Galaxy Quest – Deluxe Edition (1999/DreamWorks/Paramount DVD)
C+ Sound: B- Extras: D Film: D
set up as a send-up of Star Trek and
the many spin-off sequels and imitators of the time, Galaxy Quest (1999) was a send-up that played on every stereotype
and cliché possible. At the time, it was
made by DreamWorks when they were an independent entity, but Paramount
ironically owns it and have issued a Deluxe
Edition DVD set with promos to relaunch the near-dead Trek franchise with an 11th feature film prequel that actually did
some business and people liked.
Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell are among the fine
actors wasted in this tired exercise that is already dated, making fun of nerds
past and only reminds us of how much worse TV space operas became after its
release in a way that is not funny at all.
The David Howard/Robert Gordon script is so self-congratulatory that you
can almost hear them laughing when you are not.
This has not even become a cult item and save the work of the late Stan
Winston, is skipable altogether for wasting so much time and talent.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is on the weak side when it comes to
detail despite being remastered, as the package claims, not counting any
digital effects. That makes the Dolby
Digital 5.1 mix the default highlight of the disc with some good surrounds,
though I bet would have sounded better in DTS.
Extras include Weaver raping, five making of featurettes, theatrical
trailer, Thermian Race audio track and deleted scenes. Some copies have a paperboard slipcase with a
lenticular cover that features better picture quality than the DVD.
- Nicholas Sheffo