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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Full Screen Edition) (2005)

Bill Bailey , Anna Chancellor , Garth Jennings  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (815 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Warwick Davis, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel
  • Directors: Garth Jennings
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (815 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JO28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Full Screen Edition)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews


"Every bit as smart and funny as the book that inspired it!" -- STEVE OLDFIELD/FOX TV


"It should do for British sci-fi what ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ did for British horror." -- JAMIE RUSSELL/BBC.CO.UK

"It’s firmly rooted in the grand tradition of English absurdity bounded by Lewis Carroll and Monty Python." -- JAY CARR/AM NEW YORK

"…a massively epic and wonderfully improbable trip…" -- DESSON THOMSON/THE WASHINGTON POST

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Here's the absolutely hysterical, wonderfully wild, cosmic adventure comedy THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Based on Douglas Adams' worldwide best-selling novel, and starring an outrageous intergalactic cast, this is one ride you don't want to miss. Seconds before Earth is destroyed to make way for a new hyperspace express route, mild-mannered Arthur Dent is whisked into space by his best friend (an alien posing as an out-of-work actor). And so the misadventures begin as he and fellow travelers, including the cool but dim-witted President of the Galaxy, the Earth girl Trillian, and Marvin the paranoid android, search for answers to the mystery of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

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518 of 610 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Hoopy April 29, 2005
There's a simple reason this movie has taken so long to make, and it's this: while Douglas Adams' classic The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a hilarious book, it's a rubbish novel.

I mean that in the nicest possible way - it's one of my favourite books, but it's barely a story at all - more a set of dead-eye, deadpan observations on the absurdity of life, and particularly the British way of life, revolving very loosely around a chap in a dressing-gown. While that's great fodder for a comedy read, it's no basis for a coherent, 90 minute motion picture, especially one having the American market in mind.

It's a matter of record that Douglas Adams realised there was no story, but not until it was too late to fix it (about halfway through book two). From that point onwards made several attempts to pull everything back into a single coherent, archetypal story but totally failed, and in the process ruined the remaining three and a half books themselves, none of which are funny, let alone a good story.

A film-maker has a choice, therefore: stick with the material and film something which is not so much a screenplay as an extended, themed version of Saturday Night Live, or do some significant damage to the source material - "zap straight off to its major data banks and reprogram it with a very large axe", if you will - and make a story out of it.

The first option will in equal measure thrill and infuriate the party faithful, but bore the rest of the population; the second will most likely infuriate the party faithful, but at least has a chance with everyone else.
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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Movie - Three Star Blu-Ray Disc August 2, 2007
Having owned the first release of this movie on DVD, when I heard it was coming out on Blu-Ray I had to pick it up; after all, this was the movie that convinced me to pick up Douglas Adams' spectacular written novels (from Hitchhiker's to Dirk Gently) and give them a read. While watching the movie in 1080i was a pleasure, I was rather disappointed to find that many of the special features found on the original disc - including the absolutely brilliant interface with the interactive improbability drive that occasionally took you to an Easter Egg - were stripped out of the Blu-Ray disc. I could have even dealt with the loss of the interface in exchange for the movie showcase menu that allows you to access features, select scenes, and access the setup while the movie is playing, if only they had provided all the content on the original DVD. I've experienced this now on a couple of Blu-Ray discs and I find it quite upsetting (officially entering rant territory), that despite the capacity for Blu-Ray discs to hold 80% more data than a DVD, and 40% more data than a HD disc, that companies are skimping on features and selling the discs at an inflated price. While Blu-Ray may be the superior format, it's not going to gain in market standing by the release of inferior products.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good September 12, 2005
By Cubist
Thankfully, the film remains quite faithful to the spirit of Adams' book. For example, all of the Guide entries are taken verbatim from it. The massive budget results in a great looking movie that properly captures the scope and scale of the story. There is extensive use of CGI to recreate intergalactic space travel and the planet showroom inside of Magrathea (some of the film's most arresting visuals), but this is mixed with old school, reliable rubber costumes for creatures like the Vogons that gives them a texture that you just can't get with computers. This movie is light years ahead of the clunky BBC version which resembled a bad-looking episode of Dr. Who.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy may not have done well in North America because it lacked recognizable A-list movie stars (but then again, neither did the original Star Wars) with decidedly British sense of humour. Sadly, it failed to connect on a mass audience level despite a significant marketing push. Regardless, it is still an entertaining, big, splashy science fiction movie that manages to preserve the wit of Adams' book. So long now and thanks for all the fish.

"Making of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a fairly standard making of featurette. Not surprisingly, director Garth Jennings said that the key to this movie was in the casting. So, he gathered an eclectic group of actors.

Also included is an "Additional Guide Entry" which faithfully recreates the gag from the book about man proving that God doesn't exist but then it fails to include the book's punchline in which man goes on to prove that black is white and gets killed at the next zebra crossing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the punch lines?!? October 2, 2005
I have loved this story ever since the radio show (which came before the books!) was brought to American airwaves courtesy of NPR Playhouse. I love the books as well and have a special place in my heart for the British TV show. I know the lines backward and forward, inside and out, and the one thought that kept popping up in my mind as I watched this new film was "Where are the punchlines?" Anyone familiar with the now-classic jokes will hear the characters setting up for a punch line--and then stopping before the gag is delivered! As previous reviewers pointed out, the story does not translate well into a concise storyline for film, and so the filmmakers tried to trim down the dialogue and concentrate more on plot. But the one thing that made this story a success to begin with was the hilarious diaolgue exchanged between characters under bizarre circumstances (and these funny lines survived through all previous incarnations: radio, books, & TV, until now). Plot, what there was of it, came second,and could be abandoned anytime Adams came up with a funny new direction to take the characters in. Since they were more interested in making a wacky space film instead of a truly hilarious one, they should have left out what original dialogue they kept (since it doesn't go anywhere here) and written entirely new dialogue that advances the plot more coherently. The new bits made up for this film were clever enough, and I believe even die-hard fans of the franchise will find something to enjoy. I think I liked it more this second time around on DVD than when I first saw it in the theaters. There were even things that I applaud them for. Take the cast for instance. Some actor choices were absolutely inspired, while others were horribly wrong. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great addition to any sci-fi collection
If you haven't seen this movie you should definitely buy it. Really great addition to any sci-fi collection.
Published 4 hours ago by mike tomlinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget your towel
Good adaption of a great sci-Fi comedy.
Many of the jokes assume you know and love the book or they fall flat. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Scott Just
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Great rendition of a fantastic book. I really think they nailed the off kilter comedy and generally surreal experience of Arthur and the fateful day of the interspace bypass.
Published 5 days ago by Duffey Wolvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I only wish you had the other movies in the series.
Published 5 days ago by reba
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull dull tediously dull.
Having read the novel ages ago, it would not be fair to comment on the faithfulness of this movie to that novel. Read more
Published 9 days ago by PatrickJoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Another take on one of my favorite Books/TV shows: Hitchhiker's Guide...
I'm a Douglas Adams fan from way, way back: read all the books in the Hitchhiker's series as well as everything else he wrote, watched the TV show, listened to the radio program. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Texas Butterfly
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Fun for the whole family
Published 15 days ago by Julia Becker
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it
Published 15 days ago by Robert J. LaForest
5.0 out of 5 stars this film sends a message but for the super expessway that is being...
this film sends a message but for the super expessway that is being made earth never gets it in blu the sets just come alive parts feel as if they are in slow motion
Published 19 days ago by tim huxoll
3.0 out of 5 stars Very dry
This book was dry humor. It is fun and creative, but lacks in a good story.
Published 21 days ago by Sarah
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