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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [2 Discs] [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1998]

Release Date:02/18/2003
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Terry Gilliam's adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is given the deluxe treatment on this lavish two-disc set from Criterion. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo, and DTS Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Gilliam, a second commentary track by stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro along with producer Laila Nabulsi, a third commentary track recorded by Thompson, historical information on the people portrayed in the film, a 1978 BBC documentary about Thompson, a collection of artwork by Ralph Steadman, a documentary about Thompson in Hollywood, and Johnny Depp reading from Thompson's extensive correspondence. This is a truly spectacular disc from Criterion that sheds light on the filmmaking process as well as the real life people that inspired the book.



Digital transfer supervised by director Terry Gilliam and enhanced for 16x9 televisions

New Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 sound mixes

Three audio commentary tracks: director Terry Gilliam; stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, and producer Laila Nabulsi; and author Hunter S. Thompson

Deleted scenes with commentary by Terry Gilliam

English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Optimal image quality RSDL dual-layer edition

Collection of storyboards and production designs

Stills gallery

Selection of Hunter S. Thompson correspondence read on-camera by Johnny Depp

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

A look at the controversy over the screenwriting credit

Original trailer and TV spots

Rare materials on Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo

Collection of original artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman

Excerpt from 1996 Fear and Loathing audio CD with Maury Chaykin, Jim Jarmusch, and Harry Dean Stanton

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

Booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman and two pieces by Thompson