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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)


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  • Actors: Alan J.W. Bell, Martin Benson, Sandra Dickinson, David Dixon, Simon Jones
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: BBC / Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: April 30 2002
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,526 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Greg Slade on Dec 2 2008
Format: DVD
I love science fiction. In fact, I love it so much that I will even watch cheesy, low-budget, so-bad-it's-funny productions like the 1979 version of H.G. Wells' The Shape Of Things To Come. So when, flipping through the channels one fateful day, I came across a British production with shoddy props and laughable effects, I stayed to watch rather than flipping on. As it turns out, it was a PBS marathon of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and in fairly short order, I was laughing myself silly. Instead of something laughably bad, I had discovered something hysterically funny. You see, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a bit of that inspired, lunatic British comedy which many people love, and the rest just don't "get." It's not about the effects, nor about the production values. It's not even about the plot or the acting. What makes me laugh till it hurts is the utter deadpan attitude with which Adams skewers any target careless enough to cross his path:

"The Encyclopaedia Galactica defines a robot as a mechanical apparatus designed to do the work of a man. The marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot as 'Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With'. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy defines the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as 'a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes.'" (p. 73)

There are so many digs, at so many of the insanities of modern life, that it's simply not possible to do justice to the work. It overflows with wit, and even if you only catch one joke in three, you'll be holding your sides.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By StevenJM on Feb. 10 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The video is based on the TV series, which is based on the books and the radio play. The radio play is hilariously satirical and very creative. The TV series was on PBS years ago and pops up every so often. Great story. The characters in the TV series don't quite measure up to the radio play but are good anyway. The story does measure up and the cheesy special effects only add to the fun. It's a Monty Python-esque view of space and travel in general with great commentary on our society and its peculiarities. The Hitchhiker's Guide is all you need to travel the universe and is essential when your planet is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. The Guide is many things: a primer on Vogon poetry, a guide to using the Babel fish, and a calming influence with it's friendly "don't panic" on the cover. The best character in the show may be Marvin the paranoid robot but Arthur Dent, Ford, Trillian and Zaphod are just right for fans of the books and play. The restaurant at the end of the universe is the place to be seen. All this and mice make the world go 'round. Zany and original. A definite find! It really can't be fully explained within the limits of a short review. Now if someone will only put out the radio show on CD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 25 2014
Format: DVD
I usually review books so forgive the lack of detail, but I have the following bullet points...

* This version follows the book very closely. It's more or less what the reader would wish for.
* The extras.... I've perused them but I can't bring myself to care very much. For the person who has read the novels, just assume the second disc doesn't exist.
* Ages ago I had this series on Betamax. Yes, you read that correctly. Betamax, the format that preceded VHS. The digital remastering of this isn't perfect but it's much better than Beta.

In summary, the first disc of this is what I wanted. I'll ignore the second disc with its extras.
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By Gordon Page on Feb. 16 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
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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 Simon Jones as Arthur Dent certainly made you believe in humankind. I am glad i bought this.
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By Mike Sargent on April 7 2013
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Excellent dealings. Item shipped promptly; as described. Recommend dealing with. Excellent dealings. Item shipped promptly; as described. Recommend dealing with.
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By Mark D. on March 5 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
show starts off real great- just like the new movie- just like the book but total lack of budget and just gross costumes really take this show down a notch.

its worth it just to have a look at what they did...then again you tube could probably satisfy just as easily...
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By Big Al TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 6 2013
Format: DVD
This "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2002)" DVD contains the original six-episode TV series first broadcast on BBC in 1981, not to be confused with the 2005 movie remake of the same name. In my opinion, this original TV series is a lot more entertaining than the movie. The special effect is crude by today's CGI standard but the show benefits greatly from the very funny dialogs and interactions among the characters, in addition to the generous amount of voice narration by the renowned comedy actor Peter Jones as The Book, richly illustrated with colorful and funny graphics. The purchase consists of two discs, one for the TV series and the other for special features. It is worth the price.
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