ABKCO, the independent record label and film and video production company, has announced the March 19 release of El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Fando Y Lis, from acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. Made between 1968 and 1973, these films will be released as 4K color restorations overseen by Jodorowsky himself to celebrate the filmmaker’s 92nd birthday.
Each film will be released as a standalone Blu-ray Disc, with bonus material, and on dual-disc DVD.
The 1970 “psychedelic Western” El Topo follows a brazen gunslinger who abandons his young son in a quest to defeat four masters before being rescued by an underground cadre of little people, paraplegic and disfigured individuals who are shunned by society. Championed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the film started the “midnight movie” phenomenon, playing at the Elgin Theater in New York for years.
The Holy Mountain firmly established Jodorowsky as an auteur of surrealist cinema and sparked controversy at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival due to its sacrilegious imagery. The masterpiece follows an elite group of thieves who embark on a spiritual journey to displace the immortal Gods who secretly rule the universe. The Blu-ray and DVD will include The Tarot, a short film, in which Jodorowsky explains the secrets of the cards.
Jodorowsky’s first feature, Fando y Lis, is a brutal and scathing examination of destructive co-dependence between two lovers conflicted by anguish and the demands they put on one another. Its grotesque imagery caused a riot at the 1968 premiere in Acapulco Film Festival which Jodorowsky narrowly escaped after having his life threatened. The Blu-ray and DVD also contain his 1957 first film, the short film Le Cravate, a mime adaptation of a Thomas Mann story about a Parisian urchin who makes her living selling human heads.
ABKCO has worked closely with Jodorowsky over the decades, starting in 1970. In recent years, they have released his semi-autobiographical films The Dance of Reality (2013) and Endless Poetry (2016), as well as his 2019 surrealistic documentary focusing on the nonagenerian’s brand of performative trauma therapy, Psychomagic, A Healing Art.