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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Actors: Martin Benson, David Dixon
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
NR     2005     3hr 10min

With the galaxy's best-selling tour guide and a good towel, earthling Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect (actually from planet Betelgeuse) are transported, among other places, to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe and bac...  more »


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Actors: Martin Benson, David Dixon
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Space Adventure, Aliens, Television
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/04/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 3hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 6/26/2018...
Douglas Adams taught me how to make a creamed cup of black tea the proper way. I had been making it wrong my entire life up to that point and had no idea. Same thing when I first encountered the Hitchhiker's Guide. Thought I'd been reading great scifi, but alas. Douglas' total output wasn't very prolific. All of it is, however, the best of the best. He would struggle for days and hours in the writing process to condense things down to precise tidbits which hit nails on the head consecutively, and shone with warmth and wit. This series is much better than the movie, and closer to the book. Though not as flashy as the movie, of course.

BTW...the cow (dish of the day) which invites itself to be eaten at the restaurant was played by Peter Davison (the fifth Doctor Who.) Having played a vet on All Creatures Great and Small, it was thought having the actor donned in this capacity might provide more than a little amusement. Davison's then wife plays Trillian in this series too. And their offspring, Georgia Moffett married David Tennant (the tenth Doctor Who.)

There was a sixth book written posthumously by Eoin Colfer titled: "And Another Thing". He emulates Adam's style of humor well, and it is worth perusing. Audio dramas of the books are also available from the Beeb. I've been through a few so far. These might possibly be better than this TV miniseries, and even closer to the books.

Some great quotes from Hitchhiker's Guide:

"Would you like me to stick my head in a bucket of water?"
"Rubbish. We don't want to be happy. We want to be famous."
"A bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes."
"Should we put paper bags over our heads or something?"
"I have a million ideas, they all point to certain death."
"Shee. You guys are so unhip it's a wonder your bums don't fall off."
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
"Mr. President, we're here for your protection." "Oh! Hey! Thanks man! I appreciate it!" "Fire!"
"May I urge you Sir to consider my liver? It must be very rich and tender by now. I have been force feeding myself for months."
"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks donít."

Movie Reviews

As good as it gets
Stephen Desalvo | Los Angeles, CA USA | 02/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
The Original BBC version
A. Deacon | California | 02/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I searched a while to find this original version , it is much more complete than the new movie , and while a low budget style production , the acting and writing are the real deal.
One for the collection if you go for this sort of thing !"
Lindy | Australia | 04/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I watched the whole series on TV and now I can watch it all again. It is just like going back in time saying to myself "don't panic" this DVD is a wonderful nostalgic journey. I am very happy with my purchase and the DVD is crisp in picture and sound and I love the extras section as well."