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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1982)

Peter Jones , Simon Jones , Alan J.W. Bell  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (253 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on IMDb

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

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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

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338 of 348 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a DVD Should Be - D. Adams would be proud May 4, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets 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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T PANIC!! This is a great purchase!! April 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Answer Is...42! 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any sci-fi video collection... July 30, 2002
By Savant
I won't bother discussing the storyline here since there are plenty of reviews that have done that. People who buy this DVD set will usually do so because they have seen the show already anyway. Instead I'll tell you a bit about what to expect from the DVDs themselves.
The DVDs are packaged in a 'new-style' black keep case which is larger than the single disc cases. This allows for better storage of the DVDs instead of cramming a second DVD into a case designed for one.
The menus are nicely done, and are all motion video menus. On the main DVD you have the options for selecting an individual episode AND also for selecting a scene within an episode. This was a nice touch since I thought they would only do one and not both. Of course you can choose to "play all" and it will sequentially play all the episodes for you. All bonus material is on the second disc.
The audio and video quality of the discs was QUITE good when you consider that this material is over 20 years old. I didn't notice any visual artifacts. The audio quality was good, although I found that the in some cases scenes with a lot of bass were harder to hear at lower volumes. (like the scene with 'Deep Thought') You can either add treble/lower bass or just increase the volume a bit. Given the age of the content, the audio was pretty good. No noticeable artifacts that detracted from the recording.
If you choose the 'setup' screen you'll be met with some options. First is to choose between "remixed stereo'' or mono. If you don't have stereo speakers or a stereo TV, it is best to choose MONO here. (see below for details) You should note these are actually two distinct audio tracks on the disc, not a setting to 'adapt' the audio.
Next you can choose to turn on one of the two sets of subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by harry
5.0 out of 5 stars This brought back some great memories.
This is the original BBC TV series, which features most of the cast from the original radio series.

The effects are very low-tech, but that's half the charm. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Joe Crescenzi
5.0 out of 5 stars too funny! we wouldn't want to get lost on our travels now, would we?
Published 10 days ago by Mr D-S
3.0 out of 5 stars Trouble with playback of this used DVD.
Had significant difficulties playing the used media. Visually there were not many scratches on the disks but did require me to fast forward some areas during playback. Read more
Published 23 days ago by A. Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Seller
I love this BBC show. Seller did a great job getting to me fast.
Published 25 days ago by Chris Riggs-Saberton
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic bound to be ruined by a movie remake...
What can I say that hasn't been said already? -Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!
Published 1 month ago by Michael Thompson (strider_mt2k)
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the lot of Douglas Adams
This is a unique and interesting adventure into science fiction.
Published 1 month ago by James Sibley
5.0 out of 5 stars dont panic
the one and only true translation
Published 1 month ago by k9thewonderdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
changed my prospective, forever...
Published 1 month ago by Timothy J. Delapp
1.0 out of 5 stars ISN'T THAT WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR
disappointed a few people when friendship reared its ugly head
Published 1 month ago by gcd
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