The Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection

Alejandro Jodorowsky, while being a prolific author, playwright, graphic novelist (in association with Jean Giraud) and Tarot expert, is best known for his work as director, especially for his 1970 cult classic "El Topo".

Born in in Iquique, Chile, February 7, 1929, Jodorowsky moved to Santiago to study at the university in 1942, but rather than pursuit an academic career, he worked as a clown for some years, then moved to Paris in 1955 where he studied mime with Marcel Marceau. It was also in Paris he met with Fernando Arrabal and Roland Topor, with whom he in 1962 formed the Panic Movement, responding to society with shocking theatrical and performance attacks, as surrealism had become "petite bourgeoisie." Jodorowsky would continue to do avant-garde theatre in Paris and Mexico, and ventured into film with "Fando y Lis" in 1967, which caused riots after its festival screening.

Tartan's "Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs)" contains the following
- Fando y Lis
- El Topo
- Soundtrack to El Topo (CD)
- Holy Mountain
- Soundtrack to Holy Mountain (CD)
- La Constellation Jodorowsky


directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Mexico 1968

 

Loosely based on a play written by Fernando Arrabal, who was working with Jodorowsky on performance art at the time of its production, “Fando y Lis” follows Fando and his paraplegic girlfriend Lis on their journey to find the mythical city of Tar.

It originally caused a riot after its screening at the 1967 Acapulco Film Festival and was subsequently banned in Mexico. Looking at it today, one wonders, as it is a mishmash of surrealism and weirdness supported by its low budget style, and it certainly lacks the strength of vision, which both “El Topo” and “Holy Mountain” has.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: June 8, 1972 (Mexico)

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DVD Comparison:

Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs)) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Anchor Bay (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

(Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs)) - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Anchor Bay (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky) - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Tartan

Region 2 - PAL

Anchor Bay
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:36:53 (4% PAL speedup)
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1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.70 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish Mono

2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish Mono

Subtitles English, None English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky (English)
• La Cravetta (20:28)

DVD Release Date: May 14, 2007
6 slim transparent keep cases inside cardboard box

Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary
• La Constellation documentary
• Photo Gallery

 

DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
6 slim transparent keep cases inside cardboard box

Chapters 15

 

 

Comments Reviewed here by Gary Tooze, the US Region 1 - 6 DVD box differs with Region 2 Tartan 6 DVD box set on following points

Restored by Tartan, in the last half of 2006, from the only available digital source. The result is that the flickering present in the previous DVD edition, as well as much of the film sparkle and noise has been significantly reduced. As the other films, Tartan is more neutral and has no contrast boosting.

Additional material is an, once again, brilliant audio commentary - this time in English - by Jodorowsky, his short film from 1957, "La Cravate", also restored by Tartan late 2006, based on the novel by Thomas Mann, and restoration featurettes for both features. AB differs here by having the documentary “La Constellation Jodorowsky”, and having no restoration featurettes.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Mexico 1970

 

Famed as the original midnight movie and one of the greatest cult films ever, “El Topo” is more than just cult, it is esoteric. Translated meaning the mole - the title refers to the story of a mole, spending his life digging tunnels to the sky, and when finally seeing the sun, it goes blind – the story is about a gunfighter, which path resembles the one of the mole, in his pursuit for revenge. For a virgin viewer, I felt like that mole, having spend my life awaiting to see this particular film, and finally having seen it, having no clue what it was about. While elements are recognizable, many others appear cryptic or out of place. Roger Ebert suggests it resembling T.S. Eliot use of fragments of mythology against the ruins of the post-Christian era in Wastelands, as Jodorowsky in a similar way employs motifs and symbols from the Old and New Testament, Buddhism, Greek mythology, everywhere, without any internal narrative logic to them. Nevertheless “El Topo” is mesmerizing; spellbinding you with its sharp visual and symbolic nerve, challenging the viewer to learn the cinematic dialect of Jodorowsky.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: April 15, 1971 (Mexico)

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DVD Comparison:

Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset - 6 discs) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Raro Video - Region 0 - PAL vs. Anchor Bay (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow and Per-Olof Strandberg and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

(Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs)) - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Raro Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Anchor Bay (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky) - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Tartan

Region 2 - PAL

Raro Video
Region 0 - PAL
Anchor Bay
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:59:34 (4% PAL speedup) 1:59:44 (4% PAL speedup) 1:36:39
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.49 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs))

 

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Raro Video

 

Bitrate:

Anchor Bay (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky)

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish Mono, 5.1 Dolby Digital Spanish, 2.0 Dolby Digital English Mono (dub)

2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish Mono

2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish Mono, 5.1 Dolby Digital Spanish, 2.0 Dolby Digital English Mono (dub)

Subtitles English, None English, Italian, None English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky (Spanish w/ English subs)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (3:55)
• Jodorowsky on El Topo (6:57)
• El Topo Soundtrack (on CD)
• DVD notes by Ben Cobb

DVD Release Date: May 14, 2007
6 slim transparent keep cases inside cardboard box

Chapters 14

Release Information:
Studio: Raro Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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

 

DVD Release Date:
DigiPack

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary
• Original Trailer
• Interview short
• Photo gallery
• CD soundtrack

 

DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
6 slim transparent keep cases inside cardboard box

Chapters

 

 

Comments Reviewed here by Gary Tooze, the US Region 1 - 6 DVD box set is basically identical with the Region 2 Tartan 6 DVD box set.

