Jodorowsky’s EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN Set For Arrow Video Blu-Ray Release





Arrow Video is set to release Alejandro Jodorowsky’s EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN on Blu-Ray in the UK on 2nd August 2021.

A mind-blowing ‘acid-western’ which shocked and bedazzled audiences upon its controversial original release, El Topo single-handedly invented the American midnight movie phenomenon…

Jodorowsky’s most violent and notorious film sees the director play ‘The Mole’ of the title: a black-clad. master gunfighter. In the first half, El Topo journeys across the desert dreamscape with his young son (Brontis Jodorowsky) to duel with four sharp-shooting Zen masters, who each bestow a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo becomes the guru of a subterranean tribe of deformed outcasts who he must liberate from depraved cultists in a neighbouring town.

A countercultural masterpiece which ingeniously combines iconic Americana symbolism with Jodorowsky’s own idiosyncratic surrealist aesthetic, El Topo is an incredible journey through nightmarish violence, mind-bending mysticism and awe-inspiring imagery. This era-defining film is now presented in a stunning new 4K restoration with a wealth of newly produced and archival extras.

EL TOPO SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

• New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative approved by Alejandro Jodorowsky
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation in 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 original aspect ratios
• Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
• Original Spanish and English soundtracks
• Newly translated English, Spanish and French subtitles
• Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
• Jodorowsky remembers El Topo, newly filmed interview filmed in Paris
• A Conversation with The Son of El Topo, a newly filmed, extensive interview with Brontis Jodorowsky who stars in El Topo
• The Father of Midnight Movies, an archival interview with Jodorowsky filmed in 2007
• Original trailer
• Image galleries

 

The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, The Holy Mountain is a sprawling phantasmagoria of sacrilegious visual excess and existential yearning.

Jodorowsky’s most ambitious film sees the director himself play The Alchemist, a guru who guides a troupe of pilgrims, each representing a planet of the Solar System, on a magical quest to Lotus Island where they must ascend the Holy Mountain in search of spiritual enlightenment.

The Holy Mountain is presented here newly restored in 4K with a selection of informative new interviews and extras which provide unprecedented insight into this momentous film.

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative approved by Alejandro Jodorowsky
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
• Newly translated English, Spanish and French subtitles
• Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
• Jodorowsky Remembers The Holy Mountain, a new interview filmed in Paris
• Newly filmed introduction with Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University
• Pablo Leder: Jodorowsky’s Right Hand Man, Jodorowsky’s personal assistant remembers acting in El Topo and The Holy Mountain and his time spent with the director
• The A to Z of The Holy Mountain, a new video essay by writer Ben Cobb
• Deleted scenes with director’s commentary
• The Tarot, a short film in which Jodorowsky explains the secrets of the cards
• Original trailer
• Image galleries

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