The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Douglas Adams' oft-adapted tale of an normal guy making his way through the universe it's already been presented as a novel, a radio serial, a television series, and a comic book finally makes its way to the big screen in this endearingly goofy sci-fi comedy. Arthur Dent Martin Freeman is a very ordinary man who is having a truly unusual day -- after discovering that one of his best friends, Ford Prefect Mos Def, is actually an alien, Ford tells him that the planet Earth is going to be destroyed so that ...
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Overview

Douglas Adams' oft-adapted tale of an normal guy making his way through the universe it's already been presented as a novel, a radio serial, a television series, and a comic book finally makes its way to the big screen in this endearingly goofy sci-fi comedy. Arthur Dent Martin Freeman is a very ordinary man who is having a truly unusual day -- after discovering that one of his best friends, Ford Prefect Mos Def, is actually an alien, Ford tells him that the planet Earth is going to be destroyed so that otherworldly forces can make room for construction of a hyperspace bypass. Since Arthur accidentally saved Ford's life years ago, Ford does him a favor -- he first gets him a ride on a spaceship passing by, and then presents him with a guidebook that will tell a beginner everything he needs to know as he hitchhikes through outer space. Along the way, Arthur encounters such interstellar notables as sleazy Galaxy president Zaphod Beebelbrox Sam Rockwell, the girl of his dreams Tricia McMillan Zooey Deschanel, perpetually glum robot Marvin voice of Alan Rickman, interplanetary construction magnate Slartibartfast Bill Nighy, and cult leader Humma Kavula John Malkovich. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was the first feature film for Garth Jennings, previously best known for his work in television commercials and music videos; he was recommended to the producers by director Spike Jonze after Jonze had to turn down an offer to head up the project.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with executive producer Robbie Stamp and Douglas Adams' colleague Sean Solle; Audio commentary with director Garth Jennings, producer Nich Goldsmith and actors Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy; Deleted scenes; Really deleted scenes; Additional Guide Entry: The Man and the Fish; Movie Showcase; Instant access to select movie scenes that showcase the ultimate in high definition picture and sound; Seamless menus
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy began in 1978 as a BBC radio serial, which then spawned a bestselling book, a television series, more books, and even a text-based computer game. So it was inevitable that it would be made into a film: It just took a little longer than expected. The delay, in part, arose from the sizable problem of making a film that would appeal to both the book's devoted legions and newcomers to the Adams universe. Working from the last draft of the screenplay completed by Adams, who died in 2001, director Garth Jennings one half of the music video team Hammer & Tongs gives us a big-screen Guide that is about as good as you could expect from squashing a sprawling, meandering book into a 1-hour, 45-minute movie. The story remains the same: Arthur Dent The Office's Martin Freeman escapes from Earth mere seconds before it is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. This is thanks to Arthur's best friend, Ford Mos Def. Ford, it turns out, is actually an alien who had been on Earth researching the latest edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. From there, Arthur meets Zaphod Beeblebrox Sam Rockwell, his girlfriend, Trillian Zooey Deschanel, and depressed robot Marvin voiced by Alan Rickman -- and learns of his and Earth's role in discovering the ultimate answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. The casting is spot on, especially Rickman, Stephen Fry as the voice of the Guide, and an underused Bill Nighy as planetary designer Slartibartfast. Jennings attempts to retain Adams's spirit and humor, but some of the book's funniest sections were often lengthy asides, digressions, and footnotes; many of these have been excised to add such unnecessary elements as an Arthur-Trillian romance and a subplot involving John Malkovich as a cult leader. Yet when taken on its own terms -- which may be impossible for fans -- this Guide is still light-years smarter than your average interstellar screwball comedy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • UPC: 786936725360
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 3,796

