Galaxy Quest

Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman
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Certificate: PG
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Twenty five years after sci-fi tv show Galaxy Quest is cancelled its principal actors are still living off the proceeds of convention guest appearances. Then they are approached by aliens from a distant galaxy who have mistaken the actors televised expoits as historical documents. The crew of the NSEA Protector are thrust back into space exploration, but this time they are playing for real...

Galaxy Quest parodies any number of sci-fi shows and pokes fun, rather well, at die hard fans of these shows. Tim Allen (as Commander Peter Quicy Taggart) does a great William Shatner impression (without really trying) and Sigourney Weaver (as Lt. Tawny Madison) reflects the sexist nature of female characters in old sci-fi shows (short skirts in Star Trek and screaming at the first sign of danger in just about every other show).

One complaint about the UK disc is that it is presented poorly when compared with the US version. The US disc has animated menus while the UK tries to fob us off with pretty mediocre static menus. The US disc also has an amusing Thermian audio track (with the dialogue dubbed for a Thermian audience). And where is the Omega 13 easter egg that was present with the US disc? These omissions are inexcusable. The US disc was available even before the movie played in UK cinemas. Why the Brits have to have there own - substandard - menus when those from the US disc could have simply been used is beyond me.

Great film, but badly presented in the UK!

Darren Rea