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Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas: Criterion -- specs are out!


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#1 of 116 OFFLINE   Matthew_Millheiser

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:08 PM

They're up at Criterion's site: http://www.criterion....ection=feature



Two commentaries? Deleted scenes? DTS?!?! Interview with Hunter S. Thompson?



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#2 of 116 OFFLINE   Rollie

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:23 PM

This is awesome! I had no idea that this title was even being done by Criterion. Thanks for the link Matthew.
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#3 of 116 OFFLINE   StuartK

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:30 PM

D*AMN! I'm just drooling over the Steadman illustrated cover! Bring it my way...

#4 of 116 OFFLINE   Dan Brecher

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:34 PM

Fear & Loathing CRITERION????? Wh.....when did this memo go out? Posted Image Posted Image



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#5 of 116 OFFLINE   Jehan

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:35 PM

Holy crap, love the cover art too.
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#6 of 116 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:36 PM

So I'm not alone in liking this movie! Read Hunter's book when it was originally serialized in Rolling Stone way back in 1971. Though the film does not achieve the same level of wit, it does pose an interesting question: How best to portray, in cinematic terms, the agonies of a bad acid flashback? To truly understand—or try to—the twisted mind of Hunter S. Thompson, though, it's best to read the man's unforgettable words (especially the ones written before he discovered cocaine). I have the first DVD edition, still in its shrinkwrap, after all these years. What's the image quality like?

#7 of 116 OFFLINE   BrianV

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:41 PM

I've had the original DVD for quite some time, and have been pretty happy with it. I would consider getting this new edition if the transfer was significantly better. The commentaries would be nice, but I couldn't rationalize spending 30 or more dollars on a movie I already have just for commentaries. So, does anyone know if this is a new transfer?

#8 of 116 OFFLINE   Jussi Tarvainen

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:46 PM

This is not a reasonable place to park?





Yes! This sounds terrific. I've read Thompson's book, and I saw the film on rental VHS two years ago. When I first heard of this release, I borrowed the tape from a friend so I could see if I still thought the film was worth getting the Criterion edition for.



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#9 of 116 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:49 PM

"As your attorney, I advise you to purchase the Criterion edition with the new transfer." Posted Image

#10 of 116 OFFLINE   Matthew_Millheiser

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Posted October 31 2002 - 01:52 PM

This one would be worth taking it up the old dirt road, and then some. This is about as exciting a release as I've read all year. I am especially pleased at the breadth of material: commentaries, deleted scenes, interviews, storyboards/designs, Steadman artwork, a documentary, Thompson correspondences: DAMN!



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All I can say is bring it, and don't make me wait a la the original BRAZIL laserdisc! Posted Image

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#11 of 116 OFFLINE   Jon Robertson

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Posted October 31 2002 - 02:19 PM

Oh. My. God. I'm actually shaking with excitement over this one!

#12 of 116 OFFLINE   Anthony Thorne

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Posted October 31 2002 - 02:33 PM

Fantastic! This is one of the great pleasures of the DVD medium, when production of a disc goes smoothly and a completely unanticipated Special Edition is announced with great-sounding extras. I knew a couple of years ago that Criterion would eventually - gradually - start springing some happy surprises on us, and this is just one of the lastest. DTS, commentaries, lots of extras (I like that 'More!' bulletpoint on the Criterion page linked above) and a smooth addition to my Gilliam DVD collection. What a lovely sounding release.

#13 of 116 OFFLINE   MattB

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Posted October 31 2002 - 02:48 PM

It figures! I just bought the old version like 2 weeks ago. Oh well...

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Posted October 31 2002 - 03:42 PM

I am so happy I had some restraint, I wanted to buy this and swingers when they first came out bareboned, I decided to wait because I hate to double dip. Gotta say I can't wait. Now if only we can get a date on BlackHawk Down, my other burst of restraint in waiting for the deluxe addition. Posted Image Posted Image

#15 of 116 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted October 31 2002 - 03:53 PM

Is this gonna be a 2-disc set? There's enough stuff on there to warrant it. I don't want the picture quality to suffer - especially a film this colourful.

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Posted October 31 2002 - 04:00 PM

I had no idea this was even in the works. I've had the original DVD for a couple of years now, i'll definitely make the upgrade. It was even my sig for a long time Posted Image.



It says "Coming Soon", can we expect this in the 1st Q of 2003? I really dig the cover art as well.
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#17 of 116 OFFLINE   BrentJ

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Posted October 31 2002 - 04:02 PM

Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

#18 of 116 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted October 31 2002 - 04:05 PM

Also, Does anyone know if this will be distributed by Universal or Criterion? Because it would mean a difference of about $20-$30 in Canada.

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Posted October 31 2002 - 07:35 PM

Well, there's one movie I have to go rent and see.

#20 of 116 OFFLINE   Patrick Larkin

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Posted October 31 2002 - 08:01 PM

I remember seeing it in the theater and being amazed at how well Gilliiam was able to translate the hysteria of the book to the screen. I could have sworn they were pumping ether into the theater. Add this to my must-have list.




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