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Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection

The  deluxe box set includes three of Jodorowsky’s cult-favorite classics: El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Fando Y Lis, restored in 4K on Blu-ray, as well as his latest, and most inspirational film Psychomagic, A Healing Art. Loaded with extras and ephemera, the box set features a 78-page book with photos and essays, a set of art cards together with 4 Blu-ray discs and 2 CDs housed in a high quality case.

Art Cards:

  • 6 double-sided vintage lobby card reproductions from the original German releases are included. Printed on high quality heavy stock, they include six unique production photos from both El Topo and The Holy Mountain.

 

Book:

  • A 78-page booklet with exclusive photos, new essays, original reviews, and interviews offer incredible detail, perspective, and insight into the films and mind of maestro Alejandro Jodorowsky.

 

Poster

  • An exclusive, 16×20-inch (403mmx510mm) double-sided color poster featuring two of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s most revered and celebrated works: El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973).

 

Blu-ray Packaging (dual sided)

  • All Blu-rays come in individual thin-line digipaks with reversible, color artwork in a high-quality slipcase.

 

Audio/Video Content By Feature

FANDO Y LIS

  • New 4K restoration from the original 16mm camera negative approved by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original Spanish (spoken audio)
  • English, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky Remembers Fando y Lis, new interview filmed in Paris
  • Newly filmed introduction with Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University
  • La Cravate, Jodorowsky’s compellingly surreal 1957 adaptation of Thomas Mann’s The Transposed Heads
  • La Constellation Jodorowsky, Louis Mouchet’s feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud and Peter Gabriel
  • Original trailer
  • Image gallery

 

EL TOPO

Special Edition Contents:

  • New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative approved by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation in 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 original theatrical aspect ratios
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Original Spanish and English soundtracks
  • Newly translated English, Spanish andFrench subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky Remembers El Topo, new interview filmed in Paris
  • Newly filmed introduction with Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University
  • A Conversation with The Son of El Topo, a newly filmed, extensive interview with Brontis Jodorowsky who stars in El Topo
  • The Father of Midnight Movies, an archival interview with Jodorowsky filmed in 2007
  • Original trailer
  • Image galleries
  • El Topo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD

 

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

  • New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative approved by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Newly translated English, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky Remembers The Holy Mountain, a new interview filmed in Paris
  • Newly filmed introduction with Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University
  • Pablo Leder: Jodorowsky’s Right Hand Man, Jodorowsky’s personal assistant remembers acting in El Topo and The Holy Mountain and his time spent with the director
  • The A to Z of The Holy Mountain, a new video essay by writer Ben Cobb • Deleted scenes with director’s commentary
  • The Tarot, a short film in which Jodorowsky explains the secrets of the cards
  • Original trailer
  • Image galleries
  • The Holy Mountain Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD

 

PSYCHOMAGIC, A HEALING ART

  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • English, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Original trailer

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (Limited Deluxe Edition)

Recorded before a live audience in London in 1968, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was originally conceived as a BBC-TV special. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, it centers on the original line up of The Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman (with Nicky Hopkins and Rocky Dijon) — who serve as both the show’s hosts and featured attraction. For the first time in front of an audience, “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” performs six Stones classics. The program also includes extraordinary performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, and The Dirty Mac. A ‘supergroup’ before the term had even been coined, the band was comprised of Eric Clapton (lead guitar), Keith Richards (bass), Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience (drums) and John Lennon on guitar and vocals.

The Limited Deluxe Edition includes the film on Blu-ray and DVD, plus the 2CD expanded soundtrack, and a perfect-bound 44-page book with custom foldout gatefold design. The book also includes David Dalton’s original 1969 Rolling Stone essay and on-set photographs by Mike Randolph. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus soundtrack has been expanded to 28 tracks, received a new mix and 192k 24 bit HD restoration. Bonus material included by the late concert pianist Julius Katchen, three additional songs by Taj Mahal and never before heard recordings of The Dirty Mac performing The Beatles classic, “Revolution” and the aptly titled track “Warmup Jam.”

Sympathy for the Devil (50th Anniversary 4K Edition)

4K restoration of Sympathy for the Devil,  celebrates the 50th anniversary of its initial release. One of the landmark new wave films of the late ’60s, directed by the celebrated Jean-Luc Godard, Sympathy for the Devil alternates between reflections on contemporary politics and social issues of the late 1960s as well as giving the audience an unprecedented view of The Rolling Stones creative process in the recording studio working on what would become one of the band’s defining tracks.

