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Hitchhiker's Guide Trailer Online

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the stuff-to-see dept.

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Jeremy Rayner writes "The 2005 Hitchhiker's movie trailer is available in AVI or RealMedia formats. The movie trailer doesn't reveal anything, but looks cool. Personally I'm looking forward to the new Radio 4 series in September for which you can hear an mp3 preview."

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Wow, welcome to Friday. (1)

MikeSweetser (163852) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810627)

This was shown at Comic-COn on Friday and was available online as well.

Re:Wow, welcome to Friday. (-1, Offtopic)

JaffaKREE (766802) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810661)

I remain astonished that RealPlayer is still an internet standard. It's no easier to install than Divx or Xvid, requires you to have that stupid 24 gig player, and the quality is easily a step down from the big two. For god's sake, put Real out of its misery !

Re:Wow, welcome to Friday. (2, Interesting)

SillyNickName4me (760022) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810828)

> I remain astonished that RealPlayer is still an internet standard. It's no easier to install than Divx or Xvid, requires you to have that stupid 24 gig player, and the quality is easily a step down from the big two. For god's sake, put Real out of its misery !

WHen talking about this trailer, I completely agree with you, no reason to use real format at all.

When talking about streaming video, the AVI file format is serious not suited for it (for once because of having the index at the end of the file and needing that index to navigate through the file, somethign which is not needed for either mpg or real formats.

I do not know about ogg, it might support this correctly and that'd allow using xvid for streaming.

Re:Wow, welcome to Friday. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810885)

I'm boycotting RealPlayer.

Frankly, I feel that I'm sending a message by doing so.

don't DO that! (2, Funny)

surreal-maitland (711954) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810679)

friday? you had me really hopefully for a moment there. what can i say? it's early.

Re:Wow, welcome to Friday. (1)

OECD (639690) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810780)

The movie trailer doesn't reveal anything, but looks cool.

Reveal anything? Taco hasn't read the books? Or is this a different story?

Re:Wow, welcome to Friday. (2, Insightful)

mog007 (677810) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810904)

I believe Taco meant that the trailer is more like a teaser, in that no actual footage from the movie is being shown.

Re:Wow, welcome to Friday. (0, Flamebait)

SlashdotLemming (640272) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811228)

This was shown at Comic-COn on Friday and was available online as well.

Then why didn't you submit the link on Friday?

first post? (-1, Troll)

mainframemouse (740958) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810633)

read the subject

hitzhicking the first post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810638)

Hitchihick this!

I'll let you know in 23 minutes (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810657)

What a choice: dive for FP or get the trailer before shashdotting. Neither! 15% and now estimated time of 44 minutes.

Re:I'll let you know in 23 minutes (1)

fatwreckfan (322865) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810700)

It only took me about 3 minutes...it slowed down near the end to about 20kBps, but that's not too bad.

Re:I'll let you know in 23 minutes (1, Redundant)

elmegil (12001) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811059)

The AVI is downloading way faster than the real media. I clicked on both and it was 15 minutes vs. 15 hours.

The trailer itself is definitely just a teaser, shows off some nice but not terribly groundbreaking CGI. It'll build some hype among those who weren't aware it was coming. The logo's pretty cool, incorporating elements of earlier logos while still being new and different.

Re:I'll let you know in 23 minutes (1)

Scorchio (177053) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810835)

I know... I was hoping people would be distracted by the new poll, so went straight for saving the movie file. Started at abour 120k/s, finished around 27k/s. :)

As the article says, there's not much content beyond the exploding earth and "don't panic" message. Still, I'm a big hitch-hikers fan, and it gave me goosebumps. You can go stick your Star Wars prequel, I don't care anymore. I just hope they don't go and f%ck up this film!

Re:I'll let you know in 23 minutes (1)

Scorchio (177053) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810940)

There was a link to the movie website [hitchhikersmovie.com] , although that too is sadly lacking in content.

