Awful hallucinogenic drivel. No structure whatsoever - after all in a hallucination anything can come before or after anything else. I wasted my time after the first few seconds, hoping it might improve. It doesn't !
The Criterion edition of Fear and Loathing is perfect. Whether you're a fan of Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Las Vegas in general or you're just collecting Criterion releases, there's something for everyone!
If you're familiar with Thompson's work, you already know what to expect, but for anyone else, this movie can easily take you by surprise and leave you wondering what the hell it is you've just watched! Hunter S. Thompson created 'gonzo' journalism - basically reporting on things that were happening to him rather than the event itself. Fear and Loathing is the story of what happened when he was tasked with reporting on a motorbike race in Las Vegas; Thompson was equally famous for his fondness for narcotics, the result being a trip to Vegas with a whole load of drugs and alcohol and a vague recollection of a bike race.
The two disc Criterion edition is outstanding, DD and DTS 5.1 audio tracks as well as three commentary tracks featuring Depp, Del Toro, Gilliam and Thomson himself. We also get some deleted scenes as well as a tonne of archive material including a 1978 BBC documentary on Thomson and Ralph Steadman, whose iconic artwork is featured on the slipcase and throughout the menus on the dvds.
If you're a fan of just one of the component parts of this dvd set, then you're sure to enjoy it - excellent value for money