Exorcist Blu-ray Will Be A Halloween Treat


The Exorcist is FINALLY being released on Hi-Def Blu-ray through Warner Bros Home Video just in time for Halloween on October 5th.
According to fansite CaptainHowdy.com, “the two-disc Digibook edition will be packaged with a personal letter written by director William Friedkin inside a 40-page booklet and contain both The Version You’ve Never Seen (2000) and the original 1973 theatrical cut versions of the film. Thankfully, the 1973 theatrical cut has been remastered from the original camera negative.” Earlier in the year, Warner Bros pulled out all remaining copies of The Exorcist on DVD from stores, hoping that it will help boost sales of the Blu-ray edition when it’s released. This certainly does appear to be THE Ultimate Edition of The Exorcist. After the jump, you can check out a picture of the set and read all the specs, including special features and such.

Disc 1: – Extended Director’s Cut (AKA The Version You’ve Never Seen) (2000) plus Special Features
Commentary by William Friedkin
Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist – set footage produced and photographed by Owen Roizman, camera and makeup tests, and interviews with director William Friedkin, actress Linda Blair, author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty and Owen Roizman (new; Blu-ray exclusive)
The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now – Featuring a tour of the iconic locations where the film was shot (new; Blu-ray exclusive)
Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist – with director William Friedkin and author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty discussing the different versions of the film and featuring outtakes from the film (new; Blu-ray exclusive)
Trailers, TV spots & radio spots from the film’s 2000 release
Disc 2 – Theatrical Cut (1973) plus Special Features
Introduction by William Friedkin
Commentaries:
William Friedkin
William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects Tests
The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist [1998 BBC documentary]
Additional interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty:
The Original Cut
Stairway to Heaven
The Final Reckoning
Original ending
Sketches & storyboards
Trailers & TV spots from the 1973 version

Here’s a little more on the documentaries:

“Acclaimed documentarian Laurent Bouzereau has produced three new documentaries exclusively for The Exorcist Blu-ray, mixing saved footage from the Warner Brothers archives with brand new interviews from some cast and crew. They did not provide specific details on what footage has been found or used. Jeff Baker, WHV Executive VP & General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, had this to say about the archive material:

Generally speaking, sourcing relevant and provocative film assets for older films (30 years and older), is difficult, and more often than not, proves to be unsuccessful. The never before seen behind the camera treasure trove of material that consumers will see in The Exorcist Blu-ray release is one of the great finds in modern day home entertainment history. Laurent Bouzereau, an acclaimed documentarian, has blended this archival rare footage with updated present day interviews to create a masterpiece that will be treasured and studied for decades to come.”

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