TV SERIES HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY @ AMAZON £5.78
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TV SERIES HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY @ AMAZON £5.78

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Found 1st Jan 2009Made hot 1st Jan 2009
On the DVD: A suitably eclectic not to say eccentric collection of extra features makes this a wholly satisfying two-disc set, neatly packaged in a fold-out slipcase. 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 20-minute section entitled "Don't Panic!". A fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at filming as the clock runs out 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 Tomorrow's World and Peter Jones's witty and shambolic introduction to the first episode, plus more besides. The series itself is presented in standard 4:3 ratio and Dolby stereo.

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Now there is a due who know's where his towel is.. good spot! This is a good price for a classic series. Hot from me..

Slartibartfast. :-D

If you thought about buying the movie...don't.

Get this instead! H & R

v2drinkers;7389249

[SIZE=5]42[/SIZE] times better than the rubbish film


Marginally better maybe, but the series was pretty rubbish, too. Plus the effects are a lot cheaper...


but the radio show was [SIZE=7]42 [/SIZE]times better than this … but the radio show was [SIZE=7]42 [/SIZE]times better than this :whistling:


Absolutely. If the DVD had the original radio series as a feature, it would be a great buy.

Having spent most of my life avoiding books I have just read the Hitchhikers guide and have started the Restuarant at the end of the universe. Im really enjoying the characters bizarre adventure - could I benefit from watching the TV series or should I leave it with the books? Years ago I was leant the audio version on 1x vinyl (not the complete series) and laughed my azz off which is what triggered me to finally read the books.

I watched the film and hated it - took my Father for a birthday treat when it was in the cinema and he was raging with how poorly done the film was.

I bought this years ago at about three times the price but at this price it's a total bargain.

daBluone;7391067

Having spent most of my life avoiding books I have just read the … Having spent most of my life avoiding books I have just read the Hitchhikers guide and have started the Restuarant at the end of the universe. Im really enjoying the characters bizarre adventure - could I benefit from watching the TV series.



I say yes. Bear in mind though that just as the books differ from the radio series, the TV series differs from the books. The TV series is a sort of amalgamation of the story from the first two books. There are some very good extras on these DVDs too.

I thought the film was OK but I think the TV series is better in that I find it rather more in keeping with the general style of the books and radio series. Yes a lot of the production does look a bit cheap. That's inevitable though given it was made in 1981 with a minimal budget. The animated guide segments look really good though and I much prefer them to the ones in the film which look like they were done with Flash. Also in the TV series they did go to the effort of giving Zaphod two heads. Yes it's very obviously not a real head but it does move by itself and even gets a few lines. The way they handled the two heads thing in the film was a very lame cheat.

Yes but the movie has Zooey Deschanel in it! Mmmmm......
This is a great buy for the TV version though - take you back to the old days.

biglugs1;7391819

Yes but the movie has Zooey Deschanel in it! Mmmmm......This is a great … Yes but the movie has Zooey Deschanel in it! Mmmmm......This is a great buy for the TV version though - take you back to the old days.



Agreed, Trillion is a lot hotter in the film than in the TV series.

This is definitely worth buying at this price, but it doesn't even compare to the radio series or the books.

Very good price for a good boxset. I also prefer the books, (but do tend to visualise the cast of the TV series in the situations presented through the books). As many others have mentioned, this is many many times better than the awful film.

On a related note - have any of you hoopy froods read the 6th Hitchhikers book by Eoin Colfer (or something like that)? If so, is it any good and is it written in the style of Douglas Adams?

The show had great performances by the people who played the parts in the radio show and the feller who played Ford, who i don't think played the radio version, but was let down by BBC cheapness in the effects department.
Bought the vids at a second hand shop for a couple of quid.

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Why is this so much better than the movie? Because the movie was edited by somebody with no sense of humour. This scene from the book:

"Mr. Prosser said, "You were quite entitled to make any suggestions or protests at the appropriate time, you know."
"Appropriate time?" hooted Arthur. "Appropriate time? The first I knew about it was when a workman arrived at my home yesterday. I asked him if he'd come to clean the windows and he said no, he'd come to demolish the house. He didn't tell me straight away of course. Oh no. First he wiped a couple of windows and charged me a fiver. Then he told me."
"But Mr. Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."
"Oh yes, well, as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."
"But the plans were on display..."
"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."
"That's the display department."
"With a flashlight."
"Ah, well, the lights had probably gone."
"So had the stairs."
"But look, you found the notice, didn't you?"
"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display on the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.'"

Which is pretty much identical in the radio n TV series became:

Mr Prosser: But the plans were on display...
Arthur Dent: On display? I had to go down to the basement to find them.

funnily enough, nobody in the cinema laughed at that hilarious line!
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