While critics generally ravaged this film adaptation of the famous novel, "HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY", has more than enough entertainment value to heartily recommend it for addition to dvd collections.
That's not to say "HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY" doesn't have its multitude of flaws! For those(like this reviewer) unacquainted with the novel, it's hard not to feel as if there are many "inside" references that are completely lost on new audiences.
What this film does offer, however, is an incredibly original, often humorous story. Without giving away too much of the plot, as the world is vaporized, two friends are traveling on a spaceship above run by some hilarious characters. As the film continues, there are consistently funnier interludes and while some jokes are hit or miss, most are side-splittingly funny.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. BUENA VISTA has offered THX certification and while most BUENA VISTA titles are impressive, this one's even more so, with flawless detail and rich colors in every scene. There are no defects of any kind and it's one of the better transfers of 2005.
BUENA VISTA has provided both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 options for this release. It's an aggressive mix with non-stop surround/discrete and panning effects. Both mixes offer enough discrete effects to make this "DEMONSTRATION QUALITY", however the DTS mix offers better bass and slightly more clarity. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
BUENA VISTA has provided plenty of extras here! Two commentaries are offered, offering plenty of technical info and discussion pertaining to the source material and reasons for deviations in the film. The "Deleted Scenes" segment offers scenes that are actually worth looking at, for a change!