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Rakkis writes "A new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trailer is available on the frontpage of Amazon.com. From IMDb: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy follows the travels of Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), who is saved from the demolition of the Earth by his pal Ford Prefect (Mos Def). Ford is really an alien doing research for an updated edition of the universe's ultimate travel companion, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." -- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy opens April 29th.""
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trailer

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  • by alanw (1822) * <alan@wylie.me.uk> on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:01PM (#11689778) Homepage
    All I can see on the front page (Firefox 1.0) is the plain text
    Now Playing on Amazon.com: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Download the Flash Player.
    A quick look at the html with w3m shows the direct link to the flash movie [amazon.com]
    • It looks like my adblock filterset.G blocked it.
      Now when i have disabled adblock it plays, but at random places in the trailer it just stops playing. I can't remember when i last went to this much trouble to see a trailer, but i'm about to give up now...
    • by Saeger (456549) <farrellj @ g mail.com> on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @02:00PM (#11690568) Homepage
      Worked fine for me in FireFox, but I did have to bypass two adfilters to see it. :)

      First, I had to click the FlashBlock [mozdev.org] icon to get it to play (since autostarting flash is a dumb idea when it's almost always an annoying ad). Second, my default Privoxy [privoxy.org] install helpfully blocked the flash movie from playing since there's a nasty "/ads/" redflag in the URL.

    • by Begossi (652163) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @02:03PM (#11690596)
      Definitely a must see, the Artur Dent choice of actor couldn't have been better.

      It is still a bit disappointing that Zaphod does not have his 2nd head on the movie. It was the source of much humour. And Marvin looks like just a guy in a robot suit, Teletubbie-style. I thought the whole "brain the size of a planet" thing was more like a metaphor for his immense intellect, not just a huge head...
      • by uhlume (597871) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @02:15PM (#11690743) Homepage
        ....Go back and rewatch the trailer. Zaphod distinctly sports not only a third arm, but what appears to be a second head -- although the glimpse of the head is so brief that I almost thought I imagined it the first couple of times through.
        • by imr (106517)
          He will lose those after a while in the movie.
          It is in one of the 2 reviews that were linked here, iirc, et which was quite dispointed by the movie. It was a preview not the final thing tho'.
      • by HD Webdev (247266) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @02:48PM (#11691127) Homepage Journal
        "I thought the whole "brain the size of a planet" thing was more like a metaphor for his immense intellect, not just a huge head"

        When I first read the HGTTG stories, I thought the constant reminders that he had a brain that specific size would end up with a plot 'surprise' that Marvin was in fact the computer trying to figure out the question that results in the answer 42.

        After all, no other computers in the story were described as that size except for Earth itself.

        Another strange thing: Marvin in fact did know the Ultimate Question. He was brilliant enough to retrieve it from Arthur's brain but was completely ignored when he mentioned that fact.
      • by NanoGator (522640) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @03:03PM (#11691316) Homepage Journal
        "It is still a bit disappointing that Zaphod does not have his 2nd head on the movie."

        After watching the BBC HitchHiker's Guide movie, I can forgive them for that.

        "And Marvin looks like just a guy in a robot suit, Teletubbie-style. I thought the whole "brain the size of a planet" thing was more like a metaphor for his immense intellect, not just a huge head..."

        Well.. I'm not sure what you're expecting, really. It's perfectly okay to have a guy in a 'robot suit'. Not sure if you're aware of this, but the actor who played Willow is inside that suit. I imagine once we see Marvin in relation to the characters, his dimensions will be a little more robote-esque. And, if that's not enough, eh well I just don't know what to tell ya. It's not like a real robot meant to interact with humans wouldn't look like somebody in a robot suit.

        As for his big head... Man this is a symptom of a bigger problem. Movies are a visual medium, books aren't. The movie has to QUICKLY sell the idea to the audience that Marvin has a big brain. But if he says it, and his head is normal sized, does that even work?

        I spotted something else with the trailer. Arther stuck his thumb out and a beam came from it. It didn't appear as though he was holding the special sub-etha device for that purpose. I was going to whine about it until I realized what that would look like on screen. It's one thing to say in a book "Thumb shaped device for Hitchhiking...", but then imagine the problem of communicating that exact same idea in a movie during a suspenseful event. I can see why they made that choice.

        I think we're going to run into a LOT of issues like this. My advice is: Don't let it bother you. I don't think these are the choices of blasphemers, but rather the choices of somebody trying to solve a really really tough problem. In other words, don't get your expectations high that you're going to see a scene-by-scene reenactment of the book.
      • And Marvin looks like just a guy in a robot suit, Teletubbie-style. I thought the whole "brain the size of a planet" thing was more like a metaphor for his immense intellect, not just a huge head...

