Warner Bros. to release cult classic uncut
Update: We have received word from WHV that the below title has been REMOVED from its schedule! From Hollywood Elsewhere: The source of yesterday’s rumor about a DVD of Ken Russell’s The Devils coming out in May was Warner Home Video’s own online/business website, which is called WHV Direct. The information, however, was a “mistake,” according to WHV exec publicity director Ronnee Sass. She explained that right now “there are absolutely no plans to put out The Devils in ’08,” although the title may make an appearance down the road.
Hoo-boy. Warner Home Video announced it has set a May 20th street date for Ken Russell’s infamous The Devils. Purists will take no pleasure in learning there are no extras. They should, however, note Warner is presenting an uncut version (at 111 minutes in length). Released in 1971, the film stars Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Jones and Dudley Sutton.
The plot: In order to take over pre-Renaissance 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.
Source: Warner Home Video