Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Blu-ray)

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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.

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Studio Universal
SKU 213349165
UPC 025192046131
UPC 14 00025192046131
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/2/2010
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Cannes Film Festival (1998) Terry Gilliam, Nominee, Golden Palm Award
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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.
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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.
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Reviewer Tom Lyons
ReviewRating 7
Features
English, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Video Format Blu-Ray
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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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