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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1 Season

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (326) IMDb 8.1/10

When Earth is destroyed by a Vogon Demolition Fleet to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent (Simon Jones) joins his friend Ford Prefect (David Dixon) on a galactic voyage that takes them from the remains of Earth to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. A mixture of live action and animation, this award-winning BBC adaptation of Douglas Adams's radio play also features Peter Jones as the voice of the guide.

Starring:
Peter Jones, Simon Jones

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1. Episode 1-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Arthur Dents day goes from bad to worse as he learns that his home is about to be demolished to make way for a freeway, and then finds out his home planet is scheduled for destruction to make way for an intergalactic throughway.

TV-14 Runtime: 32 minutes Release date: January 5, 1981

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2. Episode 2-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

After surviving the destruction of Earth, Arthur Dent and Ford Perfect become captives of the alien race responsible for the obliteration. Facing the prospect of being hurled into space unless they tell a little white lie, the duo must make a choice.

TV-14 Runtime: 33 minutes Release date: January 12, 1981

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3. Episode 3-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hurtling through space in the stolen vessel Heart of Gold with Zaphod Beeblebrox and his gal pal Trillian, Arthur finds himself on the most noble and important quest and Englishman can undertake: the search for a proper spot of tea.

TV-14 Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: January 19, 1981

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4. Episode 4-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Deep within the bowels of the planet Magrathea, Arthur learns a startling thing or town about his home planet of Earth and some of its seemingly innocuous furry inhabitants. Later, he's in for another surprise when he attends a reunion dinner party.

TV-14 Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: January 26, 1981

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5. Episode 5-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

After suffering annihilation at the virtual hands of an exploding Magrathean computer, Arthur, Ford, Trillian, and Zaphod are nonplussed to find themselves alive, well, and inside the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

TV-14 Runtime: 32 minutes Release date: February 2, 1981

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6. Episode 6-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Arthur and Co. steal a sleek black spaceship and they think they're home free - until they realize that the vessel is careening toward the heart of the sun as part of a rick concert's epic lightshow finale.

TV-14 Runtime: 33 minutes Release date: February 9, 1981

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Adventure, Comedy
Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones
Supporting actors David Dixon, Sandra Dickinson, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Moore, David Learner, David Tate, Martin Benson, Richard Vernon, Rayner Bourton, Douglas Adams
Network BBC America
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Michael Talley on 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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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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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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"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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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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