Perkins Cobb wrote:
Well ... Russell has also been "liking" Facebook posts calling for a boycott of the BFI edition, so it might be more accurate to characterize him as neutral/ambivalent on the issue.
As far as I can see, he's been "liking" pretty much anything that so much as acknowledges the existence of the BFI DVD of 'The Devils', regardless of the actual sentiment. Incidentally, I can't see anything on his own Facebook page that involves him "liking" a specific call for a boycott, so do you have an example?
You can also choose to focus on either the "exciting" or the "disappointed" from Kermode's video.
He makes it very clear that he's both excited and disappointed, which is by far the most rational reaction, and one that I share, along with the BFI production team behind this release. I suspect Ken Russell feels the same way.
You guys have talked back from the ledge a little bit with the argument that comment surrounding the incomplete BFI release may leverage Warners into relenting down the road a bit (I mean, nothing else seems to be working). I'm still of the viewpoint that the Rape of Christ-less edition belongs in the kermode (sorry, been waiting a decade to use that one), but I get why many of you are fine with accepting the X-rated cut as legitimate enough.
It's more than "legitimate enough", it's a major breakthrough. Consider: this is the first time in the history of home video, anywhere in the world, that the original British release version of The Devils
is being released in a good transfer and the correct aspect ratio, never mind the truckload of extras. I can understand why people are obsessing over the absence of the "rape of Christ" scene, but it really shouldn't cloud their judgement about the virtues of everything else.