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Santa Sangre [1990] [DVD]

Axel Jodorowsky , Blanca Guerra , Alejandro Jodorowsky    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou, Sabrina Dennison
  • Directors: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Writers: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Claudio Argento, Roberto Leoni
  • Producers: Angelo Iacono, Anuar Badin, Claudio Argento, René Cardona Jr.
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CERU3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,056 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Alejandro Jodorowsky writes and directs this late 1980s horror following circus performer Felix (Adan Jodorowsky/Axel Jodorowsky) whose traumatic childhood has left him mentally disturbed. As a boy, Felix witnessed his father cutting off the arms of his mother, Concha (Blanca Guerra), and he has since spent years in an asylum. Upon his return to the now deranged Concha, Felix has to do her bidding. This involves murdering every woman with whom he comes into contact. When Concha orders Felix to kill Alma (Sabrina Dennison), his childhood sweetheart, he attempts to resist.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is one of my all time favorite movies - I consider it one of the greatest items from the crossover zone between arthouse, cult movie and taboo-breaking horror, along with Polanski's "Repulsion", Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" and Lynch's "Blue Velvet". Technically Jodorowsky, who's spent more of his career writing influental French sci-fi graphic novels than directing movies (I guess movie producers can be forgiven for being a bit nervous about financing his stuff), may not be quite as accomplished as the three other directors I mentioned, but the sheer power of the story helps making this movie completely memorable. There are some obvious influences here from Fellini, Bunuel, George Romero, Hitchcock's "Psycho" etc, but Jodorowsky is enough of a visionary to make the end result seem completely original: an accessible, entertaining and moving freudian magical realist splatter horror movie. (and if you want an appreciation of the movie from a better writer than me, use Google to locate Roger Ebert's perceptive review of Santa Sangre from his "The Great Movies" series.)
The DVD transfer is nice, anamorphic with vibrant colors. Don't expect super THX surround sound, but it sounds okay. The 90 minute decumentary is informative and good fun, and it has some pretty mindblowing footage, including video footage from weird 1970's surrealist happenings featuring topless women. And the fairly long time spent on live recordings from Jodorowsky's weekly seminars in Paris on the Tarot deck and self discovery doesn't make him look too much like a weird self-indulgent guru, at least not in my opinion. I thought that it was fairly interesting and charming and funny. There's a also very interesting deleted scene.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant... 12 Aug 2004
Format:DVD
I had been searching for this film for years after having read an interview with Jodorowsky. I was simply overwhelmed by this wonderful man's intelligence and character. And, living in South Africa, where one has to really search for a video store that would even contemplate thinking about ordering a film like this (El Topo? More chance of finding rocking horse poo...)I was delighted to finally be able to get my grubby little mitts on this film.
The storyline is simple enough, but what sets this film apart from many other "horror" films (I hate to categorise it, as it is more a performative theory than a drive-in classic) is the sheer beauty of the repulsion, the guilt-ridden internal pleasure one feels at being so utterly enthralled by the sight of a knife entering someone's back...
It is this beauty that really makes this transfer to DVD stand out as a necessity, and just goes to show that technology can actually help in delivering deep-red-surreality the way the director sees it in his head... Fellini? Bunuel? Well, I like to ignore imitations, and drop ice down the back of the postmodernists (Jameson has just been done so many times before *groan*) and am able to see beyond the homage to the vision that is uniquely Jodorowsky's. [insert huge futile and possibly violent debate here]
This vision, beautiful juxtaposition that it is, sees brutality emerging from the joy of the circus (some of the most beautifully photographed scenes I know)and eneveloping itself in the gestalt mind of the family, finally leading to redemption, absolution, and, dare I say it, love...
It seems to linger, Santa Sangre does, with one as a pastiche of set-pieces, and this episodic quality again reinforces the dreamlike hyper-surreality Jodorowsky and his "women" seem to inhabit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little weird but ok to watch. 19 April 2014
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This film was a little weird although I did watch it from start to finish. I could understand the general concept of the story and thought it was quite a good idea for a story line I still found the overall story quite strange. It was worth a watch and has been voted one of the 500 greatest films by empire readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Film 20 Jan 2014
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Amazing, disturbing, totally weird, needs a couple of viewings ideally. Dubbed voices need a little getting used to, but enter this film with an open mind and it should not disappoint.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars santa sangre is a delight 3 Jan 2004
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Format:DVD
my first encounter with these beautiful films by the director Jodorowsky was in 1983. a double feature w/the holy mountain and el topo. what a delight for a young high schooler. even better when santa sangre came our in 1990. by that time i was working at the theatre it played at. so i was very lucky to have seen it many times on the big silver screen. you are the luckiest people to be able to see this film again, as i have only my memory of it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost masterpiece rises from the vaults . . 12 Sep 2003
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Format:DVD
I saw this when it first came out, and recently got hold of the long-deleted UK Video release. Usually watching fondly-remembered cult films again after such a delay is a let-down, but in this case I was shocked all over again by the intensity of the horror sequences and the imagery, far more dream-like and grotesque even than I had remembered. If you liked 'Wild at Heart' . . you aren't even half prepared!
All Jodorowsky's wild, magickal movies, from 'El Topo' on, seem plagued by problems with availability, rights and distribution. As a recognisable serial-killer narrative, 'Santa Sangre' is perhaps his most accessible film. Let's hope this rerelease paves the way for others and brings him the audience he deserves.
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1.0 out of 5 stars have fast forward button at the ready
I HAVE TO ADMIT I HAVENT SEEN SUCH UTTER RUBBISH FOR A LONG TIME.
IF YOU LIKE A FILM WITH A GOOD STORY, AND AT A GOOD PACE THEN AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by William M. Brett
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting. Love story or Horror? Endearing either way.
I didn't find this so bizarre as to lose my way/interest.
I like the odd diversion from the predictable norm and so quite enjoyed all the jolly goings-on and hallucinatory... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2007 by Pallus the Phallus
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho-Horror In Latin Flavour
I liked this movie form the very first scene. Really good cast and acting, beautiful colors and costumes all way up to the end, I loved the Latin soundtrack, the bizarre parties... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2006 by Rossella Spoto
3.0 out of 5 stars Umm, BIZARRE kind of sums it up!
The big question about this film is this: Do you need to be on drugs to watch it or was the director on enough for all of us when he made it? Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2005 by Dragon0303
4.0 out of 5 stars Mexican Excess
Santa Sangre is all about south american psyche. A real masterpiece, daring touching and extremely religious. Don't miss it.
Published on 21 Dec 2003 by Veronica Moskovits
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Late,or maybe not.
I assume that the fan from Edinburgh got the video copy that I was after. Nevertheless, to see that such an intense visual experience is about to become available once more made me... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2003
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