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on October 11, 2013
For fans of the series, this is a great box set. It includes all of the films and the price is good. The set itself is worthy of 5 stars because it is complete. The films however vary in quality and the only one that is worthy of 5 stars is the original.

The Exorcist *****
Regan (Linda Blair), the sweet & lovable daughter of a famous actress (Ellen Burstyn) is suddenly struck down with an unknown cerebral disorder and her clueless doctor's are unable to determine what's causing her ailment. It becomes apparent that the poor child is possessed by an evil demon who is determined in destroying the poor child's soul. The monstrous entity takes total control of her body and transforms her from a sweet 12 year old into a violent, cussing, bile spewing creature with a bad temper and who likes to do bad things with holy relics. A young, troubled priest (Jason Miller) and an older, more experienced priest (Max Von Sydow) are called in to exorcise the demon. A highly original & disturbing film that makes the unbelievable subject of demonic possession believable. This classic film, when released back in 1973, was controversial. People in the audience reportedly screamed, fainted and vomited when presented with the film's grisly spectacle. Despite the passing of the years, "The Exorcist" remains engrossing and an effective thriller and time has done nothing to diminish its impact. The performances from the cast are excellent and many received Oscar nominations. Despite the material, they pull off their roles successfully, never resorting to over-acting and the characters are given an emotional depth that is rare in horror pictures, at least the horror films of today. You get 2 versions of the film here; the original release and the "Version You've Never Seen". I happen to like both but I do tend to lean towards the latter as the "Spider walk" scene is a favorite of mine and the added embellishments are great additions to the film.

Exorcist II: The Heretic **
A love it or hate it type of movie... actually, judging by the reviews, most people simply hate this film but I find it rather interesting. Not awful but definitely inferior to its predecessor and it doesn't even remotely resemble the original in style and tone; it's worth at least a view. Several years after her demonic episode, Regan MacNeil, who is living with Sharon (Kitty Winn) and under the care of a therapist (Louise Fletcher), tries to confront the evil that may still be living inside her with the help of Father Philip Lamont (Richard Burton). Lamont, a troubled priest who is investigating the mysterious death of Father Merrin, is confronted by the demon Pazuzu through one of Regan's visions, and is directed to the stone churches in Ethiopia, where decades prior, an exorcism was performed on a holy child. Linda Blair has commented that the script in its earlier incarnations was very good but was rewritten several times and the visually splendid mess it is today is the end result. I do not know if this is true but there are many issues with the "Heretic". One being the constant use of the demon's name, Pazuzu. If I remember correctly, the demon was briefly named in the original novel but not in Friedkin's film (although a Pazuzu statue is seen in certain shots despite the possessed Regan claiming she is the "Devil" to Father Karras) and I liked it better this way. Not knowing the demon or to think that Regan could have been possessed by Lucifer himself is indeed frightening. And let's be honest, Pazuzu may be a powerful, ancient deity with an interesting back-story (not included in the film) but the name itself sounds rather funny and it doesn't help that the whimsical name is repeated ad nauseum. Also the addition of that silly machine, the synchronizer, is just plain silly and the many scenes involving this laughable piece of hardware are made even more unbearable when seeing the main characters wear cheesy, plastic, glowing head-bands. All of that said, there is a lot in this film that makes it a worthy view. For starters, the special effects and cinematography are excellent and there are some visually stunning set pieces. The cast is decent overall with performances ranging from good to unbelievably bad. Surprisingly the one bad performance comes from veteran actor Richard Burton, who practically sleepwalks throughout the entire movie. "Exorcist 2" is definitely not for everyone. Those that cherish the original will most likely, religiously hate it. It is not perfect, but definitely not the worst movie ever made; I wouldn't even call it the worst sequel ever made, "Jaws: The Revenge" anyone?

