I usually don't write DVD reviews since there are plenty of forum members who write them a lot better than I can, but since I didn't see any reviews for this set and I'm a huge Jodorowsky fan, I figured I'd do it myself. Hope this doesn't suck too badly. The set is a Region 2 PAL edition from Raro Video, an Italian label. By now I suppose most people who know who Jodorowsky is are familiar with the plots of El Topo and The Holy Mountain, but in case some of you aren't, I'll give a brief rundown of both stories. El Topo, which appears to be heavily influenced by Buddhist literature (the plot is very similar to Kan Kikuchi's novel Beyond the Pale of Vengeance), is about a gunslinger who travels through the desert with a young boy (who may be his son, or just a protege) until a woman he rescues from a band of brigands convinces him to leave the boy behind and take her as his companion. She then talks him into finding and killing the four master gunfighters of the desert. Despite his considerable prowess with a gun, El Topo must resort to cheating to kill the first three. By the time he finds the fourth, his actions begin to weigh on his conscience, but the final master ends up taking his own life. The woman (with her lesbian lover) betrays him, shooting El Topo and leaving him to die in the desert. He awakens decades later deep in the heart of a mountain populated entirely by dwarfs and people deformed by "years of incest." To repay the mountain people for saving his life, El Topo pledges to dig a tunnel connecting the mountain to the town below to free them. The DVD for El Topo actually has a pretty good transfer. The colors look better than on any bootlegs I've seen from Japanese laserdiscs or the VHS import I bought in Puerto Rico 13 years ago and the amount of grain is acceptable for a low budget movie filmed in the early seventies. The movie is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, which is the aspect ratio I've always seen El Topo in (IMDB lists the OAR as 1.85:1, but I've yet to see the film in that ratio anywhere and when I saw it in a theater, I didn't notice any extra screen space). The two best things about this release are the Dolby 2.0 Spanish audio track with English subtitles, which compliments the film much more than the English dubbed edition that was released theatrically in the U.S., and the lack of digital fogging over genitalia in nude scenes, something present in every Japanese edition. The subtitles are accurate for the most part and the few mistakes are minor (when El Topo finishes digging the tunnel in the cave, he tells the dwarf woman not to tell the others because "They're not ready," but the subs read "I'm not ready"), so they shouldn't cause any confusion to viewers. The sound of the actors' real voices adds a lot to the movie, which seems darker and more serious without the cheesy dubbing. Some of the copies I've seen in the past had a truncated version of the opening credits, but they are intact in this edition, which is nice. The biggest problem I could see is that the image is a bit shakey. I don't know if I just got used to it or it was an intermittent problem, but there were portions of the movie where it looked fine and then I'd notice again that the movie seemed like it was shot with a hand held camera. I noticed this more the closer I was to the screen. On my television, I didn't see it, but when I watched it on my computer, I did. Overall, this is the best I've ever seen El Topo, and for people who've only seen it on Japanese sources, watching the movie fully uncut and with the original audio track will be a real treat. The Holy Mountain is a religious allegory open to numerous interpretations, but the simplest synopsis I can give is that it's about a group of thieves who are recruited by a mystical guru, played by Jodorowsky, to climb a holy mountain and steal the secret of immortality. It's possibly the most surreal and inaccessible of Jodorowsky's films, but a favorite among his fans for containing some of the most shocking and beautiful images of any of his works. The first fifteen minutes or so have no dialogue, but the eye candy more than makes up for it. Highlights include a reenactment of the Spanish conquest of Mexico staged with frogs and chameleons, a parade of flayed lambs, an old man removing his glass eye and presenting it to a young prostitute as a gift and a flock of birds flying out of a chest wound on a boy gunned down by soldiers. You really can't have this movie "sold" to you, either you love it or you hate it--just don't worry too much about whether you "get it" or not. There's no point in beating around the bush, The Holy Mountain looks terrible. I've read online that this set is an unauthorized edition and as much as the quality of El Topo makes that hard to believe, the shoddy transfer of The Holy Mountain makes one wonder where they got their print from. The colors are washed out, the image looks distorted and the transfer looks a lot more like a bad VCD than a DVD. Also, the bigger you see it, the worst it looks, so viewers with big screen televisions will be horrified. As if that weren't bad enough, the movie, despite its widescreen presentation, appears to be framed incorrectly because the image looks like it's squeezed together (like when watching PAL DVDs on a player that doesn't transfer to NTSC correctly, but not as severe). The one saving grace of this edition is that, like El Topo, the film is presented completely uncut and uncensored. Because there is much more full frontal nudity in The Holy Mountain than in El Topo, this was a very important improvement over the Japanese versions. For most people (including me), this was the first time the castration scene could be viewed without digital censoring. The Holy Mountain is presented in English only, but that's because that was the language it was filmed in. Extras for both include interviews with Italian film critic Massimo Monteleone and a booklet in Italian and English with essays on the film, which is decent, but doesn't add any real value to the package. The average price online in U.S. dollars is around $55.00-$60.00, which is a bit steep considering how light the set is on extras, how cheap the DVD packaging is and how lousy The Holy Mountain looks, but for die hard Jodorowsky fans, it will be hard to pass on the only chance we've ever had to view these two early masterpieces uncut and uncensored.