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Finally available on DVD for the first time, The Devils is presented in the original UK X certificate version with many extras:

  • 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 history

  • Director of Devils (1971, 22 mins): documentary featuring interviews with Ken and 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): one of Ken's first amateur films
    Original UK and US trailers

  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays by Mark Kermode, Craig Lapper (BBFC), and editor Michael Bradsell, with original production materials and on-set photographs.  Original aspect ratio 2.35:1 (16x9 enhanced).

Region 2.  Highly recommended.

 

The South Bank Show: Volume 1 (Ken Russell) DVD

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This set contains the films he created for The South Bank Show - Britain s longest-running arts programme, presented throughout by Melvyn Bragg. Setting a new standard for arts coverage in the UK it provided an outlet for Russell's later works, covering Holst, Bruckner, Vaughan Williams, Bax and Elgar among others. Also included is is 'Portrait of an Enfant Terrible', a documentary profile of Ken Russell... by Ken Russell.  Region 2.  Available for pre-order, it will be issued in July 2012 (now put back to December 2013).

 

 

A constant stream of visual imagination, LisztOmania is the most unconventional and unique of Ken Russell's output.  With Liszt Russell finds the freedom for full unhinged expression. It must take the cake as the most peculiar biography ever made about a classical composer. Russell's film depicts Liszt as the first classical pop star, complete with fanatical pubescent fans and groupies. The movie darts in and out of music and film references, historic fact and allegory-all presented in a hyberbolic comic strip fashion. Yes it's often tasteless and crude but that's all a part of the fun.

The DVD includes a commentary.  Region 2.

 

 

The Music Lovers DVD

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The Music Lovers, region 2.  No extras.  Click on the link to order.

 

 

Savage Messiah DVD

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Savage Messiah is available on DVD.  It is region 1.  Click on the link to order.

 

The Boyfriend DVD

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The Boyfriend is available on DVD.  It is region 1.  Click on the link to order.

 

 

Gothic in 3D (I kid you not) is available on DVD.  It is region 1.  Click on the link to order.

 

 

Mindbender DVD

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Gothic in 3D (I kid you not) is available on DVD.  It is region 1.  Click on the link to order.

 

Ten directors were each assigned to create a short film based around opera music.  The directors were Robert Altman, Derek Jarman, Jean-Luc Godard, Julien Temple, Charles Sturridge, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Franc Roddam with Nicolas Roeg and of course Ken Russell.  Ken's pays hommage to Metropolis.  The DVD is a special edition and includes a documentary featuring interviews with producers and directors and a commentary by Producer Don Boyd.

This is a UK release.  There is a USA DVD but without extras.

 

An good collection of films that Ken did for the BBC.  The films are The Debussy Film, Dante's Inferno, Always on Sunday, Isadora: The Biggest Dancer in the World, A Song of Summer and Elgar.  Region 1.

 

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Ken's novel on Brahms available as an ebook exclusively from this site.

 

 

The first volume of a major biography of Ken.

 

 

Ken's autobiography, very well written.

 

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