Over the weekend legendary director Ken Russell appeared with journalist and film historian Mark Kermode at Southampton University discussing his work, specifically his 1971 masterpiece THE DEVILS, in front of a large and receptive student body. He mentioned specifically that he had indeed recorded an audio commentary for Kermode's important 2002 restoration of his most brilliant and challenging film but that Warner Brother's was still afraid to release the film on dvd in Britain, America or anywhere else. It is also rumored that Vanessa Redgrave has also recorded a commentary for the film.
THE DEVILS is among the most amazing and thought provoking cinematic works of art I have ever seen. It is inconceivable to me that it is still not out even on a bare bones dvd.
I am including a couple of links. One details Russell's recent Southampton talk and another is to sign a petition to get this important film re-released on dvd in a deluxe edition with the commentaries and its 'Rape Of Christ" sequence intact.
Southampton Link: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2067753,00.html
Petition Link: http://www.petitiononline.com/Grandier/
Also deserving a spot on THE DEVILS dvd is Mark Kermode's astonishing documentary HELL ON EARTH, which is one of the most important documentaries on a film ever made.
If you haven't seen THE DEVILS, search down any available copy you can find. It remains one of the most spiritually and historically significant films in cinema history and it deserves to be seen.