For those cinephiles who love Hitchcock, Wilder, Wyler, Lean, Ford, and even newer filmmakers still working, who work within a certain framework, Jodorowsky may not be your go-to director.
I hear his name and usually think of Stephen Tobolowsky, a wonderful actor, but a very different person.
In the ’70s and ’80s, when Jodorowsky’s films would play in revival or (especially) on campuses, usually in midnight shows, there tended to be a certain melange of scents wafting through the air.
That way, films like El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973) would make perfect sense.
Filled with Christ-like imagery, and homo-erotica, lots of blood, and more nudity that the Hayes board would have permitted, they’re very special films, but possibly not for the general audience.
A new Blu-ray set has been created and released by ADKCO, and it’s a quality effort that will thrill Mr. Jodorowsky’s fans no end.
I’ve spot checked both El Topo (in 1.37) and The Holy Mountain (scope), and they’re both quite lovely. I did find some color in El Too that was occasionally a bit off, but never anything problematic.
Holy Mountain was fine in all regards.
Matt Zoller Seitz probably says it best. These are “free-association” films. So just go with it.
The films are directed, written by and star Mr. Jodorowsky.
Much like Orson Welles.
Along with the two previously noted, you also get Fando Y Lis (1968) and Psychomagic, A Healing Art (2019), an interesting doc on the filmmaker.
Again, this is a wonderful set, that has been created for fans of the 91 year-old filmmaker and artist.
I guess I’m more into boring stuff.
For my personal taste. It’s Fellini, Antonioni with a bit of David Lynch thrown in for good measure.
Image – 4.5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Very Highly Recommended – to fans
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