Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Like the book on which is it based, the film version of Hunter S. Thompson’s groundbreaking novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is an acquired taste. Some will see it as a work of hallucinatory genius from director Terry Gilliam, as well as a mark of just how daring and talented lead actors Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro really are. Some will see it as a complete mess. The good news about this Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition, is that there are plenty of extras, including lots of footage of the man behind the madness, Hunter S, Thompson, to help even the most confused about the film turn the corner and learn to appreciate it for what it is, an acquired taste taste that is well worth acquiring.

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