Galaxy Quest (DVD)
GALAXY QUEST is a satirical comedy that pokes fun at the influence science fiction shows such as STAR TREK have had on their audience. The cast member...
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- There are 7 actors that presented a series of shows on board a space ship and evoked in various adventures battling aliens and stuff, a bit like star trek. The mission in the episodes is to retrieve a special device called the 'Omega 13'. Because the series was never properly completed, no one knows what it does, but it's a powerful device.
- The series only lasted a couple of seasons; the actors retired for 17 years and returned for a couple of special shows.
- Some real aliens (called 'Thermians' - a peaceful race) see the show on their tv screen aboard their spaceship (yeah - don't ask) and they think that the show is actually real and that these actors really can fly spaceships and fight evil. They don't understand 'acting' or as this film calls 'lying'. There's a horrid moment when the commander has to admit that they 'pretended' to be space heroes in the series. The aliens are heartbroken.
- The aliens locate the 'commander' in the series (played by Tim Allen) and get him aboard their ship. They want him and his 'crew' to fight an evil alien (called 'Sarris') and his army who are after the 'Omega 3' device to take over the planet. It's a genicidal battle between him and the 'Thermians' race.
- When the 'comander' realises that this is all real, he feel obliged to help them. He calls on his crew members for support but they think he's barmy. They aren't interested in re-launching their careers and are bored with the show. However, when they to are transported to the ship and see it for themselves they agree to help. It's vital that everyone adopts their acting roles and works as a team in order to conquer the enemy.
- The rest of the episode see's them 'attempt' to fly a spaceship which has been built EXACTLY like the prop in the show; fly onto an unknown planet to retrieve a power source for the ship with carnivores creatures and rock monsters and of course, retrace the mysterious 'Omega 3' device before Saris.
The 'peaceful' aliens in this are so funny. They have turned themselves to look like human; very pale, white faces and sleek shiny black hair and wear shiny all in one suits like the actors in the show. You could say they are like 'obsessed fans' of the show. In true form, they look like Octopuses. They have the most bemused expressions, quirky way of talking and laughing and very forced movement, as if they have been told how to walk (i.e. They lift each leg really high in the air or movement). They are like a bunch of little kids.The 'crew'
*The Commander/ (called Jason Nesmith in the film) - Played by Tim Allen. He's the enthustic member of the crew who loves being in charge, embracing his role and all the famely attention. However, he starts to doubt himself when he overhears some 'fans' taking the mic out of him.
He loves one of his female companions, both in the show and in real life, but she appears uninterested in real life which is humorous. He's sort of a goofy heroic figure who leads his crew through the battle and proves himself to his team.
*Tawney Maidison/Gwen - this is the female companion (played by Sigourney Weaver) that the commander fancies. She has quite an unimportant role really, simply repeating the the commander what the space ship computer says. She herself dislikes the pointlessness of her role which is quite funny really.*Sergeant Chen/ Fred - played by Tony Shalhoub (the guy who has all the clay faces in Spy Kids). He's the engine operator. In the film, he's a bit of a charmer and quite brave and heroic. We don't see loads of him but he's definitely a team member. He ends up getting off with one of the female aliens!
*Laredo/ Tommy - This is a young black man who drives the spaceship. He's a comical figure with some witty lines. He has a huge responsibility when it comes to helping the aliens because he has to actually drive a spaceship he has never really driven! He's funny to watch as he crashes into everything and the aliens just seem to smile, rather confused.*Roc/ Guy - this character is really annoying. In the series, he has virtually no role at all which makes he very sensitive. Throughout the film, he proves himself to be a coward and wimp. I think this is meant to be humorous but I just found it irritating.
The team have to call on some obsessed teenager who loves the shows in order to find out how to get to the 'omega 3 device.' The kid has to talk to them through a walky talky device whilst watching the final episode of the series and passing instructions on.Overall, this film is really well thought out with witty one liners (of several liners!); great casting, fantastic quirky acting and memorable characters. It's definitely a family film and a fantastic comedy with a happy ending for the aliens!
Product Information : Galaxy Quest (DVD)
Manufacturer's product descriptionGALAXY QUEST is a satirical comedy that pokes fun at the influence science fiction shows such as STAR TREK have had on their audience. The cast members of the cult sci-fi television series GALAXY QUEST now earn their livings appearing at conventions and grand openings, led by their bomastic captain Jason Nesmith, played by Tim Allen. When an alien race--the Thermians--arrives on earth, it appears that they have mistakenly appropriated the show's culture as their own, thinking the series was actual fact. Desperate for help in battling the evil General Sarris, they bring the actors with them into space to save their planet. A surprisingly smart and funny send-up of the science-fiction culture and the influence television has on the world at large, GALAXY QUEST is a comedy that even non-genre fans can enjoy, with terrific turns by Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub.
DVD Region: DVD
Studio(s): PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT; TECHNICOLOR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES, DREAMWORKS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; UNIVERSAL MUSIC OPERATIONS
Release date: 19/06/2006, 26/03/2001
No of Discs: 1
Catalogue No: DSL 1297, 490 913 9
Composer: David Newman
Costume Designer: Albert Wolsky
Director of Photography: Jerzy Zielinski
Editor: Don Zimmerman
Executive Producer: Charles J. Newirth
Producer: Mark Johnson, Charles J. Newirth, Suzann Ellis
Production Designer: Linda DeScenna
Author: David Newman
Barcode: 5051188129736, 0678149091397
Screenwriter: Robert Gordon, David Newman, David Howard
Main Language: English
Dubbed Language: German
Subtitle Language: Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, English, Danish, Swedish
Hearing Impaired Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English German
Special Features: On Location In Space, Cutting Room Floor, Theatrical Trailer
Review: "...This tightly scripted, lightning-paced laffer delightfully pulls all the elements together and builds to a giddy and gleeful climax..." (Box Office, p.57, 01/02/2000)<br><br>"...The expert cast is more than game. Extra points to [Rickman and Weaver]..." -- 3 out of 5 stars (Premiere, pp.100-1, 01/06/2000)<br><br>"...Genuinely imaginative special effects which manage to recognisably in the spirit of the cheesy originals..." (USA Today, p.48-9, 01/05/2000)<br><br>"...Mischievously clever..." (Variety, pp.57-62, 20/12/1999)<br><br>
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