- Actors: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Ramona Saunders
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Tartan Video
- DVD Release Date: 14 May 2007
- Run Time: 114 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000NDETKG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Holy Mountain  [DVD]
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An epic hallucination filled with weirdness and wonder.
The story centres on a thief who joins a group of people who plan to storm The Holy Mountain and steal the secret of eternal life…
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Top Customer Reviews
The mystical themes are fleshed out even further with The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky's second of only three films produced in the 1970's, which, much like the preceding El Topo and the director's very first film, Fando é Lis, unfolds through a series of surrealist vignettes rife with religion symbolism, sardonic satire and distancing cinematic shock tactics. To some, it remains a monumental achievement of philosophy, mysticism and surrealist satire; a film capable of changing the viewer's entire perspective on life itself through the wisdom of its central character and the potency of its imagery. To others however, the film has already become a dated relic, with some viewers arguing that extravagant pop-art production design, casual nudity and notions of questing for inner peace and tranquillity have become throwbacks to the late 1960's flower-power aesthetic; which is always easy to discredit through blind cynicism.
How will you react to it? I couldn't possibly say, though I would say it's best to approach the film with an open mind and with some familiarity with Jodorowsky's previous, and indeed, subsequent cinematic works, like El Topo, and in particular Santa Sangre, both of which offer an easier gateway into the filmmaker's heavily symbolic world than this epic rumination on life and the cosmos.Read more ›
All of this is slightly ironic, of course, given that the film itself presents a symbolic quest for enlightenment which turns out to be a red herring dressed up in a lysergic-tinged variety of emperor's new clothes. Jodorowsky's film is at once highly original, visually and aurally stunning (the soundtrack is in many ways the best thing about it) and wince-inducingly pretentious.
As a work of surrealism, it suffers in comparison to the films of Luis Bunuel. Like Bunuel, Jodorowsky aims to satirize the empty values of the contemporary capitalist world, but where Bunuel has a witty lightness of touch, Jodorowsky generally goes for the grandstanding statement. Ironically for such an imaginative work, 'The Holy Mountain', leaves little to the imagination. Where Bunuel leaves you wondering what precisely is in a mysterious buzzing box ('Belle de Jour') or why the party guests can't leave the room ('The Exterminating Angel'), Jodorowsky stamps his message out with some of the most gobsmackingly lurid imagery you're ever likely to see in modern cinema.
You have to give the man credit for having such an extraordinary visual imagination - though after an hour most viewers will find that some of the film's ability to stun wears off, you become used to the grammar of body horror and day-glo decadence.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have never seen a film like this before I doubt I ever will again.
If you aren't easily offended or disturbed this is as different and special now as it was when it... Read more
The film that is like a performance. Every image is stunning and inspires thousands of ideas at once. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is one of those 1970s avant garde films that film students often rave about. I was a bit sceptical for that reason - I've sat through my fair share of that type of film and... Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2014 by Mr. S. A. Brown
This is the kind of film that will generate much adoration from a few people, but it's a real love it or hate it affair. Read morePublished on 30 May 2014 by delta
What can i say that hasn't been said about this pioneer of psychedelic surrealism other than its simply unlike anything else and truly a masterpiece of brilliant visual... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2014 by Lee Bryant.
The most amazing film I think I've ever seen! Jodorowsky is as enlightened philosophically as he is in terms of design and production. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2014 by sylvie wylie
A Very good DVD indeed and I am happy with this product, I enjoyed watching it but not for the faint heartedPublished on 19 Sept. 2013 by RAB