bill-swift - May 18, 2005
It seems that in Hollywood, it's never too early to start the next round of marketing. While The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is still in theatres (go see it if you haven't), details are already being released about the DVD.
"Extras and deleted scenes are such a big thing now, but most of those are deleted for a reason."..."Of course they're deleted, they're awful!" director Garth Jennings laughed. "But ours were never going to be in the movie."...
...such as when a Vogon soldier is about to throw...Arthur Dent (played by Martin Freeman), and his alien friend Ford Prefect (played by Mos Def) off his spaceship. In the book, Dent and Prefect desperately try to change the mind of the rather mindless soldier, who isn't exactly keen on killing them but feels bound to their duties. But the theatrically released movie never reveals that hilarious conversation and never intended to -- you'll only see it on the DVD.
...scenes depicting an evil version of one supporting character, Slartibartfast (played by Bill Nighy), who is actually kind to Dent in the theatrical release. John Malkovich's character, religious leader Humma Kavula...got to show a different side of himself..."We recorded this thing where John sang this whole hymn about blowing your nose," Jennings said. "He sang it with real gusto. It was quite bizarre."
In addition to the fake scenes, the filmmakers commissioned Grant Gee (who helmed the Radiohead documentary "Meeting People Is Easy") to film a making-of piece for the DVD.