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01/04/2014 10:26 am  

Aleister Crowley: Legend of the Beast DVD!

Seems to be no where to buy it on their own website. Best I can find is an ebay site selling it.
http://www.reality-entertainment.com/films/titles/aleister-crowley-legend-of-the-beast

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aleister-Crowley-Legend-of-the-Beast-DVD-/271402278075


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01/04/2014 12:02 pm  

watch at your own risk - just keep in mind -  you'll never get those 80 minutes of your life back!


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01/04/2014 12:11 pm  
"ptoner" wrote:
Aleister Crowley: Legend of the Beast DVD!

Seems to be no where to buy it on their own website.

There is a Buy It Now link under the Title and above the Click Here for Trailer (which doesn't appear to connect with anything). The link takes you to a Paypal page with a cost of $19.95.


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01/04/2014 5:37 pm  

I’m not sure if accuracy of the blurb is a yardstick by which to weigh the contents (– also, on a positive note it does say there “The myth of the Satanist is dispelled and the true nature of a flawed but great man is left”), but surprisingly enough A.C. did not claim (at least to my certain knowledge!) “Do What You Wilt Shall Be The Whole of the Law.”

Maybe somebody with $19.95 and 80 minutes of their life to spare will spill the beans & let us know whether we might all be missing out on an absolutely unique treasure of a sensational viewing experience?

(But in the meantime, from bitter experience I will not be holding my breath…)
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01/04/2014 7:59 pm  

I have a copy. I will watch it and report back. Alas somehow I don't have high hopes either!

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ptoner
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01/04/2014 8:15 pm  

R T Cole is credited as a producer on this film.


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02/04/2014 2:19 am  

The whole thing is available on youtube


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02/04/2014 4:17 am  

Really?, I think only the trailers are on youtube??

This is not a documentary but a movie semi based on ACs life.


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11/04/2014 10:02 am  

DVD Review: Aleister Crowley: Legend of the Beast

The story behind Aleister Crowley has always been of interest to me. He is best remembered as a writer and supporter of the dark arts. Certainly he deserves the title, but how did he get there? What drove Aleister Crowley to find solace in the world of Black Magic?

The chances are that we may never really know. Legend of the Beast gives one version.

What I really like about this movie is that you do not need to have ever heard of Aleister Crowley. You can take the movie at face value. Just a small adventure into a piece of fiction. Maybe it is!

I enjoyed Legend of the Beast, I am not sure that it is based on fact, but is presented it a way that makes one wonder.

The timing of this movie gives me pause for thought. Hollywood seems to be gung ho on Biblical themes at the moment. So, this likely is a good time to release an indie movie about the life and times of Aleister Crowley.

By no means do I agree with the thoughts that Crowley had, he was about as rational as David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Charlie Manson put together.

Legend of the Beast is well worth watching. It maybe is not what you expect. You can get your copy from the Amazon link above.

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11/04/2014 5:11 pm  

OK I'm going to watch it tonight... will report back (sorry for the delay been so busy!).

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12/04/2014 12:08 am  

I watched it! Here is my review...

Well where to start. If you imagine the the best possible film that could be made about Aleister Crowleys life and what it would take †o create such a film, it fast becomes clear that it would require a big budget and the scope of it would be overwhelming.

This was never going to be that film, I honestly wonder if such a film is truly achievable. But certainly I hope one day we get something close. This is not that film… but wait, this is not a negative review, no not at all.

To attempt to make a film of Aleister Crowleys life is a bold thing and all credit to those involved in this film. When I was at school we would occasionally go to class and find a television was wheeled in to show us a video recording of one of those films made for educational purposes telling the life of some historical figure. And this feels very much like †hat kind of film. Low budget, but not a joke film, just lacking the ka-pow of a mainstream film. If the life of Aleister Crowley ever gets onto the national curriculum then I can well see this film becoming class viewing.