The Rolling Stones original line-up of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman were joined by Nicky Hopkins, Marianne Faithfull, Anita Pallenberg and James Fox in the landmark session that took place at Olympic Sound Studios in London in June 1968.

The new edition of Godard’s Sympathy For The Devil is a 4K restoration of the film from the original 35mm camera negative that was initially released in 1969. The color grading has been supervised by the original cinematographer, Tony Richmond BSC, ASC. Richmond holds dozens of credits as a cinematographer including Let it Be, and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now for which he won BAFTA’s Best Cinematography award in 1973.

The expanded re-release of the film includes numerous extras including the entirety of One Plus One (Godard’s director’s cut) as well as Voices, a 1968 documentary on the making of Sympathy For The Devil, along with a 2018 documentary featuring interviews with Tony Richmond and Mim Scala, one of the film’s producers. Additional extras include a full-length commentary track by Godard authority David Sterritt, former Chairman of the National Society of Film Critics, and the physical package showcases an essay by author Danny Goldberg (In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie IdeaDispatches From The Culture Wars). Goldberg wrote, “Musically, the film shows the Stones manifesting a fragile balance between fidelity to roots and to innovation.  Created more than a decade before MTV began, Sympathy For the Devil can be seen as a long music video, completely unique at the time in showing the work and creativity that goes into the making of a record.”

The film premiered at the 1968 London film festival highlighted by the physical assault of the producer on stage by Jean-Luc Godard. In 1970, when the film was released in the US, Roger Greenspun reviewed it for The New York Times remarking, “the meaning of Godard’s film depends not only upon a cause but also upon the camera’s eye; not only in sympathy, but in objectivity as well.”

Andrew Hussey, writing more recently on the film for The Guardian noted, “This is one of those rare and unsettling examples of a rock film which has the all the immediacy of reportage from a distant war-zone.” He added, “It’s all great stuff: a snapshot of a far-off, lost world where rock music is still a redemptive and revolutionary force.”

Fando y Lis

Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s first full-length film, Fando Y Lis, was created from hazy memories of the controversial Fernando Arrabal play he staged in Paris; his sublime freak-out follows impotent Fando (Sergio Kleiner) and his paraplegic sweetheart Lis (Diana Mariscal) searching for the enchanted city of Tar where spiritual ecstasy resides. The astonishing road trip takes them through urban rubble, scalding deserts, treacherous mountains, their own pasts and close encounters of the weirdest kind in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s seminal, signature work of startling provocation and incendiary art. After premiering in 1967 in Acapulco, the film caused an uproar in the avant-garde community and was subsequently banned in Mexico.

Blindman

Director Ferdinando Baldi’s Spaghetti take on the immensely popular ‘Zatoichi’ cult films is one of the most stylish and enjoyable Spaghetti Westerns to come out of the early ‘70’s. “I Want my fifty women!” Blindman, a unique Spaghetti Western full of sarcasm, has one of the genre’s most bizarre storylines. A blind gunman (Tony Anthony) escorts a group of fifty women to Texas, where they are to be married to miners. He is cheated and the fifty young women are kidnapped by a gang working for two Mexican banditos and their beautiful but villainous sister. They underestimate Blindman, a man who has to trust his horse and his hearing. Soon, the villains find out that their handicapped opponent is a deadlier challenge than they might have expected. Tony Anthony is unforgettable as the blind gunman, staring into nonentity and demanding his fifty women back. The soundtrack is unforgettable. The locations are great, with a supporting cast that includes Ringo Starr as the younger of the two villainous brothers.

The Dance Of Reality

After a 23-year hiatus, The Dance of Reality marks the triumphant return of Alejandro Jodorowsky, the visionary Chilean filmmaker behind cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain.

In the radiantly visceral autobiographical film, a young Jodorowsky is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where the film was shot.

Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology, and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.

The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 Rated (Digital)

ABKCO Films presents a meticulously restored and fully-realized version of this first-ever, legendary, but never released film. Shot during a quick tour of Ireland just weeks after (I Can t Get No) Satisfaction hit # 1 on the charts, The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 is an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Stones. It features the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band and documents the early frenzy of their fans and the riots the band s appearances inspired. The band is shown traveling through the Irish countryside by train; dashing from cabs to cramped, basement dressing rooms through screaming hordes of fans. Motel rooms host impromptu songwriting sessions and familiar classics are heard in their infancy as riff and lyric are united. Charlie is my Darling is the invaluable frame that captures the spark about to combust into The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.

