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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981) [Import]
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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
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"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.Read more ›
I ejected the disk, put it away and vented my frustration in a nasty review here. Someone read the review and clued me in via their own review to the fact that unless you have a stereo DVD player and TV, you will miss the narration unless you first select MONO in the setup. I did so, and Peter Jones' melodic voice came through just as I had heard it in the radio series in my dorm room twenty-something years ago.
The audio default is stereo, which I think was an unfortunate decision on someone's part. One would normally conclude that if there is any audible audio, then the setup would be correct. Not so in the case of this otherwise excellent DVD! Undoubtedly many people have missed that, like I did.
The DVD restores all footage cut after the initial BBC transmission and even gives us a scene that was never transmitted, at the beginning of episode 6. Episode 2 runs about 34 and a half minutes & Episode 6 runs nearly 36 minutes. The other episodes run about 32 minutes, which, to my recollection, is longer than any US broadcast that I've seen. ... No commentary, but the production notes, which can be turned on by using your 'subtitle' button or selecting the option from the 'setup', are very informative. They point out many facts that even a hardcore fan, like myself, might be unaware of.
... For the most part, the new stereo audio option is fine, with some nice stereo effects. The narration was poorly handled, though. Rather than hearing it in both channels, it is in the left channel with the guide entries, and in the right channel during regular narration. If you find that the narration is 'missing' in some scenes, press your audio button once or access the setup menu from the main menu and select 'mono'. This will restore the sound to the original mono soundtrack, which I personally prefer.
The extras on disc 2 are stellar.Read more ›
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Ok, so the pace is off a bit compared to newer productions. Still, a great way to get the hitch hikers guide experience without having to read it every timePublished 2 months ago by George Pedersen
Excellent series with lots of extras for the hard-core fans. I had read a review that cautioned that the voice-over narration that accompanies the animated bits are only audible... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Halmanator
What's not to like about English humor. I loved watching this from front to back.Published 5 months ago by Lyle Brant
digital transfer looks great. loaded with bonus content that is suitably playful.Published 6 months ago by Darryl Dozlaw
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