Three of Jodorowsky’s movies — El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Fando y Lis — are being prepared for home-video release. Presumably they’ll be offered individually as well as in a box set, but details are a little hard to come by right now.
Apparently the guy who holds the distribution rights, with whom Jodorowsky has been at odds for decades, has softened up in his advancing age.
Seems that new prints were struck of the first two and are being exhibited at this year’s Cannes festival.
Whether that’s being done to promote the eventual video release, or the prints were struck for theatrical exhibition and the idea of a video release materialized afterward, is unclear. There’s also been no official date announced yet, so keep your fingers crossed that plans don’t fall through again.
Still, film geeks must be absolutely thrilled. These are some major milestones long overdue for a high-quality DVD edition.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, a short reel is available at the distributor’s website:
This is mildly NSFW, so I’ve unchecked the link parser. Copy and paste.
For anyone who hasn’t seen El Topo (the best-known of the three movies being released), it’s a masterpiece of surrealism, which inevitably means that certain aspects have dated somewhat. The film’s technical qualities are somewhat crude, which is not surprising. More than that, though, as is usual with these enormously influential milestones, hordes of imitators have followed in its wake, so viewers coming to it cold may wonder what the fuss was (and is) about; like Citizen Kane and other groundbreaking movies, one must keep in mind that this was basically first. And as a groundbreaker, there are few films that broke so much ground.
Can I get a Huzzah?