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Old 07-01-04, 11:35 AM
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Jodorowsky news (El Topo, etc.)

From the Mobius forum:

http://www.mhvf.net/forum/cult/posts/27901.html

i got this from the jodo yahoo group...

"OFFICIAL "SAFE" NEWS: The decades long legal issue between Allen
Klein and Jodorowsky has officially come to a formal agreement
between parties. It's over. The details regarding the collective
agreement has not been presented to me. I can say that Alejandro will
be in New York City in September or November 2004 to announce via
press-junkets, screenings, etc, that there is a settlement, and meet
with potential American Distributor's for his films El Topo and
TheHoly Mountain. ABKKO FILMS and their representatives should also
be in attendence. This basically means that by this time next year
both films should have secured rights aquisition and be released in
North America legally and legitimately for the first time ever..."
I've never seen El Topo but would welcome the opportunity. I understand various gray market and foreign DVD editions have been available but this sounds like it clears the way for an eventual Region 1 DVD release.
Old 07-01-04, 11:48 AM
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Let's hope it's true!

(I just broke down this morning and ordered Santa Sangre from the U.K.)
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Originally posted by marty888
Let's hope it's true!
Ditto. I've always assumed this wouldn't be resolved until after Allen Klein died.
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I just read that on Mobius too. I can't believe that these releases could finally happen. It sounds bad, but I was almost hoping Klein would kick the bucket so that things could finally be worked out. Great news, and no one had to die.

Now, I wonder who will buy the DVD distribution rights for these films. A major studio? I doubt it (unless one of their "art house" divisions do. Oh please, not Miramax!). Anchor Bay? Criterion? Blue Underground?
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My wish list:

1) that ABKCO has good picture and sound elements to work from

2) That El Topo has the original Spanish track, subs and title sequence to choose instead of the far inferior English dub

3) that Jodorowsky and them do some really nice supplements (even just a AJ commentary track would be priceless--the Fando Y Lis disc was proof of that!)

4) that they get here ASAP so a whole new generation can be infected by this man's divine madness

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Originally posted by Jepthah
My wish list:

2) That El Topo has the original Spanish track, subs and title sequence to choose instead of the far inferior English dub
And NO foggy nudity!
Old 07-02-04, 12:42 AM
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Originally posted by Mondo Kane
And NO foggy nudity!
I don't think we'll have to worry about that...sounds "Japanese" to me, and these discs will be Region 1 I presume.
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GREAT NEWS ...., i own the italian version of el topo and holy mountain and there is no foggy nudity in that one. however the transfer is bad .

def looking forward to a good transfer with some nice extras !
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Awesome news... I've got the Italian DVD's, but they're not the best quality.
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Maybe Fantoma can pick these up, they did a good job with Fando y Lis.
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Fantoma, Blue Underground, or Criterion...

Does this have any effect on "Sante Sangre"? The other-region SE looks spectacular.
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i suspect this to be with Criterion, if a bidding war occurs, I would think they would be the one with enough credits, plus I would assume Allan Klein would go with them also for the companies reputation. Fantoma would be nice, for they could really use a blockbuster like thse titles to put their company on the map.
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Wow, I never thought this would ever come out. Great news indeed. I remember going on eBay in '94 and one of the first things I ever looked for was a copy of El Topo on VHS.
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Originally posted by Richard Malloy
Fantoma, Blue Underground, or Criterion...
Anchor Bay released Santa Sangre in the UK, I wouldn't count them out.
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Originally posted by Richard Malloy
Fantoma, Blue Underground, or Criterion...

Does this have any effect on "Sante Sangre"? The other-region SE looks spectacular.
I wonder too, but the R2 (UK) of Santa Sangre is absolutely stunning I doubt I would double dip on it if it does come out R1 unless it offered something the R2 doesn't have.

This is very good news. Hopefully now we can finally get good quality releases of these two films. I can't wait till more info gets out.
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Originally posted by Joe Molotov
Anchor Bay released Santa Sangre in the UK, I wouldn't count them out.
Blue Underground produced supplements for AB UK so i wouldn't rule them out either.
Regardless who releases them..it will be nice to have releases that are fully uncensored and have a decent PQ and audio.

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SANTA SANGRE is owned by MGM in the US, as solmeone I know at AB looked into it, and told me thats why they couldnt release it in the US.

Now if MGM is smart, they can release all three, and since they can sell them cheaper, it will be easier on the wallet for all of us!
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RARO "Remasters"

Just purchased the remastered set from Raro video--Italy. El Topo was basically fine, but The Holy Mountain is a disaster. The disc shiimers as if it were mastered from a video copy, and shows noticeable stuttering, especially during pans. Anybody else share this opintion?
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I have the 1st Raro releases and whilst not great I definitely didn't notice the 'shimmering' that you are talking about. Are you watching on a TV or a monitor?
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On a television. The shimmering I am referring to occurrs specifically in the checkered pattern on the walls of the first scene.

Others have confirmed that the stuttering--the jerkiness during pan shots---- is due to a bad NTSC to PAL conversion in the transfer itself.
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I don't really think that those Raro releases were 100% legimate anyway, and I've heard that they weren't the greatest looking transfers. I'm just hanging on to my Japanese Amuse VHS prerecords of the two films until a definitive DVD release finally rears its head (hopefully with full involvement of Jodorowsky.
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Update from 8/26/2004:

http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_0...odorowsky.html

For a long time, it seemed as though a few of Jodorowsky's films were destined to become the kind of quasi-mythical relics that the director revels in. Ex-Beatles manager Allen Klein, who got turned on to the filmmaker by John Lennon in the early '70s, has long owned the rights to The Holy Mountain and El Topo, the 1970 film that first brought Jodorowsky to a wide audience, and until recently was determined to bury the pictures, refusing to issue proper home video or DVD versions. The two adversaries have now at least partially settled their differences, setting up a limited theatrical re-release of the two films in November, with official DVD releases to follow.
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SANTA SANGRE is owned by MGM in the US, as solmeone I know at AB looked into it, and told me thats why they couldnt release it in the US.

Now if MGM is smart, they can release all three, and since they can sell them cheaper, it will be easier on the wallet for all of us!
Word to the wise: I wouldn't trust MGM to do well by a movie like "Santa Sangre". Maybe they will, likely they won't, but I'm very very doubtful that they'll come anywhere near the quality of the R2/PAL 2-disc Anchor Bay SE.
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Originally posted by obscurelabel
Update from 8/26/2004:

http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_0...odorowsky.html
Great news
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I already posted this on the movie forum, but for those in the Toronto area, Jodorowsky will be attending the Rue Morgue horror convention this weekend. On Saturday he will be doing autograph sessions, and on Sunday night, he will be screening two of his films at the Bloor Cinema: THE HOLY MOUNTAIN and SANTA SANGRE, complete with presentations before and after the films. Should be interesting.

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