Re:I'll let you know in 23 minutes (1)

carnivore302 (708545) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810856)

Never mind, I prefer the BOOK [amazon.com] anyway.

Click on the Mystery Futures Link [tradesims.com] !

Wouldnt a torrent be more useful? (-1, Offtopic)

mrtroy (640746) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810668)

Than a slashdotted direct download address?

I dont know why we have to wait for someone useful to post a torrent, like a movie is not going to destroy a poor server's bandwidth.

Bandwidth the size of a planet... (5, Funny)

spoodie (641820) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810687)

Trailers. Don't talk to me about trailers...

Re:Bandwidth the size of a planet... (5, Funny)

Alranor (472986) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810745)

Something tells me their webserver's suddenly developed a terrible pain in all the diodes down its left hand side.

Re:Bandwidth the size of a planet... (5, Funny)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810808)

Something tells me their webserver's suddenly developed a terrible pain in all the diodes down its left hand side.

One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continuously stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear we seem to have slashdotted the server!

Re:Bandwidth the size of a planet... (3, Funny)

Alranor (472986) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810844)

Somewhere, in a server room (possibly in the vicinity of Betelgeuse)

Techie: Oh, Belgium, Slashdot linked to us ...

Re:Bandwidth the size of a planet... (4, Funny)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810978)

Has it ever been explained how he heard It's a nice day continually repeated while living in England?

Re:Bandwidth the size of a planet... (2, Funny)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811077)

Well, like Mel said in Braveheart - "At least the rain is falling straight down"

Re:Bandwidth the size of a planet... (1)

mikael (484) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811261)

"A brain the size of a planet, and all I'm doing is hosting online geek discussions".

Re:Bandwidth the size of a planet... (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810818)

I think a rat (its only friend) crawled into its left leg and died.

Re:Bandwidth the size of a planet... (1)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811220)

I think a rat (its only friend) crawled into its left leg and died.

I have a horrible feeling it's still there.

Ick (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810692)

That didn't give me a good feeling. Stylish, sure, but a bit lacking in substance. I hate the way they just stuck "42" in the corner without any reason. It's like they thought they'd just chuck it in for "geek cred", even though it makes no sense. I hope the whole film isn't like that; lots of style, no substance, and the occasional thing that doesn't really makes sense, but attempts to make fans feel clever for noticing it.

As the web server crashed to the ground... (4, Funny)

ErikRed1488 (193622) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810704)

it thought, not this again. Some people think if we only knew what the poor web server meant, we'd have a greater understanding of the universe.

Re:As the web server crashed to the ground... (1)

thinkliberty (593776) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811207)

Did anyone else read this topics title as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Trailer Park?

Imagination (5, Insightful)

Kralizec (627733) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810710)

The Hitchhiker story is so bizarre that I always found my imagination made the books much funnier than the radio drama and the TV show. I'm not sure how excited I am about the movie, since live action just can't seem to match the absurdities that the imagination seems to be able to grasp so well.

Re:Imagination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810838)

... i'll raise a pan-galactic-gargle-blaster to that.

-1, Redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810860)

That's a pretty insightful, original [slashdot.org] comment, all right.

Re:Imagination (3, Interesting)

houghi (78078) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810927)

What I have done is listen to the Audio Books"> read by Douglas Adams himself. [amazon.co.uk]
It gives you that much extra, because you hear what the author wants you to hear, instead of only the text.
It still leaves enough to the imagination.

What I did was ript it, so I had 5 CD's in my car, instead of the 25 and then listen to the mp3's. What else are you going to do when waiting in traffic?
Note that the prices are in UK money.

Re:Imagination (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810965)

I heard the radio series before the book was available. My whole schedule was twisted and warped so that I wouldn't miss a single minute. It was awesome. I also enjoyed the books. The TV show, on the other hand, was seriously lame.

Radio leaves plenty of room for imagination.

It isn't a given that any story will work better in any given medium. For instance Star Wars, the movie, totally blew me away when I first saw it. I'm not even remotely interested in reading the book.

