El Topo   /    Holy Mountain

 

Raro Video gives two films of Alejandro Jodorowsky in Criterion style Digi pack, including a book. Unfortunately there stops the similarities.

 

 

 

(aka "The Gopher" or "The Mole")

 

directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Mexico 1970

 

Holy shit, there ain't nothing like "El Topo." I think as a viewer, if you ever find a copy of this obscure masterpiece without having to sell any organs, you better be prepared to take the most insane sober trip you can ever imagine. Written, directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, "El Topo" begins with the West's greatest gunfighter. He is a silent, bold, angry type, and he exacts revenge with chilling efficiency in early scenes, rescuing a small child and adopting him on his journey into the far west.

Excerpt from Gabe Toro's comments located HERE

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Theatrical Release: USA 18 December 1970

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DVD Review: Raro Video - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Raro Video

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:59:44 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1:1.33 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.50 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio DD 2.0 Spanish Mono
Subtitles English, Italian and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Raro Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1.33

Edition Details:
• Interviews (10:58)
• Critical Anthology
• Biography
• Filmography
• 64 Page color book

DVD Release Date:
Digi Pack

Chapters 10

 

 

 

 

Comments EL TOPO

IMDb list this as 1:1.85. This DVD is in 1:1.33. It look's like Open Matte, that is cropped from the edges.

The picture quality is reasonable. I watched it with a projector without problem. The picture have faded colors. There's not much dirt or scratches on it. Some waving goes true the picture due the film, that could indicate here is used an older tape master for source. The picture is sharp enough.

The sound is very narrow mono, but very clean from dirt. I don't think they made in 1970 this bad (boxed) sounds.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 

 



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(aka "Montaņa sagrada, La" or "The Sacred Mountain")

 

directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Mexico / USA 1973

 

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain was his first — and only — film spawned directly from his relationship with Beatles producer Allen Klein. The film opened two years after El Topo, and in comparison to his former film, The Holy Mountain is more ambitious, surreal, and “complete” in its every aspect. El Topo is the planet to The Holy Mountain’s universe.

Excerpt from Rumsey Taylor's comente HERE

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Theatrical Release: France May 1973 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Raro Video

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:52:44
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.68 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio DD 2.0 English, DD 2.0 Italian
Subtitles Italian and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Raro Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Interview (9:58)

DVD Release Date:
Digi Pack

Chapters 10

 

 

 

 

Comments THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

I don't know how eager true fans are to see this film, and how naive a production company can be.

I only watched this for 10 minutes, and are not going to see it to the end.

I don't think I exaggerate a lot if I claim that this DVD is made from an NTSC VHS tape. You can't improve the quality from that even if you put it true a digital restoring program, convert it to PAL and finally enhance it for 16:9 TV. This DVD could easily match the title, for one of the the worst DVD transfers ever. Okay, if you watch it with a very small TV , you can get trough it.

The sound in this film, is very good and dynamic.

FINAL COMMENTS

This can be the best transfer for EL TOPO available (with English subs), and if you close your eyes and think THE HOLY MOUNTAIN as a free bonus film, this can be worth the purchase for Jodorowsky fans.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 

 



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