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Among the extras included in this collectors 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
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
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
Be warned these are not Hollywood films. These are not even typical foreign films. These are experimental/surrealist films that are often more like stream of consciousness... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rick Russell
you get suckered into buying a lot of crap to get 2 decent movies. I am still glad i have it. I suggest getting the 2 movies you want and skip the unseen stuff, because it is not... Read morePublished 9 months ago by goldsmith
These films are wildly amazing. Yes, extreme violence, nudity, gore, and slaughtered animals are on full display here, but there is so much more to these films. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nick O.
I like surrealism, but Jodorowsky was either way over my head or simply just trash!Published 10 months ago by James M. Flint
Good filmmaker, good movie....the cover promised English, it came out Spanish...would not play on my TV, playback issues, and seems to be programed for European TV.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dean Mars
Animal snuff films have no redeeming value. I suppose there are people who, given enough acid, can have "mystical" insights while staring into a sewer, and they may have... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Don
It's great. I like all the movies in this bundle. Highly highly highly recommended if you like weird and thought provoking cinema or occult stuff.Published on May 6, 2013 by Ben New
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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
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