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Experience 15 years in the life of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman, whose surreal, often confrontational artwork is frequently associated with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Through Johnny Depp’s lead in this intimate portrait, we are able to reach the heart of what makes this artist tick, his friendships and fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties. This inventive, energetic, occasionally harrowing, but inspiring and uplifting film includes contributions from Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Tim Robbins and others who offer insight into the man behind the legend.


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  • Actors: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Patrick Godfrey, Hunter S. Thompsom, Jann Wenner
  • Directors: Charlie Paul
  • Producers: Lucy Paul
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00L6KKZQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,256 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I knew Welsh artist and painter Ralph Steadman mostly from his work in the early years of Rolling Stone Magazine. I knew he did illustrations for Hunter Thompson's book "Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles" too, but, I admit that I've never actually read that book. When you see a Steadman illustration you know that it is him, and no one else.
During the 90 minutes of the documentary film that forms the core of this BD combo pack release, I learned a lot about Steadman - in his own words (he self-narrates part of it) - and Thompson as well (he also does some of the narration). For "star power" there is their friend, actor Johnny Depp who hangs with both of the guys and offers some comments as well - though he's in the background much of the time. Other folk you would know are Monty Python's Terry Gilliam (whose animated films were certainly influenced by Steadman) and Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner and actor Tim Robbins.

The images shown are really crisp on the Bluray and a real treat is seeing Steadman's illustrations animated by a person whose name I forget -and it's not on the package credits. I'll highly suggest that you watch this sober the first go through, though it'll probably be a different experience if your mind is "enhanced" by a bit of alcohol or other mind changing substance. (no I'm not advocating it; just saying...)

Steadman and Thompson were the pioneers of "Gonzo journalism" and no mainstream film has covered their careers like this one.

There are LOTS of bonus features to keep you busy for at least a few more hours. There is a full length Director/Producer commentary, extended interviews, deleted scenes, an extra animated short and a Q&A with both Steadman and Director Charlie Paul from the Toronto Film Festival screening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Springer on October 18, 2014
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I was so happy to discover this documentary about Ralph Steadman today! I had the great fortune to meet him in 1992 and to play a role in a BBC film he created for television about the environment. I loved watching it ! It captures thoroughly the spirit of the times we live in from the 1970's up to the present, and the beautiful soul of the man who communicates them through his drawings. To know Ralph, is to know that his life is committed to making our world a better place. Through his relationships with his family, friends, illustrations, books, conversations, & courageous mindset - he has certainly brightened our world ! The music is superb & getting to see Ralph with Johnny Depp is definitely a plus. I highly recommend this film. It is an absolute joy and holds an important place in history for us all. By highlighting the dark - Ralph brings us into the light.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tammy A Lander on October 1, 2014
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I love Ralph Steadman and his art work. I learned a lot from this DVD and it made me appreciate him and Hunter S Thompson all the more. They both are geniuses!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ingrid seiple on March 23, 2015
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The mild, tender and compassionate nature of Steadman is juxtaposed brilliantly with his unique process and content of his representation--of the sordid, disreputable underbelly of the world and the pain and injustices it so inhumanly inflicts. Most people that are aware of such things don't have the audacity to represent them if they could while here their existence is undeniable. The images are explosive and potent and then when interspersed with old footage of Hunter S. Thompson, interviews by Johnny Depp, stories of rabble-rousing and road trips, the spoken word of William Burroughs and an eclectic, edgy soundtrack the effect is captivating, provocative and, at the same time, down right intoxicating.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2014
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Great movie and story about Ralph Steadman and his artwork and friendship with Hunter Thompson.
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By courtney on April 18, 2015
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This documentary was better than I expected. I even listen to it at night falling asleep. I would recommend this to my artistic friends. It defiantly cheered me up. Because I make money off of art as well while I've been sick and lacked motivation to create new things. I hope it's okay to share my campaign here. Thank you very much! http://www.gofundme.com/courtneyslelupus.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric W. on September 20, 2014
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Fabulous. A real inspiration to watch.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m on October 6, 2014
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Awesome movie (and I love FlyinDog beer too so anyone who knows that beer inadvertently knows Ralph Steadman) - very informative movie with an endearing glimpse at Johnny Depps love of art.
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