Mountains of the Moon

Overview

Bob Rafelson's adventure-drama Mountains of the Moon comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio, distorting Roger Deakins' beautiful cinematography. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making this Artisan disc difficult to recommend to anyone other than genre enthusiasts...
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Overview

Bob Rafelson's adventure-drama Mountains of the Moon comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio, distorting Roger Deakins' beautiful cinematography. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making this Artisan disc difficult to recommend to anyone other than genre enthusiasts or fans of director Rafelson.
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Special Features

Full-screen version; Digitally mastered; 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround; Scene index; Interactive menus
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Bob Rafelson achieved fame as a director in the early 1970s with Five Easy Pieces, and he had tried ever since to bring the story of explorers Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke to the screen. He finally realized that ambition in 1990 with the epic adventure Mountains of the Moon. Given its scope, the film was a rather unusual release: The director's previous two films were the decidedly lower-scale films noirs The Postman Always Rings Twice and Black Widow. Mountains plays like a cross between a big-screen epic and the smaller character studies more common in Rafelson's previous work. He's aided by the striking cinematography of Roger Deakins (who would go on to shoot Fargo and Kundun), and the surprisingly effective performances of Patrick Bergin and Iain Glen. The screenplay by Rafelson and William Harrison is based on Harrison's biographical novel, as well as the actual diaries of Burton and Speke.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • UPC: 012236125303
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,809

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Bergin Capt. Richard Francis Burton
Iain Glen Lt. John Hanning Speke
Richard E. Grant Laurence Oliphant
Fiona Shaw Isabel Arundell Burton
John Savident Lord Murchison
Peter Vaughan Lord Houghton
Anna Massey Mrs. Arundell
Roger Rees Edgar Papworth
James Villiers Lord Oliphant
Bernard Hill Dr. David Livingstone
Leslie Phillips Mr. Arundell
Delroy Lindo Mabruki
Paul Onsongo Sidi Bombay
Peter Eyre Norton Shaw
Omar Sharif
Roshan Seth Ben Amir
Doreen Mantle Mrs. Speke
Pip Torrens Lt. Hesketh
Frances Cuka Lady Houghton
Richard Caldicot Lord Russell
Celestia Fox
Bheki Tonto Ngema Ngola
Adrian Rawlins Edward
Matthew Marsh William
Christopher Fulford Herne
Garry Cooper Stroyan
Jimmy Gardner Jarvis
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Lord Cowley
Craig Crosbie Swinburne
Leonard Juma Jemadar
Martin Okello Veldu
Philip Voss Col. Rigby
Esther Njiru Lema
Alison Limerick Sorceress
Ian Vincent Lt. Allen
Ralph Nossek Doctor
Stewart Harwood Attendant
George Malpas Lead Actor
Robert Whelan 1st Reporter
Bill Croasdale 2nd Reporter
Renny Krupinski Reporter
Rod Woodruff Fencer
Wilson Ng'Ong'A Bearer
Patrick Letladi Bearer
Konga Mbandu Bearer
Michael Otieno Bearer
Asiba Asiba Nubian Servant
Zam Zam Issa Somali Girl
Pineniece Joshua Somali Girl
Fikile Mdleleni Bearer
Norta Muhammed Somali Girl
Rocks Nhlapo Bearer
Fatima Said Somali Girl
Technical Credits
Bob Rafelson Director, Screenwriter
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Christine Beveridge Makeup
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Cordwell Set Decoration/Design
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Eleanor Fazan Choreography
Maurice Fowler Art Director
David Harris Special Effects
William Harrison Screenwriter
Fred Hole Art Director
Alf Joint Stunts
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Daniel Melnick Producer
Thom Noble Editor
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [3:29]
2. Looking for Burton [3:20]
3. "April 21st" [4:05]
4. Under Attack [6:04]
5. Back Home [5:25]
6. A Party [6:59]
7. Horse Ride [5:04]
8. Meet the Parents [2:06]
9. Back to Africa [5:14]
10. Lions [5:35]
11. Mabruki and Burton [4:49]
12. Bugs [6:02]
13. Meeting the Townspeople [4:06]
14. On the Road Again [3:41]
15. The Lake [6:48]
16. Surrounded! [9:19]
17. Prisoners [5:02]
18. Burton Tries to Speak With Ngola [7:55]
19. "I Found the Source!" [4:18]
20. Home Again [7:05]
21. Two Years Later [6:08]
22. Comparing Scars [5:32]
23. Addressing the Society [6:53]
24. Bad News [7:05]
25. End Credits [2:56]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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