The production values aren't the greatest here, but this adaptation does capture some of the ebullient, hilarious anarchy of Douglas Adams's book. Arthur Dent discovers that his friend, Ford Prefect, isn't human at all but an alien on assignment, writing for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Many of Adams's delicious asides are dropped off here, like the woman who figures out the meaning of life right at the moment that she gets blown up with the rest of the Earth, but it retains what it can. Sure, the book was better, and the realization of Zaphod Beeblebox and Trillian are, well, just different, but it's a great introduction to the series for the uninitiated. --Keith Simanton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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
just as I remembered it after al these years... excellent showPublished 3 months ago by lincolnmkxone
More content that the recent release. Enjoyed 3 hours of Douglas Adams at his best!Published 10 months ago by Lloyd
cheesy and fun, closer to the books than anything else, with a low cost look... What can I say I am a sucker for this original series and looking forward to sharing it with my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Shmeger
I saw this tv series when it played on CBC a long time ago...
It is a good example of the cheezy stuff produced by the BBC.
I usually review books so forgive the lack of detail, but I have the following bullet points...
* This version follows the book very closely. Read more
I first saw this in 1981 and it has only improved with age. Douglas Adams could really make one believe that you had ventured into space with his wonderful turn of phrase and... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2013 by Catherine A. Rawley