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original title: Les Démons


  • US BD
  • UK BD
Release: Feb 20, 2019 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: Asphyxia - external link: IMDB
The long version was compared with the US version. Both are on the UK Blu-ray of Nucleus Films.

During the Middle Ages in France: At the stake a witch curses all present with the fact that their daughters will take terrible revenge on them. The curse affects Lady De Winter, who is investigating and comes across the two sisters Kathleen and Margaret, who were admitted to a convent at a young age. Kathleen often has lascivious episodes, to the displeasure of her faithful sister Margaret. When Kathleen is also supposed to end up at the stake as a witch, Margaret rather involuntarily makes a pact with the devil to take revenge on the Inquisitors and Lady De Winter.

The Nuns of Clichy is a relatively elaborate project by Jess Franco, who stretches the thin plot to almost two hours. The mixture of witch-hunt, sorcery, torture and a lot of naked skin has the typical Franco Flow, therefore a clear recommendation if you know what you're getting involved with.

The film was already released in April 2014 in the USA from Redemption on Blu-ray. The language selection was French with optional English subtitles. On November 20th the film was released in the UK by Nucleus Film on Blu-ray. The same transfer as for the US Blu-ray was used, in addition the bonus material contains the reconstructed US cut version with the English sound.

There are some, mostly subtle, differences between the US BD and the UK that Stephen Thrower has outlined in a Facebook Post.

Nucleus majordomo Marc Morris has done a huge amount of extraordinary work restoring THE DEMONS in particular. Here's a list of some of the work he's done which viewers and reviewers may not otherwise be aware of:

1. Incorrect aspect ratios on numerous shots fixed throughout.
2. White line frames removed throughout.
3. The soundtrack was out of synch throughout (sometimes by as much as 6 seconds). Marc has fixed this.
4. The soundtrack was missing audio, and in these scenes had been badly looped. Marc has located audio from alternate sources and replaced the annoying looped audio with correct audio where possible.
5. There was some German dialogue on the French soundtrack, which Marc has replaced with the correct French dialogue.
7. There were numerous instances of actors speaking with no dialogue heard on the soundtrack - now fixed.
8. There were numerous instances of dialogue spoken, with the actors' mouths not moving - now fixed.
9. The dissolve from face freeze frame to skull was completely missing - Marc has added this back.
10. He has also created from scratch an English language master, which is believed to match the original English language export version.
11. German Trailer - On the Kino Blu-ray, this was incorrectly dubbed with random French audio from the movie. This has been replaced with the original German soundtrack.
12. Marc has also corrected the frame rates from 23.976 fps to 24 fps, so if you have exquisitely perfect musical pitch the soundtrack will now match your LP record of Jean-Michel Lorgère's Trafic Pop!

This section report deals with point 9. In the US BD, the scene with Lady De Winter directly cuts onto the skeleton, while in the UK BD a smooth transition was installed.

Running times:

UK BD: 118:04 min.
US BD: 118:17 min.

The runtime difference results from the changed frame rate.

In the US BD, the scene with Lady De Winter directly cuts onto the skeleton, while in the UK BD a smooth transition was installed.


no time difference (each about 10 sec.)