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Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Peter Boyle , Bill Murray , Art Linson  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Boyle, Bill Murray, Bruno Kirby, Rene Auberjonois, R.G. Armstrong
  • Directors: Art Linson
  • Writers: Hunter S. Thompson, John Kaye
  • Producers: Art Linson, Mack Bing
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003ETIT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Where the Buffalo Roam" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Bill Murray is in his early-career, shambling glory as Hunter S. Thompson, the gonzo journalist with a fondness for Wild Turkey and firearms. While Murray does not do as exact an impersonation of Thompson as Johnny Depp (in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), he does capture Thompson's dazed, anarchic nature. Unfortunately, the movie around him is just anarchic: a series of episodes (true or invented) from Dr. Thompson's career, circa 1968-72. The haphazard structure is probably meant to suggest the spirit of the counterculture or something, but it's just flabby storytelling. Thanks to Murray's blissful delivery, there are scenes that have a stoned giddiness to them: Thompson and his attorney (Peter Boyle) terrifying an unsuspecting hitchhiker, or Thompson alone in a men's room with Richard Nixon. Neil Young contributes some music, and Murray warbles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" while drunkenly piloting a plane. --Robert Horton

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479 of 490 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Do not buy the DVD, Buy the VHS (it's on Amazon) November 25, 2002
WARNING! Do not buy the DVD, Buy the VHS (it's on Amazon)
I am a huge Bill Murray fan and have seen this movie at least 50 times. I obviously like it and I rank it near Murray's top behind Ghostbusters, Shack, Stripes and Ground Hog Day. However, one of the the great aspects of the movie is its amazing soundtrack: Jimi Hendrix's ax grinding staccato of Purple Haze as Thompson boards the Zoo press plane, Bob Dylan's Highway 61 on the road, Neil Young and more...
For some reaosn or another, the producers of the DVD cheaped out and put some candy-licking 80s mall music in its place because they did not want to pay for the rights to these phenomenol tracks.
STOP! If you have an ounce of respect for classic Bill Murray, do not buy the DVD. Furthermore, do not watch this decoy cotton candy Debbie Gibson meets Mr. Rogers DVD and walk around saying the movie sucks. You may only say that if you saw the original version. It's available on Amazon.
-The Doomed (obscure movie reference)
(don't buy it unless the cover has a typewriter on the front)
Here are the original tracks...
ODE TO WILD BILL #1/Neil Young
ODE TO WILD BILL #2/Neil Young
HIGHWAY 61/Bob Dylan
KEEP ON CHOOGLIN'/Creedence Clearwater Revival
ODE TO WILD BILL #4/Neil Young
PURPLE HAZE/Jimi Hendrix
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122 of 123 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Just Finished Watching The Newer DVD 02/01/05 February 2, 2005
Just a 'heads-up" for all the fans of the original soundtrack. This new DVD edition released today by Universal, has the same soundtrack as the Anchor Bay DVD release. This is really a pity and just goes to show you what a studio will do to make a quick buck. This year is the 25th anniversary of this movie and I would think that Universal would want to do this right, but this is not the case. Loud boo's and hisses for Universal Pictures!
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I agree. DO NOT Buy the Anchor Bay release of this film! February 26, 2004
Anchor Bay bought the rights to this film and for some reason only included a couple of the original songs. And they still advertise on the package that there is music from Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. This music was taken out! Curse their flagrant lies! The music they added is some horrible studio band. The original music is a key part to this film. Why would any respectable video release company change an origianl film, and on top of it boast an advertisement for something that is not there? Find an original version of this film and
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy Universal Studios UPC 096895507533 March 3, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Took the advice of warning not to buy the DVD version & STILL ended up with a rescored soundtrack. Painful to watch despite being one of the funniest movies out there. I curse the greedy souless schmuck behind this artistic desecration. The box even "boasts a record score...hit-crammed soundtrack." Hey, you heartless bastard, may you wake up in a pile of rabid weasels to an endless tape-loop of "You light up my Life!"
