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Where the Buffalo Roam:         Collector’s Edition

                         review by Bobby Blakey

Throughout the years there have been numerous films bringing the insane writings of Hunter S. Thompson to the big screen including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary both starring Johnny Depp. Before either of those though was Art Linson’s 1980 film Where the Buffalo Roam starring Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby and Bill Murray as Thompson. Now Shout Factory is bringing an all-new Collector’s Edition of the insane flick home as part of their Shout Select brand.

Where the Buffalo Roam follows the deranged adventures of Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson and his attorney Oscar Acosta, referred to in the movie as "Laslow" who attempts to cover the Super Bowl and the 1972 Presidential election in his typical drug-crazed state, but is continually and comically sidetracked by his even more twisted friend Laslow. I love all things Hunter S. Thompson including the films. I have always been a fan of Depp’s take and Murray brings all the same fun to the role. Being the first one to tackle it could not have been easy, but it feels like it captures all the same insane fun of Thompson from beginning to end.

The story to the film is fragmented into numerous stories he is working on with each of them bringing more craziness than the one before it. This is one of those films that is kind of an acquired taste that never did all that well, but I for one have always loved it from the first time I saw it. Those that might have been introduced to Thompson through the Depp films should check this out to see Murray’s unique take on the role and how similar Depp’s portrayal is as well.

This new Collector’s Edition offers up a great transfer of the film and offers up a new interview with screenwriter John Kaye and the original theatrical trailer. Grab your copy of Where the Buffalo Roam Collector’s Edition available now for the first time on home video from Shout Factory.

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