The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 DVD incorporates the new 2012 version of the film as well as the director s cut and producer s cut, plus significant unseen additional performance and other footage shot in Dublin and Belfast in September of 1965.

ElTopo

El Topo

Originally released in 1970, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo quickly caught the imagination of movie audiences, becoming a landmark in independent film-making. The early screenings at New York’s Elgin Theater sparked the Midnight Movie phenomena, catalyzed by an endorsement from John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Classic Americana and avant-garde European sensibilities collide with Zen Buddhism and the Bible as master gunfighter and mystic El Topo (played by writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky) tries to defeat four sharp-shooting rivals on a bizarre path to allegorical self-awareness and resurrection. As it seeks an alternative to the Hollywood mainstream, El Topo is also the most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made!

Digitally restored to HD from original negative
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
5.1 Dolby & 2.0 Stereo
Original Feature Language: Spanish
Optional Subtitles: EN, SP, FR & BR PORT
Optional commentary track by Director (Language: Spanish with optional EN, SP, FR & BR PORT subtitles)
Optional English overdub track

EXTRAS
-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

The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The Holy Mountain is a spiritual quest for enlightenment pitting illusion against truth. The Alchemist (Jodorowsky) assembles together a group of people from all walks of life to represent the planets in the solar system. The occult adept’s intention is to put his recruits through strange mystical rites and divest them of their worldly baggage before embarking on a trip to Lotus Island. There they ascend the Holy Mountain to displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe.

2K scanned digitally restored to 35mm & HD
Original Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Enhanced for 16×9
5.1 Dolby & 2.0 Stereo
Original Feature Language: English
Optional Subtitles: EN, SP, FR & BR PORT
Optional commentary track by Director (Language: Spanish with optional EN, SP, FR & BR PORT subtitles)

EXTRAS
– 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

The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky (Box Set)

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s trio of mind-bending classics, El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Fando Y Lis, were released on DVD in 2007 for the first time ever. These astonishing films, which have been fully restored and remastered, are available as a special limited edition collector’s box set featuring exclusive rare bonus materials.

Originally released in 1970, El Topo quickly caught the imagination of movie audiences, becoming a landmark in independent film-making. The early screenings at New York’s Elgin Theater sparked the Midnight Movie phenomena, catalyzed by an endorsement from John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Classic Americana and avant-garde European sensibilities collide with Zen Buddhism and the Bible as master gunfighter and mystic El Topo (played by writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky) tries to defeat four sharp-shooting rivals on a bizarre path to allegorical self-awareness and resurrection. As it seeks an alternative to the Hollywood mainstream, El Topo is also the most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made!

Jodorowsky’s high budget follow up effort, The Holy Mountain, takes his psychedelic allegorical mastery to another level. Grotesque, mystical and sacrilegious, it is an excursion into the meaning of earthly wealth and immortality.

Rounding out this unique set is Jodorowsky’s first full-length feature film, Fando Y Lis. Based on Jodorowsky’s memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal, it caused an uproar in the avant-garde community when it premiered in 1967 in Acapulco.

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:
Digitally restored to HD from original negative
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
5.1 Dolby & 2.0 Stereo
Original Feature Language: Spanish
Optional Subtitles: EN, SP, FR & BR PORT
Optional commentary track by Director (Language: Spanish with optional EN, SP, FR & BR PORT subtitles)
Optional English overdub track

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN:
2K scanned digitally restored to 35mm & HD
Original Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Enhanced for 16×9
5.1 Dolby & 2.0 Stereo
Original Feature Language: English
Optional Subtitles: EN, SP, FR & BR PORT
Optional commentary track by Director (Language: Spanish with optional EN, SP, FR & BR PORT subtitles)

FANDO Y LIS
Digitally restored from original negative
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 Letterboxed
Original Language: Spanish
Optional Subtitles: EN, SP, FR & BR PORT
Optional commentary track by Director (Language: Spanish with optional EN, SP, FR & BR PORT subtitles)

EXTRAS

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

BOX SET EXTRAS

FANDO Y LIS
-La Constellation Jodorowsky documentary
-Original language French and English Stereo

TWO AUDIO CDS
– El Topo soundtrack
– The Holy Mountain soundtrack

LA CRAVATE
– Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first film
– Never released before