Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (DVD)

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    ITEM#: 2602213

    FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS is a whirlwind of a movie, a wacky, drug-laden story backed by a fist-pumping rock & roll soundtrack featuring everything from Wayne Newton and Tom Jones to Combustible Edison and Dead Kennedys. Journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) heads to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, bringing along his Samoan lawyer, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro), in this furious adaptation of the book by Hunter S. Thompson. It is 1971, and Duke and Gonzo are on their way to Sin City with a frightened hitchhiker (a nearly unrecognizable Tobey Maguire) and a trunkful of drugs, which they ingest nonstop. Depp is terrific as Duke, Thompson's alter ego, and Del Toro is a riot as the crazy lawyer. To perfect his Thompsonian performance, Depp spent a lot of time with the good doctor, and it paid off in a film that captures the frenetic pace of the counterculture novel. Director Terry Gilliam, a master of complex, bizarre visual imagery, has a field day interpreting the drug-hazed world in which Duke and Gonzo reside. An all-star cast chimes in with wonderfully offbeat bit parts, including Harry Dean Stanton, Gilliam regular Katherine Helmond, Flea, Cameron Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Christina Ricci, Gary Busey, Lyle Lovett, and others.

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    • Excellent!
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      The bonus disk is great! Film of Hunter talking about how he wants to be shot out of a cannon.

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    • C. Lee
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      Great move, highly recommended!

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    • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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      Great Movie, a classic already!! Funny and amazing special effects. Del Toro is hilarious!!!

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    • *Not only is this one of the best movies of all time, but this special edition comes in great artistic packaging, and has tons of extra bonus material not found on the regular version! Even if you already own this movie on DVD, I suggest buying this version before they're out of print!*

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    • This is one of the best movies of all time a must to see. One of Depp's best performance's ever. Based on a true story...

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    • Would Recommend This DVD, Great Movie

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