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.