        Eight words:

        Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With!

        Sirius Cybernetics would have built Marvin to look friendly, lovable, cute and Fisher-Pricey. Unfortunately, since their programming isn't as good as their marketing, Marvin, the doors, Eddie, the elevators, and in fact just about every Sirius Cybernetics p

  • by vossman77 (300689) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:02PM (#11689789) Homepage
    Direct link to SWF and a download?

    AmazonFilms.swf [amazon.com]


    broken link to mov file
  • complete? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by moz25 (262020) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:02PM (#11689791) Homepage
    Cool. Does the final movie include the entire series?
  • Humma Kavula (Score:3, Insightful)

    by LittleGuernica (736577) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:03PM (#11689800) Homepage
    Where does this Humma Kavula charachter come from?, played by Malkovich.. Was it created especially for the movie? I like the trailer tho, I think Martin Freeman is great as Arthur, the look on his face when he hears that Zaphod and Prefect are related is brilliant.
    • Re:Humma Kavula (Score:5, Informative)

      by WidescreenFreak (830043) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:13PM (#11689921) Homepage Journal
      According to the IMDB entry for the movie, this character was added specifically for the movie by Adams, who has credits as the screenwriter. So, any changes to the story line are most likely of his own doing.
    • Re:Humma Kavula (Score:3, Informative)

      by Wylfing (144940)
      Where does this Humma Kavula charachter come from?, played by Malkovich.. Was it created especially for the movie?

      According to IMDB:

      John Malkovich's character, a religious leader, was created especially for the movie by Douglas Adams.

  • by Moryath (553296) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:03PM (#11689801)
    to screw the fans over by forcing a site like Aint-It-Cool to shut down their download of the trailer just so that Amazon can have non-downloadable, lower resolution, crappier version up "exclusively."

    Bite me, Eisner.
  • Sheesh. (Score:5, Funny)

    by AltGrendel (175092) <ag-slashdot&exit0,us> on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:04PM (#11689807) Homepage
    Opening on April 1 would have been more appropriate.
  • Ford's Thumb? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by teiresias (101481) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:04PM (#11689814)
    I have mixed feelings about this. I mean every new adaptation of DNA's work is open to interpretation but....

    when did Ford's thumb become a magic hitchhiking device?!?

    Beyond that, It's not as bad as I feared although not as good as I hoped. I think Marvin looks kinda neat, different from the comic book version. Arthur looks about right although Zaphod I think is gonna kill me. I think they're also gonna play up a Arthur, Trillian romance more which I think will hurt it.

    My bum will definitly be in a theater seat the moment this hits theaters though.
    • As long as she continues to treat him as a twit, I think it could work.
    • Re:Ford's Thumb? (Score:3, Interesting)

      by anakin876 (612770)
      it looks like the Thumb has become a ring on his finger. I don't think it was ever stated in the books that it was not a ring. I may be wrong though,
    • Re:Ford's Thumb? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by TrippTDF (513419) <hiland&gmail,com> on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:15PM (#11689947)
      I remember seeing something on the making of X-Men, and one of the designers said yellow spandex looks great in a comic book, but it looks stupid on screen.

      If you stick to the original at every instance, your final product might follow the rules perfectly, but not work as well. That's why they did the thumb thing... it looks good (IMO) and drives the story quickly. Anyone watching that will know that the thumb is a communication tool for hitchhicking, even if they don't know the books. It's an OK addition in my book.

      I await fanboy flames.
    • Re:Ford's Thumb? (Score:3, Interesting)

      by gamgee5273 (410326)
      It looks like the Thumb actually slips over Ford's real thumb, or it's a bionic addition. But, look at the trailer again - I thought I saw a metal band at the bottom of Ford's thumb.
    • Re:Ford's Thumb? (Score:5, Informative)

      by patvan (234768) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @02:22PM (#11690810)
      It's not Ford's thumb.

      Because of the crappy quality of the trailer, you can hardly see the electronic thumb he's wearing. Looks like a ring with an antenna.

      To see it clearly, look here: http://www.h2g2movie.com/pages/february04.html [h2g2movie.com] and scroll down to the picture of the survival kit (with Towel, Babel Fish and Thumb).
  • by philbowman (707419) * on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:05PM (#11689820)
    I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed...
  • by al_fruitbat (617734) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:08PM (#11689857)
    ...That they appear to be running around a quarry. This has not yet proven successful for British SF ;-)
    • The vital question is, did they film in the same quarry as the BBC TV series?
    • From what I can recall, the locations of choice always used to be a disused chemical plant (a remake of Blake's Seven, anyone?); a clearing somewhere in Bracknell Forest; and the car park at Shepherds Bush studios.

