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Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary

7.61 h 26 min201913+
With beloved cult classic Galaxy Quest reaching its 20th Anniversary, this star-studded anniversary documentary unveils how the film turned fans in to true heroes and predicted a future where geeks would rule the world! The cast and crew recall how a fire on set, the loss of a powerful director and an unconvinced studio couldn't stop the film that would never give up and never surrender!
Jack Bennett
Sigourney WeaverTim AllenSam Rockwell
Science FictionSpecial InterestDocumentary
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Justin LongTony ShalhoubRainn WilsonEnrico ColantoniBrent SpinerWil WheatonDamon LindelofGreg Berlanti
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Dan DazellReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great documentary for the making of a masterpiece of comedy, fantasy sci-fi and drama.
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Somehow the components of 1999's Galaxy Quest all came together almost by decree of the universe so to speak where during the planning and filming of the movie the creativity seemed to feed on itself and grow through fate combined with talent and abundant industrious contribution from the right individuals on seemingly every level of the creative process. In my view the film was magically entertaining and captivating with every scene which is rare in the arena of film-making these days and did not need 'R' rated material to make it work which would have ruined the process. The innocence of the story was what greatly aided and insured capturing magic in a bottle. This documentary beautifully described how the different components came together and was no disappointment whatsoever to say the least. If folks want to see something fresh and different I recommend seeing the 1999 film and then renting or buying this very well done documentary.
39 people found this helpful
A. M. PackardReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great content, but HORRIBLE sound mixing.
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Like other reviewers, I’m amazed... AND disappointed in this documentary. The content is amazing, and I’ve learned so many new things about one of my favorite movies!

However, the sound mixing is HORRIBLE, so much so that I had to keep playing with the volume over and over again, and rewatching scenes multiple times to try to figure out what they were saying.

Normally, this wouldn’t bother me that much, as I’d just turn on the captions... but they’re in GERMAN!

I hope these issues only plague the Amazon version (is it sold elsewhere? I’m not sure.). Trying to decide if I want to reach out to CS to ask for my money back or not. Again, great content, if you can actually figure out what they’re saying. Kind of makes me glad I didn’t pay to see this in the theater (which is sad to say...).
23 people found this helpful
ernolaReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good but score is too loud
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This is a great movie but there is a score that features a big plunky upright bass that constantly makes it hard to hear the performers clearly. The score is too loud......
Otherwise watch it because it is very good otherwise .
20 people found this helpful
craig139Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
EXCELLENT documentary with TERRIBLE sound!
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Two stars have been subtracted for the terrible sound mixing. Tony Shalhoub in particular is often drowned out by the background music. This needs to be watched with the subtitles on! Otherwise it is a delightful show.
22 people found this helpful
P.C. JohnstonReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Okay. Some glaring issues
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Closed captions are in...German? Sound balance is terrible. Sometimes the music plays loud and the speech is super quiet. And then they go from clips of the movie (way loud) back to the interviews (really quiet).

Content is fine. A good celebration of the fan favorite. I wish Fandom had promoted it more.
18 people found this helpful
patrick collinsReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet documentary, pity about the sound
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Let me start off by saying that if you’re a fan of Galaxy Quest you will love this justifiably loving look at the making of one of the greatest sci-fi/comedy movies of the 90’s. Similar in style and presentation to the slew of Star Trek retrospectives such as “Chaos on the Bridge” and “What We Left Behind”, this cuts between interviews with some of the film’s famous fans, fervent cosplayers, and the movie’s principle stars and production staff. All involved seem more than eager to share refreshingly honest anecdotes about the films somewhat turbulent journey to the screen, the botched marketing campaign that saw the movie flop on its original release, and what the film has come to represent in the minds of its devoted audience.
Pity then that the sound is so horribly compressed that you’ll find yourself struggling to hear what people are saying over the blaring musical soundtrack. It’s so loud at times that it stomps all over what should be really touching moments, completely capsizing any pathos the documentary might be going for. If you’re more than a casual viewer, I would recommend that you avoid the streaming version altogether and treat yourself to a more lossless version on disk instead. You’re worth it. Probably.
14 people found this helpful
SilverscarfReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A fun watch if you love Galaxy Quest.
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Galaxy Quest is my favorite movie, without question. I love movies and love to re-watch them lots of times, but Galaxy Quest is probably the only movie that I will never get tired of watching over and over again, no matter what mood I'm in. It's amazing, and I consider it to be the best movie ever made. But if it's not widely considered to be the absolute best, it darn sure should be in the top five. I watch Honest Trailers on Youtube and they had started advertising this documentary they had made and of course I was interested, I was happy when it popped up on Amazon. And this is a decent documentary, I did learn a lot about what went on behind the scenes during the process of making the film, and hearing various stories and opinions from the cast and crew, fans and other celebrities was fun. Overall I didn't love this documentary, but it was enjoyable and I'm glad I gave it a watch. I'm happy it was made and that it celebrates an amazing movie that deserves far more recognition. If you love Galaxy Quest then this documentary is worth checking out.
9 people found this helpful
MisterrrScottReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fondly made, thorough celebration with the makers of GALAXY QUEST
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Director Jack Bennett and team have created a most enjoyable and well-informed documentary charting the making of the beloved satirical sci-fi film, GALAXY QUEST. Starring actors Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, Justin Long, Tony Shaloub, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni provide fascinating interviews to deliver behind the scenes tales of how GALAXY QUEST survived to become a beloved classic once it found its audience. All share touching stories and memories of the great Alan Rickman as well. This documentary also visits the fans of the GALAXY QUEST who extend the film's legacy and popularity long after it was released. A high quality documentary production with a heart that is definitely worth watching and owning for all GALAXY QUEST fans and to welcome new viewers aboard this enjoyable Star Trek-adjacent adventure. I hear there is even more material that didn't make this release -- I sure hope we see a Director's Cut of NEVER SURRENDER some day.
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