Before Jack Sparrow, one of Johnny Depp's greatest roles was as Raoul Duke in Terry Gilliam's classic adaptation of the 1972 Hunter S. Thompson book -



Out now on Blu-ray and DVD!

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SYNOPSIS: It is 1971, and journalist Raoul Duke barrels toward Las Vegas—accompanied by a trunkful of contraband and his slightly unhinged Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo—to cover a motorcycle race. What should be a cut-and-dried journalistic assignment quickly descends into a feverish psychedelic odyssey. Director Terry Gilliam and an all-star cast headlined by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro show no mercy in bringing Hunter S. Thompson’s excoriating dissection of the American way of life to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage.

DISC FEATURES

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • Digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam (with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and an optional 5.1 mix on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Three audio commentaries: one with Gilliam, one with stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi, and one with author Hunter S. Thompson
  • Deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Gilliam
  • Selection of Thompson correspondence, read on camera by Depp
  • Hunter Goes to Hollywood, a short documentary
  • A look at the controversy over the screenwriting credit
  • Profile of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo
  • Collection of artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman
  • Excerpt from the 1996 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recording featuring Jim Jarmusch and Maury Chaykin
  • BBC documentary from 1978 with Thompson and Steadman
  • Storyboards, production designs, stills, and trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman and two pieces by Thompson