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Dance of Reality [Blu-ray]

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The Dance of Reality, written, produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky is a mystical autobiography of Jodorowsky s childhood, blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry. The film reflects the director s view that reality is not objective but rather a dance created by our imaginations. After its world premiere at Cannes in 2013 and US premiere at SXSW in 2014, the film has received universal praise from all media outlets including the New York Times which hailed it as a near masterpiece and a NY Times Critics pick, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter,, Vulture, and indieWIRE. It opened in theaters on May 23rd as the #1 independent film in the country and is now Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 93%. Considered the father of the Midnight Movies, Jodorowsky is best known for his films, El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973), which have since become cult classics.

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  • Actors: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Bastian Bodenhöfer
  • Directors: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Abkco
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LPGIM26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,477 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A. Aguero on August 28, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Just a way of say it, but this film is so poetic, so astonishing, so unexpected, that makes you think who you really are. Is not that like psychoanalysis? Yes, but years beyond. It uses the "language of the dreams". A language that the shamans and magic healers use in ancient cultures. This film is a piece of art, all religions, all cultures, all knowledge about the mind, tarot, archetypes, internal god and psychology are included.

It really can cure you, after watching it 3 times, my anxiety has slow down a lot, I can feel that I can be relaxed too, which is a big step.

A psychomagic movie. The movie itself is a psychomagic act. I recommend to watch it with friends or family, try to think differently this time about what you will watch. Is not a Hollywood movie, and don't expect that. A movie that shows you the universe that we are.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ***Doum666*** on August 31, 2014
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The Dance of Reality marks Jodorowsky's first feature film in 24 years following The Rainbow Thief's failure back in 1990. Fortunately for us, The Dance of Reality is nowhere near the artistic monotony of its predecessor, for which our brilliant director was severely pressured not to change or add anything to the original script. This time, we're back in the greatness that has sparked Jodorowsky's most creative achievements (El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre), this time, it is 100% pure Jodorowsky material, made on his own terms. Jodorowsky is once again sharing his life and soul with us, through a very impressive autobiographical portrait of his childhood and his life as a child living with his parents in Tocopilla, Chile.

The movie is a continuous flow of beautiful, magical and sometimes surreal imagery that marked and defined Jodorowsky's most memorable moments as a child; learning about life, emotions, feelings, pain, and most of all, discipline and self-control. Jodorowsky's father, Jaime, is portrayed as a very severe man that doesn't show his emotions and wants his son to be just like him; a real man that works hard and doesn't show any signs of weakness. It seems that Jodorowsky went through a lot of hard times with his father when he was young. His mother, however, is portrayed as a very sweet lady that cares a lot for her son and encourages him to be himself without being ashamed. She understands, comforts, and listens to him, bringing about the proper parental balance for Alejandro, by giving him what his father is unable to, this is until he himself, leaves on his own journey away from his wife and son, in an attempt to rediscover himself.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I saw this movie 5 times in the theater. It was definitely Jodorowsky's most personal film to date. An amazing film with so much to take in. I cannot wait to get it on blu-ray and watch it over and over again. Definitely the best film of 2014.
All the actors were great, the visuals were great, the story line was great, It was perfection. A masterpiece.!
Some of the scenes may be difficult to watch which is a good thing. The discomfort makes you analyze a lot of things about yourself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Super Dude on August 31, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Great movie! Probably the most high production Jodorowsky movie to date, it has that 'digital' pristine look to it... but with all the heavy, surreal, imagery that you'd come to expect from a Jodorowsky film. Light years away from the usual Saturday-morning-cartoon-Hollywood trope movie. As with any other Jodorwosky film, this is a movie that aims to send you go through a inner voyage, an ego-melting experience, your views will be questioned, your sense of normality will be gladly challenged. It's refreshing to know that El Jodo is still challenging all the norms by making this kind of material. In this current digital age of bloated high-resolution commercial imagery that speaks to us like a child, Jodorwosky's movie brings back something that we will rarely ever see again. It saddens me that movies like this will become ever more rare, movies that go beyond the traditional narrative, not to impress you with some artsy, Hollywood-approved hipster, vapid, slickness, but with a sense of vision that actually ripples in reality. As much as this movie is biographical, it still maintains that human experience impact that most people have gone through. Excellence!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Seymour on October 15, 2014
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This was not an easy film to watch, because of how emotionally direct it is. I had to take two intermissions. It's brutal, but at the same time it's incredibly tender. This film succeeds in healing a flawed male character instead of judging or emasculating him. It shows why men become troubled and how we can heal it and heal from it, and free ourselves from being trapped in a negative view of the world. The world is what it is, and through the power of our imagination, which is also reality, we can at least change ourselves so that we can move on. What I appreciated most about this film is the amount of humor in it, especially as the story intensifies toward its conclusion. The comedy is expertly blended with poignant moments of despair and horror, which keeps the positive tone of the film consistent throughout. It's not as existentially magnificent as El Topo or Holy Mountain, but it's more cohesive. It also deals with a theme that's more down to earth and personal than the others, which shows clearly that Jodorowsky wasn't trying to top his other films. It seems likehe made this film because he really had something to say, and he cared about it, and that's film making at its best. This is a film worth seeing, and worthy of standing right beside his other DVDs on my bookshelf.
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Yea they mislabel spanish films as english all the time on amazon and it doesn't seem to care(like fermats room says english even though its all spanish and no egnlish dub exists)... i too refuse to buy this movie if I have to sit and read subtitles while trying to enjoy jodorofskys style, anyone... Read More
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