Exorcist III *** 1/2
Although this sequel was not a major hit when released back in 1990, this film has developed quite the following. It is competing with the original which is a shame since that one is very hard to beat, however "Exorcist III" is above the other inferior sequels, with the exception of (maybe) Schrader's prequel. Despite some continuity issues, this film manages to get under your skin with its chilling atmosphere and psychological terror. Lieutenant William F. Kinderman (the late great George C. Scott) is investigating a series of gruesome murders that resemble the killings committed by "The Gemini", a killer who was executed in the electric chair. During his investigation, Kinderman discovers a mysterious patient in a psychiatric ward - Patient X in cell 11, who bears a striking resemblance to his good friend Father Karras, the fallen priest who was involved in the exorcism of Regan MacNeil 15 years prior and the day the Gemini was executed. There are moments in the film that are truly great and the performances are solid. The film drips with atmosphere and dread despite providing very minimal gore. A definite improvement over the "Heretic" and it remains, arguably the best sequel in the series. The film's biggest let-down however, is surprisingly, the exorcism scene; it was not needed but the film, up to that point, is deeply chilling despite its obvious continuity and pacing issues.

Exorcist: The Beginning **
Father Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård) is summoned by a collector of rare antiquities and asked to find a mysterious statue of the demon Pazuzu in a poverty-stricken African village. Once there, Merrin participates in an archaeological excavation which unearths a Byzantine church. This mysterious temple dates back to a time before Christianity arrived to the region and evidence suggests that the perfectly preserved church was buried as soon as it was completed. Panic among the townspeople soon follow and evidence of a demonic force gives reason to suspect that something else was unearthed. "The Beginning" is not that bad as a horror film but as a prequel to one of the greatest horror movies ever made, it is extremely disappointing. If you view this with your expectations set low, you may be surprised by it and if judged on its own terms, "The Beginning" has something to offer the horror film fan but I guess you can say the same about the first sequel - "The Heretic" and we all know how that one turned out. I guess execution is key and it is in the execution where both films lose it and collapse. The film's biggest disappointment is in its weak and extremely cheesy exorcism scene. If shock value was what the film-makers were aiming for, they failed and the end result is a laughable imitation of the original film and the lame, sexual dialogue had no real purpose other than to try to achieve what Friedkin achieved back in 1973. Casual horror film fans may find something to like here but if you're a fan of the original, you will most likely hate it.

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist ***
The story is very similar to "The Beginning" with Skarsgård playing the role of Lankester Merrin. This feature was the original prequel but apparently it wasn't shocking enough for studio executives. For this reason, they ended up asking Renny Harlin to take over. The end result was the inferior "Exorcist: The Beginning". Admittedly, this version is not as graphic as Harlin's but "Dominion" has other qualities that are superior; since this version concentrates more on the story than scare tactics, there is more character development and overall, is more psychological. The exorcism scene for instance differs greatly from Harlin's vision. It is not as grotesque (or as lame) but this exorcism disturbed me more. The demon played more with Father Merrin's head; it was less destructive physically but not emotionally. Schrader set the mood to a different level here and cheap shocks would have changed it's tone and would have seemed out of place. "Dominion" does not rely on cheap thrills to torture its main character and its target audience and for this reason, I proclaim it the winner of the two. It is not perfect though. Despite good performances and some tense scenes, the film moves along slowly and its running time of nearly 2 hours doesn't help. Horror fans may also find this film disappointing as it lacks gore and it never reaches the sheer terror of the original. Despite this, it is superior to "The Beginning" and "The Heretic".

