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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 (406 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JPJHME
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,678 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clinton K. Bernes on May 16 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Fear and Loathing on Criterion Blu, the way it was meant to be presented. Astonishing picture presentation, wonderful bonus materials (including Hunter Thompson's own DVD commentary of the film). The only way to enjoy this movie for true lovers of the movie and of HST.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LA on Nov. 1 2006
Format: DVD
I have watched this movie many times and was quite young when I first saw it. Therefore I didn't really get the drug stuff completely but still enjoyed it. When I was a bit older I watched it again and loved it even more. Johnny Depp is a dead ringer for Hunter S. Thompson. He even sounds exactly like him. I didn't recognize Benecio Del Toro, since he gained around fifty pounds for the role, and mumbles his way through the whole thing. If you like funny, bizzare, but extremely entertaining films then give it a go. It's worth it just for Depp's performance alone. Also Tobey Maguire is hilarious in his small part including the weird wig.
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One hell of a movie! Great performances by Depp and Del Toro. Gilliam's directing is near-perfect. The soundtrack is outstanding. "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is probably the only work of fiction that is a masterpiece in both novel and movie. An advice: Don't watch it only once. Watch it at least two or three times, then you will see. It's a bizarre, savage film. One of a kind. We are not use to those kind of film. And, don't let it go because of it's poor performance at the box-office back in 1998. Like Dr. Hunter S. Thompson himself said: " It slowy grew an adoring cult following - much, fittingly, like the book."
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By Rob Larmer on July 5 2007
Format: DVD
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas was originally written by famous writer and rebel Hunter S. Thompson. This man was both brilliant and mad to some extends, and his literature strongly reflects this. Anybody who is familiar with his literature might call his work 'unfilmable', and to some extent they would be right, but director Terry Gilliam has done as good a job with it as any director could.

Fear & Loathing is largely a plotless film; two men go on a drug binge in Las Vegas for a weekend. Thats it, scenario after scenario of hallucinations and drugs. This is neither a bad thing nor a good thing, it simply is; we watch these men and laugh at them, but ultimately the film ends up amounting to nothing. We are the same at the end of the picture as we were at the beginning, without anything added or subtracted from out lives.

In my opinion this is cinema as an art form; can we define what a film is supposed to do? Fear & Loathing does what Fellini did with 8 1/2; it creates a film that ultimately leaves meaning to the viewer. There isn't a lot there to engage, so throughout the film we find means of engagement in it. Sure it works as a comedy on a basic level (as does 8 1/2), but to get depth and meaning from the film we must create it, and to me Fear & Loathing provides us with an opportunity to do this, without telling us how to think about it.

I guess thats my take on it; it certainly is not for everybody and many people would give it a 1/10 in all fairness. Others would give it a 10/10, and they would be also fair to the film. Fear & Loathing is just very subjective, and any honest opinion formed on it is basically pretty accurate.
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Format: DVD
When this movie first came out it got such lousy reviews I didn't watch it at first but did end up renting it. It has now become one of my favorites
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By A Customer on July 18 2004
Format: DVD
This isn't your average movie. Based on the H.S Thompson novel, tt quite succesfully captures the literary insanity of Thompson's books (I'm actually 16, not twelve). Here's the scenario, two stoners running around Las Vegas. All the jokes are based around the wild, outrageous hallucinations of Raul Duke, and his "side kick" Dr. Gonzo. But damned if the many variations of the same basic joke aren't guiltily hilarious every single time. In one scene, Raul and Gonzo are in a bar, When Raul freaks out, thinking that all the bar patrons have been turned into monstrous lizards.
Weird- absolutely Funny- You bet.
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Format: DVD
First things first: FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, the film, is quite good. If you can stomach its content, it IS a rather fun drug odyssey with a fair amount of underlying social commentary. Some of it becomes muddled and the reviews were horrible (Ebert gave it 1/4) but I enjoy this more than Terry Gilliam's BRAZIL, to be honest (which, ironically, Ebert also gave a negative review).
THE DVD
An overall wonderful experience. First, the packaging: superb. Criterion is always good at packaging their DVDs and this is one of my favorites. On the inside is an essay by a film critic and two discs. The first has the film, newly remastered under the supervision of Gilliam, along with three commentary tracks: by Gilliam, Depp and Del Toro, and Hunter S. Thompson. Wisely, they had someone interview him most of the time since he's obviously a bit of an oddball and would be prone to sitting there and saying nothing.
The second disc has some extraordinary specials, including an old BBC documentary about Thompson (whose semi-truthful novel this is based upon), TV spots, the theatrical trailer (with optional commentary by Gilliam - which I've never seen before), poster and photo galleries, Hunter Goes to Hollywood (an amusing short documentary about Thompson visiting the set of the film), a selection of somewhat bizarre letters between Depp and Thompson that date back to the pre-and-post-production of the film (Depp reads all of them to the camera for us).
Overall, one of the best DVDs I own. The film isn't a classic, per se, but it IS enjoyable. I'm sure part of my appreciation for it comes from this superb DVD, which is one of the finest I own in terms of special features.
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