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

  • SKU: 5149993
  • Release Date: 02/18/2003
  • Rating: R
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.
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (31 out of 32)

Special Features


  • 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
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Cast & Crew


  • Johnny Depp
    Johnny Depp - Raoul Duke
  • Benicio Del Toro
    Benicio Del Toro - Dr. Gonzo
  • Craig Bierko
    Craig Bierko - Lacerda
  • Ellen Barkin
    Ellen Barkin - North Star Waitress
  • Gary Busey
    Gary Busey - Highway Patrolman



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 32 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    highjinks in HD

    Posted
    OrGaNiX

    whether you loved or hated the movie adaptation of fear and loathing, nobody can argue that the HD version is not superior to dvd. this film has many scenes with vivid colors, on the dvd version colors would run together rather badly and just look terrible overall. not so with the HDDVD transfer. unfortunately the movie looks very dated. film grain and occasional dirt or abrasion looks bad at high resolution, but that's not the technologies fault, simply the problem older films face in HD. all in all a good transfer, looks best in HD. the one thing i do have a complaint with is the packaging, and this sort of applies to all HDDVDs. there was a collectors edition dvd that came with all sorts of extra goodies and was packaged in a cool double dvd box with a nice slipface cover. none of that here, you get a boring red box with the vital stats on the back. for the money we could be given a little more

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    don't you just hate the critics?

    Posted
    cenobite7

    on the opening week of this release in theatres, the critics nearly massacred the work much to my disbelief. thank goodness this brilliant work of genius terry gilliam & hunter thompson has managed to have an incredible shelf life in the video media world. criterion has even gone so far as to release an incredible set for serious fans of the film to re-experience. needless to say, it looks fantastic & is definitely a great investment. this is, by far, johnny depp's most bizarre yet versatile role & everything else could almost pale in comparison. you won't even remember edward scissorhands or the tv show 21 jump street after watching this. fear & loathing excels in being disturbing, frightening, & hilarious all at once. one is never certain whether they should be panicky or trembling with laughter. do yourself a favor & grab a copy today!! why wait???

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent presentation, great movie

    Posted
    Havok
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    Criterion releases are usually amazing for me. This one is no exception. The picture quality is fantastic, the presentation feels premium. The price is a little higher, but I always know I'm getting quality. The movie itself is a trip, literally and figuratively (for the characters). I'm sure you are well aware of the subject matter, and what you're getting into. If not, well it's certainly not for children. Can I speak of the indulgences these men enjoy as they go on their journey on this website? Probably not. Do a little research before blind buying, if you have sensitive ears and eyes. If you know the movie, love the movie, then just buy the movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, witty, and hillarious Flick!

    Posted
    Wheels83

    "We can't stop here, this is bat country!" I can probably quote this entire movie and never gets old! I take the dry sense of humor through-out this movie and apply it to my life. The acting is superb from both an unpredictable Johnny and back then a very chubby Benicio. I've problably seen this movie 36 times and the first ten times viewing it, I had always got something new from each time that really caught my attention. A must see but more importantly, a must buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie + Great Store Serivce

    Posted
    Nicole
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    I absolutely recommend this movie to anyone who has not seen it. I went into my Best Buy to see if I could repurchase this movie after losing it many years ago. They didn't have it in stock so the employee at the register was kind enough to order it for me. I received the movie in about three business days. Would recommend you do this if your're looking for a particular film that they don't have in store.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This was bat country.

    Posted
    JSeguin0614

    Ok so come on it fear and loathing. If you've watched this movie before you know what your in for. However if you haven't its still fun. If your looking for a movie with strong plot lines with characters that leave you with the warm fuzzies this is not your movie, but if you want to sit back and laugh your tail off at a movie with some of the best one liners ever you must see this one.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best movies I've seen in recent years.

    Posted
    manicmunchkin
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    Johnny Depp does a fantastic job portraying Hunter Thompson. It's an in-depth character study of someone who is totally whacked out on drugs but doing his job and living his day-to-day life. Benecio Del Toro is amazing as his cohort. I wouldn't have found this movie but for the Rum Diaries, also Johnny Depp, which came out this year. Hunter Thompson was a fascinating person.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie!!!

    Posted
    redandblack6s

    This one of my wife and I's favorite films, absolutely hilarious! Best of all, it's true! Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro are fantastic! Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Monty Python) does an amazing job bringing Hunter S. Thompson's novel to the screen. Loaded with special features, I highly recommend this special edition! Trust me, it's worth every penny!

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