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Author Topic: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)  (Read 24765 times)

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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #105 on: 23 Apr 2012 - 16:20 »

The full version did not screen on TV. However, the X-rated print did screen at the same time as the Kermode doco HELL ON EARTH and the latter featured both the 'Rape of Christ' sequence and the one in which Redgrave gives herself a frigging with Ollie's femur, in 2002, I think. Pretty sure I heard that the Kermode doco was cut at the insistence of WB before it could be used on the BFI DVD but I've not checked mine so cannot confirm.

The greymarket Alfadigital release (which is mastered from the widescreen VHS) does contain the additional scenes crudely added in and the uncut version of the Kermode documentary.
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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #106 on: 24 Apr 2012 - 09:34 »

The full version did not screen on TV. However, the X-rated print did screen at the same time as the Kermode doco HELL ON EARTH and the latter featured both the 'Rape of Christ' sequence and the one in which Redgrave gives herself a frigging with Ollie's femur, in 2002, I think. Pretty sure I heard that the Kermode doco was cut at the insistence of WB before it could be used on the BFI DVD but I've not checked mine so cannot confirm.

The greymarket Alfadigital release (which is mastered from the widescreen VHS) does contain the additional scenes crudely added in and the uncut version of the Kermode documentary.

Ahh ok. That is probably it then. I remember the "frigging" scene. It was quite some time ago now so my memory is hazy at best.
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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #107 on: 31 May 2012 - 23:30 »

I finally picked up the dvd the other day but have still yet to watch it.
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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #108 on: 17 Jun 2012 - 18:10 »

I finally picked up the dvd the other day but have still yet to watch it.


One of the best releases of the year.
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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #109 on: 09 Aug 2012 - 18:14 »

Finally watched it again, and it is still an amazing film. I have to say though that I certainly have seen a version with the rape of Christ included in it and I also recall her a scene where you can see Vanessa Redgrave from behind apparently frigging herself with the charred bone of Grandier, I am sure of it, and my girlfriend remembers watching it too. We remembered where the scenes should be as we were watching it.

I seem to recall that I had recorded it off the TV but unfortunately I only have a couple of VHS left and none of them have The Devils on them. I hadn't seen the documentary before this DVD and the scenes seem to have been cut from the DVD. Is it possible that the BBC have a longer cut and this was aired some years ago?
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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #110 on: 09 Aug 2012 - 21:27 »

You are describing the LFVW boot which took the BBC tv broadcast and cut in those 2 sequences culled from the HELL ON EARTH doc.  That's the only place those 2 bits have been re inserted into the body of the film.
It's discussed a few posts above ^
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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #111 on: 10 Aug 2012 - 11:09 »

I am pretty sure I am talking about the Forbidden BBC 2 screening as I remember seeing it on the TV as it aired. I do wish I hadn't chimed in now as you all seem to think I am delusional. Ha! Oh well.
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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #112 on: 10 Aug 2012 - 16:27 »

We don't think you're delusional.....  :-*
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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #113 on: 14 Aug 2012 - 10:15 »

Unfortunately apart from a few select special screenings at cinemas the [near] directors cut has not been seen on TV, i was lucky enough to see it on the big screen earlier this year on 19th March at the BFI South Bank,London.......incredible ! This version included the 'Rape of Christ' and the short extention to the 'Bone' scene.



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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #114 on: 21 Nov 2012 - 07:06 »

Yesterday I watched this totally amazing film. I didn't even realise that the film would be this powerful. The story is superb and shows the absurdity of that time. When you were accused of witchcraft there really weren't anything you could do. Politics were the reason for these totally insane acts. How much of this is real, I really have to find out. The character of Father Grandier was great, just like sister Jeanne and Father Pierre Barre.

The surroundings of the film were weird, futuristic maybe, but it worked like a charm. The feel of the world was something similar to Clockwork Orange. This is one those rare movies that every actor does amazing job. Especially Oliver Reed who does the best performance of his life!

This is definitely one of the best and influential I have ever seen.
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Re: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
« Reply #115 on: 16 Mar 2017 - 22:02 »

Anyone can check the version available on Shudder?
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In recent years, a 109-minuted unrated U.S. version of the film has been touring repertory theaters and film festivals around the world, but until this morning, it was entirely unavailable on streaming services

http://www.avclub.com/article/ken-russells-banned-masterpiece-devils-makes-surpr-252125
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