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on December 31, 2014
More of a suspense thriller than an actual Horror film, there's not much blood & Gore in the film
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.
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on April 19, 2013
This is the 2010 _Region_Free_ U.K. 2-disc Blu-ray release. It's the same as the U.S. 2-disc digi-book without the book, just the two discs in a standard Blu-ray two disc case. Case cover and disc have European markings. The blue and read seals with numbers (18; minimum purchase and viewing age) are the Irish (Rep. of) and U.K. These are their government equivalents of the U.S. film industry's MPAA ratings; film is rated "R" by MPAA which equates to the Irish and U.K. ratings. The discs have these two seals plus a third, German one (minimum age in Germany: 16). Unlike European DVDs which usually cannot play properly in U.S. DVD players (PAL vs. NTSC encoding; an issue completely unrelated to region protection code "flags"), region free Blu-ray discs should play without any problem in U.S. Blu-ray players. Indeed they should play in *any* Blu-Ray player in *any* region (that's had its firmware updated/maintained properly).

The 2000 "Extended" version is on Disc 1 with some of the extras; 1973 "Theatrical" version is on Disc 2 with more extras. Both discs are 50 GB dual-layer. The 2010 transfer of both versions is excellent without jitter and containing superb detail with equally excellent restoration to eliminate any significant print damage. Color rendition looks good (to me). I did not see any DNR issues. It's not 100% perfect, but quite likely about as good as can be done transferring and re-mastering 37 year old print(s). Some difference in film stocks and shooting units (cameras ??) can be seen in the beginning that was shot in Iraq if one looks carefully at these scenes. In addition, film grain can be seen in places. This isn't the transfer, it's the original film stock used, and the cinematography units and their cameras. In short, on a 1080p HDTV, it's about as good as you'd get as an optical projection of a film print in a theater. Original audio was monaural (surprised me some for a 1973 film). It's been remixed to DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 ES on the "Extended" and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround on the "Theatrical." Sounds very good with things still well centered on the "center" channel; remixing was not over-done. Fidelity is quite good considering its source is a 1973 era analog monaural recording (the kind of fidelity and bass thumping found in current films isn't there and never was). Mid-level and higher home 5.1 systems will deliver better audio with finer details to be heard than anyone ever experienced in any theater in 1973. Purists might complain that the transfer was reformatted to 1.78:1 (16:9 HDTV ratio) compared to the 1.85:1 aspect ratio as it was originally projected theatrically using a projection mask on the theater projector's film gate. This was NOT done by cropping anything from what was originally projected in theaters, it was performed by opening up the frame slightly top and bottom during the transfer. The full-frame original negative and work prints are 1.37:1 aspect ratio (~4:3). Cinematography was composed in-camera for 1.85:1 projection during shooting using viewfinder masks. (This was and continues to be an industry standard alternative to shooting and projecting for wide screen using anamorphic lenses.)

What's to say about the film itself? It's a well-known classic - even those (adults) who have never seen it generally understand its content. Completely deserving of its R rating by the MPAA due to extremely strong language, a very disturbing scene with sexual content involving the girl (while possessed), and graphically violent death scenes. It is only one or two steps shy of NC-17 although the MPAA has gradually become much more tolerant with film content over the years. Like most thrillers, suspense and horror genre of its era, its pacing is slower than many current films in these same genre that launch immediately into non-stop action. Instead, it lays the character and story groundwork while gradually building the frequency and intensity of disturbing and horrific incidents until the climax at the very end. As I understand it, the "Extended" version is the 2000 Director's Cut which restored nearly all (if not all) the scenes that were cut by Friedkin after the studio execs reviewed the film. Blatty, the novel and screenplay author, was extremely upset with Friedkin for many years over this, in spite of the film's immense success and continued popularity. The "Extended" represents what would have been originally released had a studio exec not suggested these cuts, or if Friedkin had ignored that exec's suggestions. It's become a horror classic that has withstood nearly four decades of other horror film writers and directors chasing after its macabre presentation of pure evil . . . and this done in an era without any CGI and other modern special effects. It doesn't need the modern audio-visual shock methods as its terror preys upon the mind as much or more as it does the visual and aural senses. Few since are its peer. The ten Academy nominations including Best Picture, and seven Golden Globe nominations it received . . . unheard of for a horror film including being the first one nominated for an Academy Best Picture . . . should be telling. In my opinion it's a "must see" . . . either version . . . for those that like or study the horror and thriller film genre (although I recommend the Extended).

