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El Topo [Blu-ray] (1970)

Alejandro Jodorowsky , Brontis Jodorowsky , Alejandro Jodorowsky  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Jose M. Barrutia Legarreta, Alfonso Arau, Jose Luis Fernandez
  • Directors: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo), English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese Brazilian, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ABKCO/ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LWL0YS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "El Topo [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

El Topo original theatrical trailer
Original script exerpts
El Topo photo gallery
On camera interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky
Feature commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky


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It was the landmark cult film that began the whole Midnight Movie phenomena of the counterculture crazy 1970s. EL TOPO was the most talked about, most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made, transforming the way risk-taking audiences, seeking mainstream Hollywood alternatives, watched edgy underground films. Classic Americana and avant-garde European cinema sensibilities meet Zen Buddhism and the Bible as master gunfighter and cosmic mystic El Topo (played by writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky) must defeat his four sharp-shooting rivals on an ever-increasingly bizarre path to allegorical self-enlightenment and surreal resurrection.

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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your mind will never be the same.... March 17, 2007
Format:DVD
I recently saw El Topo at the IFC Theater in NYC, and the restoration was beautiful. This film has only been available in North America in bootleg form, and these bootlegs ran from from passable to abominable. My personal copy was a VHS dub of a Japanese laserdisc, which had the film optically censored (you can't show pubic hair in Japan, but just about everything else), Japanese subtitles, and it was dubbed in English (it is supposed to be in Spanish). Now we will get it as the great Alejandro meant it to be seen. This film is really astounding at times, considering Jodorowsky was mainly known as a theater director, and he had only directed one previous feature (the little seen and frequently banned Fando y Lis). His films have a truly hallucinatory quality that is magnificent to behold. This was reportedly John and Yoko's favorite movie. They recommended that Allen Klein pick up the rights to it, and he did. Allen and Alejandro have been feuding for the last 30 years over this film and who owns the rights, but luckily, they've made peace (let's hope it stays that way). El Topo, along with The Holy Mountain, are Jodorowsky's best films. Many thanks to ABKCO films for finally releasing this masterpiece.

Just to let you know, the above is a review of El Topo. This review is also appearing for some reason under the box set of The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky. The box set is magnificent, by the way...
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unearth the mole--bring it into the light of day. June 3, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Notorious as "the" cult movie between "Night of the Living Dead" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "El Topo" certainly deserves a new, commercial DVD edition no less than the aforementioned cult hits and the contemporaneous "Pink Flamingoes." The film is primarily Jodorowsky's private allegory, often inscrutable but nonetheless thought-provoking and conducive to productive discussion--perhaps more than any independent film prior to "Eraserhead."

There's something for everyone in this film. The alternative, cultist crowd will enjoy the striking, often daring, imagery--the nude child who accompanies the mole, the wife impaled on a lofty stake towering over a pool of blood, the lust in the dust scenes, the mutilated bodies, the homoerotic images, etc. The philosophic and theologic-minded will have a field day with the film, drawing as it does on all three of the world's major religions with a good deal of "magic realism" thrown in. (El Topo's mortification and transformation into a clown recalls both St. Paul's "you must become a fool for Christ" and the privileged and sacred role of the clown in Eastern religions; his self-immolation summons up television imagery of Buddhist monks in Viet Nam during the time of the film's production.) The archetypologists will no doubt interpret the film as a variation on the Campbell monomyth, beginning with the hero's departure and--following numerous tests, descent into the belly of the whale, and resurrection--concluding with his return home.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex Mexican Religious Allegory June 29, 2007
Format:DVD
El Topo is the classic Mexican film hailed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono enough that it was shown at midnight in many cinemas for years. It is often credited as starting the midnight movie countercultural that helped bring attention to, and build cult film audiences for movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and David Lynch's Eraserhead. In that respect it is far from a mainstream film but it got enough attention that it is celebrated even today. I feel that this is with good reason, as El Topo is one of best films ever made. Alejandro Jodorowsky directs and stars as the title character.

El Topo begins with its eponymous character in the desert with his son. He tells the boy to bury a picture of his mother and his toy in the sand as now it is time for him to become a man. The boy is vulnerable but El Topo leads him by example while protecting him in their various interactions with others. The film understands the western genre and the machismo that often accompanies it. El Topo is one bad cowboy who can guarantee protection for anyone he cares about. So it really sucks when he soon leaves his son behind with a bunch of monks after emasculating some evil banditos. He leaves with a girl he saved and he names her Mara. Mara loves El Topo for being the alpha male that he is, so she convinces him to kill the four best gunslingers so he can be baddest cowboy of them all. He manages to defeat them in various significant ways. These scenes are rich in biblical and other religious references and operate allegorically to show that being a bad cowboy isn't really all it's cracked up to be. Nevertheless, for better or worse, El Topo kills all four of them and begins to learn four specific lessons along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By C.
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I first heard of Alejandro Jodorowsky after I read the book the "Dune" by Frank Herbert and saw the eventual film adaptation made by master surrealist filmmaker David Lynch. From watching that movie, I learned that some time before Lynch's adaptation was made, another filmmaker by the name of Alejandro Jodorowsky was set to adapt Herbert's story to film. Interested, I looked into the films of this Jodorowsky fellow and found out about "El Topo," which was described as being like a "Spaghetti Western." Already being an aficionado of the Spaghetti Western genre, I looked into "El Topo" to discover it's not in fact a 'true' Spaghetti Western, but what they call an "Acid Western," which is a movie with Old West themes keeping the excesses and absurdities that is typical of a Spaghetti Western.

That said, "El Topo" is a film unlike anything you've ever seen. It tells the tale of a wandering gunslinger who over the course of the first half of the movie fights four 'masters' and then finds himself in a cave of deformed people in the second act, where he becomes a monk who must help them make a tunnel from their cave to the adjacent town, which is full of religious nuts and sex fiends. That's all I really need to say about the movie, if you want to see it, you either will or won't. As for the release itself, I must say, it looks absolutely gorgeous on Blu-Ray, it's hard to tell that it was forty three years ago. The use of colors and camerawork are brilliant, the acting is over the top, but in a good way. It's a film filled with absurd images and acts that make you wonder what exactly it all means, but there is an underlying message in the madness. Check it out!
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1.0 out of 5 stars ok movie
over all i thought this movie was ok but it was not as good as The Avengers movie was in my opinion. The Avengers was directed by Joss Whedon who is a pretty good director. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gina eygenhuysen
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, pretentious and hopelessly old-fashioned
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[originally posted 10Apr2000]

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Published 7 months ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I bought it as a gift for my husband. He's wanted this movie since forever. Very happy I found it at Amazon.
Published 10 months ago by TERRY
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly
I suppose that this film was made to shock the audience but to me it just came off as being silly. I didn't bother watching to the end.
Published 10 months ago by Citris1
5.0 out of 5 stars First of the Midnight Movies
I first saw this film at the Elgin Theater in New York in the spring 1971 as a "Midnight Movie." My best friend had called me and was adamant that I had to come to New... Read more
Published 11 months ago by BFP
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Jodorowsky!
I saw this when it first arrived in this country and still love it. I think this was his masterpiece.
Published 12 months ago by Lapis
5.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews: El Topo
The road to enlightenment is paved in blood in EL TOPO, the feature film that brought Alejandro Jodorowsky to the public for the first time and single-handedly started the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carl Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price, shipped quickly.
I bought this for my boyfriend as a gift. I haven't watched the movie but he loves it. It was a great price and arrived quickly.
Published 15 months ago by Jessie
3.0 out of 5 stars Looked like someone beat up the DVD case when I got it.
So I got the DVD today. The case was totally ruined like someone had mishandled it. Luckily, the DVD didn't break. Don't order from the deeveedees corp. Read more
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