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Endless Poetry aka "Poesía sin fin" [Blu-ray]


(Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2016)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Le Pacte

Video: Curzon Artificial Eye



Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 2:08:34.000 

Disc Size: 37,586,504,571 bytes

Feature Size: 36,425,091,072 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: March 6th, 2017



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



LPCM Audio Spanish 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 3634 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3634 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)



English (burned-in)



• Trailer (1:50)





Description: Endless Poetry narrates the years of the Chilean artist's youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, from his family, and was introduced into the foremost bohemian artistic circle of 1940s Chile.



The Film:

With this second volume of cinematic autobiography, 87-year-old Chilean maverick filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky delivers a moving testimony on the relationship between an oppressive father and the creative temperament. For a director who’s delivered a career’s worth of weirdness – from ‘El Topo’ to ‘Santa Sangre’– it’s a surprise to see something with such universal appeal, requiring no prior knowledge of the Jodorowsky back catalogue.

Instead, ‘Endless Poetry’ asks for an open heart and mind to follow the twentysomething Jodorowsky as he flees his bullying conservative dad and moves among poets, misfits, artists and circus performers while trying to find his own path in life. Jodorowsky makes good use of his family (his sons Adan and Brontis play the director and his dad) and evidently shares Fellini’s love for clowns and generously proportioned ladies.

But he also ensures his story about living life to the full is jam-packed with colourful theatricality – exquisitely rendered by ace cameraman Christopher Doyle. Yes, it’s episodic, overlong and slightly self-involved, but the old man really has poured his heart into this, building to a final leave-taking that’s surprisingly emotive and utterly genuine.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

Three years ago, Alejandro Jodorowsky returned to filmmaking for the first time since 1990 with his sumptuous autobiographic epic The Dance of Reality. Now the octogenarian’s second part of a planned five-part series — think the tales of Antoine Doinel on acid — heralds the madcap hippie director of El Topo and The Holy Mountain as a master of a deeply personal magic-realist genre, effortlessly moving as it is psychologically and artistically rich.

Endless Poetry, which screened at Cannes in the same Directors’ Fortnight sidebar that first premiered The Dance of Reality, kicks off just as its predecessor ends. Young Alejandro and his parents (Jeremias Herskovits, Brontis Jodorowsky and a singing Pamela Flores, all returning) arrive in gritty Santiago, Chile’s capital, from their rural outpost in the northern area of the country. Alejandro doesn’t adapt well to the new surroundings, but when he chances upon a copy of Lorca’s poetry, his view of the world, and his place in it, shifts. His father dismisses artists and poets, and orders his son to return to biology textbooks in preparation for life as a doctor. But the seed is planted, and soon Alejandro runs away to join an artistic commune (a “den of degenerates,” as his father calls it), an act of defiance that will shape his personal, professional, and political life.

Excerpt from TheFilmStage located HERE


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Endless Poetry gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Curzon / Artificial Eye in the UK.  Like The Dance of Reality, this was shot on HD and looks excellent - bright colors, strong detail supporting the stunning cinematography of Christopher Doyle.  It dual-layered and has a strong bitrate for the over 2-hour feature. Colors are brighter and truer than SD could relate and there is no noise in the darker sequences. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy, rich black levels and plenty of depth in the 1.85:1 frame.  It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray image seems devoid of imperfections of any kind in replicating the film's video.





















Audio :

The AE Blu-ray of Endless Poetry offers a robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3634 kbps in the original Spanish language. It has some separations adding to the exotic atmosphere and some depth is also present in the very few instances of aggression. There is also a linear PCM stereo track (2304 kbps) available - both are in 24-bit. The score is by Adan Jodorowsky (the director's son) and sounds contemplative and serene occasionally exploding with passion. Everything is, predictably, clear and rich - sounding impressive throughout. There are, unfortunately, only burned-in English subtitles (for non-English dialogue only - there is some English in the film) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.


Extras :

Sadly, only a theatrical trailer.



Once again Alejandro Jodorowsky challenges our perceptions of art using emotion, circumstance, sexual taboos and relationships. Endless Poetry is another wild, touchingly human film experience from the director. I always think of Fellini with the Circus-like/burlesque flourishes sprinkled throughout. The Artificial Eye Blu-ray provides an excellent a/v presentation although its bare-bones status diminishes its value somewhat. Still a film you will enjoy on many levels and the HD a/v is exquisite. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

February 27th, 2017


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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