Dread Central and genre fans alike were shocked and saddened last year with the passing of a great auteur – Ken Russell. UK fans can now look forward to a fitting DVD tribute to one of his best works courtesy of the British Film Institute.
The Oliver Reed film The Devils features a bumper treasure trove of extra material and the original X-rated print of the flick!
From the Press Release:
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 trailer
Original US trailer
44-page illustrated booklet featuring new essays from Mark Kermode, Craig Lapper (BBFC), Michael Bradsell and Sam Ashby, plus film notes, biographies and credits
BFI has announced the release of The Devils for the 19th of March, priced at around £19.99. Details of bonus material can be found below, along with the artwork.
Look out for this one hitting shelves on March 19th!
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