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

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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.

-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

- 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

-La Constellation Jodorowsky documentary
-Original language French and English Stereo

- El Topo soundtrack
- The Holy Mountain soundtrack

How can so much mysticism be contained in a simple DVD box set? The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky is a divine collection of the director's early films, restored and ready for repeated viewings. For it does take several viewings to imbue Jodorowky's invented archetypes with personal meaning and to familiarize oneself with his avant-garde approach to communicating artistic concepts. In this box, El Topo and Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky's stories of spiritual journeys through barren deserts, are paired with Fando Y Lis and La Cravate, a never before seen gem from the 1950s. This alone justifies the box set. La Cravate is a Technicolor tale of a man whose sadistic girfriend urges him to visit the head shop to shop for a new head. Miming his way through rows of living human heads, and trying several on with the help of a shop manager skilled in stitching skin, this Frankensteinian story establishes Jodorowsky's affinity for pitting effusive love against cruelty for maximum tension between involved characters. Fando Y Lis, on the other hand, is an early version of the later two masterpieces, about a couple whose quest for an imaginary land in the future, called Tar, introduces them to wizened forest masters, wild packs of women bowling, and enlightened drag queens. Filmed in black and white, Fando Y Lis proves that Jodorowsky's radical use of color in El Topo and Holy Mountain is no simple trope. Here, he relies more heavily on dramatic physical action, including miming and a paraplegic protagonist who is wheeled around in a wagon by her lover.

The box set contains the film soundtracks, director commentaries, and several interviews with Jodorowsky, including the documentary, La Constellation, in which he discusses his reliance on intuition, the notion of absurdism versus mystery, and his infamous usage of violence, which he eloquently explains as creative violence versus the destructive. Though this talented director refuses the claim that he is a mystic, it becomes clear in watching this body of work that he is achieving the sublime in a visually transcendental fashion. --Trinie Dalton

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
  • Fando y Lis Extras: LA CRAVATE Short

Product Details

  • Actors: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Directors: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese Brazilian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ABKCO / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 333 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NY1E9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky (Fando y Lis / El Topo / The Holy Mountain)" on IMDb

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104 of 114 people found the following review helpful By new yorker VINE VOICE on March 9, 2007
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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.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on April 6, 2008
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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
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on June 16, 2008
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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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Laity on May 1, 2007
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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.
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Santa Sangre?
The rights holders are a different company.

A solution which is somewhat expensive but possible, is to buy a region and format free player (such as the Philips 5960) and the U.K. Region 2 DVD set.

I do wish Anchor Bay could bring the same DVD set to region 1 but I guess the rights issues... Read More
May 14, 2007 by drunkensailor |  See all 4 posts
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