Ken Russell’s The Devils makes its DVD debut on 19 March and is now available to pre-oder from the seenit.co.uk store.
The classic movie is being released by the BFI in its original UK X certificate and the DVD will include a wealth of extra features and a 44-page illustrated booklet.
The Devils is based on John Whiting’s stage play and Aldous Huxley’s novel.
In 17th century France, a promiscuous and divisive local priest, Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), uses his powers to protect the city of Loudun from destruction by 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.
- 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 Joyc
- 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