Review: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Criterion Collection

March 6, 2005

Since I wanted to watch Fear and Loathing again, and my old copy had been dragged around and finally eaten by cats, I was pleased to stumble on a copy of the Criterion Collection reissue of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

This is far better than the one the cats got; a nice slip-covered two-disc case with Ralph Steadman illustrations encloses a two disc release containing the usual Criterion-load of extra features, including three seperate commentaries on the film; one by director Terry Gilliam, one by stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi, and one by Hunter S. Thompson himself. 

Lots of other stuff, including some excerpts from another old favorite, the abridged audio book released in 1996 for the book’s 25th anniversary, and a passel of information on Oscar Zeta Acosta, who was represented in the story as Hunter’s 300lb. Samoan attorney.

The movie itself is in its original aspect ratio, and is as always a wonder to behold.  I’m constantly amazed at how well Depp captures Thompson, and was glad to get a chance to see it once again after having just watched some of the background on the movie on the “My Breakfast with Hunter” DVD.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – The Criterion Collection

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