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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Terry Gilliam

 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1998
  • 119 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
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  • Spine #175

It is 1971, and journalist Raoul Duke barrels toward Las Vegas—accompanied by a trunkful of contraband and his slightly unhinged Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo—to cover a motorcycle race. What should be a cut-and-dried journalistic assignment quickly descends into a feverish psychedelic odyssey. Director Terry Gilliam and an all-star cast headlined by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro show no mercy in bringing Hunter S. Thompson’s excoriating dissection of the American way of life to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage.

Cast

Raoul DukeJohnny Depp
Dr. GonzoBenicio Del Toro
The North Star waitressEllen Barkin
LacerdaCraig Bierko
Highway patrolmanGary Busey
Blonde TV reporterCameron Diaz
MusicianFlea
Magazine reporterMark Harmon
Reservations clerkKatherine Helmond
L. Ron BumquistMichael Jeter
Road personLyle Lovett
HitchhikerTobey Maguire
Clerk at Flamingo HotelChris Meloni
LucyChristina Ricci
JudgeHarry Dean Stanton
HoodlumTim Thomerson

Credits

DirectorTerry Gilliam
ScreenplayTerry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Tod Davies and Alex Cox
Based on the book byHunter S. Thompson
ProducerLaila Nabulsi, Patrick Cassavetti and Stephen Nemeth
Executive producersHarold Bronson and Richard Foos
Director of photographyNicola Pecorini
Production designAlex McDowell
Film editorLesley Walker
Costume designerJulie Weiss
CoproducerElliot Lewis Rosenblatt
Lounge Lizards designed byRob Bottin
CastingMargery Simkin

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • Digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and an optional 5.1 mix on the Blu-ray edition
  • Three audio commentaries: one with Gilliam, one with stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi, and one with author Hunter S. Thompson
  • Deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Gilliam
  • Selection of Thompson correspondence, read on camera by Depp
  • Hunter Goes to Hollywood, a short documentary
  • A look at the controversy over the screenwriting credit
  • Profile of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo
  • Collection of artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman
  • Excerpt from the 1996 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recording featuring Jim Jarmusch and Maury Chaykin
  • BBC documentary from 1978 with Thompson and Steadman
  • Storyboards, production designs, stills, and trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic J. Hoberman and two pieces by Thompson

    Cover illustration by Ralph Steadman

Film Essays

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Pint of Raw Ether and Three Reels of Film

By J. HobermanApril 26, 2011

Hunter S. Thompson’s journalistic prose poem Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas used a lost . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Monsters!

February 08, 2012


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Photo Galleries


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Features

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

By Hunter S. ThompsonApril 26, 2011

The book began as a 250-word caption for Sports Illustrated. I was down in LA, working on a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Pint of Raw Ether and Three Reels of Film

By J. HobermanApril 26, 2011

Hunter S. Thompson’s journalistic prose poem Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas used a lost . . . Read more »


News

A Hunter Gathering

March 16, 2011

Symphony Space goes gonzo today: the theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is celebrating the . . . Read more »


News

Gilliam Travels to 1884

December 20, 2010

One of our favorite illusionists, Terry Gilliam, has announced his next project, and it’s sure . . . Read more »


News

Gilliam on Fire

July 28, 2010

He’s quested for the Holy Grail, dived headfirst into Hunter S. Thompson’s sixties excess, . . . Read more »


On Five

A Pig in the Wilderness: My Night with Hunter S. Thompson

February 19, 2010

The following transmission is an e-mail from September 2002, which I sent back to Criterion . . . Read more »