Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Terry Gilliam Starring: Johnny Depp Benicio Del Toro

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 213349165
UPC 025192046131
UPC 14 00025192046131
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/2/2010
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Las Vegas, Nevada
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I think I'm getting the fear."--Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) to Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp)
Quote "There I am...uh, clearly I was a victim of the drug explosion."--Duke when he sees the real Hunter S. Thompson
Quote "Wait! We can't stop here! This is bat country!"--Duke to Dr. Gonzo
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
Premiere 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
Terry Gilliam
Johnny Depp
Benicio Del Toro
Cast & Crew
Lyle Lovett - Star
Gary Busey - Star
Cameron Diaz - Star
Johnny Depp - Star
Christina Ricci - Star
Ellen Barkin - Star
Benicio Del Toro - Star
Tobey Maguire - Star
Alex McDowell - Production Designer
Terry Gilliam - Screenwriter
Nicola Pecorini - Director of Photography
Julie Weiss - Costume Designer
Tony Grisoni - Screenwriter
Tod Davies - Screenwriter
Stephen Nemeth - Producer
Hunter S. Thompson - Source Writer
Alex Cox - Screenwriter
Patrick Cassavetti - Producer
Terry Gilliam - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
UPC 00025192046131
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Cannes Film Festival (1998) Terry Gilliam, Nominee, Golden Palm Award
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review 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.
Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review 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.
Reviewer Tom Lyons
ReviewRating 7
English, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Cintra Wilson, Salon.com ...deeply satisfying...A cinematic masterpiece.
J. Hoberman, The Village Voice Excruciatingly funny.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews ...the look and feel of a picture that's destined for cult status.
Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post ...Depp who, as the story's antic, disgusting and seductive spirit guide, is impossible to look away from.
Ron Wells, Film Threat Does for psychedelics what "Boogie Nights" does for cocaine; displaying in graphical detail the ultimate failure of drugs as an escape route.

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