Doctor Who: The Dæmons
In the peaceful village of Devil’s End something very strange is happening. A professor is preparing to open a nearby burial mound and a local white has foresees death and disaster. Meanwhile, the new vicar looks suspiciously like the Master and he is using black magic to conjure up an ancient Dæmon.
Starring Jon Pertwee, can the Doctor, Jo and UNIT stop their old enemy before he succeeds?
• The Devil Rides Out Cast and crew talk about the making of the story.
• Remembering Barry Letts A look at the life and work of Barry Letts.
• Location Film A mute amateur 8mm film shot in the village of Aldbourne during the location filming.
• Colourisation Test The original colourisation test version of episode one from 1992.
• Tomorrow’s World An article on the technology used in the restoration.
• Radio Times listings
• Programme subtitles
• Production information subtitles
• Photo gallery
• Coming soon trailer
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
Doctor Who: The Dæmons is released on DVD (£12.99).
The Devils (Special Edition)
In seventeenth-century France, a promiscuous and divisive local priest, Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), uses his powers to protect the city of Loudun from destruction at the hands of the establishment. Soon, he stands accused of the demonic possession of Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave), whose erotic obsession with him fuels the hysterical fervour that sweeps through the convent.
With its bold and brilliant direction by Ken Russell, magnificent performances by Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, exquisite Derek Jarman sets and sublimely dissonant score by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Devils stands as a profound and sincere commentary on religious hysteria, political persecution and the corrupt marriage of church and state.
Finally available on DVD for the first time, The Devils is presented in the original UK X certificate version with a host of new and exciting extra features.
Mark Kermode introduction (2012, 2 mins): the broadcaster and critic’s newly filmed foreword to The Devils
Audio commentary with Ken Russell, Mark Kermode, Michael Bradsell and Paul Joyce
Hell on Earth (Paul Joyce, 2002, 48 mins): documentary exploring the film’s production and the controversial history
Director of Devils(1971, 22 mins): documentary featuring candid Ken Russell interviews and unique footage of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies recording his score
On-set footage with Michael Bradsell commentary(2012, 8 mins)
On-stage Q&A with Ken Russell (2012, 13 mins): the director in conversation with Mark Kermode at the NFT in 2004
Amelia and the Angel (Ken Russell, 1958, 26 mins): a delightful mix of religious allegory and magical fantasy
Original UK trailer
Original US trailer
Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays by Mark Kermode, Craig Lapper (BBFC), and editor Michael Bradsell, with original production materials and on-set photographs
The Devils (Special Edition) is released on DVD (£11.99).
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