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Freeman Arthur Dent
Mos Def Ford Prefect
Sam Rockwell Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zooey Deschanel Tricia McMillan/Trillian
Warwick Davis Marvin
Alan Rickman Voice Only
John Malkovich Humma Kavula
Bill Nighy Slartibartfast
Thomas Lennon Eddie the Computer
Helen Mirren Voice Only
Anna Chancellor Questular
Bill Bailey Voice Only
Jerome Blake Vogon Soldier
Milo Bodrozic Vogon Soldier
Martine Dawson Vogon Soldier
Sumner Locke Elliott Pub Customer
Dan Ellis Vogon Soldier
Stephen Fry Voice Only
Richard Griffiths Voice Only
Steve Grindle Vogon Soldier
Art Hewitt Vogon Soldier
Simon Hibbs Vogon Soldier
Rob Horseman Vogon Soldier
Dominique Jackson Fook
Simon Jones Ghostly Image
League of Gentlemen Voice Only
Mike Lewis Vogon Soldier
Mark Longhurst Bulldozer Driver
Kelly MacDonald Reporter
Ian McNeice Voice Only
Paul Nathaniel Vogon Soldier
Steve Pemberton Prosser
Tim Perrin Vogon Soldier
Jessie Riley Vogon Soldier
Jack Stanley Lunkwill
Tucker Stevens Vogon Soldier
Ashley Stuart Vogon Soldier
Ben Uttley Vogon Soldier
Patrick Walker Vogon Soldier
Spencer Wilding Vogon Soldier
Mak Wilson Voice Only
William Wollen Vogon Soldier
Albie Woodington Barman
Christopher Austin Conductor
R'SVP Voices Singer
Technical Credits
Garth Jennings Director
Douglas Adams Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Todd Arnow Co-producer
Terry Bamber Asst. Director
Gary Barber Producer
Gideon Baws Animator
Andy Bennett Stunts
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Richard Bradshaw Stunts
Roger Brinbaum Producer
Alan Cassie Art Director
Cinesite Special Effects
Joel Collins Production Designer
Pete Coogan Executive Producer
Mike Cooper Stunts
Ray De Haan Stunts
Kelly Dent Stunts
Paul Dunn Special Effects Supervisor
Erik Ellefsen Animator
Derek Evans Executive Producer
Susie Figgis Casting
Simon Finney Camera Operator
Neil Finnighan Stunts
Glenn Foster Stunts
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Nick Goldsmith Producer
Paul Gooch Makeup
Steve Griffin Stunts
Jason Groves Animator
Chris Harding Animator
Paul Heasman Stunts
Caroline Hewitt Co-producer
Mark Holding Sound Mixer
Myf Hopkins Producer
Niven Howie Editor
Igor Jadue-Lillo Cinematographer
Richard Kenworthy Animator
Karey Kirkpatrick Screenwriter
Robin Knapp Sound/Sound Designer
Derek Lea Stunts
Tracy Lenon Producer
Samantha Martin Stunts
Daniel May Art Director
Jamie Mccarter Animator
Sharon Mccormack Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Munro Sound Mixer
Grant Nicholson Stunts
Shaun O'Dell Cinematographer
David O'Reilly Animator
Dan Pettipher Production Manager
Nikita Rae Makeup
Natalie Reid Makeup
Jay Roach Producer
Seon Rogers Stunts
Marcia Ross Casting
Rebekah Rudd Co-producer
Sammy Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Sheward Stunts
Phil Sims Art Director
Alastair Sirkett Sound/Sound Designer
Karne Smithson Stunts
Special Effects (GB) Ltd. Special Effects
Robbie Stamp Executive Producer
Joby Talbot Score Composer
Andrew Thomson Art Director
Courtney Vanderslice-Law Executive Producer
Timothy West Stunts
Richard Whelan Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
1. Opening Titles
2. The Bypass
3. The Confession
4. "People of Earth..."
5. The Guide Book
6. Vogon Poetry
7. The Heart of Gold
8. Zaphod Beeblebrox
9. A Message to the President
10. The Ultimate Answer
11. Infinite Improbability Drive
12. Humma Kavula
13. Saving the President
14. "Don't Think"
15. Trillian's Rescue
16. Love & Kisses Zaphod
17. Magrathea
18. A Sperm Whale
19. My Name Is Slartibartfast
20. The Ultimate Question
21. The POV Gun
22. "Welcome Home Arthur!"
23. "I Feel So Depressed"
24. End Titles
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
   Features
      Original DVD Commentaries
         Feature Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Robbie Stamp and Douglas Adams' Colleague Sean Solle: On
         Feature Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Robbie Stamp and Douglas Adams' Colleague Sean Solle: Off
         Feature Audio Commentary With Director Garth Jennings, Producer Nick Goldsmith and Actors Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy: On
         Feature Audio Commentary With Director Garth Jennings, Producer Nick Goldsmith and Actors Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy: Off
      Movie Showcase
         Play All
         Scene 1
         Scene 2
         Scene 3
         About Movie Showcase
      Original DVD Features: Deleted Scenes
         Earth: Mostly Harmless
         "We're Going to Win"
         Impossible Forces
      Original DVD Features: Really Deleted Scenes
         Do Panic!
         Arthur Escapes
      Original DVD Features: Additional Guide Entry - The Man and the Fish
   Scene Selections
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 Uncompressed
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         French 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         French
         Spanish
         None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This one is a bit odd, but worth the viewing!

