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Galaxy Quest (Deluxe Edition) by Dean Parisot (Director)
Review by Charles Mohapel
DreamWorks DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B001S86J0I
Date: 17 May 2009 List Price $14.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: - Galaxy Quest / World Science Fiction Convention / Chicon 2000 Hugo Nominees / / Show Article /

It's hard to believe that it will be ten years ago on December 23rd that Galaxy Quest burst on the North American filmgoing public's consciousness, but that is indeed the case.

Having previously viewed Galaxy Quest in the theater with a group of fellow science fiction fans, we were delighted to see that while the story begins at a media convention that is a thinly disguised Star Trek convention, it is a gentle tongue-in-cheek homage to the fans, even the most rabid fanboys and fangirls. When a group of very unusual aliens known as Thermians show up, they don't really appear that strange when compared to the attendees at the convention. Having patterned their civilization on the long canceled Galaxy Quest TV series, they now come in search of the original cast, believing them to actually be heroes. And the adventures are only beginning...

Having attended 22 previous World Science Fiction Conventions in various cities across the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, and Holland, I can tell you that many times the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is accepted by someone not actually associated with the film or TV series that had won. This was not the case at Chicon 2000, the 58th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, as the vast majority of those at the awards ceremony were simultaneously startled, amused, and gratified by the sight of Director Dean Parisot and Robert Gordon who co-wrote the screenplay rushing onto the stage like a pair of giddy teenagers to accept the award in person. As you can well imagine this was met with great enthusiasm and applause by the crowd. They beat out the likes of The Matrix, The Sixth Sense, The Iron Giant, and Being John Malkovich, so you know that the competition was no cakewalk.

From official release/information:

Product Description:
Studio: Paramount Home Video
Release Date: 05/12/2009
Running Time: 101 minutes
Rating: PG essential video
You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy Galaxy Quest, but it certainly helps. A knowingly affectionate tribute to Trek and any other science fiction TV series of the 1960s and beyond, this crowd-pleasing comedy offers in-jokes at warp speed, hitting the bull's-eye for anyone who knows that (1) the starship captain always removes his shirt to display his manly physique; (2) any crew member not in the regular cast is dead meat; and (3) the heroes always stop the doomsday clock with one second to spare. So it is with Commander Taggart (Tim Allen) and the stalwart crew of the NSEA Protector, whose intergalactic exploits on TV have now been reduced to a dreary cycle of fan conventions and promotional appearances. That's when the Thermians arrive, begging to be saved from Sarris, the reptilian villain who threatens to destroy their home planet.

Can actors rise to the challenge and play their roles for real? The Thermians are counting on it, having studied the "historical documents" of the Galaxy Quest TV show, and their hero worship (not to mention their taste for Monte Cristo sandwiches) is ultimately proven worthy, with the help of some Galaxy geeks on planet Earth. And while Galaxy Quest serves up great special effects and impressive Stan Winston creatures, director Dean Parisot (Home Fries) is never condescending, lending warm acceptance to this gentle send-up of sci-fi TV and the phenomenon of fandom. Best of all is the splendid cast, including Sigourney Weaver as buxom blonde Gwen DeMarco; Alan Rickman as frustrated thespian Alexander Dane; Tony Shalhoub as dimwit Fred Kwan; Daryl Mitchell as former child-star Tommy Webber; and Enrico Colantoni as Thermian leader Mathesar, whose sing-song voice is a comedic coup de grāce. -- Jeff Shannon

Directed by:
Dean Parisot

Writing credits (WGA):
David Howard (story)

David Howard (screenplay) and
Robert Gordon (screenplay)

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Jason Nesmith
Sigourney Weaver ... Gwen DeMarco
Alan Rickman ... Alexander Dane
Tony Shalhoub ... Fred Kwan
Sam Rockwell ... Guy Fleegman
Daryl Mitchell ... Tommy Webber
Enrico Colantoni ... Mathesar
Robin Sachs ... Sarris
Patrick Breen ... Quellek
Missi Pyle ... Laliari
Jed Rees ... Teb
Justin Long ... Brandon
Jeremy Howard ... Kyle
Kaitlin Cullum ... Katelyn
Jonathan Feyer ... Hollister

Worldwide Box Office Receipts: $90,683,916 US (Domestic Total Gross: $71,583,916)

(Source: DreamWorks)

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