      And how come nowadays everything looks like Canadian tundra?!

  • by TrippTDF (513419) <hiland&gmail,com> on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:09PM (#11689880)
    without hearing anything, it looks great. If worse comes to worse, I can just go to see it with a good pair if earplugs in.
  • by JJ (29711) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:10PM (#11689888) Homepage Journal
    "Mostly harmless."

    "42"
  • Researcher (Score:5, Funny)

    by Ford Prefect (8777) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:11PM (#11689899) Homepage
    Ford is really an alien doing research for an updated edition of the universe's ultimate travel companion, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

    Belgium, my cover's blown. That's it, I'm off home. Your planet sucked anyway, monkeymen!

    Except for the ale, of course. And the cheese biscuits, you know those octagonal ones with the sesame seeds on, they were quite nice too. Still, anyway, I'm back to Betelgeuse...
  • by ari_j (90255) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:12PM (#11689901)
    If I go to this film in the theater, and I see anyone sans towel, I'm going to be very depressed, and I will probably panic as a result.
  • by nganju (821034) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:13PM (#11689914)

    I'd hate to have our inside geek joke be revealed to the world. It's always been sort of a secret code, if you knew what it meant, then you belonged to the tribe. Now every avid moviegoer in the world will know what it means.

    • by slim (1652) <{john} {at} {hartnup.net}> on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:31PM (#11690172) Homepage
      I'd hate to have our inside geek joke be revealed to the world. It's always been sort of a secret code, if you knew what it meant, then you belonged to the tribe.

      Hmm, that may be true in the US. In Britain the TV series has been repeated so many times, and the books are so popular, I reckon at least 25% of people would know what The Answer is (which I'd consider high: something like 40% don't know what town Jesus was born in).

      Obviously, far fewer would know The Question...
      • which I'd consider high: something like 40% don't know what town Jesus was born in

        Come on! Since the movie came out, EVERYONE knows it was Montreal!
    • by dreadpiratemark (450962) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:36PM (#11690232)
      You might look at the time on Dent's alarm clock in the preview for an answer to your question...

      I suspect that won't be the only place you see 42.
    • by Feanturi (99866) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @02:02PM (#11690589)
      Erm, I've had '42' thrown at me by plenty of people who haven't read the books, don't actually know what they're referring to, just that it's got something to do with the meaning of life and they want to appear clever in a serious conversation when they have nothing to say. They piss me off. It's never been a 'secret code' as far as I've been aware.
  • by Miaomiao (618330) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:16PM (#11689970) Journal

    It's a little hard to believe, but the movie is actually one of Douglous Adam's last works.

    One thing the movie wont be is an adaption of the books and radio play all over again, it's something fresh new and different in the Hitchhiker universe. I'm looking forward to it very much.

    If you're curious about what the plans for the movie were, and the process heading up to it you might want to check out "A Salmon of Doubt" which compiles Adam's final works, along with several letters and coorespondencies leading up to this movie amoung other things

    I'm going to be forever wondering what the story behind half a cat and the rhino will be though...

  • by SethS (721867) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:23PM (#11690063) Journal
    It looks like they're taking a LOT of creative liberties with the script. Too many perhaps?

    For instance... in the preview, they show Ford introducing Arthur to Zaphod. In the book, the whole comedy of the scene is that they both play it cool. Not so in the preview.

    It is my fear that Hollywood is going to ruin another perfectly good book. I'd like to go see it, but I'm going to be very sceptical.
  • A few thoughts (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sprocketbox (636698) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:24PM (#11690070)
    Douglas Adams, on a number of occasions, said that he never intended the film to be a direct adaptation of the book. And, in the introduction of at least one of the books, he talked about how the books were different from the TV show which was different from the radio play. I wasn't all that impressed with the trailer. It looks like the story, which was always for me very cerebral, has been dumbed down into an action flick. I like action flicks as much as the next guy, but not every movie has to be one. The trailer does make it come across as very, MIBish. A fun movie, but nothing to write home about. Right now, I'm thinking that Sideways is going to turn out to be a lot funnier than Hitchhiker.
    • Re:A few thoughts (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Moofie (22272)
      Yeah, a cerebral book with a sperm whale talking with a bowl of gladiolas (?) running into a planet.