Restored by ABKCO, who have spent more than two years on it, the image is nothing short of breathtaking. While there are minute compression artifacts, these are not visible during play. Details are crystal sharp, colours are vivid.

There are two difference between AB R1 and Tartan R2. The first is the colour palette, which is more neutral in Tartan, and more "full" in AB. The second is, that AB appears to have slightly more contrast than Tartan. However, colours does not bleed, so I will not chose one over the other here.

Sound is the restored original 2.0 Dolby Digital Mono, a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround track, and a 2.0 Dolby Digital Mono English dubbed trach. Audio commentary is in 2.0 DD mono with English subtitles.

Additional material consists of an Audio Commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky, which is worth the DVD (box set even) alone. In almost documentary style, Jodorowsky accompanies the film with notations, then breaks away with directly commenting symbolism, then suddenly a foot note comment to assist a scene.

This is followed by another stunning piece of material in form of a short interview with Jodorowsky, commenting on "El Topo" as the first Midnight Movie, then on the film itself.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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(Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs)) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. Raro Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Anchor Bay (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


 

(aka "La montaņa sagrada" )

 

directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Mexico 1973

 

Following the success of “El Topo” as a Midnight Movie, Beatles manager Alain Klein produced “La montaņa sagrada (The Holy Mountain)” with financial aid from John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The story deals with a thief, resembling Christ, who is introduced to seven most powerful mortals, who then all travel to the Lotus Island to gain the secret of immortality from 9 immortal masters who live on a holy mountain, in order to replace them.

Both visually and symbolic, “La montaņa sagrada” is a far richer film than “El Topo”. It is a feast for the eye and the mind, with its larger than life absurd surreal satire. It is bizarrely grandiose.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: July 11, 1975 (Mexico)

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DVD Comparison:

Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs)) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Raro Video - Region 0 - PAL vs. Anchor Bay (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow and Per-Olof Strandberg and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

(Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs)) - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Raro Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Anchor Bay (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky) - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Tartan

Region 2 - PAL

Raro Video
Region 0 - PAL
Anchor Bay
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:50:45 (4% PAL speedup) 1:52:4 (4% PAL speedup) 1:55:20
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.52 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

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

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

 

Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs))

 

Bitrate:

 

Raro Video

 

Bitrate:

 

Anchor Bay (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky)

 

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital English, 5.1 Dolby Digital English

2.0 Dolby Digital English Mono, 2.0 Dolby Digital Italian

2.0 Dolby Digital English, 5.1 Dolby Digital English

Subtitles English (on commentary), None Italian, None English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky (Spanish w/ English subs)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:22)
• Deleted Scenes w/commentary by Jodorowsky (5:37)
• The Tarot (7:52)
• Restoring Holy Mountain (5:31)
• Soundtrack CD

DVD Release Date: May 14, 2007
6 slim transparent keep cases inside cardboard box

Chapters 14
 

Release Information:
Studio: Raro Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• nterview (9:58)

 

DVD Release Date:
DigiPack

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary
• Original Trailer
•  Deleted scenes short with Jodorowsky commentary
• The Restoration short
• The Tarot short with Jodorowsky commentary
• Photo Gallery

 

DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
6 slim transparent keep cases inside cardboard box

Chapters 14

 

 

Comments Reviewed here by Gary Tooze, the US Region 1 - 6 DVD box set is basically identical with the Region 2 Tartan 6 DVD box set.

Restored by ABKCO, who have spent more than two years on it, the image is nothing short of breathtaking. While there are minute compression artefacts, these are not visible during play. Details are crystal sharp, colours are vivid.

There are two difference between AB R1 and Tartan R2. The first is the colour palette, which is more neutral in Tartan, and more "full" in AB. The second is, that AB appears to have slightly more contrast than Tartan. However, colours do not bleed, so I will not chose one over the other here.

Sound here is either Restored 2.0 Dolby Digital Original Mono or a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround track. Notice, that Tartan doesn't have subtitles for the feature itself, but only for the audio commentary.

The additional material is once again a superb audio commentary by Jodorowsky, followed by a commented deleted scene and a commented note on The Tarot. Present here is also a detailed demonstration of the restoration process of the film. Again, superb additional material.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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directed by Louis Mouchet
Switzerland 1994

 

Supported by backclapping comments by different artists (Fernando Arrabal, Marcel Marceau, Jean Giraud and Peter Gabriel), this "documentary" centers around an interview with Jodorowsky, where he answers a various of questions about himself and his art.

Henrik Sylow

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DVD Review: Tartan (Alejandro Jodorowsky Boxset (6 discs)) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:26:40
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.58 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 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date: May 14, 2007
6 slim transparent keep cases inside cardboard box

Chapters 16

 

 

 



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