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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The

Arthur Dent’s house is about to be broken down to make way for an express road. Of course he doesn’t like this but his friend Ford Prefect comes along and asks him to go along to the pub and enjoy a couple of last beers as there’s only a few minutes left before Earth is going to be destroyed. And indeed, little later, a fleet of Vogon ships arrives and gets rid of that pesky little blue planet to make way for an intergalactic highway. Luckily for Ford and Arthur, they manage to sneak on board of one of the ships and with the help of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy they start their journey into space to find the answer to life, the universe and the rest…

Sound and Vision:
Buena Vista delivers again a pretty good image quality without compression errors and little grain or other problems.

The soundtrack is decent but it beats me why there’s only a Dolby Digital 5.1 track in English while the French dubbed version does get a DTS 5.1 track. This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered this but it does strike me time after time that somehow dubbed versions tend to get better quality, a trend I really don’t like!

Extras:
– The Making Of: rather promotional and not so interesting
– Handbook extra
– Deleted Scenes
– Real deleted scenes
– Singalong
– Audio Commentary

All in all not so many really interesting stuff.

Conclusion:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the enormously popular book written by Douglas Adams. The book has tons of fans all over the world and a movie was only a matter of time. Although… Douglas Adams himself has worked years on a script that would do the book justice and never managed to get something decent enough on paper. The fact that nevertheless a movie was finally made can make you wonder just how great this film can be? After all, if even the original creator couldn’t get a decent script working, how would anyone else be possible to make it entertaining for the large public and in the meantime keep with the original story to make sure hardcore fans won’t run away from the movie theater in anger? Trying to keep things in the middle is hardly ever a good solution and although this movie tries hard, it’s completely absurd and doesn’t make any sense at all for the general public while it’s got too little of the typical Adams humour present to make it a fantastic experience for the fans.

Still, it’s a nice attempt and the Star Wars-like theme combined with the comedy does make for an entertaining time while watching. Only downpoint is that it could have been a lot more…

Our Score:
7.0

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