SANTA SANGRE (1989) Reviews and Severin Films 4-disc UHD + Blu-ray + CD news

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Severin Films is releasing a 4-Disc Deluxe Edition of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre, “an epic odyssey through ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness.” The film has been remastered in a 4K scan from the original negative supervised by the director himself. The UHD +Blu-ray + CD release includes 8+ hours of archival and all-new special features. Standard Blu-ray and DVD versions will also be available.

Discs One (UHD) and Two (Blu-Ray): Feature, Trailer, Deleted Scenes & Jodorowsky Restoration
Audio Commentary with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Journalist Alan Jones
New Blood – Alejandro Jodorowsky on the restoration of Santa Sangre
Deleted Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
Theatrical Trailer

Disc Three (Blu-ray): ‘Forget Everything You Have Ever Seen’ & Special Features (New & Archival)

Forget Everything You Have Ever Seen: The World of Santa Sangre — Feature-length documentary with Co-Writer / Director Alejandro Jodorowsky, Actors Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Thelma Tixou, Sabrina Dennison, Adan Jodorowsky, Elenka Tapia, Teo Tapia, Co-Writer Roberto Leoni, Composer Simon Boswell, Tattoo Designer Sergio Arau and Unit Publicist Greg Day.
Like A Phoenix – Interview with Producer Claudio Argento
Holy Blood – Interview with Cinematographer Danielle Nannuzzi
Mexican Magic – Interview with Executive Producer Angelo Iacono
The Language of Editing – Interview with Editor Mauro Bonanni
Innocence in Horror – Interview with Screenwriter Roberto Leoni
Santa Sangre 30th Anniversary Celebration at Morbido Festival, Mexico City
Goyo Cárdenas Spree Killer – Documentary on the real-life Inspiration for Santa Sangre
Jodorowsky 2003 Interview
Jodorowsky on Stage Q & A
Echeck – Adan Jodorowsky Short Film
Simon Boswell Interviews Jodorowsky
“Close Your Eyes”- Simon Boswell Music Video

Disc Four (CD): Original Soundtrack

Slipcase on UHD & Blu-ray
Reversible UHD & Blu-ray wrap
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo, Spanish 2.0 Stereo
Closed Captions: English SDH
Subtitles: English
Region: ALL/0

Meanwhile, here is our previous overview of Santa Sangre:


Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”) is a 1989 Mexican-Italian avant-garde thriller film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky from a screenplay co-written with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni.

The film tells the story of Fenix, a boy who grew up in a circus, and his life through both adolescence and early adulthood.

Santa Sangre

Santa Sangre did not receive a wide release in the U.S. since its original premiere, only screening at a few movie houses familiar with Jodorowsky’s previous work.

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In the United States, it was originally rated NC-17 for “several scenes of extremely explicit violence”. However, an edited version was released with an R rating for “bizarre, graphic violence and sensuality, and for drug content.”

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Santa Sangre is a throwback to the golden age, to the days when filmmakers had bold individual visions and were not timidly trying to duplicate the latest mass-market formulas. This is a movie like none I  have seen before, a wild kaleidoscope of images and outrages, a collision between Freud and Fellini.” Chicago Sun-Times


Buy Blu-ray:

“While Santa Sangre is a magnificent film, it’s only fair to warn potential viewers that it does demand some intelligence, an open mind, and a relatively strong stomach – while the violence here isn’t excessive by modern horror standards, it’s still impactful, and at times imaginatively macabre enough to make even a hardened gorehound wince.” Brutal as Hell

“No matter what its faults, any movie that manages to reference Tod Browning, James Whale, Alfred Hitchcock, George Romero, Dario Argento, and El Santo is worth a look in my book.” The Video Vacuum

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