• So, You Want Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas On 4K? Which Release Do You Choose?

    Posted Sat Nov 18, 2023 at 05:47 AM PST by
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Terry Gilliam Johnny Depp Benecio del Toro

    Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray...
    In the U.K. from Arrow and Germany from Turbine 

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray has been a boon for physical media collectors. Beyond the razor-sharp picture and excellent audio the discs are Region Free (well 99.98% of the time anyway. That means when the U.S. gets a disc the rest of the world wants - it's importable and will play on virtually every home theater setup. Likewise, when Japan or Europe gets a slick disc release we don't have, we don't have to worry about needing a Region-Free player (even though you should probably have one just in case). A great example of how cool it is to be able to import movies on 4K with ease are the U.K. and German releases of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas from Arrow Video and Turbine Medien respectively. 

    Now we've already gone and done the hard part of reviewing both releases which you can read right now - 

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Arrow Limited Edition 4K UHD 

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Turbine Exclusive Mediabook 

    Now, the Arrow disc has been on the market for some time with Turnine's Mediabooks coming out only in the last couple of weeks. Now the good news is, between the two releases, there's very little difference. Since it was a mutual effort between the two companies, the Dolby Vision 2160p transfers are essentially identical. Little minute differences in bitrate due to disc encoding is the only thing that separates the two. Both have what sounds to be the same exact DTS-HD MA 5.1 and DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio tracks to complete the A/V experience. 

    But when we get into the bonus features we start to see the key differences between the two.

    • Audio Commentary featuring Terry Gilliam moderated by Phil Stubbs
    • Savage: Finding the American Nightmare with Ian Christie (HD 11:47)
    • The Gonzo Papers with Laila Nabulsi (HD 19:50)
    • Grim Memories and Bad Flashbacks with Benicio del Toro (HD 12:10)
    • Ignore This Terrible Drug: Art and Style (HD 30:28) 
    • Deleted Scenes w/ Optional Commentary (4 Scenes SD 11:48 total)
    • Electronic Press Kit:
      • Spotlight on Location (SD 10:35)
      • Behind the Scenes (SD 4:26)
      • Interview with Terry Gilliam (SD 2:42)
      • Interview with Johnny Depp (SD 4:58)
      • Interview with Benicio del Toro (SD 00:33)
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • TV Spots
    • Image Galleries 

    Lots of great stuff to dig into there. Arrow's set is a single-disc release so all of the extras are right there on the 4K disc. Arrow's is a three-disc Mediabook, so the 4K only has the audio commentary as an extra leaving the 1080p version of the film to hold all the rest. Which is pretty damn cool that there's no real difference there. However, Turbine's set also has a third disc featuring the two-hour documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. So that is a huge plus in Turbine's favor. 

    Both sets have individual booklets - Arrow has a 44-page booklet with Turbine offering up a 55-page book. Now Turbine's book is in German so if you're an English-dominate individual, you will have to use Google Translate or some other app like it to read the book. It's a slightly cumbersome process but you get used to it. Both are great reads with your morning cup of coffee.

    A lot of the important stuff is essentially all the same. Price + shipping (if you don't order from a domestic retailer like DiabolikDVD) is almost the same so there's not really a difference maker there. 

    Where I would personally give Turbine the edge over Arrow is the four different Mediabook cover options: 



    Each of those would make amazing posters. Whereas Arrow only has the one slipcover option, albeit with reversible insert art, that replicates the classic Ralph Steadman art. With that, I know not everyone likes Mediabooks. I happen to enjoy them a lot and think they make fun accent pieces on the shelf. About the size of an average DVD case, they're not so massive to take up too much room like the A24 Mediabooks, but depending on your shelves they do eat a bit of extra height space. 

    So which version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray do you choose?

    Short answer - either one works! Since this is currently an import-only 4K release (watch Criterion announces theirs next month) all you have to decide is which one is more attractive, fits your shelf, and then works with your finances. Arrow and Turbine both did excellent work with their discs so buy with confidence whichever version you order! 

    Hope this helped - Happy Collecting!

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  • Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Goes Four 4K UHD Mediabooks Over the Line

    Posted Thu Oct 19, 2023 at 06:33 AM PDT by
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Tubine Medien Mediabook 3-Disc Set Anouncement

    We were somewhere around Barstow, near the desert, when the 4K UHD Dolby Vision took hold... 

    The greatest drug-fueled road trip that goes nowhere comedy, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas scores four new 3-Disc Mediabooks from Germany's Turbine Medien. Complete with Dolby Vision HDR (and HDR10), Turbine offers up four unique and damned cool-looking Mediabook cover options as well as hours of new and archival bonus features to dig through. 

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 4K UHD Mediabook Cover A
    Limited to 666 Units 

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 4K UHD Mediabook Cover B
    Limited to 666 Units

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 4K UHD Mediabook Cover C
    Limited to 444 Units

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 4K UHD Mediabook Cover D
    Limited to 555 Units 

    Bonus material:

    • Director's Cut with full dubbing for the first time
    • German premiere of the documentary GONZO - THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON on a bonus Blu- ray
    • Audio commentary by director Terry Gilliam
    • Interviews with actor Benicio Del Toro, producer Laila Nabulsi, cinematographer Nicola Pecorini and others
    • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by Terry Gilliam
    • Featurette Spotlight on Location
    • Behind the Scenes
    • EPK interviews with Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro and Terry Gilliam
    • Trailers and TV spots
    • Extensive storyboard and production design galleries
    • 56-page book section on the background and history of the film by Christoph N. Kellerbach

    Technical Specifications:

    • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (2160p24 4K Ultra HD) with HDR10 and Dolby Vision, 2.35:1 (1080p24 Full HD),
    • GONZO: 1.78:1 (1080p24 Full HD)
    • Language/Sound: German DTS-HD MA 5.1, English DTS-HD MA 5.1, English DTS-HD MA 2.0
    • Subtitles: German, English, German for the Hearing Impaired, English for the Hearing Impaired
    • Runtime: 118 minutes

    All four of these Mediabooks drop on October 26th and are up for pre-order! 

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