Eureka Entertainment will release Arnold Fanck’s celebrated 1926 ‘mountain film’, The Holy Mountain, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of The Masters of Cinemas Series on 17 June 2019.
The film was written in three days and nights specifically for star Leni Riefenstahl – whose career the film helped launch – and took over a year to film in the Alps with an entourage of expert skiers and climbers.
Digitally restored in 2K, The Holy Mountain is a visual feast – and a fascinating look at the origin of a genre.
Ostensibly a love triangle romance – between Riefenstahl’s young dancer and the two explorers she encounters – Fanck relishes the glorious Alpine landscape by filming death-defying climbing, avalanche dodging, and frenetic downhill ski racing.
1080p presentation on Blu-ray, from a 2014 2K digital restoration
Score by Aljoscha Zimmerman, available in both LPCM 2.0 and DTS-HD MA 5.1
Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl [180 mins] – Ray Müller’s definitive documentary on the life and career of Leni Reifenstahl
Feature Length Audio Commentary by film historian Travis Crawford
PLUS: a collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by critic and film historian Kat Ellinger, and a 2004 essay by Doug Cummings from the original Masters of Cinema DVD release