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The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky (Fando y Lis / El Topo / The Holy Mountain)

Tamara Garina , Sergio Kleiner , Alejandro Jodorowsky , Louis Mouchet    R (Restricted)   DVD

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Product Description Among the extras included in this collector's box is previously unseen footage, a feature on the restoration process, an exclusive interview with Jodorowsky, optional director commentary tracks, subtitles, two special CDs of the films' soundtracks and a separate DVD of the first film ever made by Jodorowsky, La Cravate. EL TOPO: -Original theatrical trailer- English V.O. -2006 on camera interview with Jodorowsky (Language English/English subtitles) -Photo Gallery/Original script excerpts -Exclusive interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky THE HOLY MOUNTAIN - Deleted scenes with director commentary (Language: Spanish with optional EN, SP, FR & BR PORT subtitles) - Original theatrical trailer -English V.O - The Tarot short with director commentary (Language: Spanish with optional EN, SP, FR & BR PORT subtitles) - Restoration process short (Original Language English) - Photo Gallery / Original Script excerpts - Restoration Credits FANDO Y LIS -La Constellation Jodorowsky documentary -Original language French and English Stereo TWO AUDIO CDS - El Topo soundtrack - The Holy Mountain soundtrack Special Features Aspect Ratios: El Topo - 1.33:1 The Holy Mountain - 2.35:1 Anamorphic Fando y Lis - 1.66:1 Letterboxed El Topo Extras Original Trailer Commentary track Jodorowsky interview short Photo gallery The Holy Mountain Extras Original theatrical trailer Deleted scenes short with Jodorowsky commentary The Restoration short The Tarot short with Jodorowsky commentary Fando y Lis Extras La Constellation documentary

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102 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last............... March 9 2007
By new yorker - Published on Amazon.com
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....the official version is available to pre-order here although search is still only bringing up the bootleg page.

Anchor Bay will release a special limited edition collector's box set, The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, on DVD on 5/1/2007(SRP $49.98). The set will contain El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Fando Y Lis on DVD, fully restored and remastered from new HD transfers in anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio (El Topo is 125 minutes in Spanish, The Holy Mountain is 114 minutes in English, Fando Y Lis is 93 minutes in Spanish). The box set will also include 2 music CDs containing the soundtracks for El Topo and The Holy Mountain, as well as a DVD of Jodorowsky's never-before-released first film, La Cravate. El Topo and The Holy Mountain will also be available separately (SRP $24.98 each). The El Topo DVD will contain audio commentary by the director, the original theatrical trailer (with English voice-over), a 2006 on-camera interview with the director as well as an exclusive new interview, a photo gallery and original script excerpts. The Holy Mountain DVD will include audio commentary with the director, deleted scenes with commentary, the original theatrical trailer (with English voice-over), the Tarot short with commentary, a restoration process short, restoration credits, a photo gallery and original script excerpts. Fando Y Lis will include audio commentary with the director and the La Constellation Jodorowsky documentary. Subtitles on the discs will be available in English, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violating the L00Pholes in ordinary filmmaking April 6 2008
By C. Christopher Blackshere - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Ready to tumble down the proverbial rabbit hole?
Alejandro Jodorowsky artfully fornicates with your fragile expectations and relaxed perceptions with this collection of unrestrained attacks on your senses. Never a dull or a normal moment, he constantly tries to challenge and provoke you with his shocking imagery.

This boxed set offers 4 of his finest achievements--La Cravate, Fando y Lis, El Topo, and The Holy Mountain. They are all engaging, controversial, and odd pieces of art. They seem like psychedilic paintings in pepetual motion. Lots of violence and strong sexual imagery. Plus plenty of moments deemed extremely sacrilegious by many at the time. AJ was a ballsy director that didn't try to appeal to the masses. He uses vivid allegory while juggling illusion and truth. Plus I love how he basically pisses on the standard formulas of filmmaking.

The madness originated from Chile, Jodorowsky is known as the father of the midnight movies
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vision Quest May 1 2007
By K. A. Laity - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Today is the big day!

After thirty years or more of wrangling, ABKCO films releases the big box set of Alejandro Jodorowsky's films including El Topo and Holy Mountain. Once touted by people like John and Yoko, Jodorowsky's films have been more talked about than seen since the brouhaha with rights began, so this package brings these stories once more to a wide audience.

How to describe them? Or even Jodorowsky himself? One of the later surrealists, he dedicated himself to using art for both psychological and spiritual means as well as artistic. His films explore the ways we encounter the disruptions of life on a grand scale. His obsessions with mystic visions and physical deformity bring a strange ambience to his surreal cinematic works, like a strange melding of Todd Browning and Maya Deren. El Topo explores mysticism through the spaghetti western (and along the way critiques the construction of masculinity in Western culture) while Holy Mountain dives even deeper into the mystic to confront the horrors of modern life with a surrealistic spin that anticipates the complaisant acceptance of post-modernism (and this in the mid-1970s!).

