Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain) is a Chilean-French filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, comic writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts for his work which is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation.The 1989 Santa Sangre is generally regarded as one of his finest films, and was met with considerable critical acclaim on its initial release. It's also a personal favourite with a couple of the writers here at Outsider.
Written and directed by Jodorowsky in collaboratyion with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni, Santa Sangre is a terrifying, psychedelic horror. Set in Mexico it tells the story of a boy who grows up in a circus. The film follows in flashback and flash forward the young Fenix (played by Jodorowsky's son Adan) who witnesses a horrifically brutal incident between his mother and father which sends him insane and as an adolescent (played by Jodorowsky's older son Axel), as he is leaves an asylum into the care of his crazed, vengeful mother.
Described by The Guardian as "A mind blowing exercise in amputaition and religious weirdness," Santa Sangre will be released as a 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray by Mr. Bongo Films on 5th November 2012 at the RRP of £13.99 for the DVD and £15.99 for the Blu-ray.
Extra features are:
Optional commentary by Jodorowsky and journalist Alan Jones
Alejandro Jodorowsky's Cult Cinema
La Constellation Jodorowsky by Louis Mouchet
Deleted scenes with commentary from Jodorowsky and journalist Alan Jones Jodorowsky interview at ICA London (2002)