Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trailer on Amazon.com

wordmunger

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Amazon has posted the trailer for the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie on its homepage.

Well, what do you think? Looks to me like it's going to be quite a fun ride. (Note the time on Arthur Dent's clock at the beginning of the trailer. Anyone else spot any inside refs to the book?)

More info at IMDB
 

liketom

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Someone at amazon must LOVE that book for them to put it on there homepage page !

liked it just reminds me of the office every time i see tim lol :D
 

Mike Teezie

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Wow, it actually looks pretty cool!

Im just reading the book now, I'm enjoying it.

I bought the Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, with all 6 books in one.
 

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Whilst my bandwidth doth not suffer excessively (be gentle):

http://www.formymac.com/MR/HGTTG

Once there, download HGTTG.mov (~36MB). Anyone who wants it can get it - all I ask is that you just get it once!

Edit: the movie wasn't set up for streaming, so it's best to just download it.

Edit 2: I think I recorded it at the "native" resolution - which isn't all that large. Hard to say for sure - it wasn't crystal clear at any size, so I used the one Amazon provided.
 

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Anyone else catch the "42" written in the stars at the upper left hand towards the end of the trailer? Also, sounds like the music they're using in the trailer is a little bit of Danny Elfman's stuff from MIB.

I'm totally excited about the movie, but its release date in April is a bit worrisome. Generally, if Hollywood thought it could compete with the summer blockbuster season, it would be released in May or June. Keeping my fingers crossed, though...
 

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FoxyKaye said:
I'm totally excited about the movie, but its release date in April is a bit worrisome.
Clearly, it's released then to showcase the new PowerBook G5, which you can see being used as the HGTTG in the movie. Nice screen, but the Tiger OS seems to have changed a lot since the previews I've seen. I hope this means a PB G5 release to coincide with the theatrical release data of the movie.

;)
 

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clayjohanson said:
Martin Freeman, who plays Arthur Dent, played a character named Tim in The Office, the well-known BBC sitcom.
Thanks - I realized that about an instant before seeing your reply. Bit dense today, I am.
 

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On a casting note...

Is there a better choice for Marvin's voice than Alan Rickman?

I cannot think of anyone who could put more disdain into a simple "hello". Brilliant choice.
 

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FoxyKaye said:
Anyone else catch the "42" written in the stars at the upper left hand towards the end of the trailer? Also, sounds like the music they're using in the trailer is a little bit of Danny Elfman's stuff from MIB.

I'm totally excited about the movie, but its release date in April is a bit worrisome. Generally, if Hollywood thought it could compete with the summer blockbuster season, it would be released in May or June. Keeping my fingers crossed, though...
There was also a bit of music from James Horner's Aliens soundtrack (the part where Ford and Arthur are hitching a lift and we see the Vogon Constructor Fleet)... it's the music from when Ripley's sealing the Sulaco's airlock.

The film's quirky enough that it might not survive a full-on summer release. I for one am happy to see it coming out at the end of April, right before the summer schedule kicks in.

And did you notice: The time on Arthur's alarm clock is 7:42 and the Vogon says SKEduled, not SHEduled (American Vogons?).
 

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stcanard said:
On a casting note...

Is there a better choice for Marvin's voice than Alan Rickman?

I cannot think of anyone who could put more disdain into a simple "hello". Brilliant choice.
That was my thought when I first saw the IMDB casting notes months ago - perfect choice.
 

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Don't panic said:
the preview does seem pretty good. i can't wait for the release!
I might even have an avatar to celebrate!
I was wondering if you'd weigh in on this one ;)

Here are some other MR members with HGTG friendly names:

Zaphod1242
Ford Prefect
Marvin
CRMarvin42
Towel

and dozens with "42" as part of their name
 

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Can't wait to see it. I know there's a certain chance I'll get dissapointed, we are afterall speaking of the greatest book(s) ever...

Anyone else who's gonna bring a towel to the premiere...?
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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wordmunger said:
I was wondering if you'd weigh in on this one ;)

Here are some other MR members with HGTG friendly names:

Zaphod1242
Ford Prefect
Marvin
CRMarvin42
Towel

and dozens with "42" as part of their name
Is or was there not an Arthur Dent also...? As far as I remember that was my first choice as handle, but it was already taken...

Edit: Hmmm... couldn't find anyone now, searching the members list... then why couldn't I choose that a year ago... :(
 

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Just about every hippy frood seeing the movie will have their towel! :rolleyes:

Alan Rickman should be the perfect Marvin. I'm sure Ford will grow on me - I think I'm too used to my mental image of him. Arthur looks perfect!
Also not sure about Zaphod's second head although I loathed the BBC special effect version. I can see where the new version would make it easier to pass at a party in Islington but it's making some later events in the books seem less plausible...

Will be fun though!
 

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wordmunger said:
Note the time on Arthur Dent's clock at the beginning of the trailer.
I love that there's a copy of Vonnegut's Slapstick on his dresser under the clock. I think Adams would have approved.
 

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I also just noticed (in the same clock scene) that Arthur is apparently a BBC employee. It's been over two decades since I read HGTTG, so I forget who Arthur worked for (if it was mentioned) - but is the BBC badge a tribute to the BBC for airing the original radio program?
 

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Applespider

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I can't recall ever being told about what Arthur Dent did as a job in the book but like you it's a while since I read it.

But I'd guess the BBC badge is a nod at Auntie for its role in the original radio series. Annoyingly I missed the download of the episodes recently - they'd just disappeared again when I remembered.