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Original soundtrack version!!! September 20, 2008
By Gabe
I've just found that "Where the Buffalo Roam" with the original unedited soundtrack can be found as part of netflix's streaming video selection. It's from the same widescreen master as the DVD, only that horrible 80s temp music is gone. I guess the music rights could be released for instant viewing on the web. Maybe we'll eventually see the right version on DVD one day...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agreement with the music on the DVD May 18, 2003
By Phleck
When I first saw the movie a year ago,
I had rented it from Hollywood Video
on VHS. The VHS must have used the same
music on the DVD, because the DVD I
just recently rented used the same
chronologically distracting music.
Although it fit the time the movie
was made and it reminded me of the Cheech &
Chong movies from that time, it didn't
fit the time period the movie took
place... "why would HST be listening
to music like that in 1968???"
I honestly wasn't aware that this was new
music, and so I originally got the feel that this
was a just "low-budget" college flick,
with some really well-done scenes.
"Why does it say Neil Young did the music?
There's only a few parts he did... most of the
rest of the music sucks!" I thought back then.
Although the rest of the movie got better and
better the more I watch it, and I was
able to get past the music, it still
brings the rest of the film down
considerably. Hopefully, one of these
days I'll get a chance to view the original
production of this great film...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment to "A viewer" March 8, 2006
The person that "warned" the viewers about the "Original score" for the DVD version is false. I recently bought the VHS "original version" with the typewriter on the cover as he or she specified and found that it is the same music as the DVD release. DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY THAT FALSE WARNING!!! The truth is ALL releases of "Where the Buffalo Roam" do not include the "original score", featuring Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, etc. Not even the VHS. Why this happened was due to copyright issues. There are no longer "original versions" containing the "original score", unless you bought the video in 1980, I suppose. DO NOT BE FOOLED ONCE AGAIN!!! ALL RELEASES (DVD & VHS) ARE THE SAME NEW "80'S CHEESY MALL MUSIC" implied falsely by someone who hid their identity. Probably to avoid any interaction from other viewers who own both original and re-release versions like myself. The movie that "A Viewer" owned must of been a bootleg or a special "theatre version", I have no clue. This movie is still highly enjoyable without the "original score".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
Besides being dreary, it was dumb, foolish, silly, etc!
I supposed it was a very funny movie assuming the success of Bill Murray on his other performances, but it failed to... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Ramon Meneses
4.0 out of 5 stars Bill Murray Is amazing as HST.
Not quite as good as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but a good flick if you are a fan of HST.
Published 18 days ago by Joshua Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie!
If you have not seen Bill Murray's interpretation of Hunter S Thompson you are missing out. This is a fantastic and hilarious movie! Great one for all the HST fans out there.
Published 19 days ago by GonzoLeslie
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and the weird and the freaks play
This movie had eluded me for years. That is what I truly liked about it the most. Not knowing how well Murray portrayed Dr. Thompson was a really surprise. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Matthew Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic
If love either HST or Bill Murray this is not only a must see, it's a must have.
Peter Boyle is also genius - as always - as HST crazed attorney. Read more
Published 1 month ago by notsocajun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buddy movie.
This is one of Bill Murray best films. Peter Boyle is loud and great. After watching this movie, I felt great. It's so funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Baker Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This movie is a classic. Murray and boyle are the best in this film. Chasing after Nixon and the Superbowl. Get it and sit back and enjoy.
Published 2 months ago by Timothy Doherty
1.0 out of 5 stars Idiotic
An idiotic movie for idiots. If U praised this movie then U must also think The Three Stooges films are also the epitome of movie making. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Philos
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the Buffalo Roam
Peter Boyle was great, and Bill Murray is always good. It's an old movie but captures the manic desperation of those times well.
Published 2 months ago by Debbie Bayer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Good production of Hunter S. Thompson. Bill Murray did a great job, and played the character very similarly to how Johnny Depp played Raul Duke in Fear and Loathing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by QRIV
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