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Holy Mountain, The (+ CD soundtrack)

Director(s): Alejandro Jodorowsky

Theatrical Release: 1973

Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Richard Rutowski, Horacio Salinas, Ramona Saunders, Robert Carter, Ana De Sade

Genre(s): Avant-Garde, media, psychological, Drama, religion, Cult, occult, Dean's List

Countries: Mexico, USA


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Running Time: 113m.

A film that screams "product of its time," The Holy Mountain was Alejandro Jodorowsky's dizzying elegy to the sex, drugs and spiritual awakening of the late 1960s and early 1970s -- a suitably bizarre follow-up to his El Topo (1971). Fascinating although it only fitfully makes sense, The Holy Mountain is beautifully shot and designed, and it suggests what might have resulted if Luis Bu˝uel, Michelangelo Antonioni, and George Romero had all dropped acid and made a movie together. A Christ-like vagrant and thief wanders through a perverse and unfriendly land until he encounters an enlightened one, who gathers the thief and six of the world's most powerful individuals for a spiritual pilgrimage. If that description sounds a bit sketchy, well, narrative isn't this film's strongest suit. But if you want to see the conquest of Mexico re-enacted by reptiles, soldiers shoot innocent people as birds fly from their wounds, and a wizard turn feces into gold, this is the movie for you. (allmovie.com)

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! Audio commentary with Director Alejandro Jodorowsky (Spanish w/ English subtitles)

! 8 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes with commentary in Spanish with English subs

! The Tarot (7:52) - short film with commentary that allows Jodorowsky to explain his fascination with Tarot cards and how he identified with much of their symbolism

! Original theatrical trailer with English voice-over

! Restoration process short (5:30m) - side by side comparison footage with narration

! DVD & restoration credits

! P hoto gallery with production stills and some interesting original script excerpts

+ The Holy Mountain Complete CD Soundtrack:

1. Trance Mutation

2. Pissed and Passed Out

3. Violence of the Lambs

4. Drink It

5. Christs 4 Sale

6. Cast Out and Pissed

7. Eye Of The Beholder

8. Communion

9. Rainbow Room

10. Alchemical Room

11. Tarot Will Teach You/Burn Your Money

12. Mattresses, Masks & Pearls

13. Isla (The Sapphic Sleep)

14. Psychedelic Weapons

15. Rich Man In A Fishbowl

16. Miniature Plastic Bomb Shop

17. Fuck Machine

18. Baby Snakes

19. A Walk In The Park

20. Mice And Massacre

21. City Of Freedom

22. Starfish

23. The Climb/Reality (Zoom Back Camera)

24. Pantheon Bar (Bees Make Honey...)
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