Re:Imagination (1)

Kralizec (627733) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811081)

It isn't a given that any story will work better in any given medium. For instance Star Wars, the movie, totally blew me away when I first saw it. I'm not even remotely interested in reading the book.

Although, while I don't know for myself, I have heard that the Star Wars radio drama was phenomenal. Haven't had a chance to check it out myself, unfortunately.

Another site for information on the Radio Series (5, Informative)

Alranor (472986) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810725)

Here [bbc.co.uk]

The original cast (unfortunately without the late Peter Jones), a cameo by Douglas Adams himself ..

And for those of you who aren't in the UK, you may appreciate knowing that Radio 4 make their programs available on their website [bbc.co.uk] for a week after the broadcast.

Unfortunately they're still in crappy real media format, but mplayer [mplayerhq.hu] deals with them fine.

About time too :) - i've been looking forward to these for a long time, they were originally due to begin airing in February of this year but some licensing issues with the movie delayed that.

Re:Another site for information on the Radio Serie (1)

Larry Lightbulb (781175) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810792)

I may as well plug my site - www.angelfire.com/on4/radiolistings - which is details of most BBC programmes since 1997 & some earlier.

Re:Douglas Adams' Cameo (-1, Redundant)

bludstone (103539) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810890)

Is ass-tastic.

He walks, butt nekkid, into the ocean... tossing his money into the air in frustration. Its hilarious.

Re:Douglas Adams' Cameo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810955)

You're thinking of the TV series which features a cameo by Douglas. We're talking about the new radio series which features a cameo by Douglas, as Agrajag.

Zaphod (1)

mfh (56) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810740)

Meet Zaphod Beeblebrox [imdb.com] . You can also go to Zaphod Beeblebrox, in Ottawa [zaphodbeeblebrox.com] . Fun trendy bar that used to be much better than it is.

Re:Zaphod (1)

madhippy (525384) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811157)

went to the Bulldog(british style pub?) just up the street from this place about two years ago on my short trip from UK - I thought Beeblebrox was a strip joint or something so I never bothered going in (I know that statement doesn't make much sense) ... dammit

anyway - there was a lass serving in the bar who was very cute n nice and I thought I'd share this with you.

Best £1000ish pounds I've spent ... Ottawa is a cool place ... I'd like to go back for a longer visit ...

Re:Zaphod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9811289)

I live 15 min from Beeblebrox in Ottawa - it is kind of a dump and there is a music club that Drew Barymoore owns just down the street. Also there usually this cowboy kind of guy who is alyways dancing by himself at Beeblebrox.

Radio Show (1)

dragonp12 (798787) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810741)

This will more than likely be better than the movie. *waits impatiently for September*

42nd post! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810747)

Maybe the question to 42 was "How many hits does it take to get to the center of a slashdotting?"

Wonderful World (5, Informative)

NiceAndEasy (800316) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810777)

Sentimental Trailer,

It's getting Slashdoted, so lets Spoil the Trailer:

Background music is (What A) Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong, and story is following lyrics from the music.

Blue stars, clouds, light/sun, then unzooming and showing our pretty little planet.

And then.... BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM, Earth exlodes!

Familiar title "DON'T PANIC" shows...

Good job :).

Re:Wonderful World (4, Insightful)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810949)

And then it goes into Men in Black music and looks like a friggin' action movie.

I hope they're doing satire there. I'd hate for them to take this movie seriously. It's like doing "The Life of Brian" in Aramaic.

Oh wait, they did that already. [imdb.com]

Re:Wonderful World (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9811125)

NiceAndEasy,

You're a jerk. A real kneebiter. Stupid idiot.

Signed, Wowbagger

Freecache? (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810786)

I'm trying to use freecache to get the AVI version... but I keep getting redirected back to the real site. Anyone know why? Sorta thought that this is what freecache.org is for....

