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Mark Kermode | 16:52 UK time, Friday, 2 September 2011

I recently posted about a special screening of the director's cut of Ken Russell's controversial masterpiece The Devils. Here I pick out some of your responses to the fact that this great British film remains unavailable on DVD.

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  • Comment number 1.

    I have just had my first comment read out by Kermode and i LOVE IT.On the subject of flashback friday the holy grail among kermodites is the 'sex lives of the potato men' review legend has it walls started shaking during that rant.

  • Comment number 2.

    Apparently I'm both angry (well, it's one of my favourite films, can you blame me?), and senile (somewhere in the back of my mind I now remember that I knew that there was a commentary track done, doh).

    Your video blog makes me want to do a Howard Beale (if it weren't for the fact that Chayefsky fell out with Russell, more fool him, Altered States could not have been a better realization of his script). In any case, keep up the good fight.

  • Comment number 3.

    I wonder if anyone could convince Christopher Nolan to put in a good word with Warner Bros for this urgently required DVD release? He has been a very valuable asset to Warner over the last few years. Nolan has often professed his love for the work of other great British maverick directors such as Nic Roeg, and Alan Parker.

  • Comment number 4.

    I hope this helps - although it's a re-post!

    If you go to the Warner Bros UK website, at the bottom there is a link to "Request product information" - it's buried right next to "Careers". The URL doesn't work but it does give an e-mail address. I've sent them a nice e-mail respectfully asking when they might see fit to release it. Maybe more of us could do the same? Just a thought.

  • Comment number 5.

    NINE weeks ago almost, Doc, you posted a video entitled 'Transformers 3 And The Truth About Blockbusters'. To date, no response to our comments, whereas 'The Devil Is In The Detail' gets a follow-up WITHIN a fortnight!?

    Someone *cough* me *cough* negated what you had to say, methinks...

  • Comment number 6.

    I wonder if Warners are anxious about releasing the film on DVD not because of any controversy but simply the financial return wouldn't cover costs - let's face it, they're a business and let's also not forget they were bold enough to stump up the cash for this (and Performance) back then.

    Pity they don't operate a system like Universal do in the U.S. where you can request indvidual pressings of some of their unreleased back catalogue for $10 - $20 more than their mass-produced releases - it may come in generic packaging but at least you get a decent (and legal) print. Once, and if, they sell enough that way, it may inspire them to do a full commercial release containing the commentary etc.

  • Comment number 7.

    Any chance of getting the BBC to broadcast it? That is how a lot of us saw it for the first time, if they are adamant they wont release it for financial reasons. If they allowed it to be downloaded,they would make pure profit and gauge how much interest it currently has.

  • Comment number 8.

    Warner Brothers its simple, release this film because its bloody brilliant.

  • Comment number 9.

    Surprised by the absence of any grammatical correction as the camera zooms into "was'nt" at 02:53. Dr K. must be mellowing out.

    I would dearly love to see this film, bring it back Warner Bros.

  • Comment number 10.

    How come the 2 Sept podcast cut off so abruptly?

  • Comment number 11.

    Well Warners could offer it to users via services like they do with Lovefilm who do streaming for their films if it's a cost issue and trying to make money with a DVD release.
    They do this with a lot of their films through Lovefilm with a Time Warner comapny called WarnerFilms.

    Maybe trying this first and see what the demand is like and then maybe in the future release the film on DVD if it's popular enough on Lovefilm.

    Warner not releasing the film in any way of form to me though is crazy. They have plenty of distrubution options other than DVD and it would make them money and give them good press, look at Life of Brian being re-released in Torquay

    It's clearly worth a punt by Time Warner!!!

  • Comment number 12.

    Well, I know that Mr Kermode says not to buy from places like Amazon, but I have found a copy of the film available on DVD from a Spanish high street chain with English on its name under the title of Los Demonios. Now, I do not think it is the extended version of the film, but the original. Still, better have the original than no copy at all, and it will come with the original version as well as the dubbed Spanish version...

  • Comment number 13.

    Along with your likely never-to-be attempt at EXORCIST III restoration, this is one of the projects you've interested me in Dr. K.

  • Comment number 14.

    So it's clearly a good news/bad news blog entry. Good news that we are at least assured a director's commentary on the film, alas, the bad news appears to be that it'll be one that remains unheard for some time to come.

    I appreciate that catalogue releases will, for the most part, play second banana to the latest release cycles but, COME ON on Warner Bros, lets SORT THIS OUT so we can all be friends again. Well, at least until we encourage Mark to start asking you questions about a possible new release of Ken's rather neglected 'Altered States'.

    Mark, how about you engineer yourself an invite to pop over to Ken's for tea and cake and lay down a commentary for that one as well. Any chance whatsoever?

  • Comment number 15.

    Why can't you show it on BBC 2 or BBC 4? Then via the magic of the red button people can have the director's commentary on should they choose too.

  • Comment number 16.

    Appeared to have a very realistic burning scene... I do recall this actually being on TV some time ago.?

  • Comment number 17.

    On a completely unrelated note, Dr K will see the Cameron Crowe documentary Pearl Jam Twenty. Showing for one night only on the 20th.

  • Comment number 18.

    Missed out the word 'hope' in my post. Sounded a bit sinister.

  • Comment number 19.


    Glad I'm not the only one who noticed that. Mark cut-short in mid-sentence, no less! I emailed them to tell them about the error, don't know if they fixed it.

  • Comment number 20.

    I downloaded it again the day before yesterday but no difference that I could tell. I've tried downloading it again today but this time there's an error message "... could not be found on the server". Maybe they've picked the issue up and are working on it?

  • Comment number 21.

    I'm more concerned why their was no blog yesterday...........


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