Site Columns By Michelle
October 25, 2004 - 5:17 PM

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So since I confessed last week to being a pathetic fangirl, let me continue in the same vein. The weekend before last, as I explained, we watched Galaxy Quest and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves because my children had never seen the latter and I was in the midst of an Alan Rickman film festival that encompassed few other child-friendly films (though I'm considering showing them Bob Roberts before the election, despite the language and adult situations).

Because things are very cheap on and my videotapes of the aforementioned films were in terrible shape, I broke down and bought the DVDs. So this weekend, we watched, for the first time, the deleted scenes from both those films. I am not sure whether or not to recommend the extended edition of Robin Hood unless you really liked the movie in the first place. The good news is that nearly all the additional material features Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham, who is the primary reason to see this movie; but it's virulently anti-pagan, which made me uncomfortable enough in the original version, and neither Costner nor Slater's accents improve any in the EE, heh. There are also vintage interviews included in the package with some delightful discussions about the advantages of a Robin Hood who does not wear green tights.

Galaxy Quest, on the other hand, also features new material that mostly involves Rickman's character. The funniest of these involves Alexander Dane being given a tour of his quarters on the alien ship - based, of course, on his biology on the TV series on which he played Dr. Lazarus, who ate live crustacean-like ticks and went around reciting things like, "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged" -- half Mr. Spock, half Patrick Stewart. Lazarus' bed is bad enough, but his bathroom is truly inspired. Dane also has a fit of Method acting in which he tries to become a sentient rock that is worth the price of the DVD.

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