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« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2006, 04:10:42 PM »

A friend has just traded me a copy so i'm looking forward to seeing this Wink

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« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2006, 08:44:16 PM »

You'll enjoy it, lot of great visuals and Mexican locations.  Cool

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« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2006, 09:42:48 AM »

Probably "El Topo", "Holly Mountain" and "Santa Sangre" are the best films of Jodorowski.

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« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2007, 04:38:04 PM »

   An absolutely terrible movie,i'm afraid i could only (just about) stand the first hour and a half then had to fast forward to the ending.Despite all the extreme grotesqueness of OTT gore,perversions and worst of all animal cruelty (which i deplore) all used for effect (this stuff totally fails to impress me) this whole mess of a film dragged badly and eventually i found it impossible to stick it out properly to the end.I know,i'm a lightweight Grin
   Sergio Corbucci's westerns are as warped (hey Cigar Joe dya really dislike all the Klu Klux Klan,hippy stuff etc in Django/Specialists as much as you say you do?) as i like 'em to get but at least his movies had humour to them and for all that surreal religious stuff i'd rather watch David Carradine's Kung Fu series anyday.
    I'm gonna put on Django Kill now for a bit of light relief Cheesy

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« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2007, 06:59:08 PM »

In El Topo I wasn't expecting a Western, I already knew it was going to be composed of surrealistic images, I don't care for 2/3 of it.

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« Reply #35 on: March 17, 2007, 01:54:00 PM »

I've just found out that Anchor Bay is going to release "Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky" collection including "El Topo" and "Holly Mountain" in May.

http://www.amazon.com/Films-Alejandro-Jodorowsky/dp/B000NY1E9E/ref=sr_1_2/102-7061919-9936917?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1174160542&sr=1-2


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« Reply #36 on: March 17, 2007, 01:55:30 PM »

Hey, that's swell!

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« Reply #37 on: March 17, 2007, 03:05:29 PM »

I heard of El Topo but I have no idea what the movie's about.

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« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2007, 03:27:26 PM »

It's got a special release in one cinema here in London at the BFI Southbank. Look forward to seeing it.

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« Reply #39 on: March 17, 2007, 05:37:59 PM »

I heard of El Topo but I have no idea what the movie's about.

It's a philosophical satire of politics and religion with a disguise of western. Its surrealistic imagery is a visual feast. It has been a cult film for decades. A truly legendary film. R1 DVD was not available for such a long time while Jodorowsky fans were dying for this. I'm not kidding.

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« Reply #40 on: March 17, 2007, 05:46:15 PM »

Here are El Topo & Holly Mountain trailers and Jodorowsky interview.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwS7UGttAqA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4RK6vZ43hc&mode=related&search=

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"Anchor Bay will release a special limited edition collector's box set, The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, on DVD on 5/1/2007(SRP $49.98). The set will contain El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Fando Y Lis on DVD, fully restored and remastered from new HD transfers in anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio (El Topo is 125 minutes in Spanish, The Holy Mountain is 114 minutes in English, Fando Y Lis is 93 minutes in Spanish). The box set will also include 2 music CDs containing the soundtracks for El Topo and The Holy Mountain, as well as a DVD of Jodorowsky's never-before-released first film, La Cravate. El Topo and The Holy Mountain will also be available separately (SRP $24.98 each). The El Topo DVD will contain audio commentary by the director, the original theatrical trailer (with English voice-over), a 2006 on-camera interview with the director as well as an exclusive new interview, a photo gallery and original script excerpts. The Holy Mountain DVD will include audio commentary with the director, deleted scenes with commentary, the original theatrical trailer (with English voice-over), the Tarot short with commentary, a restoration process short, restoration credits, a photo gallery and original script excerpts. Fando Y Lis will include audio commentary with the director and the La Constellation Jodorowsky documentary. Subtitles on the discs will be available in English, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese."

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« Reply #41 on: March 17, 2007, 06:04:41 PM »

I heard of El Topo but I have no idea what the movie's about.
Sorry to disagree with Sanjuro but i  really hated this movie.Definately surreal, but i didn't care for the extreme imagery of gore and peversity which to me was only used for effect and doesn't make up for the seemingly lack of a cohesive storyline.
The beginning of the film is vaguely sw in style but soon afterwards descends into an overindulgent bore-in fact i was unable to finish to movie.
Peace,save your money for the real mcoy sw stuff as i'm sure theres dozens of gems you've still to enjoy Wink

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« Reply #42 on: March 17, 2007, 06:45:05 PM »

I'm sorry to hear you didn't like the film, Banjo. It's true that Jodorowsky's style is extreme and it's not everybody's cup of tea. I assume reactions to this type of film can be polarized. I'm not sure if one can tell the storyline of this film. Probably no one. It does not have a conventional linear storyline. But as a whole, it presents a journey through the tangible world surrounded by politics and religions in our life which makes what we are and it leads you to a certain meaning of the universe (and that meaming might be different to each viewer). Yes, it's very abstract, but it's that abstractness what I enjoy and I'm sure many others do as well.

For those who have not seen, it's certainly worth the experience even if you hate it afterward.  You don't have to buy just rent it.   

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« Reply #43 on: March 17, 2007, 08:30:21 PM »

I'm looking forward to this.

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« Reply #44 on: March 18, 2007, 01:05:02 PM »

I heard of El Topo but I have no idea what the movie's about.

I've seen El Topo but I have no idea what the movie's about.  Cheesy

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