'Galaxy Quest' blasts its way on to Region Free Blu-ray with a very acceptable 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the widescreen 2.40:1 aspect ratio.
As the movie is only 10 years old you'd expect it to look pretty good - and it does not disappoint. From the outset we have authentic looking skin tones and healthy colour with good contrast that remain for the duration. Detail is picked out well in the sets as well as the costumes, while actor's close ups reveal natural looking textures. The image is sharp with no hint of ringing due to over sharpening.
Grain isn't a problem, only really surfacing in the occasional dark shot but not on any of the outer space model shots. Overall it still looks filmic and I found nothing in the transfer to really spoil my enjoyment of this gentle parody. A nice, if unremarkable, transfer of this entertaining movie.
The audio on 'Galaxy Quest' comes in a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround flavour which uses the surround speakers to convey the ambience of spaceship interiors as well as the hall effects of a Sci-Fi convention. The LFE is used to good effect as the Protector glides across the soundstage and for general rumbles to add solidity to explosions.
Dialogue is crisp and clear throughout, remaining intelligible during the action sequences. The main stereo pair comes alive with David Newman's impressive music score.
A very competent mix that adds to the sci-fi spectacle of the movie without becoming the star of the show.
- Historical Documents: The Making of Galaxy Quest (SD, 18 mins)
The cast and crew look back on the production with interviews, behind the scenes footage and clips fleshing out the story. They look at the script, the parody of 'Star Trek' as well as the scene that had to be dubbed to get a PG certificate. Even Trek director Nicholas Meyer says it's brilliant. Not much in depth stuff here, but good interview material.
- Never Give Up, Never Surrender (SD, 24 mins)
Here we have writer Rob Gordon & director Dean Parisot discussing the casting of the movie and we hear from Tim Allen, how he looked to Bill Shatner for the way the Commander sat in his chair as well as how he handled the dramatic scenes. Alan Rickman talks about the similarities between himself and his character, Alexander Dane, with particular reference to the serious Ac-Tor background and his most hated line. Sigourney Weaver puts in her tuppence worth and they all provide anecdotes about the rest of the cast.
- By Grabthar's Hammer, What Incredible Effects (SD, 7 mins)
This short does what it says on the tin by covering in reasonable depth the effects work on the razor-teethed babies, the rock monster, Sarris' costume work including interviews with Stan Winston, and the Protector CGI sequences.
- Alien School: Creating the Thermian Race (SD, 5 mins)
We hear from the cast, how the Thermian behaviour and speech patterns were originated by Enrico Colantoni who then trained the other actors to follow his lead. Sam Rockwell amusingly discusses the Thermian/Human sex scene later on in the movie.
- Actors in Space (SD, 6 mins)
The cast describe what it was like to send up both themselves and stereotypical actors in Hollywood. There are hints as to who they based their acting upon but no names are mentioned. Tim Allen tells us about 'Home Improvements' while others discuss the problems associated with being typecast.
- Sigourney Weaver Raps (SD, 2 mins)
A rap devised by Chill Mitchell and Ms Weaver for her agent's birthday with various other cast members joining in the fun.
- Deleted Scenes (SD, 12 mins)
A fine set of deleted scenes here, particularly funny being Sam Rockwell's outburst before landing on a strange planet. We get a total of 8 scenes (and a couple of intros by the director and writer) Highlights include Alan Rickman's character being shown his new, custom designed quarters, Sigourney Weaver using her weapons of mass distraction on a couple of aliens, and a far too subtle gag featuring the rock monster.
- Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2 mins)
Interesting to see how low key the marketing was in the Cinemas back in 1999.
The Galactopedia is an encyclopaedia of terms used in the movie that can be searched upon if required or if the feature is activated while the movie plays we are treated to pop ups with meanings in text form. All of this data is organised under section headings including: Actors, Behind-the-scenes, Characters, Episodes, Fandom, Planets and Aliens, Pop Culture, and Science & Technology.
Geeks will love this.
- Thermian Audio Track
Among the various audio tracks can be found this oddity, where all the dialogue in the movie has been replaced by Thermian speech. It's actually quite funny for about 2 minutes, but no doubt those of a nerdy disposition will watch the whole movie like this, then produce a dictionary....
'Galaxy Quest' swoops onto Region free Blu-ray with a very acceptable 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 encoded transfer framed at 2.40:1.
This affectionate 'Star Trek' parody raises many a smile with a fine cast including Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Rockwell as it takes gentle swipes at almost every cliché in the Trekker's handbook.
With good colour, contrast and sharpness throughout, the 10 year old movie stands up well in the High Def format.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack features good use of the surround speakers in creating ambience with LFE in the action scenes. Dialogue is generally clear and crisp throughout.
A good selection of featurettes and deleted scenes provide some production detail for movie buffs.
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