The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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- Photo gallery
- Peter Jones introduction
- Pebble Mill at One
- Tomorrow's World sequence
Top Customer Reviews
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!"
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this disc won't play in my laptop. other discs play, but this one won'tPublished 2 months ago by Regina Holt
It's great to see the TV show that I enjoyed back when as a DVD so I know it will be available for future fans... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. P. VANGORDON
OK, so it's showing its age a little...or a lot. Frankly, this series makes the special effects from the Peter Davison Doctor Who era to look magically realistic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Tant
wow - the effects are horribly dated, but all the humor was still there. Never saw this when it originally was broadcast, so was a neat trip into that time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marc
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