Devils, The VHS
Originally rated X, this film combines historical, comedic, and surrealistic elements to tell a tale of politics and witchcraft. In order to take over pre-rennaisance France, Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry followers will have to eliminate Father Grandier. Grandier controls the one town that keeps Richelieu from having total control of the region. The plan is to convince the townspeople that Grandier is a warlock and that all of his nuns are possessed by devils. The accusations are heard at a public trial - whose results may surprise you.
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That having been said, there are two reasons to buy this version of THE DEVILS: 1.) it is an all-region version, so unlike the BFI edition, it can be played on American region 1 DVD players. 2.) Aside from the dreadful VHS pan and scan release from the 1980s, this is the only edition of the American edit now available, and archivists will find that to be of interest.
My advice? Get an all-region DVD player and buy the BFI version.
It looks like a multi generation copy that is so pixelated that any and all detail is completely non-existent! Hopefully in the future a quality reissue will arrive that will do justice to this film.
He brought the obscure to mainstream entertainment, his masterpiece "The Devil's" is a rare film to find via DVD or INTERNET. I recently received my copy and was HIGHLY IMPRESSED with the DVD and it's content. Not being able to find a copy of the film for a reasonable price is frustrating, but this version will ease the pain. It's not the greatest quality, but who cares? This project is one of the greatest films to ever grace the industry. Don't shy away from the negative reviews. If you love this film or want to see it for the first time then this is your best choice for the cheapest price!
KEN RUSSELL IS ONE OF THE GREATEST DIRECTORS.
BEING A SCREENWRITER/DIRECTOR MYSELF I HAVE MUCH RESPECT FOR HIS ART.