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‘El Topo,’ ‘Holy Mountain’ Coming to Blu-ray

2 Mar, 2011 By: Billy Gil

Yes! Anchor Bay Entertainment will upgrade a couple of the weirdest and most innovative films put to video to high-def when it releases director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo and The Holy Mountain on Blu-ray April 26 (prebook March 30) at $34.99.

El Topo helped launch the midnight movie phenomenon when the Mexican director’s film was released in 1969, screening seven nights a week at the Elgin Cinema in New York (see more about this in the film Midnight Movies). The cult classic is a pychedelic Western that defies description and conventional plot, as gunslinger El Topo treks across the desert to defeat his rivals. Follow-up The Holy Mountain was even further out there, as The Alchemist ascends the Holy Mountain to take the place of gods who secretly run the universe.

Both films feature new HD transfers from the original negatives under the supervision of Jodorowsky, as well as commentaries with Jodorowsky, photo galleries, script excerts and original trailers. El Topo features an interview with Jodorowsky while Holy Mountain has deleted scenes with commentary from Jodorowsky, as well as a featurette on the restoration process.

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