"Jeez, you guys are so unhip it's a wonder your bums don't fall off."
-- Zaphod, Part Five
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 manically depressed Android. You never know, they may even find the answer to Life, The Universe and Everything!
-- from the doublepack VHS release, 1993
The DVD release of The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy featured input from several members of the Doctor Who Restoration Team (Steve Roberts, Paul Vanezis, Mark Ayres and Richard Molesworth, not to mention Thirty Years In The TARDIS's Kevin Davies), and shared many of the same audience members.
Episode timings on DVD:
32'50", 34'51", 31'00", 32'18", 32'49", 35'42"
??/??/1992: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV4751/BBCV4752
??/??/1992: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC47512/BBC47522 [not pictured]
08/03/1993: UK 'Making of' - BBC Enterprises - BBCV4895
20/09/1993: UK Doublepack - BBC Enterprises - BBCV5135
??/??/1993: US 'Making of' - Unknown details
The video releases were taken from masters prepared during the 80s for an initially-aborted double-laserdisc release, that would finally see release in the US in the late 80s (see right). They were edited into two 'movie-length' segments, extra material was added to Episodes 4 and 6, and original sound supervisor Mike McCarthy remixed the original mono audio track into (a rather harsh) stereo. The mono compatibility was iffy at best, with mono TVs often missing out on the book's narration.
DVD Bonus featuresSoundtrack Selection
Classifications01/04/1992 - Passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK