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The Devils

Released on 19 March 2012

Featuring: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed & Dudley Sutton

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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In seventeenth-century France, a promiscuous and divisive local priest, Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), uses his powers to protect the city of Loudon from destruction at the hands of the establishment. Soon, he stands accused of the demonic possession of Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave), whose erotic obsession with him fuels the hysterical fervour that sweeps through the convent.

With its bold and brilliant direction by Ken Russell, magnificent performances by Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, exquisite Derek Jarman sets and sublimely dissonant score by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Devils stands as a profound and sincere commentary on religious hysteria, political persecution and the corrupt marriage of church and state.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

  • DVD premiere presentation of the original UK X certificate version
  • Newly filmed introduction with broadcaster and critic Mark Kermode (2012, 2 mins)
  • Audio commentary with Ken Russell, Mark Kermode, editor Michael Bradsell and Paul Joyce
  • Hell on Earth (Paul Joyce, 2002, 48 mins): documentary exploring the film's production and the controversy surrounding its original release
  • Director of Devils (1971, 22 mins): documentary featuring candid Ken Russell interviews and unique footage of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies recording his celebrated film score
  • Original on-set footage with commentary by editor Michael Bradsell (2012, 8 mins)
  • On-stage Q&A with Ken Russell (2012, 13 mins): an excerpt from a conversation with Mark Kermode filmed at the National Film Theatre in 2004
  • Amelia and the Angel (1958, 26 mins): Ken Russell's second short, made by the BFI's Experimental Film Fund - a delightful mix of religious allegory and magical fantasy
  • Original UK & US trailers
  • 44-page illustrated booklet featuring new essays from Mark Kermode, Craig Lapper (BBFC), Michael Bradsell and Sam Ashby, plus film notes, biographies and credits

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| | See all ruggyman's reviews (4)

I saw this film on it's cinema release in the 70's - I didn't sleep for a week! What a powerful, shocking film - looking forward to owning it on dvd when it comes out - see it at your peril! Execellent.

 AMAZING!!!

| | See all Heinoushorrorhag's reviews (5)

I saw this film when I was at uni when Mark Kermode aired it along with a documentary on channel 4. I still have it taped off the telly and watch it regularly.
This is a shocking and amazingly powerful film. It might offend the religious but it will intrigue at the same time. The casting and performances are brilliant and anyone who considers themselves a serious fan of cinema MUST see this film!!!

Mine is on pre-order :0)

ActorsVanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian, Gemma Jones, Murray Melvin, Michael Gothard, Georgina Hale, Brian Murphy, Christopher Logue, Graham Armitage, John Woodvine, Andrew Faulds, Kenneth Colley & Judith Paris
DirectorKen Russell
Certificate18 years and over
Year1971
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 48 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.