DVD Review: Galaxy Quest: Deluxe Edition

Galaxy QuestWith Star Trek coming to theaters this week, it only seemed fitting – at least according to Paramount – to re-release Galaxy Quest in an all-new Deluxe Edition format (on May 12, 2009). This sci-fi spoof, which can only be described as a direct yet intelligent spoof of Star Trek and its fans, is a well-made and funny comedy starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Signourey Weaver and Sam Rockwell, among others.

You don’t have to be a fan of Star Trek to enjoy the film, and in fact it’s fun going back after ten years and watching things all over again. For instance, at the time, Rickman was mainly known as that guy from Die Hard, whereas now he’s that guy from Harry Potter. No one knew who Rockwell was at the time, and if you look closely, Dwight from “The Office” even makes an appearance.

As for bonus features, there are several new ones not previously included in this Deluxe Edition, including:

  • Historical Documents: The Story of Galaxy Quest – “Actors and filmmakers discuss how Galaxy Quest came together, why it still works today and what they think of the film 10 years later.”
    What’s most impressive about this featurette is that they managed to pull together most of the original cast to remark on the film; typically, you’d see a lot of the supporting cast but not many of the leads such as Allen. Other interviews include Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Justin Long, Missi Pyle, Enrico Colantoni and Star Trek writer and director Nicholas Meyer.
  • Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Intrepid Crew of the NSEA Protector—”This featurette celebrates one of the most talented and diverse casts of fake sci-fi actors of all time.”
    Many of the featurettes sort of blend together; I just watched this and already don’t remember what set it apart from the previous feature. Still, it’s fun listening to the cast talk about themselves and each other.
  • By Grabthar’s Hammer, What Amazing Effects— “Explores the special effects, visual effects and creature effects created by ILM and famed effects artist Stan Winston.”
    What sets this apart from other visual effects documentaries is that it expands upon the typical creature design focus these tend to take and looks at the development of the old (fake) “show footage” and the steps necessary to make everything look believable without looking too serious.
  • Alien School – Creating the Thermian Race— This one reveals some interesting facts about how actor Enrico Colantoni was solely responsible for how the aliens talked and walked, among other things.
  • Actors in Space—Can’t remember too much about this one, but one can guess.
  • Sigourney Weaver Raps—A mildly funny rap video with Signourey Weaver. Even though she’s terrible at it, it’s really not that funny.
  • Deleted Scenes – these are very good deleted scenes, even though they’ve already been released on previous DVD versions.
  • Thermian Audio Track – the famed alternate audio track, watch the movie in an alien language!
  • Theatrical Trailer – wow.

All in all, the Galaxy Quest Deluxe Edition includes some good bonus features that don’t feel at all promotion. The actors, even today, seem enthusiastic about the project, which makes me curious as to why a sequel was never developed. If you don’t already own the film, Galaxy Quest would be a worthy addition to your collection.

By Erik Samdahl
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