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Blu-ray Review: Galaxy Quest: Collector’s Edition Steelbook

October 29, 2019

By John Corrado

In honour of its 20th anniversary this year, Paramount has released a new steelbook edition of the 1999 science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest on Blu-ray. Dubbed the Never Give Up, Never Surrender Edition, this is a fairly irresistible release for fans of the cult classic film.

Directed by Dean Parisot, (who is now doing the third Bill and Ted film, Bill & Ted Face the Music, set to be released next year), the movie follows the cast of a long off the air 1970s science fiction television series called Galaxy Quest, who now make their money appearing at fan conventions.

When they are mistaken for actual space heroes by an alien race who view the series as a documentary, the mostly over-the-hill actors, including leading man Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) and his co-stars Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver), Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman), Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub) and Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell), are tasked with once again saving the universe, only for real this time.

I remember watching this movie on VHS as a kid when I was first going through my Star Trek and Star Wars phase, and I’ve always felt like it has flown a bit under the radar, so it’s nice to see the film getting the recognition that it deserves upon this milestone twentieth anniversary. First and foremost, Galaxy Quest features fine comic performances from its entire ensemble cast, with Weaver and the late, great Rickman having great fun playing variations on the types of roles they became famous for.

The supporting cast also features appearances from pre-fame Sam Rockwell and Justin Long. The film works as a clever and funny high concept comedy, and also has enough going for it to hold great appeal for sci-fi fans as well, serving as both a parody of and an affectionate tribute to the original Star Trek series. It’s very entertaining, and the attractive steelbook packaging is a nice bonus for those of us who still like to collect physical media.

The Blu-ray includes a selection of bonus features, starting with something called Galactopedia, which allows us to access a database of info about different characters during the film. This is followed by the featurettes Historical Documents: The Story of Galaxy Quest, Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Intrepid Crew of the NSEA Protector, By Grabthar’s Hammer, What Amazing Effects, Alien School: Creating the Thermian Race, Actors in Space, and Sigourney Weaver Raps. There are also deleted scenes, an option to watch the film with a Thermian audio track, and the original theatrical trailer.

Galaxy Quest: Collector’s Edition Steelbook is a Paramount Home Media Distribution release. It’s 102 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: October 22nd, 2019

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