Re:Freecache? (1)

Halo1 (136547) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810823)

I noticed the same thing. Freecache mentions on its homepage that that they can exclude certain sites and files, but I'm not sure why they'd exclude this one. Maybe free.fr as a whole is excluded for some reason?

towel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810790)

You took your time. Anyway, here's a picture of a towel:

http://hitchhikermovie.free.fr/pages/trailer.htm l

There's also an avi on that page.

Well, (2, Insightful)

Stween (322349) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810797)

That struck me as being more of a teaser than a trailer.

Oh well :)

Well... (-1, Redundant)

SECProto (790283) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810813)

I'm glad i got this yesterday at 100 kb's a second, to avoid /.ing

30 posts on /. and (1)

oddman (204968) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810829)

the download stream is down to 0.5 KB/sec, or just under 2 hours to download.

Anyone have a torrent?

Torrent here! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9811022)

Torrent here! [piratebay.org]

Re:Torrent here! (1)

SECProto (790283) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811111)

I'm seeding as well

Pain for the server.... (0)

ramk13 (570633) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810839)

So slashdot has been slashdotting for years...And they still haven't realized it's *bad* to link large files in the original submission? This was even a CmdrTaco post. My download started around 80 k/s, but now it's around 5. I think the server is saying mercy, so I'm going to let go and wait till later.

Tried to download the trailer... (5, Funny)

1WingedAngel (575467) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810852)

For a moment, nothing happened.

Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.

Re:Tried to download the trailer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810952)


hey, i had nothing too !, that server must be pumping out some serious amounts of it

Re:Tried to download the trailer... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9811251)

Oh. A little webpage just poped up saying "Please do not click this link again".

More Previews... (3, Informative)

mishmash (585101) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810855)

Here are some pictures of Marvin's Costume [ntlworld.com] , there's confirmation they're real in this interview [ntlworld.com] .

Re:More Previews... (2, Insightful)

tomknight (190939) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810888)

Gaaaagh!

Sorry, but the TV Marvin, umm... "emoted" more.

Tom.

Oh, for Pete's sake... (2, Funny)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810937)

"Brain the size of a planet" was not meant to be taken LITERALLY!

Pedantic , I know, but I think it was literal (1)

N Monkey (313423) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811095)

"Brain the size of a planet" was not meant to be taken LITERALLY! :-)

I know what you're getting at but, IIRC, I think his brain was supposed to be the size of a planet...just that it was stored in some other dimension or something.

Re:Pedantic , I know, but I think it was literal (1)

gamgee5273 (410326) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811180)

No, you're right. Marvin's brain was, literally, the size of a planet and stored elsewhere (not his head).

Re:Oh, for Pete's sake... (5, Funny)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811165)

It occurs to me, that when those "authenticity" geeks who go to movies to point out continuity flaws (like the spiderman article here on /. a few weeks ago) see this movie, their heads will explode.

I can just see them feverishly scribbling into their zaurus': "Continuity Error #123231254: Shot clearly shows ICBMS, next shot they appear to be a bowl of petunias and a whale." "Error #1534534534: Ford turns into a penguin.", etc..

Continuity? (1)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811374)

Schmontinuity! I'm not a continuity geek, but, geez, did you LOOK at the picture? He's got a big, cute bobble head. They've turned Marvin into Son Of Twiki.

"Bedebedebedebedebedebedebede! I'm feeling very depressed, Buck..."

Re:Oh, for Pete's sake... (2, Interesting)

Denver_80203 (570689) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811279)

And furthermore.. through time space warp twists and turns, Marvin's brain actaully was the earth Mock II. Built after Earth I was blown up. According to Adams, Marvin asks the ultimate question to a matress (I think it's in the second book. Paraphrasing:
"Do you want to know just how amazing smart I am and dumb you are?"
"Sure!"
"Pick a number, any number"
"Uuummmmm 12?"
"Wrong. See?"

