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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 213349165
UPC: 025192046131
UPC 14: 00025192046131
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We Were Somewhere Around Barstow When the Drugs Began to Take Hold.
When a writing assignment lands journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) as sidekick Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) in Las Vegas, they decide to make it the ultimate business trip. But before long, business is forgotten and trip has become the key word. Fueled by a suitcase full of mind-bending pharmaceuticals, Duke and Gonzo set off on a fast and furious ride through nonstop neon, surreal surroundings and a crew of the craziest characters ever (including cameo appearances by Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci, Gary Busey and many others). But no matter where misadventure leads them, Duke and Gonzo discover that sometimes going too far is the only way to go.

"...deeply satisfying...A cinematic masterpiece.  Cintra Wilson,
"Excruciatingly funny.  J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
"...the look and feel of a picture that's destined for cult status.  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"...Depp who, as the story's antic, disgusting and seductive spirit guide, is impossible to look away from.  Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post
"Does for psychedelics what "Boogie Nights" does for cocaine; displaying in graphical detail the ultimate failure of drugs as an escape route.  Ron Wells, Film Threat

Editor's Note
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS is a whirlwind of a movie, a wacky, drug-laden story backed by a fist-pumping rock & roll soundtrack featuring everything from Wayne Newton and Tom Jones to Combustible Edison and Dead Kennedys. Journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) heads to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, bringing along his Samoan lawyer, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro), in this furious adaptation of the book by Hunter S. Thompson. It is 1971, and Duke and Gonzo are on their way to Sin City with a frightened hitchhiker (a nearly unrecognizable Tobey Maguire) and a trunkful of drugs, which they ingest nonstop. Depp is terrific as Duke, Thompson's alter ego, and Del Toro is a riot as the crazy lawyer. To perfect his Thompsonian performance, Depp spent a lot of time with the good doctor, and it paid off in a film that captures the frenetic pace of the counterculture novel. Director Terry Gilliam, a master of complex, bizarre visual imagery, has a field day interpreting the drug-hazed world in which Duke and Gonzo reside. An all-star cast chimes in with wonderfully offbeat bit parts, including Harry Dean Stanton, Gilliam regular Katherine Helmond, Flea, Cameron Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Christina Ricci, Gary Busey, Lyle Lovett, and others.


Video Features English, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/2/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video UPC UPC: 00025192046131
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Jake Thomas Reviews
Published on: 2/2/2010 9:31 AM
Realism has never much interested Terry Gilliam. It's fascinating to consider that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the drug-fueled mind-bender based on Hunter S. Thompson's seminal book, is also likely his most realistic piece of filmmaking. The book was Thompson's tour-de-force of "Gonzo journalism," a style he helped define by trying to make journalism that was as in the moment, uncensored, and  subjectively and emotionally true as possible. Both Gilliam and Thompson hold that "realism" and "objectivity" are false and useless constructs, so it makes sense that sooner or later the two should the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Lyle Lovett
Video Cast Info Gary Busey
Video Cast Info Cameron Diaz
Video Cast Info Johnny Depp
Video Cast Info Christina Ricci
Video Cast Info Ellen Barkin
Video Cast Info Benicio Del Toro
Video Cast Info Tobey Maguire
Video Cast Info Alex McDowell - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Terry Gilliam - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Nicola Pecorini - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Julie Weiss - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Tony Grisoni - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Tod Davies - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Stephen Nemeth - Producer
Video Cast Info Hunter S. Thompson - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Alex Cox - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Patrick Cassavetti - Producer
Video Cast Info Terry Gilliam - Director


Cannes Film Festival (1998)
   Video Award Name Terry Gilliam, Nominee, Golden Palm Award

Memorable Quotes

"I think I'm getting the fear."----Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) to Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp)

"There I am...uh, clearly I was a victim of the drug explosion."----Duke when he sees the real Hunter S. Thompson

"Wait! We can't stop here! This is bat country!"----Duke to Dr. Gonzo

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Fiendish intensity..." 06/25/1998 p.99

Sight and Sound
"...FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS throws you straight into a demented cinematic 'acid test'..." 11/01/1998 p.48-9

Entertainment Weekly
"...A lucid hallucination. Depp again proves himself our most inventive actor....This movie isn't about drugs, it is drugs..." -- Rating: B 11/13/1998 p.82

New York Times
"...A fidelity to the author's hallucinatory imagery that until now seemed impossible to capture in a film. But here it is in all its splendiferous funhouse terror: the closest sensory approximation of an acid trip ever achieved by a mainstream movie..." 05/22/1998 p.E14

Total Film
"[A] shocking, funny and sad tale of idealism's demise en route." 07/01/2006 p.128

4 stars out of 5 -- "Depp and Del Toro couldn't be more perfect for the roles and throw themselves in without fear or hesitation." 02/01/2010

DVD Verdict 10 of 10
Many people complain that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a film that champions drug use and said substances' power to distort the main characters rather felonious reality into a rollicking frolic around Sin City...Sorry to say it, but Fear and Loathing fails to even properly champion narcotics. So ingrained in the PC Hollywood "just say no" mindset it sidesteps historical reality to sell a simple song, namely that drugs are only catalysts for catastrophe...Sure, it's funny to see Del Toro and Depp stumbling like a couple of inebriated jellyfish while in the throes of an ether high, but where are the moments when dope calms the nerves, removes the edge, and regains that free love hippie dippy dogma a whole generation had grooved on? Like a song by the Grateful Dead, this movie's depiction of drug use is one long, irritating jam session. Those who find Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a love letter to recreational pharmaceuticals need to get the prescription on their mental reading glasses readjusted. Each and every buzz here is severely harshed. - Bill Gibron

Eye Weekly 7 of 10
In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the 1971 account of his drug-addled trip to Vegas to cover a motorcycle race for Sports Illustrated, Hunter S. Thompson remarks that the '60s youth movement never solidified because the lower-class bikers and dopers couldn't help regarding the upper-middle-class antiwar activists as a bunch of chickenshit poseurs...Gilliam does stick fairly closely to the book, though even Thompson's gonzo prose seems curiously lifeless when broken down into small chunks and mumbled by Depp. The movie's chief strength, and saving grace, lies in Gilliam's acid-tinged, vaguely hallucinatory depictions of the aging Republican types crowding into the chintzy Vegas nightclubs and conference rooms. It's entertaining to watch, but sort of like settling for Tylenol #3 when mescaline had been promised. - Tom Lyons

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