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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1998]

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  • Release Date: 04/26/2011
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (33 out of 34)

    Special Features

    • Digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with 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
    • 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
    • Excerpt from a 1996 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recording featuring Jim Jarmusch and Maury Chaykin
    • BBC documentary from 1978 with Thompson and Steadman
    • Stroyboards, production designs, stills, and trailer


    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

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 34 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      highjinks in HD


      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?


      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

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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

      The Criterion Collection on Bluray

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      This movie is about a journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) on an assignment in the desert of Las Vegas for a motorcycle race in 1971. Raoul and his friend/attorney Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro) go on a major psychedelic drug bender during their stay in Las Vegas... it's crazy, strange and at the same time hilarious.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome, witty, and hillarious Flick!


      "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!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie + Great Store Serivce

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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.


      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.

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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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