The Exorcist (The Version You've Never Seen)
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The account of a young girl who is possessed, and the Exorcist who tries to save her.
Release Date: 3-FEB-2004
Media Type: DVD
Director William Friedkin was a hot ticket in Hollywood after the success of The French Connection, and he turned heads (in more ways than one) when he decided to make The Exorcist as his follow-up film. Adapted by William Peter Blatty from his controversial bestseller, this shocking 1973 thriller set an intense and often-copied milestone for screen terror with its unflinching depiction of a young girl (Linda Blair) who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jason Miller and Max von Sydow are perfectly cast as the priests who risk their sanity and their lives to administer the rites of demonic exorcism, and Ellen Burstyn plays Blair's mother, who can only stand by in horror as her daughter's body is wracked by satanic disfiguration. One of the most frightening films ever made with a soundtrack that's guaranteed to curl your blood, The Exorcist was mysteriously plagued by troubles during production, and the years have not diminished its capacity to disturb even the most stoical viewers. Don't say you weren't warned! --Jeff Shannon
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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.
You get what you pay for. At this writing Amazon offers this edition at about eight bucks: very economical. What did I get at this price? The movie itself in good quality video, modest but effective stereo. The Blu-Ray version, I imagine, would present a much denser and crisper image; I doubt, however, that the colors would be more striking, since Friedkin, his cinematographer and production designer, decided on a more muted palette to start with. "The Director's Cut" refers to an additional 10-15 minutes that Friedkin edited out of the movie's first release (probably to keep the running time closer to the two-hour mark, thus helping Warner Bros. sell more tickets every day). What of the extra features? In THIS edition—not others—most of what you get is a series of re-relase trailers, TV, and radio promos. How much you adore these will depend on how much you love hearing, over and again, that this is "the scariest movie ever made." (I disagree, but your mileage may vary.) The principal special feature, which I was most looking forward to, was the director's commentary, voiced over the movie. This, to put it mildly, is a disappointment. Having seen and heard other interviews with Friedkin, I know that he can be articulate and perceptive. Here, for some reason, he simply narrates the story we are seeing onscreen. There are practically no insights into the film's production, precious little on its background, and few comments on the acting, (I do agree with him that the quiet, subtle "interrogation" of Ellen Burstyn's character by Lee Cobb's is a highlight of the film.) It would be unfair to accuse Friedkin of phoning in this commentary. He sounds, not bored, but merely redundant.
So … if all you want is the basic, slightly extended version, with a bland frill at a low price, this should do the job. Be prepared for little more.
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The Exorcist is one of those film that age does not diminish regardless of how many times it is watched it still has the ability to entertain which is achieved by an outstanding cast, even Lee J. Cobb has the detective has a major (all be it small) roll to play.
But I must add, This film is a one off a kind so don't go watching the sequels as they will damage your experience and "enjoyment" of this great film.
This package is great value despite the slightly tacky marketing. If you've never seen The Exorcist or The Shining or they are absent from your horror film collection it's well worth a look.
The extras are great, revealing on both the realisation and reinterpretation of two classic horror novels by auteur directors at the peak of their powers who push the technical aspects of film making as hard as they push their actors. Both films have been remastered into 5.1 stereo and look in great shape.
Be warned that The Shining is the shorter version that Kubrick cut down for the UK audience after negative criticsm on it's US release. I'm personally undecided as to which version is better, having seen them both.
The Exorcist is likewise the shorter Theatrical version, but the cut scenes are on the extras side of the two sided DVD. Again, I'm not sure that this isn't a bad thing.
I'd certainly recommend anyone interested in the evolution of the horror film to check these out. They come from an era of high budget horror film making from before the slasher genre became so dominant, and both offer rich subtexts to be mulled over whilst succeeding as glossy entertainment with a few shocks and scares along the way.