Plot: What’s it about?
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Bill Murray) is a legend in journalism. He took every drug he could get his hands on, and lived a very unusual lifestyle, to say the least. This movie is quite hard to summarize, because the plot moves very quickly between subjects and scenes. Just when the synopsis seems to be clear, the entire movies turns in a new direction. Thompson is a writer for a magazine, and his methods of inspiration are simple, drugs, or “weird chemicals.” The adventures documented here include his lawyer friend (Peter Boyle) and his struggle to help teens escape overblown drug trials, an interview with Nixon, a hilarious segment involving the Super Bowl, a romantic episode with a nurse, and more. He bangs heads with his editor all the time, as he tries to make sure he can have fun while doing his job.
This is a funny movie, and in my opinion, a superior film to the other Hunter S. Thompson flick, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The reason I favor this film is the more realistic tones, which make the story seem more human. Murray is excellent as Thompson and really brings a special quirkiness to the part, that few actors could do. Whether it’s Hunter’s party being crashed my midget security guards, or Hunter attempting to take alcohol through an IV, you’ll be laughing a lot with this one. While the movie makes some rapid plot changes and tends to swirl around, it’s a wonderful flick, and I recommend it highly. While the disc is lacking in the extras department, the audio and video is good, so I recommend the disc to fans of the film.
Of course, Bill Murray is the main attraction here, as far as casting goes. Murray (Scrooged, Caddyshack) is one of the finest comedic performers in Hollywood, and this performance is another excellent one. Murray is wild and wacky here, and the role seems to be a perfect fit for him. If you want comedic off the wall antics, you’ve got to think of Murray. Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein, The Dream Team) and Bruno Kirby (The Freshman, Donnie Brasco) also give great back up performances. One of the more humorous smaller roles is played by Craig T. Nelson (The Skulls, Tv’s Coach), who plays a policeman. The supporting cast includes Mark Metcalf (Drive Me Crazy, The Stupids), Rene Auberjonois (The Little Mermaid, Batman Forever), Leonard Frey (Fiddler on the Roof), and R.G. Armstrong (The Shadow Riders, Children of the Corn).
Video: How does it look?
Where The Buffalo Roam is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While there is some grain present, the image is an infinite improvement over previous editions. The colors are strong, with vibrant hues lighting up the screen. Contrast levels are also top notch, with accurate shadow depth and high visible detail level. I noticed no compression errors on the transfer either.
Audio: How does it sound?
The disc uses the original mono track for audio, and it does a fine job. All the audio portions are replicated well, and no serious separation issues arise. The background audio comes through clear, and dialogue sounds consistent and full as well.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The disc includes some background info on Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, which also contains some production notes.