The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Original Title: The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
Country of Origin:  United Kingdom
Production year: 1981
Director:
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 5-014503-109226
Running time: 3:20 (200 Min.)
Casetype: Digipak, Slip Cover
Format: PAL, Color, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: January 28, 2002
Collection type: Owned (#152)
Status: Available
Purchase date: July 23, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 0 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
Overview
It is the most remarkable, certainly the most successful, book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor. More popular than the Celestial Home Care Omnibus, better selling than Fifty Three Things to Do in Zero Gravity, and more controversial than Oolon Colluphid's trilogy of philosophical blockbusters - Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes and Who is this God Person Anyway? So that whingeing Earthling Arthur Dent should be very grateful he had a copy!

For after Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent is let loose in the furthest recesses of the Galaxy armed only with the aforementioned mysterious but indispensable Guide. Follow Dent's cosmic adventures as he is joined by his pretty weird companions: Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ford Prefect, Trillian-the-Astrophysicist-he-met-at-a-party-in-Islington and Marvin the maniacally depressed Android. You never know, they may even find the answer to Life, The Universe and Everything!
DVD Covers
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Misc.
 • Profile Contributors
 • Invelos Profile Links
 • US IMDb
 • Wikipedia
Genres
Comedy
Science-Fiction
Television
Studios
Production Studios:
 • BBC
Media Companies:
 • BBC Worldwide
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital Mono
English  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles
English
Trivia
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Episodes 1-6
2Bonus Materials
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Deleted Scenes
 • Outtakes/Bloopers
 • Gallery
 • Peter Jones Introduction, Trivia Track
Easter Eggs
Destruction of the Earth / Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters

On the main menu of disc one, select 'set-up' and press the LEFT button on your remote control. This will bring up a key pad. Key in the time the earth was destroyed: 1146. You will then be treated to the complete destruction of the earth sequence and an ad for Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters.

Full Version of the Opening Titles

On the first menu screen of disc two ('Inner Planets'), highlight 'communicate', and press the LEFT button on your remote control. This will bring up a hidden planet (Earth). Press ENTER for a full version of the opening credits (with the tunnel through the O lifted right out of the 'Dr. Who' credit sequence).

Heart of Gold Display Screens

On the second menu screen of disc two ('Outer Planets'), turn on the subtitles. Then select 'inner planets' and press the LEFT button on your remote control. The words 'Don't Panic' will appear. Pressing ENTER plays all the computer readouts for the Heart of Gold display screens.

