Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey Into the Heart of the American Dream
is one of Blu-ray Bob’s favorite books and one he never thought could be adapted for the big screen. Some of the poetry of Thompson’s language is lost in translation in director Terry Gilliam’s 1998 cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
, but Gilliam still captured the book’s spirit and demented logic. Starring Johnny Depp as journalist Raoul Duke and Benicio Del Toro as his attorney Dr. Gonzo, Fear and Loathing
is about an outrageous, drug-fueled pursuit of the American Dream in Las Vegas during the Vietnam War era.
The film has already been released by Universal on DVD and HD DVD, and the Criterion Collection put out a superior DVD edition that even includes commentary by the late Thompson. We hope that commentary somehow makes its way onto Universal’s upcoming Blu-ray edition on February 2, 2010, along with the announced deleted scenes, on-location spotlight and BD-Live material. The movie goes Blu just after Gilliam’s newest movie, the equally trippy The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
that stars Johnny Depp and Heath Ledger in his final film, opens wide in theaters.