Special Edition, Director's Cut, Extended Director's Cut & Original Theatrical Edition
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(Oct 05, 2010)
Extended Director's Cut & Original Theatrical Edition
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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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Jason Miller is absolutely phenomenal as Father Damien Karras. His performance lends a deep humanity to The Exorcist. Miller portrays a priest who has lost his faith and must learn to do the right thing. Miller should have hands down won Best Actor at the Oscars.
Similarly, Ellen Burstyn is wonderful as the mother Chris. She pulls off such a compassionate role as Regan's mother. You understand the helplessness and horrifying nature of being a mother scared for her child's life due to Burstyn's emotional acting. She gives the performance of a lifetime. Burstyn is quite the touching leading actress.
The supporting actors Lee J. Cobb and Max von Sydow are excellent in their respective roles. Cobb plays the humorous and inquisitive police detective with an amiable curiosity. I like Cobb tremendously in The Exorcist. Next, Sydow actually plays the title role of the old professional exorcist. Sydow is so human as Father Merrin. His portrayal of faithfulness and belief are self-evident. Sydow proves yet again his dominance as a dramatic actor. This is subtle acting at its finest.
Lastly, I'd like to mention the truly believable performance from a young Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil. Blair plays the sweet innocent girl as well as the monstrous demon under possession quite realistically. She convulses, spits, vomits, swears, and motions with an otherworldly, grotesque manner. Blair really gave it all in the performance of her career. I think Blair deserves her place as the original scream queen of horror. She is chilling as Regan, yet you also feel for her character.
In all, The Exorcist is honestly the greatest horror film of all time. It's timeless craft, immeasurable influence, and immensely entertaining film of such high quality. Whether you are actually still scared by The Exorcist is up to you. However, you cannot deny the care and thought that went into the making of this horror classic. I love The Exorcist and I still get chills watching it. The atmosphere is palpable.
except for the crucifixion scene, but still the film is chilling piece of Art
Extremely well Directed by William friedkin
Extremely well written screenplay aswell by William peter blatty who was the Author of the Exorcist novel
so Blatty was not only the Author but he wrote the screenplay for the film, and Produced it aswell
Friedkin should've won a Best Director Academy award for this film aswell
he already did for the French connection 1 year before the Exorcist was released in Cinemas
but he did a brilliant Job filming the Exorcist aswell
especially when Directing Linda blair in the Jesus scene, incredible Film Directing
so Billy should be a 2 time Academy award winner as far as i'm concerned
The Exorcist was nominated for 10 Academy awards back in 1973
only winning 2, william peter blatty won for best screenplay
and another award for best sound mixing
tragically Billy friedkin missed out winning for best Director
Billy friedkin should've won another award for best Director for sure
and Dick smith should've won for best make up effects
but for reason the film didn't win anymore awards
for fans that don't know, there's now 2 versions of the film
the original Theatrical cut which is 122mins long
and the 2000 extended Directors cut which adds an extra 10mins of Deleted scenes actually
some of the scenes inserted back into the film are special effects Horror scenes
that didn't work properly back enough to be left in the Theatrical cut
one the main Highlights is the back spider walk where you see a close up of blood spurting out of reagans mouth
which was played by Linda blair's stunt Double in the film
there's more supernatural Horror scenes inserted back in
for me i prefer the extended Directors cut the extra scenes make the film more scarier
but it's a matter of opinion really
this new 2 Disc blu-ray special edition by Warner bros has both versions
plus all new special features & the old extras from the DVD release aswell
Disc 1 is the 132min Directors cut in 1:85:1 widescreen
the HD transfer looks beautiful i must say,
very clean & crisp picture quality better than the DVD version for sure
according to the Audio options on the back cover art
there's a 6.1 Master audio mix option, well this is Dead wrong
there is no Audio set up option on either version
so i checked the Audio options by pressing Audio button on my remote control
when i played both film versions
there is only 5.1 Master audio mix for English, French and other languages
so obviously Warner bros has misleaded us fans saying there's a 6.1 Master audio mix when there isn't.
Disgusting really why would WB print 6.1 Master audio mix on the back cover, when there isn't a 6.1 mix
makes no sense
WB has also made a new 3 part Documentary on the films Legacy
RAISING HELL- FILMING THE EXORCIST which has rare behind scenes footage during 1972-1973
THE LOCATIONS-GEORGETOWN THEN & NOW
FACES OF EVIL-DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE EXORCIST
all 3 featurettes have new interviews
with Billy friedkin, writer/producer william peter blatty, Cinematographer Owen Roizman
Actors Linda blair, Max von sydow and others
Actor Jason miller who played Father Karras passed away before this blu-ray was released
otherwise he may have been interviewed to
all 3 featurettes can be played at once, so about 50mins runtime
plus the DVD commentary by Billy friedkin is still on this blu-ray
Disc 2 has the 1973 Theatrical cut 122mins
again in brand new HD blu-ray transfer exact same picture quality as the Directors cut
and 5.1 master audio mix
this Disc has the old special features from the previous dvd release
the 90mins Documentary Fear of God
Interview Gallery which covers the Original cut, the final reckoning, stairway to Heaven
Original ending scene is on here to
plus the original DVD commentaries with William friedkin & william peter blatty
the Intro by William friedkin is here to
there's 2 versions of the packaging aswell
this U.S. edition is a Digi-book Disc 1 is on left side,Disc 2 is on right side of the Hard cover
with pages of rare photos in between
the 2nd version is the U.K. release you can buy from amazon U.K. for cheap price of 6.40 pounds
this U.K. release is the exact same 2 Disc special edition as the U.S. edition
but packed on Disc trays in a standard blu-ray case, not a Digi-book
this U.K. release is ALL REGIONS just like the U.S. edition is ALL REGIONS
so the U.K. has the exact same 2 versions, 122mins & 132mins
exact same blu-ray transfers in 1:85:1 widescreen & the same 5.1 Audio options
the U.K. has the exact same special features as the U.S. edition
absolutely nothing is different except for the packaging that's it.
so if you have the old dvd release scrap it, time to upgrade for sure
you can either get the U.S. Digi-book release or the Standard 2 Disc blu-ray case from amazon uk
i don't like Digi-book packaging, i prefer standard case
but each to their own
5 stars i gave this 2 disc edition based on so many new & old special features
plus a new 5.1 master audio mix and very sharp picture quality.