Start-up

Select the Play All option (or allow the menu screen to play through without interruption for 2 minutes so Episode One will automatically start playing). Sometimes when you do this a different, "warped" version of the opening sequence of Episode One will play, which will then be replaced by a message telling you that your DVD player has been taken over by the Infinite Improbability Drive... things return to normal after a short delay.
Note that this feature is RANDOM so that it will not happen every time you put the disc in and, also, does not work on some players that do not implement the randomisation standard properly.
Crew
 Episode 1
Writing
Douglas Adams....Writer
Production
Alan J W Bell....Producer
Film Editing
Ian Williams....Film Editor
Mike Robotham....Film Editor
Music
Bernie Leadon....Theme By
Paddy Kingsland....Composer
Sound
Michael McCarthy....Sound
Art
Dee Robson....Costume Designer
Joan Stribling....Make-up Artist
Jim Francis....Visual Effects
Andrew Howe-Davies....Production Designer
 Episode 2
Writing
Douglas Adams....Writer
Production
Alan J W Bell....Producer
Film Editing
Ian Williams....Film Editor
Glenn Hyde....Film Editor
Music
Bernie Leadon....Theme By
Paddy Kingsland....Composer
Sound
Michael McCarthy....Sound
Art
Dee Robson....Costume Designer
Joan Stribling....Make-up Artist
Jim Francis....Visual Effects
Andrew Howe-Davies....Production Designer
 Episode 3
Writing
Douglas Adams....Writer
Production
Alan J W Bell....Producer
Film Editing
Ian Williams....Film Editor
Glenn Hyde....Film Editor
Music
Bernie Leadon....Theme By
Paddy Kingsland....Composer
Sound
Michael McCarthy....Sound
Art
Dee Robson....Costume Designer
Joan Stribling....Make-up Artist
Jim Francis....Visual Effects
Andrew Howe-Davies....Production Designer
 Episode 4
Writing
Douglas Adams....Writer
Production
Alan J W Bell....Producer
Film Editing
Ian Williams....Film Editor
Glenn Hyde....Film Editor
Music
Bernie Leadon....Theme By
Paddy Kingsland....Composer
Sound
Michael McCarthy....Sound
Art
Dee Robson....Costume Designer
Joan Stribling....Make-up Artist
Jim Francis....Visual Effects
Andrew Howe-Davies....Production Designer
Tom Yardley-Jones....Production Designer
 Episode 5
Writing
Douglas Adams....Writer
Production
Alan J W Bell....Producer
Film Editing
Ian Williams....Film Editor
Music
Paddy Kingsland....Composer
Bernie Leadon....Theme By
Sound
Michael McCarthy....Sound
Art
Dee Robson....Costume Designer
Joan Stribling....Make-up Artist
Jim Francis....Visual Effects
Andrew Howe-Davies....Production Designer
 Episode 6
Writing
Douglas Adams....Writer
Production
Alan J W Bell....Producer
Film Editing
Ian Williams....Film Editor
Glenn Hyde....Film Editor
Music
Paddy Kingsland....Composer
Bernie Leadon....Theme By
Sound
Michael McCarthy....Sound
Art
Jim Francis....Visual Effects
Dee Robson....Costume Designer
Joan Stribling....Make-up Artist
Tom Yardley-Jones....Production Designer
Andrew Howe-Davies....Production Designer
Cast
 Episode 1
Peter Jones....Voice of the Book (voice)
Simon Jones....Arthur Dent
David Dixon....Ford Prefect
Joe Melia....Mr Prosser
Martin Benson....Vogon Captain
Steve Conway....Barman
Aliens
Cleo Rocos
Andrew Mussell
Douglas Adams....Man in Pub (uncredited)
Bill Barnsley....Man Listening to Radio (uncredited)
David Grahame....Sandwich-Board Man (uncredited)
Steve Trainer....Man in Pub (uncredited)
 Episode 2
Peter Jones....Voice of the Book (voice)
Simon Jones....Arthur Dent
David Dixon....Ford Prefect
Sandra Dickinson....Trillian
Mark Wing-Davey....Zaphod Beeblebrox
Martin Benson....Vogon Captain
Michael Cule....Vogon Guard
Rayner Bourton....Newscaster
Gil Morris....Gag Halfrunt
David Learner....Marvin
Stephen Moore....Voice of Marvin (voice)
David Tate....Voice of "Eddie" (voice)
Douglas Adams....Man in Ocean (uncredited)
Ralph Morse....Young Scientist (uncredited)
 Episode 3
Peter Jones....Voice of the Book (voice)
Simon Jones....Arthur Dent
David Dixon....Ford Prefect
Sandra Dickinson....Trillian
Mark Wing-Davey....Zaphod Beeblebrox
Richard Vernon....Slartibartfast
David Learner....Marvin
Stephen Moore....Voice of Marvin (voice)
David Tate....Voice of "Eddie" (voice)
John Dair....Rich Merchant (uncredited)
Zoe Hendry....Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Lorraine Paul....Handmaiden (uncredited)
Susie Silvey....Handmaiden (uncredited)
 Episode 4
Peter Jones....Voice of the Book (voice)
Simon Jones....Arthur Dent
David Dixon....Ford Prefect
Sandra Dickinson....Trillian
Mark Wing-Davey....Zaphod Beeblebrox
Richard Vernon....Slartibartfast
Antony Carrick....Lunkwill
Timothy Davies....Fook
David Leland....Majikthise
Charles McKeown....Vroomfondel
Matt Zimmerman....Shooty
Marc Smith....Bang Bang
Valentine Dyall....Voice of Deep Thought (voice)
James Muir....Vl'Hurg Soldier (uncredited)
 Episode 5
Peter Jones....Voice of the Book (voice)
Simon Jones....Arthur Dent
David Dixon....Ford Prefect
Mark Wing-Davey....Zaphod Beeblebrox
Sandra Dickinson....Trillian
Jack May....Garkbit (Head Waiter)
Colin Jeavons....Max Quordlepleen
Barry Frank Warren....Hotblack Desiato
Dave Prowse....Bodyguard
Colin Bennett....Zarquon
David Learner....Marvin
Stephen Moore....Voice of Marvin (voice)
Peter Davison....'Dish of the Day'
 Episode 6
Peter Jones....Voice of the Book (voice)
Simon Jones....Arthur Dent
David Dixon....Ford Prefect
Sandra Dickinson....Trillian
Mark Wing-Davey....Zaphod Beeblebrox
Rayner Bourton....Newscaster
Aubrey Morris....Captain
Matthew Scurfield....Number One
David Neville....Number Two
Geoffrey Beevers....Number Three
Beth Porter....Marketing Girl
David Rowlands....Hairdresser
Jon Glover....Management Consultant
David Learner....Marvin
Stephen Moore....Voice of Marvin (voice)
Laurie Goode....Jogger (uncredited)