Mountains of the Moon [P&S] [DVD] [1990]

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


Mountains of the Moon
Director Bob Rafelson fulfilled a lifelong dream when he finally received backing to complete Mountains of the Moon. The film recreates the exploratory adventures of 19th century visionaries Sir Richard Burton (Patrick Bergin) and John Henning Speke (Iain Glen). The heart of the film is the effort by Burton and Speke to discover the true source of the Nile river. This occurs well into the film, after several torturous scenes involving the injuries sustained by the protagonists during other expeditions and their growing friendship (which, the film intimates, goes far beyond friendship). Rafaelson's fascination with this story, and his insistence upon painstaking historical accuracy, unfortunately compromises his ability to make an interesting film. There are so many starts and stops during the first half that we sincerely hope Burton and Speke will chuck it all and set up a pub in Bristol or something. What saves Mountains of the Moon is the rapport between its stars and the brilliant, epic-like cinematography of Roger Deakins. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Patrick Bergin
    Patrick Bergin - Capt. Richard Francis Burton
  • Iain Glen
    Iain Glen - Lt. John Hanning Speke
  • Richard E. Grant
    Richard E. Grant - Laurence Oliphant
  • Fiona Shaw
    Fiona Shaw - Isabel Arundell Burton
  • John Savident
    John Savident - Lord Murchison

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