"The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology" is good value for your money, even if you're not enamoured with some of the lesser sequels. The DVD's do come with some extra's- documentaries, trailers, TV spots etc with the exception of "Exorcist III", which despite being one of the better efforts is neglected here and the only extra is the films trailer. Note that this was released several years ago and the original film has been released in Blue-ray recently but if you want the entire series, this is hard to beat.
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on October 22, 2014
As an avid Horror Genre Fan, I DEFINATELY love the original Exorcist. I was very happy when it was announced they were releasing all of the "Exorcist" films in one package. I just received it & am VERY happy with my purchase of it.
Pros: 1) All of the "Exorcist" films, including both versions of the Original "Exorcist" & "The Exorcist 4: The Beginning/The Exorcist: Dominion" films, in one slimline package. 2) Having all of the versions of "The Exorcist" films together. & 3) It's just nice to have the series all together.
Cons: 1) The track record after the original "The Exorcist" is VERY spotty, at best. The "Exorcist II: The Heretic" was just terrible. & the last "Exorcist" had to be made into two seperate films. & neither was that good. The "Exorcist III" Was very good. 2) As a series, it just doesn't hold up when compared to other Horror Series. & 3) Let's face it, the Original "The Exorcist" was by far THE BEST, followed by "The Exorcist III: Legion", were really the only good films.
So let's face it, if you are a Horror fan, like myself, than this is worth the buy. Just to be able to have the series. If one just likes to have a good scare & not that interested in a series like this, than this is not for you. But I find this well worth the buy, just to have both releases of "The Exorcist", "The Exorcist II: The Heretic", "The Exorcist III: Legion", & "The Exorcist IV: Dominion/The Beginning". The only reason why I don't give this 5 stars, is just simply because 2 & 4 are not that great in comparison to the other 2 films
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on April 30, 2011
Ok first I wanna say these movies are amazing, the sound color and picture quality are excellent, the company sent them out fast, and I got them about
2 days later. It is a 6 disc set, the price was low in local stores it goes for $60 on up before tax, so I made out

1-the the 1st case contains both the original, The Exorcist, and The Exorcist The Version You've Never Seen,

Regan Linda Blair a young girl is sought after by a demon named pazuzu, she slowly becomes possesed, the events leading up to and before the exorcism
are scary as hell, example ( Regan ) coming down the stairs head first face up on her fingers and toes moch like a spider, this movie has scenes that were
deleted from the one first shown in theaters. be warned this version will scare the crap out of you, it did me and I'm an avid horror movie fan who usually
doesn't scare easily then a priest father ( Merin ) Max Von Sydow is called on to perform an exorcism.

2-Exorcist 2 The Heretic

Regan is an adult and Pazuzu is after her again ( Cacoomo ) James Earl Jones a powerful healer with immense power, who when he was a boy was possessed by
Pazuzu, and Like Regan was excercised by father ( Merin ) Max von Sydow, Father ( Lamont) Richard Burton goes to Africa seeking his councel on how to
deal with and defeat Pazuzu

3-Exorcist 3

This film stars George C Scott as a police detective investigating killings, evil is again unleashed, and a long dead murderer is brought back, and
resumes his murder spree. And a secret of father Damien Karras the the priest who assisted father ( Merin ) Max Von Sydow in ( Regan's ) exorcism is
discovered, and it is a real shocker, flames erupt, snakes slither, the ground opens up revealing a writhing pit full of the damned to be seen

4-Exorcist Dominion, this dvd case has 2 movies

Exorcist The Beginning, and Dominion prequel to the Exorcist, this is the first time these two films have been released together, both tell you how it all all began.
A post world war 2 archealogical dig in Africa, and the investigation of an unearthed mysterious church that was buried beneath the sand a few hundred years before and
is being dug up. Then somethimg is found below it, I don't wanna say what it is and give it away, okay people it's 11:pm April 30 2011 I just finished watching
( Exorcist Dominion ) oh man it is way creepier then then ( Exorcist The beginning ) it has I think it'was a wildabeast anyway it was eating a hyena, the hyenas in this
movie are the size of a great dane, I am oficcially creeped out, horror movie fans you will not be disappointed with this collection, I am very happy this surpassed
my expectations, hope this review helps
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on August 15, 2013
The Exorcist: My favorite horror movie ever, so the price at which I picked this up would have been a bargain simply for the original film. The fact that it also included the rest of the series was just gravy.

