ABKCO unveils Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection!
ABKCO Films has revealed the Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection, a retrospective look at the acclaimed Chilean filmmaker’s work featuring three of his films remastered as well as a short film, bonus features and CD soundtracks for two of the films! The unboxing trailer can be viewed in the player below!
Alongside the remastered collection, the music and records company has announced it is partnering up with Alamo Drafthouse to bring Jodorowsky’s latest film, Psychomagic, A Healing Heart, to North American audiences for the first time via the theater chain’s video-on-demand platform, Alamo on Demand. Prior to its August 7 debut, the streaming platform will feature a retrospective beginning on August 1 featuring the 4K restorations of the films Fando y Lis, El Topo and The Holy Mountain from the collection, as well as The Dance of Reality and Endless Poetry. There will also be a virtual master class in Psychomagic featuring the 91-year-old writer/director.
Psychomagic, A Healing Art is an intimate exploration of the visionary director’s theory of trauma therapy. Jodorowsky’s unique concept of healing uses performance art as a vehicle to counter deep, debilitating psychic suffering with literal “acts of confrontation” in real world applications. Drawing from a life-long study of philosophy, psychology, ethnology, and world religions, from Freud to Shamans, from Kabbalah to Gurdjieff and everything in between, Jodorowsky works directly with people in pain who are eager to face, resolve and transcend their personal dilemmas through the use of radical performative art therapy. The film illuminates the Maestro’s vision with themes evident since the start of his career, while contemporaneously breaking the wall between reality and performance. His healing concepts extend beyond the individual to the global, offering humanity a collective catharsis to a higher consciousness. “The world is ill, we need to make therapy pictures,” said Jodorowsky of his work. “If art is not a medicine for society, it’s a poison.”
At the age of 91, Jodorowsky is as relevant as he’s ever been. In addition to completing Psychomagic, A Healing Art, he supervised the color correction of the 4K restorations of his essential films using the original 35mm elements, with stunning and vibrant results. El Topo is presented in 1:33 aspect ratio as it was shown in theaters in 1970. It is also available for the first time in 1.85:1 widescreen. Jodorowsky originally envisioned the film with this aspect ratio as an homage to Sergio Leone, and a half century later, that dream has finally been fulfilled.
Jodorowsky’s relationship with ABKCO dates back to 1970, follows a brazen gunslinger who abandons his young son in a quest to defeat four masters before being rescued by an underground society of little people, paraplegic and disfigured individuals who are shunned by society. The film started the “midnight movie” phenomenon, playing the midnight slot at the Elgin Theater in New York for years. Described as a “psychedelic western”, El Topo when John Lennon and Yoko Ono brought to the attention of Allen Klein, the company’s late founder.
El Topo was followed with The Holy Mountain, which firmly established Jodorowsky as an auteur of Surrealist Cinema and sparked controversy at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival due to its sacrilegious imagery. The mythical, mystical masterpiece follows an elite group of thieves who embark on a spiritual journey to displace the immortal Gods who secretly rule the universe. 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 and salacious imagery caused a riot at the 1967 premiere in Acapulco (MX), which he narrowly escaped after having his life threatened. Weeks later, The Holy Mountain was banned in Mexico.
Alejandro Jodorowsky 4K Restoration Collection also contains the 1957 short film Le Cravate, a mime adaptation of a Thomas Mann story about a Parisian urchin who makes her living selling human heads. Chock full of extras, the box set features a book with photos and essays as well as newly filmed interviews with Jodorowsky and his long time personal assistant Pablo Leder. Jodorowsky’s son Brontis, who makes his acting debut as the young boy in El Topo, is also interviewed. In addition to the 4K Restorations, are new introductions by Columbia University professor Richard Peña, a mini-documentary A to Z of The Holy Mountain narrated by Jodorowsky biographer Ben Cobb, and CD soundtracks for El Topo and The Holy Mountain.
The Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection was restored by ABKCO Films and Arrow Films and will be available worldwide, ABKCO is working closely with the aforementioned Arrow Films, who are doubling as the UK distributor Other international distributors for the box set are Nour Films in France, UpLink in Japan, Bildstoerung in Germany, NonStop Entertainment AB in Scandinavia and Minerva Pictures in Italy.
Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection
New 4K restorations on Blu-ray from original 35mm elements