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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1998)

Johnny Depp , Benicio Del Toro , Terry Gilliam  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Cameron Diaz
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (680 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JPJHME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,298 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and an optional 5.1 mix

Three audio commentaries: one with Gilliam, one with stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi, and one with author Hunter S. Thompson

Deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Gilliam

Selection of Thompson correspondence, read on camera by Depp

Hunter Goes to Hollywood, a short documentary by filmmaker Wayne Ewing

A look at the controversy over the screenwriting credit

Profile of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo

Collection of artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman

Audio excerpt from the 1996 spoken-word CD Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, featuring filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and actor Maury Chaykin

Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood, a 1978 BBC documentary with Thompson and Steadman

Storyboards, production designs, stills gallery, theatrical trailer, and TV spots

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman and two pieces by Thompson


Editorial Reviews

It is 1971, and journalist Raoul Duke barrels toward Las Vegas—accompanied by a trunkful of contraband and his unhinged Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo—to cover a motorcycle race. His cut-and-dried assignment quickly descends into a feverish psychedelic odyssey. Director Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Brazil) and an all-star cast headlined by Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands, Donnie Brasco) and Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Che) show no mercy in adapting Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary dissection of the American way of life to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage.

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183 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The critics were wrong again January 23, 2001
By dwpoore
Format:DVD
I find it sad that much of the country bases it's movie selections on the opinions of hacks like Leonard Maltin. I can see why this wasn't a mainstream success due to it's waaaaaay out in left field mentality, but because of all the negativity this great film remains unseen by many. As people come around to the acting genius of both Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro (and they will), they will inevitably want to see their earlier works and then, finally, they will see what all the hype wasn't about.
Terry Gilliam absolutely NAILED Hunter's book. The visuals are incredible and alarming. The angles, strange and enticing. I heard that they filmed this movie without a script, just the book in hand. After reading the book, I believe trying to write a script for it could have severly dampened the impact.
Now for the drug use... If you are the type of person who realized that Fight Club wasn't really about the fighting, then you will also realize that Fear & Loathing isn't really about the drug use. According to the big dog movie critics only a stoner will appreciate this movie, which leads me to believe that only idiots become professional movie reviewers.
If you appreciate ground-breaking cinema, truly innovative directing, first-rate acting and are looking for something different... the ramblings of a gonzo journalist could be just the thing.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas June 21, 2008
Format:DVD
A Review of the DVD: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

Starring:
Johnny Depp,
Benicio Del Toro

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writing credits:
Hunter S. Thompson (book)
Terry Gilliam (screenplay)
Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
Tod Davies (screenplay)
Alex Cox (screenplay)

Run Time: 118 Minutes
Released: 1998

Hunter Thompson practiced total immersion journalism. He called this form reporting gonzo journalism.

Hunter Thompson drove to Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and ended up writing a story about himself writing a story about a motorcycle race. If he would have written a conventional report on motorcycle racing it would have been interesting to motorcycle enthusiasts for a few days. Since he wrote a gonzo story he had a very wide canvas and he used it well to create a classic.

Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro do justice to the outrageous characters created by Hunter S Thompson. The reader might be turned off by the obstreperous behavior, extreme self indulgence and offensive inconsiderate language. If you can look past this offensive conduct and you will see that Hunter S Thompson gave us an insight into the American character of the 1970's.

See also: Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

I completely enjoyed this film and recommend it to others.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas June 21, 2008
Format:HD DVD
A Review of the DVD: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

Starring:
Johnny Depp,
Benicio Del Toro

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writing credits:
Hunter S. Thompson (book)
Terry Gilliam (screenplay)
Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
Tod Davies (screenplay)
Alex Cox (screenplay)

Run Time: 118 Minutes
Released: 1998

Hunter Thompson practiced total immersion journalism. He called this form reporting gonzo journalism.

Hunter Thompson drove to Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and ended up writing a story about himself writing a story about a motorcycle race. If he would have written a conventional report on motorcycle racing it would have been interesting to motorcycle enthusiasts for a few days. Since he wrote a gonzo story he had a very wide canvas and he used it well to create a classic.

Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro do justice to the outrageous characters created by Hunter S Thompson. The reader might be turned off by the obstreperous behavior, extreme self indulgence and offensive inconsiderate language. If you can look past this offensive conduct and you will see that Hunter S Thompson gave us an insight into the American character of the 1970's.

See also: Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

I completely enjoyed this film and recommend it to others.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances by Depp and Del Toro! January 9, 2007
Format:HD DVD
It was upsetting to see the only review of this title was not a review at all but a complaint against amazon so I had to put in my two cents. This movie has some of the best performances from Jonny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and Terry Gilliam directs one of his finest films ever. Too bad this one was missed by audiences in 1998 when it quickly came and went from theatres after the first week. If you like Hunter S. Thompson and movies like The Big Lebowski, you'll want to make sure to add this item to your movie collection. The HD transfer alone is worth purchasing this version, but make sure to check out the Criterion DVD which contains interviews from Hunter S. Thompson as well as a full movie commentary that's as entertaining as the movie itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... s on and he said that it was in good shape and that he enjoyed it
I bought this for my s on and he said that it was in good shape and that he enjoyed it.
Published 1 day ago by pg
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Awesome
Published 1 day ago by daryl wayne ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best johnny deep movie ever
Published 1 day ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Specific to the BD edition.
Specific to the Blu-ray edition... It's a standard size unlike the DVD edition. All features fit onto one disc so it fits in a normal size case. It looks quite nice. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Klaus Heimlin
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie EVER
In the words of 'Comic Book Guy'........Worst movie EVER!
Published 4 days ago by Randall Thomasson
5.0 out of 5 stars hysterical misadventures of Hunter S. Thompson
A hilarious movie based on Hunter S. Thompson's book of the same name. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro terrorize Las Vegas while on a myriad of drugs and alcohol but primarily... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mariah
5.0 out of 5 stars Happily, this is one of those times
You don't find very often a movie that closely follows the book. Happily, this is one of those times.
Mr. Depp's portrayal of H.S. Read more
Published 6 days ago by George Sterpka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely funny ,.. love the "gonzo" reporting method
Published 7 days ago by stephen sugalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great!!
Published 7 days ago by sean delgadilllo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie i enjoy it every time i watch it
Published 8 days ago by mark davis
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