Note that even now, the writer and director do NOT consider this a "horror" film and never have. They have always characterized it as a (theological) "thriller." Put it into whatever genre bin you wish. It still ranks as one of the "scariest" films ever made. Various scenes have remained shocking even with repeated viewing and knowing what will happen next.
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VINE VOICEon October 5, 2010
WOW...this is what a great...GREAT blu ray issue should be. This two disc set features much to enjoy. Both the original theatrical version and extended versions are here and look ..well ridiculously good, better than they ever did and the note included from Director William Friedkin speaks to that work. The NEW bonus features are really truly the mother lode...containing not only new interviews with the main contributors in front of and behind the camera but loads of exciting behind the scenes footage showing just how all these incredible effects and make up etc were achieved. This is housed in a classy book with great photos and bios and all for about $25 ...I would say that THIS is a prime example of a 5 star movie and a 5 star DVD/Blu Ray presentation. OH...and they DID carry over the excellent British documentary and bonus interviews from the 25th anniversary edition....too many blu rays are dropping the existing supplements and I am very happy to say if you buy this set you will be able to get rid of BOTH the previous editions.

This was a landmark film and this is a definitive and spectacular presentation!!! As a purchaser of thousands of DVDs and Blu Rays I can say this is in the top 10 for all categories from content, quality , packaging and price.
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on March 18, 2017
This movie made history when it first was introduced to the public! This director's cut is a "must have" for any movie collector, film students, or students of Exorcism and demonology. This is the complete movie. It contains all the deleted scenes that the first movie did not show. This DVD also includes a complete commentary presented by the director! This commentary shoes the complete movie as the director FULLY explains each portion of the movie!! This DVD is worth every penny!
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on January 25, 2017
Arrived promptly and was in excellent condition. Needless to say it is still a most disturbing film for horror lovers, though I've seen it so many times, I have to watch it for the story not for the thrill of fear. LOL.
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VINE VOICEon November 3, 2006
After thirty-four years, 'The Exorcist' remains nearly as shocking and horrifying as it was upon its release in 1973. Back then, it was a movie event, and news pieces showed that 'The Exorcist' did to post-modern times what 'Dracula' did back during its debut. Near hysteria came to some, but the masses were at least electrified by what is unabashedly called "the scariest movie of all time".

The key element of this hallmark is that 'The Exorcist' is so convincingly real. Reinventing horror, it relies on revealing the nature of a possessed demon inside of its innocent young host, Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair). The way the drama unfolds is not unlike an investigation, complete with medical exams, psychiatry, and a police detective. All of the inquiry gives the whole horror a plausible presentation. For who would not be struck by the contrast between the skepticism of the modern world--including from Catholic priest, Damien Karras (Jason Miller)--in all its attempts to explain an irrational phenomena? The demonic revelation sneaks up on its main players as well as the audience with a tension that only increases over time. Needless to say, it doesn't rely a whole lot on the element of surprise with terrible malevolent beings jumping out at once. As expertly as the sound and special effects are rendered, there is little for the audience to guess at what times terrible things will happen. The presence of the demon inside of Regan makes its menace present to the audience as well. We can feel the full force of the ordeal.

'The Exorcist' takes place mainly on the Georgetown campus where Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) is lead actress for a film she describes as "Walt Disney meets Ho Chi Min". She has three helpers, including two German immigrants, and her director, Burke Dennings, provides an important part of the plot's direction. Her loose connections with the priests at Georgetown provide some needed solidarity. It is mostly Chris's story, and her struggle to find some solution to her daughter's developing problem, but it is also the story of two priests (including, the exorcist, Fr. Merrin [Max Von Sydow]) whose determination and struggles give more meaning to the main plot and how it remarkably develops.

'The Exorcist' was directed skillfully by William Friedkin who has a host of classics under his directing belt, including 'The French Connection'. Based on William Peter Blatty's modern bestseller and a screenplay adapted by him, 'The Exorcist' is still a masterpiece of modern horror meant to make one look for a reality beyond the senses.

