Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson (The Criterion Collection) (2 DVDs)


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Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
Director : Terry Gilliam
Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
Actors : Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin, Larry Cedar
Subtitles: : English
Producers : Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, Harold Bronson
Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified, English (DTS 5.1)
Studio : Criterion Collection
Writers : Alex Cox, Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, Tod Davies, Tony Grisoni
Number of discs : 2

Criterion’s high standards get even higher with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. “Hunter Goes to Hollywood” is a fascinating 1978 segment of the BBC’s Omnibus series, following “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thomson and artist Ralph Steadman on a Fear and Loathing-like odyssey to La-La-Land; a visit to Thompson’s Aspen, Colorado, ranch offers ample proof that Johnny Depp’s later portrayal is uncannily accurate. All three commentaries are worthwhile for different reasons: as always, Gilliam is intelligent, mischievously subversive, and defiantly protective of Thompson’s source material; Depp and Benicio Del Toro offer passionate perspective on tackling their demanding roles without drugs; and producer Laila Nabulsi chronicles her 10-year effort to get the film made (including the protracted writer’s credit arbitration). Thompson’s commentary is the least coherent but most entertaining; with occasional whoops and hollers, he’s like a stand-up act for acid freaks, dispensing occasional pearls of wisdom. Another excellent feature is Depp’s reading of correspondence with Thompson; in emulating his friend, Depp proves himself to be a fine writer and storyteller. Taken together, these and other features make Criterion’s DVD an essential addition to Thompson’s literary legacy.

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