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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [HD DVD]
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Actors: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro
Director: Terry Gilliam
Genres: Comedy
R     2006     1hr 58min

Universal Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas - HD-DVD — Terry Gilliam ("Brazil," "Twelve Monkeys") directed this colorful, stylized, pseudo-psychedelic $21-million adaptation of the 1971 Hunter S. Thompson classic, "Fear And Loat...  more »


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Actors: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro
Director: Terry Gilliam
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Black Comedy, Terry Gilliam
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Format: HD DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/26/2006
Original Release Date: 05/22/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 05/22/1998
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 58min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish, French, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Stephen Williams | Hawthorne, California | 06/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A Review of the DVD: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

Johnny Depp,
Benicio Del Toro

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writing credits:
Hunter S. Thompson (book)
Terry Gilliam (screenplay)
Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
Tod Davies (screenplay)
Alex Cox (screenplay)

Run Time: 118 Minutes
Released: 1998

Hunter Thompson practiced total immersion journalism. He called this form reporting gonzo journalism.

Hunter Thompson drove to Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and ended up writing a story about himself writing a story about a motorcycle race. If he would have written a conventional report on motorcycle racing it would have been interesting to motorcycle enthusiasts for a few days. Since he wrote a gonzo story he had a very wide canvas and he used it well to create a classic.

Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro do justice to the outrageous characters created by Hunter S Thompson. The reader might be turned off by the obstreperous behavior, extreme self indulgence and offensive inconsiderate language. If you can look past this offensive conduct and you will see that Hunter S Thompson gave us an insight into the American character of the 1970's.

See also: Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

I completely enjoyed this film and recommend it to others.

Excellent performances by Depp and Del Toro!
A. Bransford | Van Nuys, CA United States | 01/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It was upsetting to see the only review of this title was not a review at all but a complaint against amazon so I had to put in my two cents. This movie has some of the best performances from Jonny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and Terry Gilliam directs one of his finest films ever. Too bad this one was missed by audiences in 1998 when it quickly came and went from theatres after the first week. If you like Hunter S. Thompson and movies like The Big Lebowski, you'll want to make sure to add this item to your movie collection. The HD transfer alone is worth purchasing this version, but make sure to check out the Criterion DVD which contains interviews from Hunter S. Thompson as well as a full movie commentary that's as entertaining as the movie itself."
Now this is how older films on HD-DVD should look...
MJH | 06/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...older, meaning more than 4-5 years old (or earlier generation dvd's). I read the great reviews of the transfer and have seen my share of disappointing high-def discs already. So I was skeptical when I bought it. This is one of the best (funniest) movies ever.

Well, I first watched the opening scene and some parts of my Criterion version (which had been a better standard transfer) on my 56 HD-RPTV. It used to look great on my 32" tube TV. It looked terrible on the bigger screen of course, making me scared of another cruddy HD transfer like my Sleepy Hollow or the Game (worst ever so far).

After the first few seconds of the opening scene, let alone the rest of the movie, I loved this transfer (HD-DVD). Now this is how "somewhat older" films should look like on HD-DVD! Absolutely amazing colors, contrast and sharpness. The vegas lights look fantastic as do the rest of the colors in this "trip". No annoying digital noise, a few specs of dust on the film which I never mind, and the dust/smoke is rendered beautifully. The DD+ soundtrack is great and it has a DD True soundtrack even though most of us at this point can't take full advantage of it. What a fantastic job this is- I'm loving it."
Response to Jeff Shannon's "professional" review
M. Williams | 12/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jeff Shannon is clearly misinformed. The "usual creative differences" mentioned resulted from Cox's refusal to abide by Hunter S. Thompson's specific instructions NOT to use an animated sequence during the period of the film where Depp is sitting at a type-writer reminiscing about the San Fransico Bay Area during the mid-60's. Beyond that, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a story about a man trying to find the American dream. Oh, and another thing, the "so-called lawyer" is based entirely on Hunter's real life attorney and friend Oscar Zeta Acosta, who was an important activist and civil rights attorney. Perhaps Mr. Shannon should actually read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and some more of H.S. Thompson's work. In fact, I think it would serve him well to read more and write less in general. I can't believe Amazon pays him for this sequacious drivel."