(The "version you've never seen before" doesn't do much to help or harm. A couple of added scenes provide some poignancy; some of it is extraneous, but none of it really ruins the effect.)
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on December 28, 2016
The acting is spot on. The score is fantastic. The tension builds excruciatingly slowly and then explodes in a wonderfully dramatic climax.
However, my younger friend who watched it with me found it too slow for about two thirds of the movie. For that reason I am giving it four instead of five stars. Perhaps I am biased because I have loved this movie ever since I first saw it. Perhaps he is too immature to appreciate it. I can't be sure.
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on May 18, 2010
I choose this rating because the movie is good. What I like about the movie is that in this movie you better brace yourself as one of the all-time spellbinders possesses you all over again. Director William Friedkin and producer/screenwriter William Peter Blatty have revisited The Exorcist to integrate 11 minutes of scenes and images deleted before the film's 1973 release and digitally restore the picture and audio elements. The result is an experience more gripping than ever. Now seen are moments deepening the impact of the performances by Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow and Lee J. Cobb. They include a “nervous disorder” diagnosis, expansion of Father Merrin's arrival before the ritual, priestly doubts during the ritual, an epilogue with Lt. Kinderman and Father Dyer and most notably, a shattering staircase descent by Regan. Winner of Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay (by Blatty) and Sound, The Exorcist astonishes time and again like no other movie. What I dislike about the movie is that I wanted to see more of it. I would recommend this movie to other people.
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on May 24, 2014
I was only 86 when this movie first arrived in theaters. I remember being wheeled around the block for what seemed like days to get in the theater that late December evening. Having fallen asleep around the 20-minute mark, I missed the rest of the film. It's wonderful to finally be able to see not only the movie, but the Director's Uncut one as well. I can't wait for my great-great grandchildren to bring a copy to the twilight home, so we can all watch together. Ellen Burstyn's still got it to this day!
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VINE VOICEon October 9, 2010
I love The Exorcist - always have. I have purchased all the versions along the way - vhs, dvd, extended version. But now that most films I purchase are blu rays I was thrilled at the release of The Exorcist on blu ray. There is always a simple first question to be asked when an older film is released on blu ray. Was it a quick hatchet job merely to make more money off the film or was it a lovingly done restoration taking advantage of the new technology of blu ray. I can gladly 1000% say that this one is handled with loving care. The film looks amazing. Color and the black/white ration is amazing. Close ups throughout will have you awestruck. It honestly is like viewing the film for the first time. And they so impressively left the grainy parts intact. This is a film over 30 years old and they could have easily erased all signs of age. But some of the graininess in dark or night footage is necessary to the telling of the story and they left it as it should be. Audio is superb and your home theater system will have a field day with the dramatic audio here. Dialogue is also pefectly presented and not off from the musical backdrop or extrememe sound of the violent scenes.

Now to the effects. Remember that this film is decades old and special effects have grown leaps and bounds. Here we get all of the scenes with Reagan totally cleaned up and let me tell you none of the frightening aspect is gone. The only thing I noticed was how the blood was obviously red paint. Otherwise this film is in no way dated and the blu ray version in fact raises it to another level. I was amazed at how my perceptioon of the film changed due to this amazing version. I think it is a huge gift that both the original theatrical version and the later extended director's cut are presented here in blu ray glory. I prefer the theatrical version so that is the version I am speaking of. I think that The Exorcist often gets misconstrued being described as a pure horror film. It is so much more than this. It is true that film makers have been trying to duplicate the effect of this film ever since. From Scream, Halloween and Friday the 13 directors are trying to reach the same effect. But by doing this they are missing the whole point.

Viewing the film this time was the first time I saw how obviously it is a film of good versus evil and each viewer will have a different perception. The Catholic Church plays a huge part and obviously represents the good and it works so well. The viewer must see the Church as a religious presence and the nurturing it represented before all the tragic issues that would later arise within the church. The priests here are good men, some troubled but all wanting to do their best. Regan is perfectly displayed as an innocent without rubbing it in the viewers face. From the beginning scene it is obvious that evil is being shown and as it wraps itself inside Regan it is terrifying. The special effects still work for they are used to add to the story and meaning of the film. They are not meant to be gratuituous. In a world with such trouble this films clearly shows that there is good and evil. The viewer is left with much to think about after viewing this superb blu ray version.

I know people have double and triple dipped on The Exorcist but I cannot praise the blu ray release highly enough. And it is handsomely presented in a hardback booklet with 38 pages of history on the film inside. And there are special effects galore. There is a new 3 part documentary on the film's production and legacy plus a feature length 1998 documentary on the making of the film with so much more. The Exorcist is indeed a horror film but it is so much more. It is one of the best movies made of any genre and deserves to be in any film collectors library. And this blu ray version does immense justice to a classic. Highly recommended.
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