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Nearly twenty years after the classic sci-fi TV series Galaxy Quest was cancelled, its five stars Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver), Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman, Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub) and Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell) are still making appearances in costume at science fiction conventions for their faithful fans. Deep in space, the alien Thermians have intercepted the television transmissions of Galaxy Quest and mistaken them for 'historical documents'. Now, they have come to Earth to entice the Commander and his crew into space to help them defeat a real adversary. But with no script, director or any idea of real space travel, the actors have to improvise not only to live up to their reputations but in order to survive.

One of the factors you have to weigh up when spending between 30 and 40 dollars on a DVD purchase is the multiple viewing factor. How many times do I think I'll really want to watch this?. Divide the cost price by the overnight rental fee and you're looking at 5 or 6 viewings to break even. Galaxy Quest is one of those films that's perfect for the straight up purchase because it's got ‘repeat business’ and ‘crowd favourite’ written all over it.

A graduate of the Flying High school of movie spoofs, Galaxy Quest delivers consistent laughs as it satirises television sci-fi in general and Star Trek and it's legion of fanatical fans in particular. All with great affection it must be noted and that's what makes it a winner even if you're a card carrying Trekkie. The plot's a nifty one. A group of TV actors from a long-ago cancelled series are whisked into a real intergalactic war by a race of aliens (with Beatle-wig hairdos) who mistakenly believe the TV transmissions they've intercepted are the real thing. Suddenly the has-beens who've been doing the rounds of fan conventions are in perfect working replicas of their TV spacecraft and battling to save the universe, etc.

Witty lines and splendid performances by Tim Allen as the William Shatner-ish Commander, Tony Shalhoub as the laid back technical officer, Sigourney Weaver as the decorative blonde who repeats whatever the computer says and Alan Rickman as a luvvy British "ac-tor" who plays the Spock equivalent make this bouncy fun all the way. Add a handful of deleted scenes that are actually funny and an entertaining behind the scenes featurette and this one is good value for money. It isn't the funniest film ever made but it's constantly amusing and so sweetly done it's bound to be a frequent visitor to your DVD player.
Richard Kuipers

Published June 28, 2001

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U.S. (1999)

CAST: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell
DIRECTOR: Dean Parisot
RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: DreamWorks Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE May 9, 2001

SPECIAL FEATURES: Widescreen (2.35:1); Deleted Scenes; On Location Featurette; Trailer; Booklet with Production Notes; Languages: English, German. Subtitles: English (H.O.H), Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish.

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