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Ken Russel's The Devils uncut?

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July 23rd, 2010, 1:35 am #1

I've seen this DVD on HKflix and on eBay. It's from an American bootleg company called Euro Cult but they claim it's the uncut version of the film. To the best of my knowledge this has never been released before. So I'm wondering if this is off another uncut European or Asian release, is it a homemade fan-edit, or is it just not true??

http://www.hkflix.com/xq/asp/filmID.542 ... etails.htm


Wiki says:
wrote:The Devils faced harsh reaction from national film rating systems, due to its disturbing violent, sexual, and religious content; it was banned in several countries, and heavily-edited upon release in others. The film has never received a release in its original, uncut form in various countries, and is largely unavailable in the home video market.
- don't tell me; Wiki is crap but still. Is this DVD uncut?
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July 23rd, 2010, 1:58 am #2

afaik, the UK VHS from Warner was used as a basis and two (of the rediscovered) scenes from the "Hell on Earth" Documentary were included. For some reason, the bone-scene (featured in the Documentary) wasn't included. So actually it's a longer version, but still one scene is missing.

btw...In spain there's a DVD coming out.
http://www.zonadvd.com/modules.php?name ... &sid=27096


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July 23rd, 2010, 4:04 am #3

Thanks, Kiba! Do you know if that Spanish DVD will be uncut? I see it says it'll carry the English audio.
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July 23rd, 2010, 6:14 am #4

one store claims it's the 111 min version, another 103 minutes :rolleyes:
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July 29th, 2010, 8:22 pm #5

From what i can recall, the composite version i made (indeed, using the Warner 'Maverick Directors' label release version as my base print) originally only had ONE scene reinstated from the documentary and that was the 'Rape of Christ' scene. The other footage that i had wanted to resinstate (the 'charred bone fellatio') had Vanessa Redgrave voice-over on it so i didn't bother at the time (although, after the fact, i realised i could have simply loosened the scart and it would have kept the picture but lsot the audio). EURO CULT (bootleg label) bootlegged the ALPHA DIGITAL (or ANGEL DIGITAL?) bootleg release (a Luminous Film & Video Wurks bootleg label) which was, in turn, a converted and compressed bootleg of the original 2-Disc PAL format composite & extras disc that i created! It is worth noting also that the original DVD-R sleeve design my friend created for it used my text too, which stated PLAINLY and SIMPLY that whilst footage had been restored to the composite it was still NOT uncut but was basically a "near-complete" edit and the longest version ever assembled for home-viewing...
So...what did LFVW do? They bought a DVD-R copy of the 2-Disc set from my friend's website, squeezed all of the 65+ minutes of extras from the supplement disc onto the same disc as the composite, made it anamorphic, converted it from PAL to NTSC and no doubt also compressed it all too...oh, and they also claimed on their packaging that the film was complete and uncut for the firs time ever...even though i had made it very clear that this was NOT the case!

Anyway...i eagerly await feedback on the Spanish DVD release version as to what edit was used, whether it is a remastered and fully scoped print, etc...so, please post here whenever one of you get it!!!
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August 5th, 2010, 4:45 pm #6

Someone mentioned on a forum the other day that they contacted someone at the Spanish website offering it for pre-order and asked about a running time and other details on the release. Apparently, this person was told that the back of the sleeve states the running time as 103 minutes....?
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August 5th, 2010, 7:52 pm #7

I have ordered it, but it hasn't arrived yet. Will get back with info when it does.
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August 9th, 2010, 1:40 pm #8

According to posts made at Iain Fisher's site, someone who has received and checked their Spanish DVD release of Ken Russell's "THE DEVILS" has confirmed this much: NO restored footage...in fact, the version on the disc is just over 103 minutes (the heavily cut U.S. version) but is decent quality and in full 2.35:1 oar (albeit, non-anamorphic, which explains why it was listed as 2.35:1 and also 4:3)...

Frustrating, especially seeing as Warner prepared a remastered version of the UK theatrical edit back in the mid-1990s which could and should have been used, but still...at least it is 2.35:1 finally and hopefully a composite can be done!
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September 4th, 2010, 12:15 am #9

Anyone got the Spanish DVD yet then?
If so, please PM me...;)
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September 10th, 2010, 3:54 pm #10

Mine arrived today, its 103 min and 40 sec.
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