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Severin Films releases a luxurious 4-disc edition of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangera, an epic odyssey through ecstasy and agony, faith and blasphemy, beauty and madness. The film was remastered in a 4K-scanner using the original negative under the director’s supervision. The UHD + Blu-ray + CD version contains over 8 hours of archive footage and brand new special features. Standard Blu-ray and DVD versions will also be available.

Disc One (UHD) and Disc Two (Blu-ray) : Excerpt, Trailer, Deleted Scenes and Jodorowsky Restoration
Excerpt
Audio commentary with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Journalist Alan Jones
New Blood – Alejandro Jodorowsky on the restoration of the Santa Sanger
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director
Theatrical Trailer

Third disc (Blu-ray) : Forget everything you’ve already seen and functions (new and archived).

Forget everything you’ve seen: The World of Santa Sangera is a long documentary starring co-writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky, actors Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra and Thelma Tixou, Sabrina Dennison, Adan Jodorowsky, Elena Tapia, Theo Tapia, co-writer Roberto Leoni, composer Simon Boswell, tattoo artist Sergio Arau and Unitard publicist Greg Day.
Like a Phoenix – Interview with producer Claudio Argento
Sacred Blood – Interview with director of photography Danielle Nannuzzi
Mexican Magic – Interview with executive producer Angelo Iacono
Editing Language – Interview with editor Mauro Bonanni
Innocence in Terror – Interview with screenwriter Roberto Leoni
Santa Sangre, Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Morbido Festival, Mexico
Goyo Cardenas Spray Killer – Inspiration for a lifelike documentary for Santa Sangre
Jodorowsky 2003 Interview
Jodorowsky on Stage Q & A
Echeck – Adan Jodorowsky Short Film
Simon Boswell Jodorowsky Interview
Close Your Eyes – Simon Boswell Music Video

Fourth disc (CD) : Original Soundtrack

UHD and Blu-ray
Reverse UHD and Blu-ray Wrap
aspect ratio : 1.85:1
Audio : English 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo, Spanish 2.0 Stereo
Closed Captioning : English subtitles SDH
: English region
: ALL/0

In the meantime, here is our previous review of Santa Sangre:

Santa Sangre (Sacred Blood) is a Mexican-Italian avant-garde thriller from 1989, directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky from a script he wrote with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni.

The film tells the story of Phoenix, a boy who grew up in a circus, and his life as a teenager and young adult.

Santa Sangre has only been seen in the United States since its premiere in a handful of theatres familiar with Jodorowsky’s earlier works.

In the United States, the film was originally rated NC-17 because it contained some very explicit scenes of violence. However, the cut version was released with an R rating for the bizarre graphic violence and sensuality, as well as for the drug content.

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Santa Sangre is a return to a golden age, a time when filmmakers had a bold individual vision and didn’t anxiously try to copy the latest mainstream formulas. It’s a film like I’ve never seen before, a wild kaleidoscope of images and atrocities, a clash between Freud and Fellini. Chicago Sun-Times

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Although Santa Sangre is a great movie, it is fair to warn potential viewers that it requires a certain level of intelligence, an open mind and a relatively strong stomach. Although the violence here is not excessive to modern horror standards, it remains impressive and sometimes dark enough to make even the most hardcore gore-heads shudder. Cheeky as hell.

Regardless of the flaws, any film that manages to refer to Todd Browning, James Whale, Alfred Hitchcock, George Romero, Dario Argento and El Santo is in my opinion worth seeing. Vacuum for video

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