Re:More Previews... (1)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811326)

It doesn't look nearly depressing enough. I loved the Marvin from the original series :-)

Torrents? (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810876)

I really want to see how they pull this off. I've been rereading the books lately, I'm just partway into "So Long" now. Never read Mostly Harmless or "Young Zaphod plays it Safe" before, so that'll be fun.

I just read the part where Ford sits waiting for the Guide to be updated, and it says something about him waiting for 15 years of his work-life to dissappear into the ether. I couldn't help thinking of todays .com cyber-employees, and the parallel. Perhaps it was somewhat prophetic, perhaps it's just exactly improbable enough.

Offtopic, I went to Borders and bought the "leather" bound "Complete Hitchhikers Guide". It's got all the books in one, seemed like a deal to me. I noticed on the spine of this tome, it lists this "Young Zaphoid Plays it Safe".

Zaphoid! How does a typo like that pass the publisher? The story is spelled wrong on the spine of the book.

Anyhow, movie or not, encourage people to read the books. There's so much wit and puns and wordplay that just couldn't translate onto the screen.

Re:Torrents? (1)

StalinsNotDead (764374) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811082)

From personal experience at least, reading the book just before seeing the movie makes the movie seem much worse about 85% of the time.

Keep that book though, typographical errors in published works can mean a collectible value in the future.

Not Really a Trailer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9810880)

This would really be better classified as a teaser, not a trailer.

Beware of the Leopard (1)

pickapeppa (731249) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810917)

Spolier! The Earth gets blown up. I hope this movie rocks. DNA is a man underappreciated in the mainstream.

Don't bother... (1)

csguy314 (559705) | more than 10 years ago | (#9810944)

There's nothing to see in the trailer; no point in downloading it. Wait until there's a trailer with some of the actors and bits of scenes.
Move along now... continue worki^H^H^H^H^Hreading slashdot.

I may pay for this... (2, Informative)

AnswerIs42 (622520) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811003)

mirror [alteviltech.com]

I was able to snag it before the /. hit. (I hope it's all there, I can't play it right now because it want's a codec the firewall won't let me download) I would prefer more mirrors instead of all getting it from there :}

Re:I may pay for this... (1)

Daath (225404) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811064)

Thanks man. Getting ~42 KB/s (a sign?) - way better than the 0.42 KB/s I got from the officials ;)

Re:I may pay for this... (1)

Scorchio (177053) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811100)

I first tried the avi with Windows Media Player; it went off looking for a codec and finally decided it couldn't download one, which sounds like what's happened to you. I found it worked fine with the free divx player [divx.com] , so maybe this will help you, too?

Re:I may pay for this... (1)

fantom2000 (700930) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811257)

Divx sucks now and is loaded with spyware. Xvid can play most divx content...
there is a codec for windows here [xvidmovies.com] .

Re:I may pay for this... (1)

AnswerIs42 (622520) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811240)

Yep, I paid for it .. lol.

top left corner (1)

FunctionalMethod (751923) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811032)

during the last 10 seconds. Can you see the number? :)

Re:top left corner 42 (1)

mindflow (557496) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811138)

42...

Was'nt that the meaining of life, based on a the calculations of a megacomputer?

Re:top left corner 42 (1)

locr1an (771992) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811324)

The answer to everything...life, the universe and everything...is 42. Now about that question... ;)

Mirror. (4, Informative)

rufus_the_stunt_bum (800615) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811055)

Here's a mirror l;) http://kcore.ath.cx/trailer_hitchhikers.avi [kcore.ath.cx]

Re:Mirror. (1)

_14k4 (5085) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811305)

Ahh, thank you. 150KB/sec is much better than 6.5KB/sec. ;)

Mirror of the AVI file.. (1)

Ploum (632141) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811069)

Mirror of the AVI file [frimouvy.org] .

