This week has very little to get excited about, but it does include the Criterion release of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which has enough new material to keep you occupied until next week.
The BBC nature documentary franchise continues with Human Planet, and it’s just in time to compete with Disneynature’s theatrically-released African Cats. Needless to say, if you love nature-based documentaries, you’ll be entertained this week.
The following titles are now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Human Planet – BBC has become the Pixar of nature documentaries with a total stranglehold on the genre. Even as Disneynature’s impressive African Cats rolls out in theaters this week, BBC answers right back with the home video release of its latest nature franchise installment. This time, the focus is on mankind.
The series focuses on mankind’s experiences with every type of climate on the planet and exposes some fascinating mysteries of human nature. More importantly, it opens viewers’ eyes to cultures they may not know existed and help them to understand the various ways human beings can better co-exist with the natural world.
As usual, the visuals are stunning and the sound design is exceptional. The special features deserve some recognition. Ten making-of featurettes expand on the already extensive 480 minutes of documentary footage.
- Behind the Lens (x8)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Terry Gilliam’s bizarre and outlandish tale of Dr. Gonzo and Raoul Duke doesn’t sound all that amazing on paper. Luckily, Depp’s performance and Gilliam’s vision make one of the most fascinating movies of the last 20 years. This may not sound like a title that needs a Blu-ray release, but the sweeping desert shots and detailed production design should look even better on the format.
Criterion provides an astonishing Blu-ray release as usual and brings a plethora of extra features to truly immerse you in the Gilliam experience. Sometimes the film is just hard to watch. It is relentless and intense, but the extra materials are extensive and informative in the way all featurettes should be.
- 3 Audio Commentaries
- Deleted Scenes
- Production Designs
- Stills Gallery
- Depp-Thompson Correspondence
- Hunter Goes to Hollywood
- Not the Screenplay
- A Dress Pattern
- A Study in Marketing
- Oscar Zeta Acosta: Dr. Gonzo
- Ralph Steadman Art Gallery
- Breakdown on Paradise Boulevard
- Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood
Typical Hollywood movies return to the home video front next week, but be sure and get Feat and Loathing right away. If this week just didn’t fulfill your appetite, the month of May looks pretty substantial. Just stay tuned to the DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown for more coverage in the coming weeks.