The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

DVD - 1981
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Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are transported on an odyssey that takes them across the farthest reaches of time, through hyperspace, as they search for the meaning of life. Contains all six episodes of the BBC's television series.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1981.
ISBN: 9780790766089
0790766086
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (190 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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StarGladiator
Apr 17, 2015

This is the original version - - and by far the best - - so if any fans only saw the unfortunate remake, which had really, really lousy casting, I am most sorry to say, please take a viewing of this, with far superior actors. The Arthur Dent character must be cast well, or it is a sleeper. [Met Mr. Adams purely by accident; the taxi he was riding on the way to a radio interview broke down, and I offered him a ride there - - what a wonderful fellow he was!]

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EJSawyer
Dec 04, 2014

This 6-episode BBC TV miniseries is essentially the video version of the first 6 episodes of the radio drama that started it all. The cast is largely the same, and the music and sound effects are nearly identical. If you can look past the early-80s, BBC-budget TV special effects, this is as close to Adams' vision as has ever been produced.

For fans of the radio series, one significant difference between the two versions is that the radio series has a scene involving the rapidly-evolving Haggunenons, whilst the TV version substitutes a scene using the mega-rock band Disaster Area. The reason is that the Haggunenon section was written by Adams' friend John Lloyd, during a period when Adams was overwhelmed by script editor duties to Doctor Who; the Disaster Area replacement was later written by Adams for a stage adaptation, and then incorporated into the novel and TV versions.

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mreek57
May 30, 2013

Much superior and more faithful to Douglas Adams' book than the more recent and much higher budget movie. The newer movie had a good cast, excellent special effects and Disney (ala Touchstone) tamperings all over the film. Marvin SHOULD be depressed after seeing the newer movie.

If you liked the five-volume trilogy of The Hitchhiker's Guide... you should like this. Unless, of course, you don't demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.

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lelton
Apr 13, 2014

Other: Volume I of this DVD seems to skip a lot. I cleaned it well but it still seems to skip.

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