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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783229526
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,148 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Renegade journalist Raoul Duke and his spaced-out sidekick Dr. Gonzo hit Las Vegas on the trail of a hot story. But before long, the boys are in a world of their own thanks to a suitcase of pharmaceuticals and some loony locals.

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My only regret about this film is that I didn't get to see it in the cinema - warned off by misguided critics.
Its a brilliant film - a surreal fun ride that plays like a live action Warner Brother's cartoon, but with the deeper, darker edge of Hunter S. Thompsons original story always present. Should be regarded as Gilliam's masterpiece.
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This is a cult film for a reason, only a certain type of people can enjoy this film. Nothing can quite compare to reading the book but this a fantastic attempt at bringing it to life. A psychedelic self destructive journey through Las Vegas as you follow the doctor or journalism Raoul duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo through their intense trip. If you haven't read the book yet buy that and immediately read it and then buy the film. The film is fantastic for those who understand it, those with the right kind of eyes.
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I watched this film and decided to live the Fear And Loathing lifestyle for a while, just to see if its as good as Jonny Depp makes it look.
So, after much effort and at much risk to my health and safety, I found a 'dealer' in the roughest part of town and purchased some illicit substances from him.
I took the substances and waited. After around 30 minutes I began to feel strange, then very, very happy. I felt an intense love for mankind never experienced before.
I couldn't help but feel that the only sensible thing to do was remove all my clothing and show the world how much i loved it, which was a lot at that moment.
So I removed my clothing, thankfully it was a mild day and I was looking good, if you know what I mean.
I walked down the street feeling like a god, not The God, as in God, you understand, but a god none the less. Whilst walking proudly naked I felt a tap on the shoulder, I looked around and it was a policeman. He asked me what I was doing walking around in the public arena nude and I explained that I loved everybody a lot and wanted to have their babies, including his.
The policeman appeared unhappy with this explanation and asked me if I was "on drugs", I advised that I was indeed "on drugs" and had purchased them from a fellow nearby earlier in the day. The policeman then promptly arrested me for indecent exposure and possession of illegal substances. He took me to a police station and i had to sit in a smelly cell for hours with some unsavioury characters, though because of the drugs I'd taken, I thought they were beautiful and gave them all big love, if you know what I mean.
So, here I sit a few weeks later, fired from my job, divorced from my wife, without access to the kids and living in a hostel. My court case is coming up soon and it looks like I'm going to go to prison. This film ruined my life, I hate it.
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This is a classic masterpiece, superb humour, a gorgeous soundtrack inercut with brilliant technical directing. Hunter S Thompson's novel is a worlwind of brilliance and this film is an excellent adaptation.
Enjoyable from being to end, this is the kind of thing you watch over and over loving it more each time.
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Has the stamp of Terry Gilliam all over it, never one for the 'light' touch! Was intrigued by the reviews and clips I had seen. Certainly high production values but veers uneasily between comedy and social comment, albeit through the vehicle of what is basically one long psychedelic trip. For me that was what palled, along with dialogue that was very hard to make out in places. The 'tripping' is basically the whole film, not just various parts, which makes it very tiring to watch. No matter how well done once the walls dissolve again it's hard to think 'wow man'. At the end I was left with a feeling of how tiresome this all was. Which I guess was the point. It was enjoyable but rather over praised, I'd say it was a 6/10 film, with an undoubtedly great soundtrack!!
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Never underestimate the Spanish Inquisition. They may not have been terribly successful in Monty Python, that was expected, but outside the show, they achieved a lot. Terry Jones and Michael Palin followed their own paths, the latter seemingly walked down EVERY path in the world in his documentaries for the BBC, but it was Terry Gilliam who arguably went on to become the most creative member of the Python team. Primarily responsible for the animations in the show, Gilliam went behind the camera again after the end of Python, this time focusing on the big screen. Gilliam injected his unique creativity into all his films, mostly to great acclaim, "Time Bandits", "Brazil", and "Twelve Monkeys" all lauded by critics and fans. However, its his 1998 portrayal of journalist Hunter S Thompson's masterpiece "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" that should be acknowledged as the pinnacle of Gilliam's work.
Every aspect of this film is stunning. The acting, the camera work, the soundtrack, the imagination, all truly staggering. The story centres around Thompson's alter ego Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp), who has been summoned to cover a motorcycle race in Vegas. Accompanied by his attorney Dr Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro), the drug-riddled expedition quickly escalates into a chaotic and perilous episode for the constantly intoxicated pair. The story descends into sheer psychedelic lunacy, as our heroes battle against the neon lights of Vegas, the conservative normality of the sober, and the watchful eyes of hotel staff. Johnny Depp produces a performance of vast quality, his portrayal of Thompson is probably highly accurate, considering he spent some time with Thompson before the making of the film, even sleeping in his house.
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