The basic structure is AC on his death bed attended by the ghost of Rose to whom he relays the story of his life, well a cross section of moments from his life including briefly initiation into witchcraft, a chess scene, encounters with the Golden Dawn (or the sect as it is called in this film). Some references to mountaineering and a quest for knowledge. Egypt, the reception of The Law, the Stele. Boleskine, attempts to summon the Holy Guardian angel (with special effects, a bit naff really). Magical attack from Matthers… more make-up affects. The death of his daughter Lilith.  America, Victor Neuberg and allusions to what went on in the desert. The O.T.O. America again, sex magick. Sicily and the Abbey, attempts to create a magickal child with his Ape of Thoth. Ninette’s jealous of Leah. Return to England, Rose’s drinking problem. Some references to stepping beyond morals in the pursuit of black magic but never human sacrifice, some artistic interlude of a dancing veiled woman in a heavily carved cave which seems to allude otherwise. Slanderings in court. References to Clouds over water, accusations of filth. The Winged Beetle… Accusations of pro German actions. 666, little sunshine. The whole thing like short sketches of a play, Gerald Gardiner, kind words about, laying of the foundations for the witchcraft revival. It’s a lot to cover and nothing is covered in any real detail, which isn’t surprising as the film is long enough without doing that.

So in summary a laudable piece of work and it must have taken a lot of work to produce. Ideal classroom material, not really the sort of thing you’d settle down to with your popcorn. Does what it says on the tin. Crowley collectors will want to add this to their collection.

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12/04/2014 1:57 pm  

Thanks for a very interesting review, Hamal.

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12/04/2014 3:12 pm  
"lashtal" wrote:
Thanks for a very interesting review, Hamal.

Glad to contribute!

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13/04/2014 10:36 am  

Can you please give us more of a flavour? For example, can you give us a bit more of an idea of what a scene is like? - is the casting good, is it well or badly acted, what's the photograph like? What are the sets like - are they convincing? I'd also love to know how it compares to other DVDs / films about AC.

Thank you.


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13/04/2014 12:19 pm  

Here's a crazy idea. Buy it and watch it for yourself. Failing that, let it just remain one of lifes little mysteries?  ;D

The description given by Hamal was more than adequate. Thank you Hamal.


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13/04/2014 12:35 pm  

Here's a crazy idea. Buy it and watch it for yourself.

Thank you for your ''comments'' but the question was actually intended for someone that has seen it.


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13/04/2014 5:04 pm  

True enough. It's all just more senseless noise.


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13/04/2014 7:10 pm  
"obscuruspaintus" wrote:
The description given by Hamal was more than adequate. Thank you Hamal.

Thank you!

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13/04/2014 7:24 pm  
"michaelclarke18" wrote:
Can you please give us more of a flavour? For example, can you give us a bit more of an idea of what a scene is like? - is the casting good, is it well or badly acted, what's the photograph like? What are the sets like - are they convincing? I'd also love to know how it compares to other DVDs / films about AC.

Thank you.

You don't want much then...  ::)

I will try. Its done a bit like a play, there aren't many sets. If you are interested in seeing the Abbey of Thelema for example, it is never shown. As is the case for many low budget movies what locations are used are pretty generic, man walking in hills, two men talking sat at a table etc. It is very much a play type format. The young Crowley is very two dimensional, as are most of the characters. When he is shown meeting people he usually says something that is supposed to sound profound, I just wish they'd given him something profound to say, sounded like a pompous ass! LOL. All the exciting stuff is relayed to you verbally, the scenes that are shown are basic, like Crowley meeting Alan Bennet, two men,  sat at a table, talking in ridiculously abstract language then each injecting themselves.

Acting is pretty basic, casting is pretty basic, film is ok. Would I recommend it as a piece of entertainment, no. It is more akin to an educational play/film.

I thought it was laudable, but I can't say I really enjoyed it. As I am familiar with the story the film my memories are far richer. On a couple of occasions they used special effects, I really wish they hadn't, they lacked the budget to make it work. But nevertheless a laudable effort to be commended in my opinion.

If you want to know more BUY IT!

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14/04/2014 4:46 pm  

Thanks.

I always think that with something like this, it's vital to get the main casting right i.e. AC. If that's not good, then none of it is going to be much good.


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14/04/2014 6:38 pm  
"michaelclarke18" wrote:
Thanks.

I always think that with something like this, it's vital to get the main casting right i.e. AC. If that's not good, then none of it is going to be much good.

The guy cast to play AC in old age wasn't bad. The guy cast to play his younger self was let down by the words he was given to say. But I agree, would be an interesting question actually... which actor would you cast to play AC?

A laudable effort though, I didn't want to sound overly critical!

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29/04/2014 1:51 pm  

Indie Movie Review: ALEISTER CROWLEY: LEGEND OF THE BEAST (2014)

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