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This article is from the Douglas Adams FAQ, by Nathan Hughes nhughes@umich.edu with numerous contributions by others.

3.4 Videos (Douglas Adams)

In the UK, a two-cassette Hitch Hiker's video was released in mid-1992,
including all 6 TV episodes. These are the TV series episodes re-edited
into two 90-minute volumes (for subsequent UK showings, most episodes
were cut down to fit them into neat 30-min time slots --- so, for example,
the scene in the Vogon airlock was lost.) In addition, some EXTRA pieces
are included, which were filmed, but never included in the original TV
screening. (For example, Ford and Arthur searching for Slartibartfast's
signature on a glacier.) The video cassette also features Hi-Fi Stereo
sound.

The order numbers are BBCV4751 (Part 1, 96min) and BBCV4752 (Part 2,
98min).

The videos are also now available more cheaply in a double pack, "The
Complete Hitch-Hikers' Guide to the Galaxy" (BBCV5135). This is priced at
16.99, whereas the two tapes sold separately are 10.99 each.

Also released on 1st March 1993 is the video ``The Making of HHGG'', This
has been put together by Kevin Davies, lifelong HHGG fan, and a person who
was very much involved with the TV series (see Neil Gaimen's book). This
includes outtakes from the show, behind-the-scenes shots, clips from
earlier productions which the cast had appeared in, as well as newly-recorded
interviews. The whole thing is put together as a story of Arthur Dent
going back to his house, and finding many strange things going on ....

The order number is BBCV4895 (~60min), 12.99 GBP.

In Australia, at least, the VHS videos of the TV series are
distributed by PolyGram with catalogue numbers

A videocassette of the BBC television adaptation of Hitch-Hiker's is
available in the US from Fox Video. The address on the box is:
FoxVideo Inc.
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
and it is item number 5799.

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A list of Hitch Hiker's videos you can order through videoexpress.com
has recently been shown to me. I have no other information about the
service, so let me know what you think. Telnet to videoexpress.com to
place your orders, or just browse. This list is as follows:

 44427    HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY/T   HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
 $60.00   LASER DISC
 
 26448    HITCHHIKER/SIXTEEN MILLIMETER SHRIN  TWILIGHT ZONE
 $11.60   TELEVISION 1/93  NR VHS
 
 26437    HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY      INCLUDES BOOK
 $31.54   SCIFI 3/93  NR VHS
 
 26447    HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY/EP   EP MODE/NO BOOK
 $17.79   SCIFI 3/93  NR VHS
 
 26280    MAKING OF THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE      MAKING OF THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE
 $13.69   SCIFI 10/93  NR VHS

 

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