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  • Actors: Anna Chancellor, Warwick Davis, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Su Elliot
  • Directors: Garth Jennings
  • Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Nick Goldsmith, Jay Roach
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR8SQO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,376 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sci-fi adventure based on the novel by Douglas Adams. Earthman Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is having a very bad day. His house is about to be bulldozed, he discovers that his best friend is an alien and to top things off, Planet Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Arthur's only chance of survival is to hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft. For the novice space traveller, the greatest adventure in the universe begins when the world ends. Arthur sets out on a journey in which he finds that nothing is as it seems. He learns that a towel is the most useful thing in the universe, finds the meaning of life, and discovers that everything he needs to know can be found in one book: 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.

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After twenty years stuck in development (a mere blink compared to how long it takes to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has finally been turned into a movie. Following the radio play, TV series, commemorative towel, and books, this latest installment in the sci-fi-comedy franchise is based on the screenplay and detailed notes by Douglas Adams. For those unfamiliar with the story, everyman Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) wakes up one morning to discover that his house is set to be demolished to make room for a bypass. Little does he know the entire planet Earth is also set to be destroyed for an interplanetary bypass by the Vogons, a hideous and bureaucratic race of aliens realised in the film by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Whisked off the planet by his best friend, alien-in-disguise Ford Prefect (Mos Def), Dent embarks on a jaunt across the galaxy accompanied by his trusty "Hitchhiker's Guide", which looks like a really fancy PDA. The guide itself provides some of the funniest bits of the movie, little animated shorts that explain the ludicrous life forms and extraterrestrial phenomena our heroes encounter. Along the way Arthur meets the two-headed party animal/president of the galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell) and develops an unrequited crush on fellow earthling Trillian (Zooey Deschanel). The creatures and sets are inspired and answer to the sci-fi fan's primal need to see lots and lots of cool stuff. Where the story stumbles is in the telling--as books, The Hitchhiker's Guide... was foremost about goofy and brilliant ideas that raised questions about our place in the universe while getting a laugh. The movie has enough trouble figuring out how to get the characters from one fantastical location to the next that Adams' funniest concepts often feel left in the dust. While the reverence the filmmakers felt toward Adams' legacy is apparent, one wonders what we could have expected had the creator of this science fiction universe lived to see it with his own eyes. --Ryan Boudinot, Amazon.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
The film of the books of the stage show of the TV series of the radio show of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of those spin-offs that isn't as horribly disappointing as you expect it to be without actually ever being much good at all. The changes to Douglas Adams' admittedly constantly evolving and mutating storyline are not so much the problem, although the absence of Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the B-Ark and, most importantly, the ultimate question to the ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is keenly felt. Even the fact that the script often loses the punchlines to the jokes in its efforts to bring the plot down to a manageable length doesn't deliver the coup de grace. Rather it's the casting that's such a problem, with Martin Freeman a particularly inadequate Arthur Dent (yes, Dent is an inadequate character, but that's no reason to cast an inadequate actor who seems even more lost on the big screen than the small), Mos Def a mumbling and uncharismatic Ford Prefect (thankfully the DVD comes with subtitles) who seems oblivious to the notion of comic timing, Sam Rockwell gives another of his trying-too-hard-to-be-funny performances as Zephod Beeblebrox and Bill Nighy is comprehensively underwhelming as Slartibartfast. Even the seemingly ideal casting of Alan Rickman as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android falls flat, but then, ironically for something that started its life on radio, none of the vocal delivery in the film is particularly good.Read more ›
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lilli de la Field on 8 July 2009
Format: DVD
To be honest, I quite liked this daft film, although I was a tad disappointed, because it bore so little resemblance to either the original books or the BBC version. Be that as it may, to one whom has not yet discovered the story of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in any of its earlier forms, this film does stand up on its own...if a little shakily.

Trillian is a rather more believable character than the one played by Sandra Dickinson in the tv series, and I do feel the acting standard in this is a good deal higher, as are, naturally, the production values.

Although the story this film tells is a hundred miles away from the original, it does tell a darn good tale all of its own, and gives us a decisive, deliberate, rather Hollywood-ish good ending which some people may well prefer.

Overall? Not bad. Not bad at all.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Hal on 15 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
We are walking on hallowed ground so I must explain that I grew up with and enjoyed the BBC Series of this and still have it on VHS. I was bought the books last christmas and will no doubt enjoy them too. Now here's the bit I'm going to pay for, I now own the DVD of this remake and would recommend it to anyone looking for something "different" as one of the other reviewers called it.

Make the most of this film because it is one of the few times when very British daft-yet-inventive humour is combined with better acting and the beautiful big budget effects of Hollywood. God only knows what the rest of the world thought of this.

The fans who regard the books / TV series as the only valid version strike me as the kind of people who glue lego together. The creator Douglas Adams clearly likes to make different models with his. It doesn't make him a bad man. And given that he wrote some genius books, I think he did pretty well with the film too.

So for the rest of the population who are not (yet) Douglas Adams puritans, I would describe the film as sort of between Red Dwarf and Monty Python. Pin-ball rather than chewing gum for the brain. Give it a try, it's a very enjoyable film. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm due to be stoned to death as a heretic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brawny Withed on 23 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
This film adaptation of Douglas Adams series of books; The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a strange one. On the one hand you have a very wacky and surreal science fiction plot in addition to an interesting and talented cast.

The issue the film has for me is that the filmmakers obviously felt they had to Americanize a lot of the story and character interactions in order for it to appeal to a wider audience. What you are left with is a film that has a wasted cast and no real sense of what it's trying to achieve.

I would warn fan's of the TV series or the Books to avoid this film, but if you just want to watch an average, quirky, science fiction film you could do a lot worse than The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ds VINE VOICE on 2 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy was Douglas Adams' epitaph, his best known (but not necessarily his best) work. Anyone interested in this film will probably know about the multifarious versions that have littered countless media and about the almost eternal gestation of the movie of the book of the towel.

It's not bad.

But it's not great either, which given the material, is a bit of a puzzle. And a disappointment.

Firstly, what's good about the film? Well, how it looks, for a start. The visual design is beautiful. Watchers of the rather more ramshackle original TV series will marvel at the care with which visuals and audio have been created. There are lots of loving little nods to previous incarnations of the story everywhere, including lovely little cameos by Simon Jones and the original Marvin, which is nice for a fan to watch. Clearly Stephen Fry is a good choice for the book, on so many levels. The book graphics are also vey well done and support Fry's vocals beautifully.

And, actually, the cast are mostly rather good too. Sam Rockwell did chew scenery rather playing everyone's favourite larcenous Galactic Prez but it's quite hard to play the big Z any other way. And of course, at the centre, Martin Freeman. He manages to pull off a mix of rather weary resignation and utter befuddlement beautifully.

The first time I watched this film I really didn't like Mos Def's take on ford Prefect. However, after multiple watches I'm much more impressed. For those of us used to Susan Sheridan's original Trillian in the radio series, Zooey Deschanel takes a bit of getting used to.
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