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The Exorcist (Extended Director's Cut & Original Theatrical Edition) [Blu-ray] (2006)

Ellen Burstyn , Linda Blair , William Friedkin  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max Von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Writers: William Peter Blatty
  • Producers: William Peter Blatty, Noel Marshall
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Director's Cut, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,268 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001992NW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Disc 1: Extended Director's Cut (2000 version)
English DTS-HD MA 6.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1 (both Parisian and dubbed in Quebec), Spanish 5.1 (both Castilian and Latin 2.0 stereo)
New 3-part documentary on the movie's production and legacy – for the first time, relive the actual on-set filming of classic scenes via never-before-seen set footage: Raising Hell: Filming The Exorcist, The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now and Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist
Commentary by director William Friedkin
Disc 2: Original theatrical cut (1973 version)
English DTS-HD MA 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 (both Castilian and Latin)
2 commentaries: 1) director William Friedkin, 2) producer/screenwriter William Peter Blatty, plus sound effects tests
Introduction by William Friedkin
Feature-length 1998 documentary The Fear of God: The Making of The Exorcist
Interview gallery covering the topics: the original cut, the final reckoning and stairway to heaven
Original ending and more

Editorial Reviews

Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, The Exorcist marks its historic Blu-ray premiere in a 2-Disc Edition featuring Stunning Hi-Def Presentations of the Original 1973 Theatrical Version and the 2000 Extended Director's Cut. The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother's frantic resolve to save her and two priests--one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith--joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless. This greatest supernatural thriller of all time astonishes and unsettles like no other movie.

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181 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new version is terrific November 20, 2000
For those of you that like The Exorcist and wondered if you should have seen the movie in the theaters *just* becuase it has some new scenes I can tell you it's definataly worth it.
The added scenes improve the continuity for the most part and provide a few new shocks (as if this movie needed more).
The soundtrack is radically reworked as well, employing newly scored music that adds to the mood of the movie.
There are new sound effects that have more "oomph" for the modern six channel digital sound.
Have the 25'th Anniversary tape? Saw the Spider walk scene in the Documentary? Well, in the new release, it's a different version and 10 times more creepy (it took a minute for the audience I was with to calm down).
It was great to see this in a theater and see people jaded by cookie cutter slasher flicks respond to this movie so well. This movie is not fast paced and that allows it to build up a foundation of dread and fear about the developing possession of the girl. Until it finally unleashes in the more horrifying scenes you've all heard about.
The overall color scheme of the movie is grayish and colorless, further drawing you into that fear and dread. The background music (the new and the limited amount utilized in the original version)has very little melody with a lot of sustained low chords. It doesn't call attention to itself but does unnerve you.
The possessed girl is probabaly one of the scariest faces in movie history. It's incredible that all that was really done to Linda Blair's face was to add a few asymetrical cuts, cover over her eyebrows and darken her sockets (giving her eyes a skull like look). But of course, it was the makeup master Dick Smith that was doing it so it's not too much of a surprise.
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163 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Horror Movie Ever Made July 26, 2002
I grew up in the 1970's and was a complete monster movie fan (I lived for Double Chiller Theatre on late-night TV every Friday!)--but I knew to wait until I got older to see THE EXORCIST. Listening to how the adults reacted to it, that creepy music, the ominous poster--I just knew to keep clear.
When I eventually saw it, I realized that this was the best horror film ever made.
That THE EXORCIST was left off the American Film Institute's "100 Greatest Films of All-Time" is an omission that casts doubt on the entire list.
This is one of those classic films where EVERYTHING works: the writing, the directing, the acting, etc. The extras on the DVD are extensive and fascinating (you can tell both William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty cared about every second of this film).
Most great horror films will have you turning on lights and peeking around corners, but THE EXORCIST will make you afraid to close your eyes.
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247 of 280 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic That Transcends Time. December 9, 2000
The Exorcist has scared the living-bajeepers out of my entire family for as long as I have known. After first seeing it when I was much younger, I remember that I didn't get a good night's rest for atleast two weeks. When I told my father that I was going to see the re-release of it in the theater on Halloween night, my dad warned me and said, "Don't forget. People have fainted, thrown up and gone crazy when seeing it on big screen."
And it's true. When The Exorcist was released in the early 70's, the audience had been scared out of their wits. So what is it about The Exorcist that not just gives us the chills, but literally tears into our bodies and minds and threatens the well-being of our souls?
The Exorcist can be classified as "horror" because of the sentiments we receive when we realize that all medical and scientific reasons have been explored and have failed to explain 12-year old Regan's behavior. When all rational, logical explanations have failed, the mother Chris (who is an atheist) desperately turns to a Catholic priest for help. As the plot builds up to this, the audience is forced to question, "Does diabolical possession really exist?"
Just the idea of demons from Hell preying upon vulnerable and inviting souls is terrifying. Not only is it terrifying, but some people might take it as an insult to their lifestyles or intelligence for it asks them to turn to a source they may have denied long ago for personal reasons: The Church. Living in the scientific/information age, many of us have ruled out phenomena that are explained by mystical powers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE DIEHARD FAN ONLY February 28, 2006
In the first few years after the 1973 premiere of "The Exorcist," a slew of articles and books were released discussing not only the film but the brouhaha that followed its release. Few movies had resulted in such a heated cultural debate and reaction. Director William Friedkin, and producer William Peter Blatty, writer of the novel on which the film was based, and also its screenwriter, were interviewed extensively, in endless discussion over how the movie was made and how the final version of the screenplay was drafted. For his part, Blatty never uttered a single word of dissatisfaction with the final result that hit theatre screens.

