, Sam Rockwell, Director Dean Parisot, and Producers Mark Johnson and Charles Newirth offer interview clips. In addition, the disc offers a sneak peek at three theatrical trailers other than its own: Chicken Run, The Road to El Dorado, and Road Trip. Finally, the most worthwhile extra features are the seven deleted scenes and the 10 minute featurette that gets behind-the-scenes of the film production. Take note, that the main menu option ‘Omega 13’ can not be viewed until the film is watched (or by skipping to the credits and then hitting the chapter forward button to get back to the menu). However, in an effort not to spoil the plot, it’s not recommended that the viewer do this until the film has been watched in its entirety.
Galaxy Quest is another fine production from the talent at DreamWorks and is appropriately presented here in digital format. While the film may not appeal to all, it has strong qualities that make it an excellent movie to throw on in front of the family. As for me - I’m just happy to see Sigourney looking so good.