Not really interesting but I hope it can help someone

Torrent of avi file (4, Informative)

iocc (238550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811114)

Connecting to hitchhikermovie.free.fr[212.27.40.152]:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 503 Service Unavailable

http://www.thepiratebay.org/download.php/3227637 /t railer_hitchhikers.torrent

Isn't it great? (1)

Thedalek (473015) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811166)

H2G2 TV-series on DVD: Check
H2G2 Radio show on CD (and subsequently, mp3): Check
H2G2 Leather bound, goldleaf singlebound volume: Check
H2G2 Comics: Check
New H2G2 Radio Shows: Coming this fall.
H2G2 Movie: Coming next year.

It's a good time to be a fan.

Now, if only we could get some news on the new Dr. Who series, or the Red Dwarf movie, or Red Dwarf Series IX...

Re:Isn't it great? (1)

Larry Lightbulb (781175) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811254)

How can you call yourself a fan if you don't have: H2G2 first radio broadcasts on cassette H2G2 first print of first novel, autographed by DNA at a writers workshop H2G2 both vinyl versions H2G2 infocom game

Re:Isn't it great? (1)

Hungry Student (799493) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811312)

The new Dr. Who series has started filming already [bbc.co.uk] . As for Red Dwarf, I have no idea.

warning, there's spoilers! (4, Funny)

deathcloset (626704) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811196)

THE EARTH GETS BLOWN UP!???!!!

Ah man! now the movie's ruined for me!

Yet another mirror of the trailer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9811199)

http://www.lightlink.com/saquila/video/trailer_hit chhikers.avi

This might qualify as redundant, but I was worried the others might get /.ed to heck, too.

Radio series and books were quite divergent ... (1)

Roy Ward (14216) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811224)

The second radio series was quite different than the books, and was better in my opinion (perhaps because I heard it before I read the books).

The end of the second radio series had Arthur taking off in the Heart of Gold after discovering Zaphod's part in the destruction of Earth, leaving Ford and Zaphod stranded with the ruler of the universe, and Trillian had disappeared near the end of the first series (forcibly married to the Algolian Chapter of the Galactic Rotary Club, from memory).

The end of the second book had Arthur and Ford still stranded on prehistoric Earth (where they had been at the end of the first radio series).

I'm hoping that the third radio series will continue from where the second radio series left off, and not just follow the books.

I don't hold much hope for the movie ... the TV series was pretty awful.

Less popular than 53 more things to do in zero G. (1)

whimdot (591032) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811285)

I heard it on the radio,
read it in the book,
saw it on stage at the Rainbow,
cringed at the TV series,
played the records,
read the book of radio scripts.
I've eaten the soup and worn the T-shirt.

The original material, particularly the books was funny. It still is funny. I think I've read the first book 20 times and laughed every time, but in slightly different places. Listening to the radio series with those amazing radiophonic-workshop effects makes any visual representation redundant so I can't understand what us old-timers will get from the film. Either it will be the original, but watered down to fit the film length, or it will be new, not DNA, but with a few in-jokes.

I think the film must be targeted at a new audience. They've heard this theory about 42 being the answer but never been exposed to the original joke. 42 is there to whet their appetites, not mine.

So I can't say I have been waiting 24 years to see it on the big screen. I'll wait until it arrives on a small one in my living-room. Can it be worse than "Mostly Harmless"?

Re:Less popular than 53 more things to do in zero (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9811432)

So you didn't play the game then?

Re:Less popular than 53 more things to do in zero (1)

Freon115 (672518) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811449)

You still have to play the adventure game ;)

Ack (1)

Oliekirk (648203) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811327)

So several years ago when I was several feet shorter I spent all my money on the box set of the tapes of the original series and both tapes were there and they had a little cardboard box with the primary cover on the front and secondary on the back. Now what am I supposed to do with it? Make a little pyramid out of it? If it wasn't for the fact Im getting something great from the BBC I would be pissed that my cardboard carton is now totally useless.

avi audio only? (1)

spoonyfork (23307) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811387)

I'm only getting the audio from the avi. Am I missing a codec? If so, which one?

Mirror (2, Informative)

jaredmauch (633928) | more than 10 years ago | (#9811460)

high speed mirror [nether.net]
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