The box also includes the seldom seen Fando y Lis as well as the soundtracks for both of the better known films. The images are crisp and clear and will be a revelation to those who have only seen the films via third generation bootlegs or much-worn 35mm. The films still pack a whallop* even all these years later. Vision is such a rare quality.

*Gentle viewers may want to be warned that films from this time period did not have the same RSPCA/ASPCA requirements. Much of the animal carnage is not simulated, which can be rather gruesome.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a little bizarre... June 16 2008
By mrliteral - Published on Amazon.com
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By its very nature, art is subjective. What seems like art to one person may just be drivel to another. The inherent difficulty in defining art makes it easy to hide behind it as a label for almost any act of real or faked creativity. Which makes judgment of the DVD boxed set, The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, complicated. Is Jodorowsky a true cinematic artist, or is he just a producer of New-Age-ish gobbledygook? Opinions vary.

The most prominent of Jodorowsky's movies is El Topo (Spanish for "The Mole") which at least initially has the look of a Spaghetti Western. A man-in-black gunfighter travels by horse with his naked son. (Why is he naked? There may be a symbolic reason, but don't look for much in the way of literal explanations in Jodorowsky's works.) The gunfighter comes across a massacre and deals with the killers, and takes a lover who provokes him to take on the four Master Gunfighters, a challenge that will lead to unintended consequences. Among the three movies in the set, El Topo is the most easily accessible for the casual viewer, but it is also more than a little weird: one master gunfighter is blind and attended to by two men, one armless and one legless who together act as one person (in fact, Jodorowsky has many "freaks" in his films, and like his predecessor Tod Browning, typically views them as people of virtue); another gunfighter lives in a secluded, incestuous relationship with his mother.

Made prior to El Topo is Fando y Lis, a tale of a couple who are on a journey to a mystical holy city called Tar. Fando is a man tormented by what is probably sexual impotence and takes out his rage with various cruelties to his girlfriend, the paraplegic Lis. Their journey is akin to a trip through hell as they wander a blighted landscape and encounter various madmen and villains. The farther they go, the meaner Fando gets; in a way, it is the typical abuser-abusee relationship with him apologetic for his sins and her taking his abuse because she's utterly dependent on him.

Strangest of all the movies is The Holy Mountain, a strange mix of various religious and pseudoscientific (like astrology, tarot and alchemy) ideas. A thief who is also a Christ-like figure wanders a city and eventually comes into the lair of an alchemist who offers enlightenment. The thief will join a band of other people (each representing a different planet) on an excursion to The Holy Mountain where immortality awaits.

There are some themes that run through these three movies, particularly the search for spiritual enlightenment. The outsiders in society - such as freaks and prostitutes - are generally forces of good, while establishment figures - especially the idle rich - are monsters. But generally, the movies are so abstract that each person will get his or her own meaning out of it.

In addition to the three movies, the set does have a lot of extras, including commentaries, trailers, two soundtrack CDs (for El Topo and The Holy Mountain), a short film, La Cravate which is Jodorowsky's first work (and which, though strange, is also rather straightforward) and a documentary La Constellation - Jodorowsky, which adoringly treats the director as something of a modern guru.

These films are not for everyone. If you find David Lynch too odd for your tastes, than you should skip Jodorowsky. Also, although these films are unrated, it is safe to say that if they were, they'd likely be NC-17, so they are not family films. Personally, I liked the films, though I agree with one critic who pointed out more-or-less that just because something is beyond comprehension doesn't make it profound. I found the best way to enjoy these movies is to not try and make sense of them and just take pleasure in the visual spectacle and sheer bizarreness of them. And visually, these are fantastic movies unlike anything else out there.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the bootlegs currently available via this page Feb. 13 2007
By new yorker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Wait until the official version is available to pre-order :

Anchor Bay will release a special limited edition collector's box set, The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, on DVD on 5/1/2007(SRP $49.98). The set will contain El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Fando Y Lis on DVD, fully restored and remastered from new HD transfers in anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio (El Topo is 125 minutes in Spanish, The Holy Mountain is 114 minutes in English, Fando Y Lis is 93 minutes in Spanish). The box set will also include 2 music CDs containing the soundtracks for El Topo and The Holy Mountain, as well as a DVD of Jodorowsky's never-before-released first film, La Cravate. El Topo and The Holy Mountain will also be available separately (SRP $24.98 each). The El Topo DVD will contain audio commentary by the director, the original theatrical trailer (with English voice-over), a 2006 on-camera interview with the director as well as an exclusive new interview, a photo gallery and original script excerpts. The Holy Mountain DVD will include audio commentary with the director, deleted scenes with commentary, the original theatrical trailer (with English voice-over), the Tarot short with commentary, a restoration process short, restoration credits, a photo gallery and original script excerpts. Fando Y Lis will include audio commentary with the director and the La Constellation Jodorowsky documentary. Subtitles on the discs will be available in English, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

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