This widescreen DVD offers digital soundtracks and Surround soundtracks with four channels of encoded audio. It features a special interview segment with director Terry Gilliam and stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. The segment explores the drug-induced settings used in the film and the stars' takes on Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson wrote the book on which the film is based and Depp describes getting the writer's mannerisms down for the part. There are also deleted scenes and production notes describing the process of developing the novel into a film. Also available on the DVD are biographies of the two stars and the director, as well as the theatrical trailer. Aside from the scene index, there are optional captions in English, as well as French and Spanish subtitles.
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.
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.
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.