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Alejandro Jodorowsky & Beyond the Door on Arrow Blu-ray in March

20 December 2019

It’s time to kiss goodbye to the winter blues this March, as Arrow Video release an unmissable deluxe box set from a maverick cult director, and a limited edition demonic possession horror as it’s never been seen before. Given the exemplary Arrow treatment, these releases have a wealth of extras including bonus discs, fold-out posters, striking new artwork, collector’s booklets, and much more.

First off in March is the Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection, a limited edition Blu-ray box set featuring the work of one of world cinema’s most fabled iconoclasts. Also in March comes Beyond The Door, on a limited edition Blu-ray, from legendary filmmaker Ovidio G. Assonitis.

 

Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection Blu-ray pack shot

ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY COLLECTION | Limited Edition Blu-ray box set | 30 March 2020 | £69.99

Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of world cinema’s most fabled iconoclasts. Often venerated as the ultimate cult film director, the Chilean artist shot to prominence as a 1970s counter-cultural icon thanks to the masterful movies presented on this collection: Fando y Lis, El Topo and The Holy Mountain. These extraordinary films, presented here alongside his stunning new film Psychomagic, bedazzled audiences with their unique aesthetic, contrasting violence and beauty; the sublime and the sacrilegious; the mystical and the macabre...

Jodorowsky’s first feature, Fando y Lis, tells of young Fando and his paraplegic sweetheart Lis’s journey through a series of surreal scenarios to find the enchanted city of Tar. An ‘acid-western’ packed with vivid imagery, El Topo stars Jodorowsky as a master-gunfighter who duels with four sharp-shooting adversaries on his journey across a desert dreamscape. In The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky plays The Alchemist, a guru who guides a troupe of pilgrims on a quest to ascend the Holy Mountain in search of spiritual enlightenment. Jodorowsky’s new cinematic experience, Psychomagic, A Healing Art, explores the directors’ radical therapeutic work.

Influential, controversial and endlessly fascinating, Jodorowsky’s surreal masterpieces are presented here in stunning new 4K restorations, accompanied with a wealth of illuminating extras, and new writing.

Limited Edition contents:

  • New 4K restorations of Fando y Lis, El Topo and The Holy Mountain approved by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Blu-ray premiere of Jodorowsky’s new film Psychomagic
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
  • Original 1.0 mono audio and optional 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
  • Newly translated English, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Six collector’s postcards
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Limited edition 80-page hardbound book featuring new writing on the films by Virginie Sélavy, Michael Atkinson, Bilge Ebiri, Mark Pilkington and archival articles
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly designed artwork by Matt Griffin

FANDO Y LIS

  • Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky Remembers Fando y Lis, new interview filmed in Paris
  • Newly filmed introduction with Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University
  • La Cravate, Jodorowsky’s compellingly surreal 1957 adaptation of Thomas Mann’s The Transposed Heads
  • La Constellation Jodorowsky, Louis Mouchet’s feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Jean ‘Mobieus’ Giraud and Peter Gabriel
  • Trailer
  • Image galleries

EL TOPO

  • Film presentation in both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 original theatrical aspect ratios for the first time
  • Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky Remembers El Topo, new interview
  • Newly filmed introduction with Richard Peña
  • A Conversation with The Son of El Topo, a newly filmed, extensive interview with Brontis Jodorowsky who stars in El Topo
  • The Father of Midnight Movies, an archival interview with Jodorowsky filmed in 2007
  • Original trailer
  • Image galleries
  • El Topo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

  • Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky Remembers The Holy Mountain, new interview
  • Newly filmed introduction with Richard Peña
  • Pablo Leder: Jodorowsky’s Right Hand Man, Jodorowsky’s personal assistant remembers acting in El Topo and The Holy Mountain and his time spent with the director
  • The A to Z of The Holy Mountain, a new video essay by writer Ben Cobb
  • Deleted scenes with director’s commentary
  • The Tarot, a short film in which Jodorowsky explains the secrets of the cards
  • Original trailer
  • Image galleries
  • The Holy Mountain Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD

PSYCHOMAGIC, A HEALING ART

  • Blu-ray premiere of Jodorowsky’s new film
  • Original trailer

 

Beyond the Door Limited Edition Blu-ray pack shot

BEYOND THE DOOR | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 23 March 2020 | £29.99

Legendary filmmaker Ovidio G. Assonitis, whose Tentacles and Piranha II sought to cash in on the killer fish craze spawned by Jaws, first hit pay dirt in 1974 with Beyond the Door, a gloriously bonkers riff on The Exorcist featuring Emmy Award-winning actress Juliet Mills and distinguished British actor Richard Johnson.

Set against the backdrop of San Francisco, Beyond the Door stars Mills as Jessica Barrett, a young mother who starts to develop strange behaviors whilst pregnant with her third child. Before you can say “split pea soup”, Jessica is displaying signs of full-blown demonic possession - complete with projectile vomiting and fully-rotating head! Could it be that she’s carrying the child of the Antichrist himself?

Described as “disgusting”, “scary trash” and “maddeningly inappropriate” by film critic Robert Ebert and subject to a lawsuit by Warner Bros. (who claimed copyright infringement against a certain William Friedkin film), the devilish denizens at Arrow Video have summoned up this wickedly entertaining popcorn spiller in a brand new, extras-packed edition fit for Satan himself!

LIMITED EDITION 2-DISC BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • Limited to 3,000 units
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the extended Uncut English Export Version
  • Exclusive bonus disc containing the alternate US Theatrical Version and Italy Possessed, a brand-new feature-length documentary on Italian exorcism movies!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
  • Reversible fold-out poster
  • Perfect-bound collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by John Martin and Alessio di Rocco

DISC ONE - UNCUT ENGLISH EXPORT VERSION:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the Uncut English Export Version, released as Devil Within Her (108 mins)
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • The Devil and I – a newly-filmed interview with director/producer Ovidio G. Assonitis
  • Barrett’s Hell – a newly-filmed interview with cinematographer Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli
  • Beyond the Music – a newly-filmed interview with composer Franco Micalizzi
  • The Devil's Face – a newly-filmed interview with camera operator Maurizio Maggi
  • Motel and Devils – a newly-conducted audio interview with actor Gabriele Lavia
  • Alternate Italian Chi Sei? opening titles 
  • Alternate Behind the Door VHS opening titles
  • Alternate Japanese Diabolica opening and ending sequence
  • Trailers, TV and Radio Spots
  • Image Gallery