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Exorcist II: The Heretic (Snap Case Packaging)

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Product Description

Four years after an exorcism, another priest arrives to free a possessed young woman.

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"As a movie writer-director, William Peter Blatty is like David Lynch's good twin. He is eccentric, funny, original and daring but he also has a sense of pace, taste and restraint. Which is by way of saying that, full of both fun and thrills,  this is one of the shrewdest, wittiest, most intense and most satisfying horror movies ever made. Blatty builds the tension with a skill reminiscent of Hitchcock's 'Psycho.'"-- Ralph Novak, PEOPLE Magazine

"The Exorcist III is a better film than either of its predecessors."-- Vincent Canby, The New York Times

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  • Alternate ending

Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn
  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Writers: John Boorman, Rospo Pallenberg, William Goodhart
  • Producers: John Boorman, Charles Orme, Richard Lederer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067FP5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2008
Format: DVD
The worst of the sequels and prequels (the film itself falls into both categories) but also, despite its reputation, the only one to show a profit on its theatrical release, Exorcist II: Electric Boogaloo - sorry, The Heretic - is one of those films you can make a case for being not THAT bad. Just not a very convincing one. It's a hugely ambitious film with over-reaching ideas married to a typically bad Rospo Pallenberg script filled with lumbering construction and crudely on-the-nose direlogue that typifies everything that's so painfully wrong about John Boorman at his self-indulgent worst. Originally intended as a more conventional sequel to be directed by Rosemary's Baby editor Sam O'Steen, with only Linda Blair, Von Sydow, Kitty Winn and make-up man Dick Smith returning from the original (though Lee J. Cobb was scheduled to return before dying), the studio instead decided to hire a more experienced name director who made no secret of his hatred for the original, giving him almost complete creative control and taking the material on a huge leap into the esoteric from which it never recovered.

The hook of a priest investigating the original exorcism to save Father Merrin's reputation amid rumors of heresy was retained from William Goodhart's heavily rewritten script (amazingly he lobbied for, and won, sole writing credit), but instead of projectile vomiting and genital self-mutilation-by-crucifix it opts for a more metaphysical plot. Where the character of Merrin in the novel was inspired by the controversial Catholic philosopher and palaeontologist Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the script embraced his theories of a spiritual and mental evolution that would ultimately lead to man developing a universal consciousness and becoming one with God.
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Okay, I won't even try to defend this film....it's horrible. I see plenty of positive reviews posted here, and my 4 star review will be right there alongside them....but let me explain.

When I was kid, specifically a pre-teen/early teen in the 1980's, we didn't have cable, we lived in the boonies, I think the closest town of any size was about 25 miles away, so all we had was standard broadcast TV...until someone came up with this thing called "Super TV". It was like cable that you could get from an antenna, except it only had 3 channels too. They weren't named channels like HBO or Cinemax, they were just movie channels. And all three would basically play the same 10-15 movies every month, just starting at various times. (Hey, this was cutting edge technology in 1981/1982). So just after we signed up and began getting Super TV, what is the first film I tune in to see...."Exorcist II: The Heretic". Having never seen the first one, I had no idea what was going on, but it was an "R" rated movie...that I could watch at home!! That was HUGE! And as a 12 year old boy, I immediately fell in love with Linda Blair.

Today, yes, the movie is simply awful, but I still find myself drawn to this film. I love how seriously Richard Burton takes everything, I love how the soundtrack sounds like it's possessed by Yoko Ono at times, I love the phony African sets that look like they are taking place on the old "Star Trek" TV show soundstage, the locust cam, the bizarre children's clinic with it's glass walls and kids pushing around giant plush lug nuts. The amazing mirrored apartment in New York city with the world's most un-safe balcony. And best of all that goofy strobe light metronome, headband thing.
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By A Customer on January 7, 1999
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Yes, big problems with this film are really evident. It's badly miscast, not well-written, and the acting is often hammy and way over-the-top. But give it a chance. The set-design, fx, music and cinematography are extraordinary. It's a visionary film that is highly ambitious in its investigation into the nature of evil. For that it's worth looking at with a different eye. If you go into it expecting something like the original film then you'll rightfully be disappointed, possibly angered by it.

There's a reason why Martin Scorsese admires this film quite a bit.

See it not as a comparison to the orginal but as a film that stands on its own.
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I can sum up what's bad about this movie in one word, 'synchronizer.' If not for the fabrication of this silly, non-existent machine I don't believe this movie would be as badly berated as it has been since its '77 release. Demons, the Devil we can accept, but an instrument that allows a person to see the images and visions in the mind of another, RIDICULOUS! Yes, Richard Burton does ham it up quite a bit and it would have also been better without Louise Fletcher reworking her Nurse Ratched role from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" but somethings you just have to live with.

However once you get past the negatives you are left with a wonderfully directed, visually and musically haunting film that will remain within the inner resesses of your dreaming mind for quite sometime. Director John Boorman (Emerald Forest) smoothly and expertly moves to and fro between two interconnected worlds, the physical and the spiritual, resulting in the illusion of a heightened sense of awareness in the viewer. It's almost as though we have become privy to the thoughts and images within the mind of the demon Pazuzu. In spite of what many critics have to say, there is depth and thought behind the storyline, only much of it's implied and left up to the viewer to discern on their own.

Flawed as it is, this film points out a very important fact concerning the spiritual dimension and the subject of demonic possession. Deliverance doesn't necessarily bring an end to confrontation, in most cases it's only the beginning. Demons are known for their persistence. This film deals with this subject matter superbly and in some cases quite insightfully. It certainly isn't as good as the original but it covers new and important ground in the ongoing storyline. That along with the visuals make "Exorcist II - The Heretic" a worthy sequel.
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