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Five stars for the film, but don't buy this version.,
This review is from: The Devils [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
If you want to see Ken Russell's finest film, The Devils, you MUST buy the version released in the UK in the Maverick Directors series in 1997, and buy it soon, because I think it has been deleted by Warner Bros.
Every other video incarnation of The Devils is a disgrace. The picture is murky, grainy and distorted, ruining the impact of the fabulous sets and photography. And, most importantly, every other VHS uses the heavily censored American version of the film, rather than the full UK print.
Two minutes were chopped, and a further two minutes (approx) were re-edited, so that, in many scenes, the soundtracks of the US and UK versions are identical, but the visuals are completely different. EVERY SINGLE SCENE that has gross, violent or raunchy images (quite a few in this film) was toned down for the US - the orgies and the fiery finale were completely butchered. The US version, which may now be the only version available in the UK, is so heavily censored, it's almost a different film.
Whatever its faults, The Devils is an impressive, provocative film that no major studio would dare to make today, and it deserves to be seen in the best possible condition. When will we get this film, in the UK cut, on DVD? Poor old Ken Russell may not be trendy now, but don't forget that The Devils won several awards, including Best Foreign Film in the Venice Film Festival, and is certainly more worthy of a DVD revival that the heaps of no-brain cr** being released every week.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2013 14:07:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2013 21:07:52 GMT
Simon F. says:
Wish I seen your review before this morning. I found the Maverick Directors version in a charity shop for 99 p today but did not buy it as I was not sure whether it was the full version. Agggghhhhhh!!!!!
Update: 11 March: Had to go into town early this morning so popped into charity shop, and oh joy the video was still there so I immediately bought it. Looking forward to viewing it.
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