Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) 2 x DVD9, Blu-Ray Criterion Collection
Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s novel of the same name, the film presents us with a freakish, frantic couple: the journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo ( Benicio Del Toro). Within the first few seconds as soon as the off-screen voice-over of Johnny Depp starts recollecting the events of the past day - the film establishes a completely singular mood. Within minutes, it is clear that "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" is one of the most radical, subversive, and traumatic films ever made about two hippies who missed the jump off the flower power train. They clearly know about the trouble they’re in, and yet decide it is better to get stoned than to face the reality of 1971, a time when "Love and Peace" had turned into "Satanism and Hate". The characters are looking for the American Dream and all they find is Nixon, the Vietnam War and an endless series of horror trips.

As the movie starts, Duke takes inventory of the stash in his trunk: "We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole multi-colored collection of uppers, downers, laughers, screamers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls." Like a demented Boy Scout, he believes in coming prepared for the weekend. They are going to Vegas, after all. Sent on assignment to cover a dirt bike motocross in the Nevada desert, the pair spend their time acting like assholes, freaking out at the hallucinations all around them, trashing hotel rooms, and gawking at the straight world that, considering that it's Las Vegas, is sometimes even more freakish than anything their addled minds could conjure up alone.

Director: Terry Gilliam
Cast: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey, Christina Ricci, Mark Harmon, Cameron Diaz
Country: USA
Genre: Adventure, Comedy

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:58:25 | 6.92 Gb + 5.99 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

• Two Disc Set in Special Art Case with Designs by Ralph Steadman
• 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 Terry Gilliam
• Storyboards and Production Designs
• 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
• A Collection of Original Artwork by Illustrator Ralph Steadman
• "Fear and Loathing on the Road To Hollywood" -- A BBC Feature Documentary with Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman
• Excerpt from the 1996 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recording featuring Jim Jarmusch and Maury Chaykin
• A Selection of Hunter S. Thompson's Correspondence Read On-Camera by Johnny Depp
• Stills

BD50 | AVC 1080p | 01:58:13 | 44.3 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

• Deleted Scenes - three deleted scenes, with optional commentary by director Terry Gilliam. In English, not subtitled.
-- The Mint 400 (2 min, 1080i).
-- The Da From Ga (6 min, 1080i).
-- The Hardware Barn (4 min, 1080i).

• Storyboards - a selection of Terry Gilliam storyboards for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Courtesy of Terry Gilliam. (1080p).
-- Opening Sequences
-- The Mint Hotel
-- Baker
-- The Flamingo Hotel/Da's Convention
-- Adrenochrome
-- Duke Drives Gonzo to the Airport
-- Final Sequence

• Production Designs - a selection of illustrations executed by storyboard artists under the direction of production designer Alex McDowell. Courtesy of Terry Gilliam. (1080p).

• Stills Gallery - a selection of production stills taken by set photographer Peter Mountain. Courtesy of Universal Studios. (1080p).

• Depp-Thompson Correspondence - During the pre-production process author Hunter S. Thompson and actor Johnny Depp spent a great deal of time together. They also communicated after shooting of the film began. In this featurette, Johnny Depp reads some of the letters he exchanged with Hunter S. Thompson. In English, not subtitled. Letters courtesy of Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson. (15 min, 1080i).

• Hunter Goes to Hollywood - director Wayne Ewing spent almost twenty years filming Hunter S. Thompson for his 2003 documentary Breakfast with Hunter. This short piece by Wayne Ewing follows Hunter S. Thompson on his visit to the set of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In English, not subtitled. (11 min, 1080i).

• "Not the Screenplay" - director Terry Gilliam, co-screenwriter Tony Grisoni, and producer Laila Nabulsi discuss the various screen adaptations of Hunter S. Thompson's book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as well as the various disputes over who should be credited on the film. Audio only. Not subtitled. (18 min).

• "A Dress Pattern" - a short film which Terry Gilliam made as the disputes raged. In English, not subtitled. B&W. (2 min, 1080i).

• A Study in Marketing - in English, not subtitled.
-- Trailer - with optional commentary by Terry Gilliam. (3 min, 1080i).
-- "Come to Las Vegas" TV spot. (1 min, 1080i).
-- "Defined a Generation" TV spot. (1 min, 1080i).
-- "True Story" TV spot. (1 min, 1080i).
-- "3 Days" TV spot. (1 min, 1080i).
-- "It's Not" TV spot. (1 min, 1080i).
-- "Twisted" TV spot. (1 min, 1080i).
-- "Great While" TV spot. (1 min, 1080i).

• Oscar Zeta Acosta: Dr. Gonzo - a biographical photo essay about Oscar Zeta Acosta, immortalized in Hunter S. Thompson's book as Dr. Gonzo. Oscar Zeta Acosta also reads on camera from his 1973 book The Revolt of the Cockroach People.
-- The Revolt of the Cockroach People - in English, not subtitled. (30 min, 1080i).
-- Thompson on Acosta - in English, not subtitled. (8 min, 1080p).

• Ralph Steadman Art Gallery - a collection of line drawings and color illustrations to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas provided by artist Ralph Steadman. (1080p).

• "Breakdown on Paradise Boulevard" - an excerpt from the CD release of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, featuring Jim Jarmusch as Duke, Maury Chaykin as Gonzo, and Harry Dean Stanton as the narrator. Audio only. Not subtitled. (8 min).

• Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood - a feature-length documentary, produced by BBC in 1978, featuring Hunter So. Thompson and Ralph Steadman. In English, not subtitled. (51 min, 1080i).

• Commentaries
-- An Audio Commentary with Terry Gilliam.
-- An Audio Commentary with Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi.
-- An Audio Commentary with author Hunter S. Thompson and his assistant Anita Baymont.

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