      The books were FUNNY. If the movie is funny, it is good. If it's not, it's bad.
  • by Azureflare (645778) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:36PM (#11690237)
    Sweet!! April 29th is my 22nd birthday!

    I couldn't ask for a better present. DNA is probably my favorite humorist, (followed closely by Terry Pratchett). I'm really looking forward to this film. This is going to be my birthday party... going to see DNA's imagination on the big screen!

  • by Vthornheart (745224) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:36PM (#11690247)
    Perhaps I'm jumping the gun, but it looks like Mos isn't going to be a horrible Ford as some of us feared.

    But what about the towel? I didn't see him using a towel to flag down the ship... towels, as everyone knows, are a very important thing. =)

  • by The Good Reverend (84440) <.michael. .at. .michris.com.> on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @01:38PM (#11690265) Homepage Journal
    Blah blah blah - it's different from the book. I don't care if Douglas Adams himself penned the screenplay and intended all versions to be different. I'm going to bitch and moan about a scene taken out of context from the trailer without knowing how it fits into the story!

    This is a piece of entertainment from my childhood! I somehow believe that I have "rights" as a fan to influence creative decisions by the studio and that this version might erase all love I had for the original, because appearently I can't hold two things in my brain at once. Blah blah blah!

    • Your joking aside, what's really interesting is the book wasn't first. Here's a nice timeline:

      March 78 BBC Radio Show
      Dec 78 Christmas special
      May 79 Stage play in london
      Oct 79 The book is published

      It goes on and on, with TV shows, more Radio shows, the classic text adverture game, up to Adams himself writing the draft screenplay a selling movie rights to Disney. It's been in his hands the whole time. A living breathing story, something that in this day and age of keeping perfect records (as we like to t
  • by yeddot (857555) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @02:50PM (#11691163)
    same beard, same color of hair....2 heads, 3 arms, yep!...the same
  • by Gondola (189182) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @03:04PM (#11691318)
    I recently purchased the DVD version of the BBC's television production of HHGTTG. I would say to anyone who loved the books and intends to see this new film, be prepared for changes. Adams liked to tweak things, and according to what I saw on the DVD, the books have been revised and changed over time as Adams fiddled with bits here and there to refine them.

    The background information about the making of the series, and about Douglas Adams is fascinating. It reveals some of Adams' manic-depressive personality. It talks about how Adams was not one to write a book and then want to translate that 100% to another format; he welcomed change and refinement with the TV series, and based on what I saw in the interviews, I think he enjoyed the opportunity to revise and rewrite HHGTTG yet again on the big screen.

    Adams' only problem, according to the interviews and behind the scenes information, was an awful writer's block at the start of any project. The infamous line about loving deadlines, especially the sound they make as they go whooshing by, was very true for Adams personally.

    Adams was a performer; he didn't really want to be a writer. He started out performing, acting, doing live comedy. At least with writing, his particular quirky sense of humor reached many thousands of people who revere him for what he accomplished, personal foibles aside.

    If you saw the BBC series, Adams was featured in two different spots. One, he was in a suit counting money while walking out of the bank. The other, he was throwing his money away and walking into the water naked.
  • Dirk Gently (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CyberDruid (201684) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @03:18PM (#11691501) Homepage
    I always thought that although HHGTTG was a damned good series of books, the two Dirk Gently books were slightly more intelligent and more fun for grown-ups.

    It seems to me that "Dirk Gently's holistic detective agency" and "The long dark tea time of the soul" would be more suitable for a movie. More dialogue, less need for a narrator, better developed characters. Not a MIB-type Hollywood action movie, but a nice film nonetheless.
  • True direct link (Score:4, Informative)

    by Mr_Perl (142164) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @03:42PM (#11691853) Homepage
    Here are two direct links,

    One to the HUGE [vitalstream.com] trailer

    One to the SMALL [vitalstream.com] trailer.

    Quicktime format. See the site [go.com] for the in-between ones and read the source code on the pop-up.
  • Mirrors (Score:3, Interesting)

    by nfsilkey (652484) on Wednesday February 16, 2005 @03:49PM (#11691945) Homepage
    The Amazon link is a.) overwhelmed, and b.) flash. Eww!

    Enjoy the following mirrors:
    -http://216.69.167.204/hitchhikersguide-1.mov [216.69.167.204]

    -http://www.waxy.org/archive/2005/02/16/hitchhik.s html [waxy.org]

    -http://filebox.vt.edu/users/jkbrooks/pictures/hit chhikersguide.mov [vt.edu]

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