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The Jodorowsky Collection (5 stars)

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(18) 334min (Tartan DVD retail)

We’ve been banging on about the return of deranged visionary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky for so long that we could hardly overlook, however briefly, this six-disc box set featuring three of the master’s films. El Topo and The Holy Mountain are his two long unavailable psychedelic masterpieces which should be seen in all their mystical sacrilegious gun toting glory. Almost as interesting is one of Jodorowsky’s earlier films, Fando & Lis (1968), about love and paralysis in the mythical city, which was based on Jodorowsky’s memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal. The other three discs contain La Constellation Jodorowsky a fascinating documentary by Louis Mouchet plus El Topo and The Holy Mountain soundtrack CDs. Quite simply one of the best releases of the year.

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