Yesterday, I finally saw El Topo for the first time. It was the first film I've watched on VHS in a long, long time. The film was fantastic; the videocassette was not. I believe it was a copy of a Japanese laserdisc, which I believe was cut; it also had the fogged pubic regions in a few scenes. I thought the film was outstanding. In fact, I haven't been excited by a film like this in a while. I've been thinking about it all day. I'm the type who likes films that are mostly logical and self-contained; but I loved the symbolism and imagery in El Topo. Now if only I could see a better copy... Some questions: 1. Can anyone provide a background (or a link to one) about why El Topo and other Jodorowsky films have been unavailable for so long? I read that John Lennon saw the film and told Allen Klein to purchase up the film and finance Jodorowsky's next one. Why does Klein refuse to release this film to the public? I've also heard that between the rights to Jodorowsky's films and the Rolling Stones library, Klein doesn't exactly have a good name on the 'net. If you have any unbiased information on what the deal is, I'd love to read it. 2. I've read that El Topo ran for a long time in NYC as a midnight film and did very well. Was the print they used uncut? 3. The video I saw was very, very washed out. Some scenes almost looked black and white. Others looked like those old movies that were tinted by hand. Is the original film washed out or is the picture colorful and bright? Is 1.85:1 the actual aspect ratio? The videotape I saw was "full-frame." 4. The only other Jodorowsky film on R1 DVD is Fando y Lis, correct? How is that DVD? Do you recommend any other Jodorowsky films?