- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 01 February 2010
- Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2010
- The Hurt Locker (Blu-ray)
- The Bourne Identity (Blu-ray)
- The Bourne Supremacy (Blu-ray)
- A Serious Man (Blu-ray)
- Love Happens (Blu-ray)
- Smokin Aces (Blu-ray)
- Pride and Prejudice (Blu-ray)
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Blu-ray)
- All About Steve (Blu-ray)
- Atonement (Blu-ray)
- Amelia (Blu-ray)
- All Pages
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko
Based upon the book and real-life escapades of Hunter S. Thompson, â€œFear and Loathing in Las Vegasâ€ documents the drug-fueled journey of writer Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his Samoan attorney sidekick, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro).Â Â Starting with the simple assignment of covering the â€œMint 400â€ dessert race in Las Vegas, the two pump every imaginable drug into their body in an effort to discover the quintessential â€œAmerican Dream.â€
- 1998, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 59 min
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Codec: Not Specified
- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro
- Directed by Terry Gilliam
- Violence: Mild
- Sex: Brief Nudity
- Language: Strong
I was in college when this film was released theatrically, and remember seeing it with a bunch of fraternity brothers.Â It was a wild ride then, and seems even more unbelievable on repeat viewing.Â The fact that this whole story is just a slight modification of one of Hunter Thompsonâ€™s actual â€œroad tripsâ€ is profoundly scary.Â How anyone can continue to function with so many different illegal substances in their body is beyond me.Â Just when you think Duke and Dr. Gonzo have hit rock bottom, they take yet another drug and sink (or rise, depending on your point of view) to a new low.
Despite the meandering storyline (when is a multi-day drug fest ever logical?), the direction is strong and the cinematography really helps the audience experience the debauchery.Â Both Depp and Del Toro are simply brilliant in their respective roles and there are some strong cameo appearances, particularly Gary Buseyâ€™s role as a highway patrol officer.Â Â This film is pretty disturbing, but highly recommended.
This film didnâ€™t look all that great in the theater, so I wasnâ€™t expecting much in terms of picture quality.Â Â However, this Blu-ray looked pretty darn good given the relatively weak source material.Â While not reference quality, the transfer preserved the film-like look of the source while still managing to appear â€œhigh-def.â€Â Colors werenâ€™t always natural, but this is a film about drug usage after all.Â The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack was also better than I expected.Â There is a creative use of the surround channels and some impressive bass on occasion.Â My only real complaint is that some of the dialogue is unintelligible.Â The characters (particularly Dr. Gonzo) mutter many of their lines, so it would have been nice if the mixers could have raised the volume just a bit to make things easier to understand.
There arenâ€™t many extras on this disc.Â There are a few deleted scenes and a 10-minute short on some of the locations used during filming. This disc is also D-Box motion enabled as well as BD-Live enabled.