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on 24 February 2017
Bought this to replace a copy I loaned to a friend. (The borrower has difficulty distinguishing between "loan" and "gift".) The film is a tour de force. The combination of the principals' acting, the script, Jarman's set and Russell's direction make for a riveting but very disturbing film. I have also read Huxley's "The Devil's of Loudon" on which the film was based - highly recommended. The inevitable controversy surrounding the film (masturbating nuns was a bit much for the audiences of the time) led to the film being hard to obtain for a long time. It is a pity that the, frankly gratuitous, sex scenes have dominated discussion of the movie.
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on 19 November 2013
If you have never seen this film but have heard the rumors and the word-of-mouth - it's all true! One of the greatest and best- looking historically fact-based films produced, directed, acted in the 1970s (YES, the events really happened, google the "Loudon possessions, 1634"). A Biting social commentary on politics, religious paranoia/hysteria, torture and sex; as relevant today as it was then (likely, as it has always been). Not a "Horror movie" really in the traditional sense, but it does unsettle and disturb and cause much thought even long after viewing. Some scenes are simply unforgettable.

This is the restored X-rated U.K. version. Although some finicky film fanatics may balk that a few minutes of "explicit" footage remains missing from the completed film, this 'Region 2' BFI (British Film Institute ?) 2-disc edition is the best quality package treatment you're likely to see of THE DEVILS anytime soon. As an American I grew up seeing (as most people have) the widely available R rated U.S. versions, which alone were enough to make me a lifelong fan of this film. In seeing this version, the original U.K. 'X' certificate version (states 107 mins on the package), I'm sure I saw a bit more than I have seen before in other U.S. vhs and dvd editions (esp. of the "Nuns gone wild" scenes). The acting by Vanessa Redgrave (Oscar level) and Oliver Reed (heck, the whole cast!) is top rate!

Disc 2 contains a great documentary 'Hell on Earth' (2002, 48 mins) which gives us some actual clips, substantial glimpses, I'd say, of the suppressed footage (i.e. "Rape of Christ" and "Charred Bone", plus some others, like of the vulgar mummer's play being acted as Grandier burns). It would be really marvelous if all these scenes were one day restored into the body of the film itself as it really all is leading up to and adding to the story, it is NOT simply vulgarity for vulgarity's sake. Ken Russell was one of those rare masters of film and THE DEVILS is arguably his crowning achievement. Also, this depicts the world these 15th century people lived in.

Interviews with actors and crew and the director. The bonus material is substantial: 40 page color booklet is nice and completely dissects just what was censored and why, a brief intro before the film by Mark Kermode, a tireless advocate for this film, is good for the uninitiated, audio commentary w/ Ken Russell, Mark Kermode, Michael Bradsell & Paul Joyce is available but I've yet to view with it, also includes some 26 min early film by Russell called 'Amelia and the Angel' - "a delightful mix of religious allegory and magical fantasy". I've yet to view it.

All in all, THIS IS THE VERSION TO GET! I think it will not play on U.S. dvd players but I live in Japan so it plays fine on region 2. If you live in the U.S. and *NEED* this film you can probably find a region-free dvd player somewhere on Amazon or Amazon U.K. enabling you to view it (*?*).
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on 13 June 2017
Fantastic Film. The sets are amazing, the costumes are amazing. The editing and cinematography are great. It's lyrical and highly stylised. And its a really fantastic exploration of how pleasure and sadism are bound up with political power and control. I think this version has some small cuts but it was great anyway.
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on 15 April 2017
I first saw this film in the 1970s is a very disturbing film but I enjoyed it, it was at a very good price, and it arrived within a few days, first call seller would definitely recommend.
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on 9 March 2017
A film classic and Reed's best role. Ignore all the sensationalist comment about this film and learn to love it for the masterpiece it is.
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on 8 June 2017
Interesting, but it is disappointing that it is not the full film.
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on 2 May 2017
bought for my collection
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on 19 May 2017
Sweet and dandy
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on 5 March 2017
Great Movie!!!
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on 27 July 2017
All time classic based on a Huxley book - the Spanish Inquisition! - WTF?
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