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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Product Description

With the galaxy's best-selling tour guide and a good towel, earthling Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect (actually from planet Betelgeuse) are transported, among other places, to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe and back to the beginning of time.

Additional Features

A suitably eclectic, if not to say eccentric, collection of extra features makes this a wholly satisfying two-DVD set. On the second disc there's an hour-long "making of" documentary from 1992 featuring contributions from the cast and crew, including Douglas Adams; and then there's even more in a 25-minute section entitled "Don't Panic!" A fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at filming as the clock runs on studio time and a look at the recording of the original radio series complete the first part. Then navigate to the "Outer Planets" to find outtakes, a deleted scene, Zaphod's animatronic second head on the BBC series Tomorrow's World, Peter Jones's witty and rambling introduction to the first episode, and more. The series itself is presented in standard 4:3 ratio and remixed Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo or the original mono. --Mark Walker

Special Features

  • The Making of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Don't Panic!
  • Douglas Adams Omnibus (tribute program)
  • Recording of the radio series
  • Optional on-screen production notes
  • Deleted scene from episode 2
  • Photo gallery
  • Peter Jones introduction
  • Pebble Mill at One
  • Tomorrow's World sequence

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, David Dixon, Sandra Dickinson, Mark Wing-Davey
  • Directors: Alan J.W. Bell
  • Writers: Douglas Adams
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on IMDb

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363 of 374 people found the following review helpful By Michael Talley on May 4, 2002
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This is a review of the DVD set itself, as I assuming most of you already know the story and have possibly seen the TV show. This is a digitally remastered DVD with a stereo soundtrack and clear crisp visuals.
It's actually a two DVD set. The TV series, which is on the first DVD, is as near to a flawless reproduction as is currently possible. Watch it with the lights off to enjoy all the visuals and matte painting special effects that were available in 1981 with a shoestring budget. Additionally, this is a "must buy" just for the second DVD alone. Outtakes and deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, The Making of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, BBC Omnibus Tribute to Douglas Adams, and much more.
BBC Video has stepped up and hit a homerun with this DVD set. Be sure to watch it with and recommend it to your friends. "Share and enjoy!"
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Desalvo on February 11, 2007
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These episodes are as close to the book as is possible, unlike the movie made in 2005. Being a latecomer to the Hitchhiker world, I wasn't sure what to expect from these 1981 renditions, but I was totally blown away by the "pureness" of the script and the graphics that they were able to make for the time. It's very well acted too, and the guy who played Arthur in the radio series also plays him on screen in these episodes. Douglas Adams also makes an on-screen appearance in a particular sequence, but I won't spoil the surprise.

They also include some documentaries done about 10 years later, which include interviews with the actors and Douglas Adams and a look at how they made the graphics.

The episodes cover most of the first novel, spend some time at the restaurant at the end of the universe and end at prehistoric earth.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is one of those books that you would think there is no way that it could be done right as a movie. Well guess what? IT HAS BE DONE!!!! This is a must have for EVERY "Hitchhiker's" fan. Even if you never heard of the book,radio series, etc, and are a fan of british humor in the vein of Monty Python's Flying Circus, you will love this. The movie isn't actually just based on the book, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, but is based on the 1st 3 books; The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy,The Resturant At The End Of The Universe, and Life The Universe And Everything. Sure the effects are low budget as hell, but that is all part of it's charm.This is a comedy based on story not effects. I actually think that the effects add to the humor. This is a classic and will always be a permanent part of my movie collection.I just have one question, WHEN WILL THIS COME OUT ON DVD?!?!?
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 22, 2004
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"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" started life as a radio series at the BBC, and quickly became a huge smash. Following that success, creator Douglas Adams found himself writing novel adaptations and the screenplay for this wonderful six part television show, which premiered in 1981. It was an instant success and has achieved a huge following worldwide. First seen in the mid 1980s on PBS in the US, its popularity grew greater still, and if any show ever called out for a DVD release this is it.

For those of you who aren't familiar with "Hitchhiker" it is the story of a human, Arthur Dent, and his extraterrestrial friend Ford Prefect who flee the Earth after it's destruction (to make way for a hyperspace bypass) and have mind-bending misadventures with compatriots Zaphod Beeblebrox and another human, the lovely Trillian. The series is filled with extremely quirky twists and turns throughout, and truly defies description. Suffice it to say that it is light years ahead of its time and never fails to provoke a laugh.

The good humor of the series is cemented by actor Simon Jones, playing Arthur, who tours the galaxy in his bathrobe (and always knows where his towel is.) Simon was one of the key cast members carried over from the radio show, and he truly is made for the part. Likewise David Dixon is perfect as the wild-eyed Ford.

Remember that this was a low budget production, so don't expect special effects to rival "Star Wars." Most of the effects are adequate, although I think the producers would have done well to dispense with the robotic second head of Zaphod found in the radio show and book, as the contraption that Mark Wing Davey has to wear is extremely lame, and really doesn't further the plot. His third arm, though, is surprisingly well done.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Greybeard on July 23, 2002
Format: DVD
Anyone who's seen the VHS (or BBC broadcast) of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" knows the format. There's live action, then an animated bit of material from the Guide with appropriate narration, then some more live action, and so on. Some of the best material in the movie is contained in those animated bits. So why does the DVD leave out huge chunks of the narration for some of these animations, and even one live action scene (describing the invention of the Infinite Improbability Drive)? If you've seen the show before you know what the images are for. If you haven't, it's a bizarre and disjointed muck-up. It's not a total sound failure. The "beep-de-beep" soundtrack music is still annoyingly there. But the words explaining what you're seeing, and why that's significant, are missing in several key sequences on the DVD. Not on the VHS, strangely enough. On the plus side, the images on the DVD are crisp and amazingly clear. But the lost pieces of narration are so highly frustrating that you'd be better off hunting down a VHS copy instead. Shoddy DVD preparation is becoming more and more of a problem (as in the "special edition" of the epic "Pride and Prejudice", too many copies of which turn up with a bright blue cast). Too bad it had to strike such a wonderfully inventive video as "Hitchhiker", where even a badly flawed copy is better than no copy at all.
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