Galaxy Quest-DTS

January 28, 2012 9 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

When Galaxy Quest, a science fiction space adventure television show was on the air, it enjoyed much success worldwide, even years later fans line up at conventions to meet the stars and obtain autographs and memorabilia. While the show was a success, the actors on the show weren’t able to extend that success into other areas of their careers and make their living by attending conventions and other publicity opportunities. Most of the crew seems unhappy with this idea, but not Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) who seems to have become the cocky character he played. At a convention Nesmith meets a team of Thermians, whom he believes to be fans looking to book an appearance with him. So Nesmith agrees and soon finds himself inside a spaceship which he thinks is an elaborate set and he takes on Sarris, a mean and ruthless alien enemy of the Thermians. What Nesmith soon discovers is that Sarris is real and so are the Thermians…and they believe Nesmith is the man he played on the show. Nesmith quickly rounds up his fellow cast members and the team assumes the roles they once played, and they all find out that the Thermians have been watching their show and believe it to be real, historical documentation of their missions. Soon the crew finds themselves in a battle for survival, with their only hope being to remember as much as possible about the show and try to be the heroes they’ve always wanted to be.

If you’re a fan of science fiction movies, this is one movie that you cannot miss. I think all viewers will find plenty to like with this film, science fiction buffs will discover a wealth of inside jokes and spoofs, which make the movie twice as funny. While not an all out satire, Galaxy Quest does look at some of the conventions of science fiction, especially Star Trek both on the screen and off. If you’re a die-hard Trekkie, you’ll need a sense of humor to withstand some of the humor at the expense of convention goers, but it all seems to be in good fun. So this is more of a loving spoof instead of a mean spirited satire, which I feel was the correct choice. Aside from the hilarious dialogue and situations present, you’ll also find some excellent computer and make up effects. From the panoramic space shots to the rock monster, it all looks terrific, especially the make up effects that create Sarris. I also feel the cast was perfectly chosen as all seem to have fun with their roles and be believable in their parts. I give this movie my highest recommendation and the disc is also a top notch release, so whether you choose to rent or buy, Galaxy Quest is a worthy investment.

This hilarious and witty film was directed by Dean Parisot, who has limited experience behind the camera for both television and feature films. The visual impact of this film is tremendous and the movie captures the essence of the science fiction genre to perfection, so Parisot knew what he was doing with this one. He seems to have a knack for the comedic arts and I hope to see him back with a new film very soon. His other motion pictures include Home Fries and The Crew, while television projects include Get A Life! and Northern Exposure. This is an ensemble piece to be sure, but Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver seem to take center stage on several occasions. Allen (The Santa Clause, For Richer For Poorer) falls into his character to a tee, and Weaver (Ghostbusters, Aliens) seems to enjoy her bouncy role and even spoofs her past science fiction roles a little. The supporting cast is loaded with terrific performances, including those by Alan Rickman (Dogma, Robin Hood- Prince Of Thieves), Tony Shalhoub (Paulie, The Siege), Missi Pyle (As Good As It Gets, Trick), Enrico Colantoni (Money Train, Stigmata), Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Drunks), and Daryl Mitchell (House Party).

Video: How does it look?

Galaxy Quest is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. As we’ve come to expect from Dreamworks, this is a terrific visual presentation with a pristine source print and flawless compression. This is easily a reference quality transfer, I could find no problems anywhere while I was watching this movie. The colors look vibrant with no bleeding or smearing visible, and flesh tones appear natural and distortion free. The contrast is just as impressive, with complex shadow layering and no detail loss is evident.

Audio: How does it sound?

This is where this disc leaves the competition in the dust, I mean this is a rollicking, expansive audio trek. This DTS audio version is loaded with tighter, more effective speaker use, especially when it comes to bass and directional use. Where the Dolby Digital version sounded somewhat flat at times, this track sounds amazing and really puts you in the middle of all the action. The music also sounds much more fluid and enveloping in this mix, which is always a good thing. The dialogue isn’t buried in all this audio dynamite though, all the vocals come through clean and clear. If you have the capability, I suggest you choose this version of Galaxy Quest.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This isn’t labeled a special edition, but it does contain a nice selection of bonus materials. You’ll find a plethora of theatrical trailers, including ones for Galaxy Quest, Chicken Run, Road Trip, and The Road To El Dorado. A series of seven deleted scenes have been included, some of which are just extended versions of current scenes but still worth a look. “On Location In Space” is a brief but informative featurette on the film which contains interviews, behind the scenes footage, and even effects shots. While a longer version would have been terrific, this one is still a welcome addition. The usual production notes and talent files also can be found on this release. A fun and unique alternate audio track is located on this disc as well, a 2.0 surround track in Thermian. This seems to be a spoof of the whole Klingon language the Trekkies have come up with, so it continues the satire from the film. If you choose the Omega 13 option after you’ve viewed the film, you’ll be treated to a small bonus also. The final bonus goodies can be found by exploring the talent files and are a series of interviews with various cast and crew members. This is a fantastic array of goodies, especially for a normal, non special edition release.

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