Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Features: La Constellation - Jodorowsky ·A 90 minute documentary on the life and art of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Includes interviews with Jean "Moebius" Giraud, Marcel Marceau & Peter Gabriel. Feature Commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky Subtitled Features, Bonus Material, and Commentary Tracks On Camera Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky Original Theatrical Trailer Photo Gallery/Original Script Excerpts Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic) Widescreen 1.66:1 Color Standard 1.33:1 Color Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
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I have not yet managed to see any of the movies I purchased, and I need to copy them in a PC to become playable, something really time consuming, and maybe complicated for some, if you do not know how to do it.
Real disappointment therefore...
My rating therefore applies to the DVD security region settings. Customers should be alerted about that before purchasing.
Yes, amazon should seek to support and disseminate this kind of cultural and artistic information ( I congratulate the Amazon). For example about others as Pipilotti Rist, or Rebecca Horn, or Nicolas Provost (...)
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The Movies: Excellent quality prints! Bravo!!! Rich color and clean black and whites.
La Cravate: A bizarre, surrealist story in color. It's funny, and transcendently strange.
Fando y Lis: A fairy tale gone wrong in black and white. The desert in the film is so dry, it will make you thirsty, so keep something to drink nearby. It's a confrontationally honest film, so be prepared.
El Topo: A lifetime journey of a western gunfighter in color. You see the child become the inner child of the man and the effects of a myriad of life events upon him as he ages and must uphold his reputation as a tough guy. It is a very unique look at masculinity and how it comes to be for the character.
The Holy Mountain: A fairy tale transfigured in color. A surreal examination of spirituality amidst commerce and the insanity of the human race. It's poignant and funny all rolled into one. Life will make much more sense after you see it.
The Package: As a whole, *wow*!!! The thin packs are great and the text on the cases is relevant and concise.
Jodorowski hurls a giant gob of spit into the face of all organized religions, and if you can't take a profound level of unrelenting sacrelige and outright blasphemy, then skip this one. But if you appreciate true artistry in cinema, you will probably do no better. These are satires on the folly of the human condition: not parables for a modern age. The "meaning" of these films is elusive at best; juvenile and sophomoric at worst. Best to skip the meanings and focus on the images. AND WHAT IMAGES!! These are "moving paintings" with the same level of unfogettable tableaus as the "Qatsi" trilogy, Kubrick, or Guy Madden. Freakish, surreal, bizarre, and over the top artsy. Attention you gorehounds: these films are deliciously gory to the point of nausea and absolutely not for children or nervous persons.
I am hopeful, but doubtful that Jodorowsky will film again. Who is going to invest in a movie that gets banned everywhere it goes? The "Sons of El Topo" project (Abelcain) is dead in the water. He allegedly has a project called "King-----something or other" that has a 100 foot tall Jesus head as the main prop. I'll believe it when I see it in the theaters and not until. Now when do we get the uncut "Santa Sangre" on DVD?? In the meanwhile, this fine collection is a must for any scholar of world cinema. Just don't watch them with your Mother!
One thing is sure:If you haven't seen any of the Jodorowsky movies yet- be prepared for a life changing experience!
There is hardly anything out there that comes close!
The Holy Mountain or also known as Montana Sacrada ( when it first came out in Europe in the early 70's) is in my opinion still the best one of Jodorowskys movies.
The message is the deepest and it covers and includes an enormous variety of superlatives.Ok,the special effects are -by now- totally outdated but nevertheless....
This journey comes in 3 parts:
The first part is a visual feast of pure surrealism and symbolysm greatly inspired by Luis Bunuel and it helps to be already acquainted with occult knowledge and imagery because there is so much here that can best be appreciated through repeated viewing.
The second part is already leaning towards the comics Jodorowsky was later going to make together with Moebius /Jean Giraud,the french Master Artist that also gave the world the story and character of Lt. Blueberry(check out the pretty good movie that came out not so long ago from director Jan Kounen!).
The final part then is the message in the traditional form of a journey (that ends with meeting yourself,similar to "The circle of Iron"with David Carradine after the script by Bruce Lee).
The final scene on top of the mountain is the essence of everything.
Ok.,this box now -very good in many ways,beautifully restored picture quality,good sound aso.
But for me one of the highlights are the two soundtracks of The Holy Mountain and El Topo.I have always been a great fan of this music.And with guest artists like Don Cherry this is really unique.Great compositions!Thanks for that.
They could also have included his two -maybe not so famous- other movies "The Rainbow Thief"with Peter O'Toole,Omar Sharif,Christopher Lee(might actually be his worst film and check out what he himself has to say about this project in Ben Cobb's book "Anarchy and Alchemy" ,the films of A.Jodorowsy...and "Santa Sangre"with his son(there is a version available through Amazon.uk or at least was not so long ago..-haven't checked lately....with an incredible interview with Jodorowsky of over an Hour in which he speaks about all his movies and his life ,about Zen and Art.Also includes rare footage of his apprentice time with Marcel Marceau ,the great pantomime...and a gust appearance by Moebius....)
This 90m interview and documentary is also available seperately but very hard to find:The Jodorowsky Constellation - a film by Louis Mouchet.
Check out his comics too,especially the "Incal" series with Moebius.And he has written a number of books ("Psycomagic",the newest one)that are also very good ,similarities with Gustav Meyrink come to mind,the great writer from Austria/Prag and one of the Grandmasters of the occult novel.
There are now also a couple of new books out after having finally been translated from spanish: Dance of Reality(his autobiography..) and a workbook..
There are still a number of books waiting to be translated,novels and more autobiographical stuff that have been available for years in german and spanish.
Too bad his good friend Moebius/Jean Giraud has died recently.They might have made a few more comics together...
So that's it.I am sure you will enjoy this box and get it while it's still there!
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