THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO
THE GALAXY (WIDESCREEN EDITION) (2005)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Widescreen Edition) (2005)
Bill Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Warwick Davis, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel
1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs:
Available Audio Tracks:
English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French, Spanish
Commentary by: Executive producer and Douglas Adams' Colleague Sean
Commentary by: producer and actors
Fake Deleted Scenes (Way, way too-far-out outtakes)
"The Making of The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
Additional Guide Entry
Set-top game: Marvin's Hangman
day the Earth is destroyed by aliens to make way for a new hyperspace
bypass. The only survivor is an ordinary Brit by the name of Arthur Dent,
who ten minutes before the planet gets blown up, discovers that his best
friend is in fact an undercover alien.
armed with only their towels and a multimedia book named the Hitchhikers'
Guide to the Galaxy which has the words Don't Panic written on it in large friendly letters
they hitch an intergalactic ride and embark on a whacky adventure
involving everything from uber-intelligent white
mice to the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.
The story is of course Douglas Adams'
the Hitchhikers' Guide to the
Galaxy. It started off as a radio show on the BBC in the late 1970s and
went on to a huge cult popularity (isn't that an oxymoron?) with Adams'
novelization of the script and the four books that followed.
have overdosed on the whole Hitchhikers'
phenomenon over the decades: you've seen the BBC TV series,
you've read the novelizations, you've listened to the original radio show,
bought the coffee table books, etc; then you'll probably be wondering why
exactly you should go see this big screen Hollywood adaptation. After all,
what's the point of hearing a joke if you already know the punch-line?
Anyway, I'm happy to report that the big screen version of Hitchhikers'
has enough to offer even the most jaded Douglas Adams junkie. It
retells the story with enough creativity and imagination to make one feel
that one is watching something unique and fresh.
The designs -
spaceships to the Gerald Scarfe-inspired aliens -
are all done quite
interestingly and clever. Also, some of the storytelling angles are quite
novel. The movie also structures Adams'
tale better by trying to enforce a
plot onto the proceedings (to be honest the novelizations have always felt
like a clothesline onto which Adams can peg his jokes and one-liners). It
also takes a few subplot detours not found in any of the novels too.
attempts to freshen up the plot aren't always successful (some subplots
are never resolved -
I suppose one has to wait for the sequels then), but
for the die-hard Hitchhikers' fan there
is enough going on to warrant checking it out. Besides, that theme song
("So long and thanks for all the fish") is just a hoot!
THE DISC: In the comic spirit of the original source material, the
disc has some cute extra features - some simply weird and others quite
fun, like the "fake"
deleted scenes which restores some of Adams'
WORTH IT? For the Hitchhikers'
newbie, the movie might
not be the ideal place to start. If you're new to the whole cult
phenomenon, then reading the novels beforehand would be preferable. For
the newcomer the movie would probably be too bewildering. The movie's
comic mistiming also blows some of the better one-liners while some of
more controversial stuff (usually of a religious nature) is simply
RECOMMENDATION: A good
attempt at adapting the novels to the full-length movie format. Fans
should check it out.