    Three cheers to the producers of "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy"! I have been thinking about getting this for several years and finally broke down and picked it up on BlueRay disk (with a discount). My happy surprise was that this film was more then enjoyable, overall.

    Now I'm a bit pickey generally, and my taste in films can be somewhat unforgiving to the general public, but overall, I was happily surprised by the pick. While this film "isn't" for everyone, with my somewhat off the wall taste and a bit contrived sense of humor, this was a perfect pick for me! If you "enjoy" what is often an off the wall kind of film, "this one surely is that", than you might just enjoy this film as I did. If not, then skip by this film entirely.

    The plot can often be confusing, the script a tad unusual, but the visuals most illuminating overall... all in all a somewhat confusing and mixed up piece of cineama but with solid heart!

    Not so simply stated, but finally done!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not really what I was hoping for...

    As a diehard Hitchhikers fan, this movie was a combination of great pleasure and great disappointment for me. I loved Alan Rickman as Marvin. In fact I loved pretty much everything that was from the books. However most of the things original to this script, I could have done without. Although I understand why they did Zaphod's heads they way they did, I didn't like it; and the sub-plot with the cult was completely useless. The POV gun was almost great, as were the idea thwackers. Hitchhikers - especially the first story - is like a comic book universe. There have been 9+ versions of the first story (if you include different audio readings of the book) and this is just the most recent of them, and all of them are valid. Great moments for me included the first time we hear the old theme music, the old Marvin robot, and Simon Jones as the shadowy figure. Bad moments included the ending, which rather defied the point of the whole series and Arthur and Trillian's romance. On the other hand, the creature work was amazing. The Vogons were spectacular. Unfortunatly, the movie as a whole felt... unBritish. Not what I hoped for.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ...must read the book to understand

    I read the book back in the 80s and I feel that the movie was 100% hilarious!! Its hard to understand the humour if you did not enjoy any of Douglas Adam's creations, but it is very hard to squeeze an entire book into 90 minutes, ya' know?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    The Movie managed to stay true to the books, but add another level of humor to the series, lets hope they do "the restraunt at the end of the universe" too

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun Film for Thinkers

    This is a great film that is fun to see many times over. After the intial shock of the first viewing, you get to understand how much this film messes with your head. Everyone I know has a favorite part, my mine is the short dance when friends met up. Very well done sci fi classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mostly Horrible

    This movie is just bad. I know Douglas Adams had a hand in this movie but perhaps someone should have had him re-read the books first. I know no movie can accurately recreate a book, but I was hopeful with this one. If you have never read the books and you did enjoy this movie, read the books and you'll understand. If you're in the market for a Hitchhikers movie get the BBC version, which is actually pretty good. The dated, cheesy special effects of the BBC version actually work well with the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love it!!

    HitchHiker's was a great movie to see with my friends. It was superbly funny, delightfully strange, and stayed true to the book. I really hope they do the rest of the series, because, it truly, would rock my world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What was this?

