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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (Criterion) (Blu-Ray)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Cameron Diaz
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: April 26 2011
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,078 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION 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


The original cowriter and director of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was Alex Cox, whose earlier film Sid and Nancy suggests that Cox could have been a perfect match in filming Hunter S. Thompson's psychotropic masterpiece of "gonzo" journalism. Unfortunately Cox departed due to the usual "creative differences," and this ill-fated adaptation was thrust upon Terry Gilliam, whose formidable gifts as a visionary filmmaker were squandered on the seemingly unfilmable elements of Thompson's ether-fogged narrative. The result is a one-joke movie without the joke--an endless series of repetitive scenes involving rampant substance abuse and the hallucinogenic fallout of a road trip that's run crazily out of control. Johnny Depp plays Thompson's alter ego, "gonzo" journalist Raoul Duke, and Benicio Del Toro is his sidekick and so-called lawyer Dr. Gonzo. During the course of a trip to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, they ingest a veritable chemistry set of drugs, and Gilliam does his best to show us the hallucinatory state of their zonked-out minds. This allows for some dazzling imagery and the rampant humor of stumbling buffoons, and the mumbling performances of Depp and Del Toro wholeheartedly embrace the tripped-out, paranoid lunacy of Thompson's celebrated book. But over two hours of this insanity tends to grate on the nerves--like being the only sober guest at a party full of drunken idiots. So while Gilliam's film may achieve some modest cult status over the years, it's only because Fear and Loathing is best enjoyed by those who are just as stoned as the characters in the movie. The DVD offers the film in its full 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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By A Customer on April 1 2004
Format: DVD
In the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas there is a reporter and his lawyer that go to Las Vegas to cover a coupe stories. While they are in Las Vegas they experiment with a lot of different drugs. In the course of doing all these drugs they get paranoid about getting caught by the cops or other people around them. In some cases they even think that people are out to kill them so they carry a gun with them and in other cases they even turn on each other accusing each other of being cops ready to bust them for all the drugs they have.
Some of the characteristics of the reporter are that he is a drugy and that he is always strung out. He is a very complicated person and you could never predict what his next move will be. The reason why I like this character is because he is an individual and he doesn't care about what anybody thinks of him. Anything and everything he does, he does because he wants to and he doesn't think about what anybody would think.
A very interesting topic about this book is that it is all about drugs. When people do drugs it makes reading or hearing about there lives more interesting. If this book was the same in every aspect except the drugs there would be nothing interesting about it. There would be nothing to grab you into reading this book.
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is, supposedly about two journalists, Raoul Duke (played by Johnny Depp) and his lawyer, Dr. Gonzo (played by Benicio Del Toro) as they journey to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race in Las Vegas. And oh yeah, they do every drug imaginable on the way.
Ironically, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a vitriolic attack on the drug culture. It doesn't make getting high look glamorous, appealing, or fun. It makes it look disgusting, a descent into madness and an entry into a nightmarish world where people look like lizards, rooms fill with garbage, and everyone's one bad hit away from killing themselves...or someone else.
During the trip, the world rages on. It's a time of war and it haunts the drug trips of our two...err, protagonists. The 60s are over, it's clear, but the two main characters are not willing to let go - so they dig deeper, and deeper, and deeper into drugs.
There's really no plot. How could there be? The trip itself is the point.
Benicio Del Toro is amazing as a huge, fat Samoan. It's the role he was born for (and that's not a compliment). Conversely, Depp is wasted here. He mutters through his teeth - in fact, both of them mumble so much that we had to watch the movie with subtitles on.
Maleficent laughed a lot at this movie. But for the most part it gave me a headache. The movie could have achieved in a 30 minutes what it takes hours to demonstrate, over and over and over.
To sum up: Drugs are bad and the 60's free-living culture was a big fat lie and Las Vegas is its own drug trip. There, now you don't have to watch the movie.
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Well, Terry Gilliam did it. They said that no-one could ever make a movie out of Hunter S. Thompson's sprawling, oozing, rambling, incoherent, gonzo 1972 novel of the same name, but by Jove he did! Not only that, he has made it wildly entertaining, watchable, hilarious and fun as well - a masterful achievement, given that the end of the novel itself breaks down into transcripts of tape as the good doctor himself gets the Fear. Much of the credit for this should go to the screenwriter who adapted the book so well, picking the best pieces from the book and managing to thread a vaguely coherent timeline through them, as well as to Hunter S. himself, for writing a book where the monologues can be adapted verbatim and work so well as voice-over in a movie. The type of "new journalism" practiced by Thompson and his alter ego Raoul Duke forswears objective description of vents for a manic subjective stream-of-consciousness retelling of the essence of the story. Wonderful to read - almost impossible to film.
The true star of the film of course is Johnny Depp, on whose masterful portrayal of Duke the movie hinges. He flails around frenetically, spitting out his words like a mad man in a fantastically broken style where the words trip over each other excitedly, racing to all get out at the same time lest some vital thought be lost in the overall melee, followed by pauses where he seems unsure of what he was saying in the first place. What's the deal here? What happens next?
Depp is ably aided and abetted by a chunky Benicio Del Toro who, despite his racial handicap, manages to portray the vicious and psychotic Samoan attorney that Duke is almost never without. The two of them then busily careen around Vegas, having fun, breaking the rules and searching for the American Dream.
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Upon seeing this movie at a friends house a while back, I immediately bought it for myself. While it seems that people either love it or hate it, I suggest that you watch it at least once. Fear and Loathing is full of hilarious situations and some memorable one-liners, such as a stand-off between Raoul Duke (Depp) and a lone highway cop (Busey), or Depp exclaiming, "We can't stop here; this is bat country!".
While many critics accuse this movie of being shallow and annoying, it is probably because they are too full of themselves to understand what it's about. On the surface, it's about two rambling, drunk, and drugged crazies roaming the west, but it's full of witty humor (it takes several viewings to catch it all) and fantastic underlying themes that seem to be lost on the majority that can't appreciate this fine work of art.
While it's not excessively graphic (ala Requim for a Dream), Fear and Loathing does contain many scenes of drug use, and constant language. Obscene? Certainly. But if you don't take it at face value, it's a wonderful thrillride aiming to find the true American Dream.
Buy the ticket, take the ride. It's well worth it.
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