- Actors: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Cameron Diaz
- Directors: Terry Gilliam
- Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Criterion
- Release Date: April 26 2011
- Run Time: 119 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 330 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004JPJHME
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,052 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (Criterion) (Blu-Ray)
|Price:||CDN$ 42.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top customer reviews
Ralph Steadman's grotesque illustrations for the book are accurately realized in the film, and this is the root of the problem. Steadman drew caricatures of the book's characters; the film brings these caricatures to life as though they are realistic, Rockwell-like portraits of the characters -- and this fatal misrepresentation sinks the film. Burlesque is diluted with meditation, and as a result the film is neither amusing nor enlightening.
The film is entirely superficial, but even so it veers between hallucinatory distortion and gross caricature, leaving the viewer to wonder at the mental age of the people responsible for this farce. Alas, some very talented people were involved, not least of whom is Hunter S. Thompson, and they all should hang their heads in shame.
This movie has its share of funny scenes, but five minutes of amusement won't justify two hours of Fear & Loathing. The scene with Dr. Gonzo vomiting over the side of his convertible as he cruises The Strip, while screaming gibberish about Vietnam and heroin at a carful of middle-aged tourists, is alone worth the two stars I've awarded the film. But overall, Fear & Loathing is a major disappointment.
Johnny Depp plays Hunter S. Thompson as Doonesbury's Duke with the FDR cigarette holder and pastel shades. Benicio Del Toro is offensively loutish as Dr. Gonzo, a fake Samoan from East L.A. or thereabouts. Most of this is pretty "bad," but Depp got the cartoon character down pat. The psychedelic and day-glow sets, populated with lizards and ugly Americans, splashed with glaring reds and pinks, etc., captured well not only the "fear and loathing" but the seventies Las Vegas milieu as well. The voice overs from the novel seemed a bit miraculous in the movie since at no time is Duke ever coherent or sober enough to write. Piping Debbie Reynolds's "Tammy's in Love" into the Duke/Gonzo hotel room amid the brain cell mayhem was an inspired cultural juxtaposition. Ditto for the Barbra Streisand portraits.
Best scene: Gonzo and Duke watching a clip from "Reefer Madness" at the narc's convention. Second best scene: Duke being admired by the highway patrolman who wants a kiss. Most fun: trash driving those two big Caddy convertibles.
One of the amazing things about Gilliam is how he can make fun of people without their seeming to notice. Hunter S. Thompson looks like an idiot here, and Gilliam is really satirizing the sixties/early seventies drug culture just as surely as he trashes the cops. His rapier is razor sharp, so sharp you don't feel it until you look down and see the blood on your hand.
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category