    I never read the books, but I tried to watch this movie. The key word here is 'tried'. After 35 minutes I decided I've had enough and yanked it out of my DVD player. The humor was just not stuff I found funny at all. Sorry.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jules, the delighted HHGG fan

    This film greatly exceded my expectations. Douglas Adams' fingerprints are all over this movie and it's clear that the actors and production staff remained faithful to his intentions. Like the Hitchhiker's saga in the various other media, there are some plot twists and detours. But faithful froods know that Douglas liked to tweak the storyline when he thought of a better bit. The true essence of HHGG is here on film at last. There are plenty of references and inside jokes for long-time series fans, along with subtle tributes to Douglas as well. The casting was superb, and Alan Rickman was perfect as the voice of Marvin. And the opening theme song is a hoot! I liked it so much, I left the theater and headed straight to the nearest store to buy the soundtrack CD. And now I"m counting the days until I can buy the DVD. This movie is fun for HHGG devotees and newbies alike. It's smart, offbeat and fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    the book was wonderful. This isn,t the book . If like the bo





    the book was wonderful. This isn,t the book . If like the book you will not like th

    Go watch BBC TV version

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Comedy, romance, drama and everything

    This is one of the zaniest movies I know of but I loved it. I admit I haven't read anything by Douglas Adams, but I've seen the 6-episode British TV series from the 1980s and I thought that was God-awful (who is this God character anyway?). Sam Rockwell was PURE GOLD as Zaphod - his one-liners and physical comedy were exceptional in every scene. The "factory floor" scene near the end - along with the images of the guy filling in the ocean, the guy painting Ayers Rock, and the rising Himalayas - all breathtaking stuff, and of course even more amazing when given the Blu-ray treatment. First-rate sci-fi!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun

    I know the long-awaited feature film version of Douglas Adams` eternal Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy has received a lot of criticism (as well as praise) and I can sort of see why. After the first watch, I felt slightly disappointed and not at all impressed. I am a fan of all the books of the late author, and my expectations were set high. I knew that Douglas Adams himself participated in writing the script before his premature death, and that a lot of additions to the movie (that were new elements as compared to the book) were his ideas, and I could feel that the makers tried to stay true to his legacy - still, at first, I was divided on whether I liked it or not. So when it came out on dvd, I watched it again. And again. And again...And the more times I saw it, the more I liked it - it grew on me, and I found it funnier each time.
    There are so many hidden gems in this version, slight hints at the book and the legacy of Adams that can be lost if you don`t know the books or don`t watch carefully.
    Another thing that has lifted this movie above expectations was the performances - they were all great. I was sort of divided on Mos Def first, but upon rethinking, he was a good choice. I heard that Zaphod Beeblebrox was originally to be played by Robert Downey Jr. and not Sam Rockwell,who was good, and crazy and I like him as an actor, but if I had to pick between the two, I would have gone for Downey in a heartbeat - especially in light of his recent perfomances, such as Sherlock Holmes or Tony Stark. I think he would have taken the whole thing to another level. But that`s just me, and speculation, so whatever.
    I do understand why some people are disappointed, I really do. Watch it and decide it for yourself whether you like it or not.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The book is much better than the movie.

    I read The Hitchhiker's Giude to the Galaxy, loved it, and will read the rest of the Universe series soon. I laughed out loud several times and enjoyed it so much that I decided to purchase this movie to see how it compared. Well, the book is always better, isn't it? Seriously, the movie was a huge disappointment compared to the book. The movie plot contained obvious deviations, which is inevitable I guess, but it also lacked much of the book's humor. The moviemakers tried, but ultimately failed to capture Adams's sense of humor, especially when comparing the entries and definitions from the Guide to the Encyclopedia Galactica. The book's silliness was incredibly hilarious and entertaining, but the movie's silliness was just plain silly and, frankly, a little stupid. My advice: buy the book and read it--you won't be disappointed. The movie isn't horrible (perhaps a little cheesy), but it isn't good either and it just doesn't compare to the book.

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