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In the 1970s, his legendary films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN redefined movies as both art and entertainment while changing the face of cinema forever. And in 1989, visionary writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky returned with his modern masterpiece: It is the story of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother, deaf-mute lover, and murder. It is an odyssey of ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness. It is unlike any movie you have ever seen before...or ever will. Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra and Guy Stockwell star in this epic of surreal genius, now fully restored and featuring more than five hours of exclusive Extras that reveal the mind behind one of the most provocative and unforgettable motion picture experiences of our time.
Unavailable in any legal format since the early '90s, the DVD of Santa Sangre makes up for lost time by offering some five hours of extras, including a feature-length documentary, Forget Everything You Have Seen, which traces the film's gestation from conception to release. Jodorowsky, whose worldview matches his cinematic viewpoint in regard to both originality and eccentricity, is front and center on a fascinating commentary track, as well as a quartet of interview features, including a 2003 interview at a screening where the director lets loose on all manner of subjects, from Quentin Tarantino to sex and violence. The film's composer, Simon Boswell, leads one of the interviews, and a music video for his song "Close Your Eyes" is also included in the features; rounding out the wealth of extras are short films by Boswell and Adan Jodorowsky (who plays the young Fenix), deleted scenes with commentary, theatrical trailers, and an episode of Jonathan Ross's fine UK TV series, For One Week Only, devoted to Jodorowsky. --Paul Gaita
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Jodorowsky exploded onto the international scene in the early 70's with his bizarre sensations 'EL TOPO' and 'HOLY MOUNTAIN'. Endorsed by John Lennon, who released 'EL TOPO's soundtrack on the Beatles Apple label, and embraced by underground culture worldwide, these films redefined movies as both art and entertainment while almost single-handedly creating the 'midnight movie' genre. Legal frustrations with the films' owner (and Beatles' disreputable manager) Allen Klein, as well as a failed attempt to direct a 14-hour movie adaptation of `Dune' starring Orson Welles and Salvador Dali, kept Jodorowsky from making films for 16 years until his triumphant return with 'SANTA SANGRE'.
Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell and the filmmaker's sons Axel and Adan Jodorowsky star in this surreal epic about a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother, tattooed-strongman father and deaf-mute lover. "This is a movie like none I have seen before," wrote Roger Ebert in his original four-star review, "a wild kaleidoscope of images and outrages, a collision between Freud and Fellini." It contains blood and glory, saints and sinners, drug addicts and dealers, pimps and prostitutes, side-show freaks and the disenfranchised, circuses and churches, the pious and the perverse, as well as other unspeakable secrets of the night.Read more ›
Are you an intellectual? Are you passionate? Have you even been interested in Archetypes and Collective unconscience? Do you know that when you take the journey with a story--that that story will always stay with you?
In 1989, a lot of things changed in my life. I really can't explain what they all were, but between August and December of 1989, my hair went from black to white, and I started on the life that I lead today. Then came Santa Sangre.
Allesandro Jodorowsky is what is frequently called a 'visionary' film director. What he is is a wizard and a shaman. Jodorowski is a Jungian psychiatrist who writes comic books and directs movies. He started way back in the sixties, and was actually the first person to direct for the beatle's Apple Corporation. As a result his first film (El Topo) is almost impossible to acquire or see. Like everything from Apple--there is an immense legal battle over it's soul.
And this guy's work has got SOUL that won't quit. Take the little number we are discussing today. Here you have the story of Fenix, raised in a circus by his parents Orgo (a hypnotic knife thrower played by guy stockwell) and Alma(who hangs by her hair and worships at the shrine of HOLY BLOOD hence the film's title.Read more ›
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amazing movie, required viewing for devotees of avant-garde mexican cinema, which has many worthy entriesPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Blue-Ray quality of this masterpiece is extraordinary! I'm not going to write a long review but let's just say that this movie is simply amazing definitely a must see. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jon Janis
HOLY BLOOD! HOLY BLOOD! this is a very strange, surreal, and unique movie. There is nothing quite like it.Published 13 months ago by chris
This is to put it short one of the best "strange" films you'll ever see. Even the later Roger Ebert thought it was a great film. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Consumer1