I have a terrible fear of grasshoppers and wonder if it was from watching the hilariously bad "The Heretic" as a kid. Now I can revisit this train wreck of a movie, and try to piece together what it was trying to accomplish.

Exorcist III is a very nice movie, albeit not remotely as scary as the original... well... not scary at all. It's more "cool" in the style of Silence of the Lambs.

...And the abysmal prequels are by far the worst offerings in the anthology (yes, worse even than The Heretic, which is a much better prequel than a sequel).

It would be nice if they had director's commentaries for Exorcist II (to answer, what the HELL were you thinking) and Exorcist III, and the crappy quality of the cases was disappointing (each case I opened had broken plastic tabs), but this is well worth picking up.
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on October 18, 2014
One of the most Terrifying movies , from one of of the best filmmakers ever William Friedkin in one fantastic high def blu-ray collection .

I am not going to get into to much detail , but i am going to tell you that if you enjoy any of the Exorcist films , this anthology is for you , it is filled with bonus material. It collects everyone of the films , including both cuts of the Exorcist , Exorcist 2 , Exorcist 3 , The beginning and dominion. They are all different movies with different takes on the concept. With Exorcist 1 and Exorcist 3 being the best in the collection. The picture Quality the first film is fantastic as well as the audio and the supplements , as for the rest of them , well this is the best your going to get out of them and it is pretty good.

If you don't own any of these movies , then get this collection a great price , one awesome package and hours of terror.
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on November 17, 2017
Best collection available and at a good price. This was the only complete Blu-ray set I could find and it was very reasonably priced. Great transfers worth the upgrade if you have the movies on dvd.
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on December 31, 2009
I would highly recommend buying this anthology to anyone who is an ardent "Exorcist" fan. The price is an absolute steal too! First off, the original film contains both versions of the film. You get the original theatrical version from 1973 (plus digitally remastered), and also you get the 2000 re-release "The Version You've Never Seen Before". Not to mention various bonus and extras including the BBC documentary never aired in the United States. You also get "The Exorcist II: The Heretic" which is good for the cinematography and...of coarse...a hot seventeen year old Linda Blair!!! LOL! You also get "The Exorcist III: The Legion" which was not a bad movie, if you can comprehend that William Peter Blatty "DID NOT" intend for this to be an actual sequel to the original Exorcist film. It was supposed to be a separate story that included characters and the Georgetown setting of the original film, that's all. It was the studio that forced this to be released as an Exorcist sequel. Then finally, you get both versions of the prequel. To be honest, I found both versions to be decent films in themselves. For the price and for a true die hard Exorcist fan, you should not pass up on this collection. It's well worth it!
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on March 3, 2015
I cant believe I am in my thirties and this still scares the crap out of me. I love the Exorcist. I have no religious affiliations but I can still imagine what it would be like to have someone controlling your body with no hope of escaping. this is a very scary film I like how they cleaned it up on Blu-ray. Also the sound or music like most scary movies get you.. I really feel like I am in the room with Regan which makes it even more scary.. next on my list is poltergeist.. I curious how well it translates to Blu-ray.
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on August 20, 2012
Good and Evil are concepts that Darwin did not invent and that run counter to the Darwinian concept of reality. The movie is a fun experience of the fact that the choice is ours and not the choice of some independent entity as to whether we want to be possessed or not. In reality our identity is possessed by any concept we believe, until we give up our adherence to the belief, which is our choice. I was able to watch a movie instead of being caught up in it. For this reason none of it frightened me, I just had a lot of fun and really enjoyed it. I am not a critic of the art of how a movie was made, I am a critic of the experience of the intention of the movie. Well done.
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on March 20, 2015
Great bargain for all of the Exorcist films. I even like John Boorman's film Exorcist II. and that is saying a lot. This is what you get:Two versions of The Exorcist the original and The Version You've Never Seen; Boorman's Exorcist II: The Heretic; the under rated The Exorcist III; and the last two films Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist. Although none of them can equal the original this anthology is such a great deal and I had to purchase it.
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