The Exorcist III [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray]
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For more than fifteen years Police Lieutenant Kinderman (George C. Scott) has been haunted by the death of his friend Father Damien Karras. Now, on the 15th anniversary of the exorcism that claimed the priests life, Kindermans world is once again shattered when a boy is found decapitated and savagely crucified. Its just the beginning of a nightmare series of bizarre religious murders.
The brutal murders bear the hallmarks of the infamous Gemini Killer…who died in the electric chair fifteen years earlier. But when a psychopath claiming to be the Gemini Killer reveals intimate, gruesome details that only the true killer could possibly know, Kinderman is confronted with a horrifying truth that he cannot explain…and that will shake him to the core.
The Exorcist III is author/filmmaker William Peter Blattys personal vision of what followed after The Exorcist. Like the original, The Exorcist III combines elements of a detective story, a theological puzzle, and an unforgettable study in terror.
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This film has a bit of a storied history attached to it, with the theatrical version being a far different film from what writer/director William Peter Blatty had intended. This Scream Factory release does a great job of documenting this by including not only some candid behind the scenes featurettes with key cast and crew but the "Legion" cut of the film itself, a patchwork cut of the film culled together from available sources. The featurettes on their own are informative and insightful, with some killer quotes from a few of the people involved but this new cut of the film doesn't really fare as well. The sources used to put the film together are of VHS quality and screened in 4:3 ratio for one, which provides for a pretty jarring viewing experience whenever the new/alternate scenes come up. As for the overall film itself, this may be one of the few times in my life where a studio's meddling on a film actually made it a better film than what was originally meant to be. The theatrical version is here of course and looks and sounds pretty darn good, with a 5.1 DTS-HD MA mix that's pretty heavy on the low end side of things. The picture looks good. It's not pitch perfect but far above what's been available previously.
All fans of this film would do well to pick this one up. It's a solid horror film and a lot smarter than most of them, especially the ones released over the last ten to fifteen years. The extras make this even more of a must buy and overall, I can completely recommend this one to those who can enjoy a slow burn horror film that can get pretty intense at times.
This Collector's Edition is full of extras on 2 discs including the original version. If you have the entire Exorcist series then, of course, then this is a must have.
Retooling this from lost and found archives results in a great loss in quality which can be somewhat distracting when viewing from one scene to another. The storyline is straight forward and rather one dimensional.
I still prefer the original. I thought it was brilliant. Well put together and rather frightening. Of course Brad Dourif was masterful. Wickedly scary.
But, I'm glad to have it as part of my collection.
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