Fast-forward some twenty years. Mr. Blatty began to publicly grumble about some scenes that had been filmed but left out of the final cut. Friedkin, contradicting what had already been made known in all those books and articles back in the Seventies, vehemently denied that any such scenes ever existed, standing firm that his final cut was perfect and complete.

It looked as though a rift developed between the two, and Blatty announced plans to produce a mini-series version for Fox Television, intent upon transferring the whole of his novel to film. That never came to pass, and how could it have, given the profane nature of some major plot-points, and the language? Even Fox Television was not up to it.

Just as press notices about the mini-series died away, plans for the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the DVD were made known. Suddenly, those scenes Friedkin had denied ever existed, mysteriously had been found.

Some of those scenes made it onto the Anniversary Edition, in the excellent attached documentary made for British television by Mark Kermode.
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5.0 out of 5 stars always the best
back then with no cji fake affects so forth this movie is the one to learn from u can without all that CJI animation make a great and scary film.
Published 14 days ago by Kenneth McKenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Haven't seen this movie in 30 years. Still feels fresh and scary. I would recommend this to anyone who is younger than 35.
Published 15 days ago by SonnyD
5.0 out of 5 stars Really holds up
I hadn't seen this since it was released, and it really holds up. Not because of the special effects, but because of the characters. Read more
Published 15 days ago by David G. Zak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horror still!
After all these years, it is still one of the greatest horror movies ever!!! l have one adult son that will never watch it again!!!
Published 20 days ago by Boyd Dugan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
One of the most classic horror stories of all time. It is as frightening today as it was in the 70's. Truly a masterpiece and timeless classic.
Published 21 days ago by chris a
5.0 out of 5 stars Scariest Movie, EVER.
The Exorcist was released in 1973. That's over 40 years ago. It's still the scariest movie ever created by a landslide. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Argyle Ronin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror Film
One of the great older horror films. Actually had a story line and who can forget Linda Blair as the little girl possessed.
Published 23 days ago by Slick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best horo films ever made!
I remember when this movie first came out and it was super and it still is. It set the standard for modern horror.
Published 24 days ago by Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars mmmmm makes me want to watchitnow
love it how can u not the buy it if u want if u want to see the best of...
Published 25 days ago by Ode Johnsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Wife loved it
This is one of the greatest horror movies ever. Had to get this as a collectors item and this version makes it even better.
Published 26 days ago by torrick bradley
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