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A good bit of fun,
This review is from: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (2 Disc Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
For obvious reasons, there was mixed opinions when this movie was released in cinemas. Purists were in limbo, it wasn't loyal to the book, but it was there, on the big screen, do they moan or whoop for joy?
People who have not read the book (or books) may have found it a tad confusing at some points and the general consensus from critical reviews was, okay, it's a bit of a laugh, next week... I liked this movie. I had only read the book the previous week and so every joke that Douglas Adams had written was imbedded in my memory, and so when the joke came up in the movie, I could relate it back to the book and laugh.†
At home, however, it isn't the same story, yes this is still a funny movie which certainly captures the heart of Adams, but there is something wrong. And although the screenplay was written by Adams before he died, there was something, missing. The movie didn't capture the soul of Adams.
Fan boys did have something to complain about to, the presidents 'concealed' second head, for example, they weren't very pleased about that. And the romance part of the movie which the book totally lacked was strange and confusing to the hitchhiker nerds that were 29 and still lived with their parents. "What is this love, you speak of?" they asked with mild curiosity.
The casting of this movie had fan boys fuming too, international stars including Sam Rockwell (Matchstick Men) as the president Zaphod. The movie was received well in the U.S., well, as well as can be expected. It did well in general for a very good reason, the look.
Director Garth Jennings managed to create a visual masterpiece and approached this project with affection that is evident in the final print.
Have you ever been prouder to be British? Well you will now, we here in the UK get an exclusive second disk, leaving the guys across the pond without.
The second disk only contains one documentary, but DON'T PANIC!! (had to get that in), it is a good hour long making of documentary. This, along with the features on disk one make for a good set. Disk one contains deleted scenes, really deleted scenes, a rather amusing hangman like game with Marvin. But what is most important is the two commentaries, one technical and focused on the production of the film, and one just a bit of fun. There is also an additional guide entry.