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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

NOTE: These commentaries are only on the Criterion Collection edition of Fear and Loathing.replica watches replica watches replica watches rolex replica watches

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director/screenwriter Terry Gilliam Rating:8.0/10 (43 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Alexander on January 14th, 2005:Find all reviews by Alexander
As in any Terry Gilliam commentary, you can expect a lot of laughs and insight going into it. This commentary did not disappoint.

Filled with fun facts about the film, the commentary provides a lot of insight into all of Gilliam's subtle details, as well as being a lot of fun to listen to.

If you're a fan of the movie, and especially a fan of Gilliam, this commentary is definately worth while.
Reviewed by mikl on June 14th, 2005:Find all reviews by mikl
Terry Gilliam is absolutely on fire in this one! He is obviously in love with the film and he talks almost non stop from the opening until he is cut off when the end credits finish. He talks about everything in this movie and if you're not in love with the movie before you listen to Gilliam, you'll definitely fall in love afterwards. He nails all the moments, the actor's performances, Thompsons influence, the fantastic visual style and how the story is often misunderstood. Highly recommendable!
Reviewed by reidca on February 21st, 2008:Find all reviews by reidca
Terry Gilliam's commentary is predictably brilliant and mad, better than the movie in fact.
Reviewed by aph86 on January 27th, 2009:Find all reviews by aph86
Gilliam talks about every aspect of making this odd film. Very funny and Terry gives a crap load of info. He clearly loves this movie and is very proud of it. The best part was at the end when he reads a letter he send to Hunter Thompson right after filming the movie, to convince him to see it. He then reads the letter Hunter wrote him back after seeing the movie for the first time, which Hunter tells him how much he like the movie(in his famous gonzo style). The letter is very honest, toughing, and funny. 100% Hunter. If you’re a fan of Hunter’s work it’ll make you wish he was still with us.
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on May 26th, 2009:Find all reviews by Bickle, T.
Gilliam, ever so amused by his film, comes off as a bit zany, which suits the movie well. He talks mostly about each specific scene we’re watching, discussing the unpredictability’s of his actors, namely Del Toro. But, indeed, a very amusing track, worth checking out.
Reviewed by Robanhood on July 27th, 2009:Find all reviews by Robanhood
Brilliant! Gilliam in his manic mode, speaks more than anyone else can speak in 118 minutes! Good stuff too. Considering he must have recorded this commentary alone, he surely laughs a lot :)
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on August 21st, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
actual filming, methods used, production, and the decisions that informed what ended up on screen. Gilliam also talks about how he came to the project and the conditions made before accepting the offer, the reaction at Cannes, working with the actors, his interactions with Thompson, some issues with the ratings board, and the misunderstood themes of the film.
Commentary 2: Actors Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, and producer Laila Nabulsi Rating:7.3/10 (27 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on January 19th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
This is a real coup for Criterion as actors Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro (who had never done a commentary before), with producer Laila Nabulsi, candidly discuss working on the film. Nabulsi wanted Ralph Steadman to create the opening credits. This is a very informative track and it is just great to hear two awesome actors like Depp and Del Toro talk about this movie.
Reviewed by aph86 on January 27th, 2009:Find all reviews by aph86
These 3 people (who were recorded separately) talk about the experience of making this movie and knowing Hunter Thompson. All three are very honest about what they thing about the movie, about what works and doesn’t work. They also talk about their relationships with the good Doctor himself and their thoughts on the book and its meaning and impact. Laila talks mostly about how she got the movie made after working on it for about 15 years. Depp and Del Toro talk about how they research their characters, with Depp talking about the months he lived with Hunter to study him. If you like the book you’ll probably like this track more than Gilliam’s, with is more about the filmmaking process.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on July 16th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Del Toro explains that he couldn't get a role after this movie because of the way he looked in the film and how his character was portrayed. He talks about Oscar Acosta, whom Dr Gonzo is based on and talking with Hunter about Oscar. The cigarette burns on Gonzo's arm was based on something Oscar used to do.

Depp talks about spending time with Hunter. He first met Hunter in 94 in a bar. Hunter had a cattle prod and tried to electrocute people. They were friends ever since that night.

Laila does most of the talking. She talks about her friendship with Hunter, how it took 20 years to get the film made (actors like John Malkovich, Jack Nicholson and John Cusack were considered for the roles), how beautiful Depp and Del Toro are, seeing the stage show of Fear and Loathing, Hunter's hatred for short people (I'm not joking) and Rob Bottin sent her a lizard's head through the post but it was sent to the wrong house. She says "Whoever has that lizard's head, you better send it back to me or I'll twist your tits off!"
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on August 21st, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Nabulsi speaks to her decades long crusade to make the film and the many iterations conceived, with various actors attached. Her thoughts are a nice counter to the Gilliam track, as she did not always agree with his decisions. She talks a bit about her relationship with Thompson, what she knew of Oscar Acosta (the model for Dr. Gonzo), and shares her observations about casting and working with the actors. She touches on the same theme of themes as does Gilliam. This was not a pro-drug movie. Depp and Del Toro recount their experience on the film and their inspirations for their characters. Depp spent time with Thompson and adopted some of his mannerisms but was also able to uncover writings to augment his interpretation of the material. Del Toro never had the luxury of meeting Oscar Acosta but found some insights in the writings of Thompson to shape his characterization.
Commentary 3: Novelist Hunter S. Thompson Rating:7.4/10 (26 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on January 19th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
The man himself, author Hunter S. Thompson contributes the strangest, funniest commentary I have ever heard as a roomful of people try in vain to keep him on topic as he talks about anything that comes into his mind. Very strange but fans of HST will totally dig it.
Reviewed by aph86 on March 10th, 2009:Find all reviews by aph86
A pure Gonzo commentary. Hunter is...well, Hunter! He talks about what ever pops in his head and he is just crazy here. You'll never know what he'll say next on this commentary. If you know nothing about Hunter you won't "get" this commentary. This is for Hunter fans only.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on March 20th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Hunter spends most of the commentary screaming for no reason, being rude to people, mumbling, not knowing what to say, giving prank phone messages to Depp and Del Toro and all whilst this is going on, we hear the ice cubes in the whisky glass.

At one point he says he likes this film so much, that you should rent out two copies of the film and he asked why he didn't write the screenplay. He said he didn't know how. He's also asked did any of the stuff in the film happened to him in real life.

Overall, this track was not my cup of tea.
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on August 21st, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
This third track is bluntly haphazard. Thompson does yell and squeal at times. He is joined by his assistant, someone from Criterion, and Nabulsi. The track could benefit from subtitles as Thompson is difficult to understand on occasion. Nabulsi does well to frame the conversation and keep Thompson on track as much as possible. There is also a call from Douglas Brinkley, an editor for Thompson, and a history professor at the University of New Orleans, who engages Thompson in an impromptu interview. Thompson offers some tidbits about how Oscar Acosta was in life. There is some information to be had here. Thompson reveals his three heroes: three people who never sold out. He offers his candid opinion about Timothy Leary, impressions young people have of the film, the death of the American dream, and the Book of Revelations.