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Galaxina / The Crater Lake Monster [Blu-ray]

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: MillCreek
  • Release Date: March 29 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004HHX9IM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,496 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Studio: Digital1stop Release Date: 03/22/2011 Rating: R

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I was 11 the first time I watched galaxina, it was the first "spoof" movie "I'd seen and probley the bar setter in its day. Watching it now I thought how well its held up , not bad for a "B movie " budget. For any one under 40 you probley won't get a lot of the jokes.
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Galaxina, classic grade 'B' sci-fi from 1980. I watched this on VHS many times and loved it. I purchased this econo 2 movies on one Blu-Ray with a bit of trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised just how good the video transfer is on both movies. Many DVD's & Blu-Rays suffer from motion problems. (Twister for example is one of the worst I have seen - unwatchable) Others are fine. If you are considering a trip down Sci-Fi memory lane - this is a great deal.
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Finding Galaxina on Blu-ray was a plus , and to find out The Crater Lake Monster was just a good throw in.
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...or your home theatre to tell your kids about what a Drive'In was.
Very good picture quality and both features have 3 choices of English audio (DTS vs PCM vs something else).
...The Crate Lake Monster is low budget but the 1080p transfer really is excellent...great colours and the on location scenery is really beautiful...looks similar to BC but it's California. The monster is pretty well done considering and you would think Ray Harryhausen had something to do with it but he did only in inspiration.
...Galaxina was really why I bought it and Dorothy Stratten sure looks hot in her outfit. I wish there were more shots of her and a little closer from behind at it and I think any guy with a heartbeat would agree. Curiously at the very end you see a R rating banner...well there's nothing in it to deserve that so it left me wondering if there is a longer version with added explicit scenes or was this a marketing ploy hoping a R rating would get more viewers? Anyways this movie is also interesting because Dorothy would be the victim of her husbands murder/suicide only a year or so after she worked on this movie.
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HASH(0x9bb70984) out of 5 stars Galaxina on Blu-Ray!!! April 9 2011
By E. S. Hider - Published on
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The first time many of us watched GALAXINA was on "Showtime" in the early 1980's, and for many years after, my taped VHS copy was the only way to see it, a treasured rarity indeed. The pan & scan laserdisc (another rarity) improved the picture quality somewhat, as did the first edition pan & scan dvd. The 2005 "25th Anniversary Special Edition" widescreen dvd was a real revelation, loaded with special features and finally affording a full widescreen look at this long-lost gem of a movie (even if the "5.1 audio mix" was frustratingly botched). GALAXINA even appeared on the now-defunct HD-DVD format awhile back.

With big-screen high definition blu-ray home theaters now commonplace, it's about time GALAXINA has finally arrived on blu-ray disc. On the down side, this blu-ray edition contains none of the many "Special Features" included in the 25th Anniversary dvd package. The plus side, however, more than makes up for it: the version of GALAXINA on this blu-ray is the longer "International Cut", previously unseen in the U.S.! The picture quality looks (obviously) better than ever, and the original sound mix (no 5.1 here) does just fine.

The 2nd feature, "Crater Lake Monster", is not worth reviewing; it will only appeal to fans of "really bad monster movies", although I imagine there are quite a few of those out there. (A much better double-feature would have included VAN NUYS BLVD., the 1979 comedy by Galaxina's director.)

When this blu-ray was first released, GALAXINA itself, as a movie, took quite a beating from internet critics, the so-called experts from various "official" blu-ray disc reviews sites. I have read two "bad reviews" so far, and I have two comments for them, and my comments come straight from Avery Schreiber's immortal "Captain Butt":

-"You got a bad habit, kid: you breathe..."
-"If a jackass had both your brains, he would be a very dumb jackass!"

Bottom line: GALAXINA, the best, funniest science fiction parody of them all, has finally arrived in high definition on blu-ray disc, featuring the longer "International Cut". Get it while you can.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb70bd0) out of 5 stars AT LAST on bluray Feb. 7 2011
By Paul Scott - Published on
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The pilot of a spaceship falls in love with a voluptuous robot who has everything a man could want...Including feelings and the ability to add extras to her female repertoire. A goofy sci-fi parody of STAR WARS STAR TREK and the like featuring former Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten in her only film role.System Requirements:Running Time 96 Mins.Format:

This movie was great, silly funny spoof of outer space movies, too bad it was one of the very few movies that starred Dorothy Stratten, really well done considering its budget and the time it was made
I've always been a cult comedy and sci-fi movie buff, and this has some hilarious scenes, including the colony of space bikers who worship their Lord, "Ha-Ley David San AH-OOM, AH-OOM." Rock Eater utters his famous insult at the Captain, and don't forget THE BLUE STAR.
Galaxina is always calm, cool, shockingly electric in more than just design, and of course there are the typical crew of space cowboys with one who wants to be more than a crewmate with Galaxina, just to mix it up with the hero/heroine approach. I think the director did a wonderful job at corny comedy sci-fi,

Originally released on the now defunct HD DVD. Its a welcome addition to Bluray

This should be 2.35 Anamorphic,the HD DVD Version was (CONFIRMED)

Great Stuff.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb70b94) out of 5 stars The Compression Lake Monster Sept. 10 2011
By GGB - Published on
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Hands down the worst looking Blu-Ray I've seen so far. Galaxina uses a faded/worn print, but the increased resolution makes it a winner over the DVD print - and I wasn't really disappointed with it like many others here. What ruins this release for me, though, is the transfer of The Crater Lake Monster - the cheap "underdog" of this Blu-Ray set. Riddled with compression artifacts and lacking fine background detail, TCLM looks terrible. At first glance it looks great, with strikingly bright colors, but you will soon be taken completely out of the film as the fine details of the trees and water are contantly swimming with digital compression. I thought the increased bitrate of HD would eliminate this issue that ruined so many DVD releases over the years... Maybe they squeezed too much onto a single disc and TCLM suffers in the end? Completely disappointing.

