It looks like Severin Films will be kicking off the new year in high style with their January 25th release of Santa Sangre.  The long-awaited release of the Alejandro Jodorowsky cult favorite will be available on both DVD and blu-ray (it has never been available in either format in the U.S.).  Better yet, it will be a jam-packed special edition combining a wealth of extras, including several that involve the director himself.  Read on for all the surrealistic, senses-shattering specs of this forthcoming release…

FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY AND DVD, THE UNCUT, UNCENSORED MODERN MASTERPIECE FROM THE VISIONARY ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

SANTA SANGRE

Virtually Unseen for 20 Years, the Surreal Epic Makes Its Long-Awaited Return on January 25, 2011, Accompanied by Over Five Hours of Bonus Material

4 STARS – “This is a movie like none I have seen before.” – Roger Ebert

“a film that no adventurous moviegoer can afford to miss.” – TV Guide

New York, NY (December 10, 2010)The term “cult director” applies to no one more than Chilean-born filmmaker and visionary shaman Alejandro Jodorowsky. Now Jodorowsky’s long-unseen masterpiece SANTA SANGRE will make its eagerly anticipated American Blu-ray and DVD debut on January 25, 2011, from Severin Films via MPI Media Group. The internationally acclaimed tale of madness, passion and redemption will be fully retored and accompanied by a wealth of extras, carrying an SRP of $29.98 on DVD and $34.98 on Blu-Ray.

Jodorowsky exploded onto the international scene with his notorious 1970s sensations El Topo and Holy Mountain. Endorsed by John Lennon and embraced by underground culture worldwide, the films redefined movies as both art and entertainment while single-handedly creating the midnight movie genre.

Legal frustrations with the films’ owner (and Beatles 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 movies 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 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 circuses, and unspeakable secrets of the night. And it is all wrapped up in a flamboyant parade of bold, odd, striking imagery, with Alejandro Jodorowsky as the ringmaster. SANTA SANGRE is a movie in which the inner chambers of the soul are laid bare.”

Bonus features on the Blu-ray and two-disc DVD include:

DISC 1:

  • Feature Audio Commentary w Jodorowsky & Journalist Alan Jones
  • Deleted scenes w Jodorowsky commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Japanese Trailer

DISC 2:

  • FORGET EVERYTHING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN: THE WORLD OF SANTA SANGRE (90MINS): Exclusive Feature Length Making-of Documentary Featuring All-New Interviews with Cast and Crew.
  • For One Night Only: Alejandro Jodorowsky – Channel X UK 1990 Documentary Featuring Interviews with Jodorowsky, Dennis Hopper, Mobieus, Marcel Marceau, Omar Sharif, and others
  • Goyo Cárdenas Spree Killer: Documentary on the real life inspiration for SANTA SANGRE
  • On Stage Q&A with Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky 2003 interview
  • Composer Simon Boswell Interviews Jodorowsky
  • Blink Jodorowsky Short by Simon Boswell
  • “Close Your Eyes” Music Video by Simon Boswell
  • Echeck – Adan Jodorowsky Short Film with Optional Commentary
  • US and Japanese Trailer
  • English, Italian and Spanish Language Tracks
  • Closed Captions for the Hearing Impaired

About Severin Films

Severin Films, founded in 2006 with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London, has been called “well on its way to becoming the greatest indie label of all time” by BlogCritics.org. Their DVD and Blu-ray releases include Enzo Castellari’s original Inglorious Bastards, the unrated Director’s Cut of Just Jaeckin’s Gwendoline, Richard Stanley’s restored Hardware, Goya Award winner Jess Franco’s Macumba Sexual and Bloody Moon and Oscar-nominee Patrice Leconte’s The Hairdresser’s Husband. Severin hit mainstream headlines all over the globe in 2010 with the theatrical release of the incomparable Birdemic: Shock & Terror.

A Somewhat NSFW Trailer…