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In the mid-1990's Terence McKenna and Mystic Fire's Sheldon Rocklin teamed up to make this rich and exciting film. Little did they know that this would be their last film. Filmed in Prague with Terence portraying his usual erudite rendition of the Irish Bard, this filmed classic takes us on a journey into the alchemical renaissance of King Frederick V and his wife Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia. Playing the role of John Dee, court magician for Queen Elizabeth of England, Terence McKenna shows us how the promise of a return to the tradition of alchemy was almost instituted in Europe. He also shows us that this early attempt at the creation of an alchemical kingdom actually lead to the European Renaissance and the institution of Cartesian science and the beginnings of rationalism within the western mindset. This incredible film is not only beautifully filmed but is Terence McKenna s finest performance and a worthy eulogy to his genius.

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Tells a fascinating story of political intrigue and bohemian experimentation in the 16th century. --Tristan Guillford, Reality Sandwich

If only a fraction of McKenna s thought is true, he will someday be regarded as the Copernicus of consciousness. --The Village Voice

Put simply, Terence is a hoot! --Esquire Magazine

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  • Actors: Terence MCKenna
  • Directors: Sheldon Rochlin, Morgan Harris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mystic Fire Productions /Sacred Mysteries Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EJ1WPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,752 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen A. Orzel on January 14, 2009
Alchemy. What is it? Terence McKenna, known mostly as a shaman and psychonaut, reveals to the world his knowledge of alchemy, its history, and why it is so important today. McKenna studied occultism in his teens; he was influenced by such great thinkers and Frances Yates and H.P. Blavatsky. Although he spoke rarely on the subject, we now have a beautifully produced film that reveals the depth of his knowledge. Those who want to read more of Terence's ideas on alchemy should be able to find a transcript of his "Lectures on Alchemy" by doing a Google search.

Filmed in Prague in the mid 1990's, Terence not only narrates both on and off screen, showing his bardic storyteller genius, but also portrays the leading figure in the story, that of Dr. John Dee. The film is as fresh as it could be however, because all of the ideas presented are found virtually nowhere else (other than the one mentioned above) in the vast library of McKenna lectures, while his books give but scant attention to the subject.

With the explosive resurgence of esoteric and occult ideas in the past few years, the film speaks to our time. Had it been released when it was made, it probably would have fallen into the void. It is as if the spirit of alchemy is alive in the film, waiting for the moment when the world is ready.

The story is based on Frances Yates' scholarship, most notably the Rosicrucian Enlightenment and the story of the Winter King and Queen. We learn of John Dee and Edward Kelly's journeys into the Enochian angelic realms, and how this inspired them to create an alchemical revolution with the aim of the transmutation of society. This is the alchemical dream referred to in the title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VOREKK X*MACHINA on April 29, 2014
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I HAD THE HONOR TO MEET MR MCKENNA IN 1993 FOR A LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING FOR ARCHAIC REVIVAL. I WAS PLEASED TO FIND OUT DVDS ARE AVAILABLE AND I BOUGHT THIS. TERENCE IS SO MESMORISING TO WATCH AND INTELLECTUALY STIMULATING- AN ELOQUANT SPEAKER WITH A SHARP WIT. ACTUALLY FUNNY AS HELL! I LIKE THE STORY WITH TERENCE AS NARRATOR AND CHARACTER. IN HIS USUAL FLAIR, HE BREAKS OFF THE MOST INTRIGUING AND THOUGHT PROVOKING CORNER OF THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE AND PRESENTS IT TO US: THE HUMBLE VIEWER. THE ENDING WAS MOVING ENOUGH FOR ME TO GET WATER IN MY EYE.(AWWH!) AT 60 MINUTES LONG THOUGH, I WAS ACHING AND YEARNING FOR MORE SOUL EXPANSION ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ANYONE WHO WAS ASLEEP AND TRULY WANTS THAT VEIL LIFTED!! R*I*P* TERENCE - LUV YA MAN !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rik Schmittel on July 14, 2013
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Possibly the best work on alchemy in my collection. stunningly beautiful. highly informative. this is for any one that alchemy is old hat or if you're just beginning your journey. must have for ANY ONE looking for the underlining secrets to the workings of nature and of the spirit.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hopkins on January 30, 2010
I initially got this video based on the title and that it comes from the Sacred Mysteries Camp. I was under the impression that there would be some sort of modern presentation on Alchemy from a scientific and historical point of view, and possibly how that relates to the scientific and holistic communities today.

What I discovered was that this is more theater than anything, with a lot of 70's ish "trippy" psychedelic overtones and references intertwined with some historical data and lore from Elizabethan times. The video itself is done well and is about 55 minutes in length.

Before this video I had not heard of Terence McKenna, so this was a new experience for me. Obviously from the other reviews if you are into this person's work then you will most likely enjoy this video. However, if you are like me and into current metaphysical and spiritual viewpoints and how these concepts play into our everyday current experiences, then you will not appreciate the content of this video. 2 Stars based on content.

For more on me and my work: The Master Within
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F. Carter on November 2, 2009
I have been a fan of TM for close to 15 years now. I had never heard of this movie until recently. I quickly snappped up my own copy. This is a must have for collectors of TM material.
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