Movie Review: GALAXY QUEST (20th Anniversary) Limited Edition Steelbook

GALAXY QUEST was directed by Dean Parisot from a screenplay by David Howard and Robert Gordon stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Daryl Mitchell and Justin Long. The music is composed by David Newman.

By Grabthar’s hammer, the intrepid crew of the NSEA Protector is back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the uproarious classic Galaxy Quest. The stars of a 1970s sci-fi show – now scraping a living through re-runs and sci-fi conventions – are beamed aboard an alien spacecraft. Believing the cast’s heroic on-screen dramas are historical documents of real-life adventures, the band of aliens turn to the ailing celebrities for help in their quest to overcome the oppressive regime in their solar system.

The story for this 1999 sci-fi comedy centers around the cast of Galaxy Quest, a defunk cult sci-fi adventure series that gets mistaken for the heroes they portrayed on television by a group of dimwitted aliens. The thing is, these aliens have innocently kidnapped the cast in hopes they’ll help them defeat their terrifying enemy that wants to wipe out their species. The aliens have the technology to recreate the ship from the series to make their guests feel at home.

It takes a little getting use to but the cast ends up settling into their new/old roles and they have a blast in this amazing outerspace adventure (some more than others). It’s a lot of fun to watch the cast take over the roles they played so many years earlier as they help their new friends battle it out with this sinister alien threat. This new space adventure also reignites interest within the ranks of the cast and the series ultimately gets a second running on television.

The front of the packaging for this Steelbook features the artwork you see at the top and bottom of the page. The back features a popular quote from the movie. The Blu-ray disc is light blue and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Galaxy Quest is actually a movie that I have frequented from time to time ever since it first released back in 1999. The movie has a fun story about this washed up cast that’s now making its rounds on the convention circuit. I’m one of those fans/vendors that hit these kind of cons so this is all too familiar territory to me. The cast of Galaxy Quest gets an accidental second chance when they’re befriended by some aliens who aren’t very bright but completely lovable nevertheless. There’s also a cool villain in the movie! Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and the rest of this fantastic cast do a great job with their characters. The movie also features some impressive special effects that really hold up twenty years later. Instead of calling Galaxy Quest a Star Trek ripoff, mockery or spoof, I consider it to be a genuinely fun sci-fi comedy that pays homage and it has definitely aged well over the years. This is a really fun movie that the entire family can sit down and enjoy together, and just think, we almost got a sequel! Galaxy Quest is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of this Limited Edition Steelbook that’s a Best Buy Exclusive.

Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / Thermian Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Special Features: The extras include character, ship and alien spotlights, interviews with some of the cast and crew, special effects featurette, character featurette, deleted scenes and theatrical trailer.

  • Galactopedia—On-screen information about characters, ships, aliens and more
  • Historical Documents: The Story of Galaxy Quest—Cast and filmmakers discuss how the film came together
  • Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Intrepid Crew of the NSEA Protector—Celebrates the incredibly talented cast
  • By Grabthar’s Hammer, What Amazing Effects—Explores the effects by ILM and Stan Winston
  • Alien School—Creating the Thermian Race—Actor Enrico Colantoni’s process of developing the voice and manner of an alien race
  • Actors in Space—Delves into the psyche of the cast
  • Sigourney Weaver Raps— Needs no further explanation
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

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