Yes, I know this is a budget release that can be had for less than $6, and the "I wasn't expecting Criterion quality" defense is often tossed around for budget releases like this when a defect is pointed out. But, come on, this is 2011 and the fact that heavily visible compression is present on a Blu-Ray release is simply unacceptable. I wanted to write this review because nowhere else online did I see anyone point out the image quality issues, and really wanted to warn people about what they're going to get before they purchase this. I would definitely be weary of future Mill Creek Blu-Ray titles in the future. If you're only a fan of Galaxina, I would say go for it, but if you're only buying this for TCLM, you've been warned.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb70e88) out of 5 stars a mismatched pair of B-movie science fiction... Jan. 1 2012
By trebe - Published on
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Besides being from roughly the same time period, and loosely classified as being in the science fiction genre, The Crater Lake Monster (1977), and Galaxina (1980), are films that appear to share very little in common. Still, Mill Creek Entertainment has combined this unlikely pair on a single Bluray disc. Of the two, The Crater Lake Monster seems to stand the test of time a little better than Galaxina, a fantasy set far in the future.

The Crater Lake Monster (Rating: 3 stars)
Featuring stop-action special effects, The Crater Lake Monster (1977) is reminiscent of creature features from the late 50's. The simplistic plot is far out, and the acting a bit stiff, but if you are in the right frame of mind, the film does have some entertainment value, with the stop action work being the most interesting aspect.

A meteor crashes into the bottom of Crater Lake, in Oregon, and begins emitting heat which warms up a lost plesiosaur egg, causing it to hatch. The swimming dinosaur thrives in the lake, eating most of the fish and becoming huge. Seeking food, the plesiosaur attacks boats and even crawls ashore to grab a bite to eat. When human remains turn up at the lake, the local Sheriff (Richard Cardella) attempts to close it down, but has no idea what he is up against.

The special effects budget probably limits what we see of the dinosaur, who stays concealed until near the end. With pedestrian special effects, The Crater Lake Monster is not a very well made film, but it will still have a certain charm for some. It scores points mainly for nostalgia value, and for being half decent with very little to work with. The print has some signs of dirt, but looks satisfactory in high definition.

Galaxina: (Rating: 2 stars)
Galaxina (1980) was a part of the wave of post Star Wars (1977) sci-fi films. This very silly comedy/adventure borrows from Star Trek, Star Wars, and Alien. With a kind of crude nostalgic charm, the film is probably most notable for the presence of Dorothy Stratten, Playboy Playmate of the Year for 1980, who was brutally murdered by her husband shortly after the film's release, at just twenty years of age.

Set in the 31st century, the Infinity is a police craft commanded by Captain Cornelius Butts (Avery Schreiber), and piloted by Sergeant Thor (Stephen Macht). Stratten's role is as Galaxina, a shapely android who tends to the crew of five. When the Infinity is dispatched to a faraway planet to find information about the "Blue Star", the crew goes into cryosleep for the journey which will take 27 years.

While the humans sleep, Galaxina successfully reprograms herself to speak and experience emotions. The crew awakens at their destination, but The Infinity crash lands on the planet after being ambushed by the evil Ordric. With the crew incapacitated, Galaxina sets out on what becomes a very bizarre adventure. The planet has an old West motif, and the light from the sun makes everything look red during the daytime. Galaxina recovers the Blue Star and has a shootout out with Ordric, before being captured by a gang of bikers. Galaxina's rescue and subsequent escape, is the most exciting incident in the film.

The film is a smorgasbord of odd disjointed ideas, where hardly anything exciting happens. The special effects are passable at best, the gags are weak, and the dialog is often terrible. While nice to look at, unfortunately Dorothy Stratten's performance does not improve much after she begins speaking. Stratten's tragically brief life was the subject of several movies, including Bob Fosse's Star 80 (1983), with Mariel Hemmingway as Stratten. Galaxina is not subtitled, and has no extras. Image quality varies from decent to poor, and although in high definition, the transfer may not look very impressive.

If you are interested in either film, this Bluray probably features the best looking version of each film currently available.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb7139c) out of 5 stars Great films for the price April 28 2012
By Cameraman - Published on
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This was a fun few hours. I love bad movies and these did not disappoint. The quality of Galaxina is a bit rough at times but this is an old film and I was not expecting it to be great. As far as the Crater Lake Monster I thought the reproduction to BluRay was great. I'm not sure why the other reviewer had an issue with the compression. I did not see it at all. Great films for the price

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