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Exorcist [Blu-ray] [US Import]

Ellen Burstyn , Max von Sydow , William Friedkin    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Writers: William Peter Blatty
  • Producers: David Salven, Noel Marshall, William Peter Blatty
  • Format: AC-3, Director's Cut, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001992NW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,786 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 best-seller, 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, The Exorcist was mysteriously plagued by troubles during production, and the years have not diminished its capacity to disturb even the most stoical viewers. --Jeff Shannon

Synopsis

Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, The Exorcist marks its historic Blu-ray premiere in a 2-Disc Edition featuring Stunning Hi-Def Presentations of the Original 1973 Theatrical Version and the 2000 Extended Director's Cut. The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother's frantic resolve to save her and two priests – one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith – joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless. This greatest supernatural thriller of all time astonishes and unsettles like no other movie.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a deeply characterised and affecting movie 12 Mar 2005
Format:DVD
Seeing the Exorcist again now after nearly 30 years, I'm struck by how it stands out from its genre. Friedkin had already shown himself to be a master of characterisation and ambiguity with the extraordinary French Connection, and the Exorcist is definitely as good. The scenes between Karras and his mother are beautifully and subtly scripted, as are J Lee Cobb's scenes. Maybe the shock value of the possession scenes has faded a bit over the years, but the encephalogram scene is still incredibly powerful and affecting, showing the terrible ordeal Regan has to go through. Friedkin's commentary track is a bit disappointing, being little more than a step outline, but it is nonetheless interesting to hear his very personal confession of faith.
Horror movies (and genre movies in general) are fascinating when they step outside of the boundaries set by their genre, and the Exorcist - probably because it was written by the novelist himself - shows a depth of characterisation that few horror movies ever reach or even attempt to. Compared to the rash of stereotyped and unimaginative exorcism movies in recent years, the Exorcist has lost none of its power and stands head and shoulders above the rest of the crop. You don't have to like the horror genre to appreciate and be moved by Regan's suffering and her mother's desperation, and, for me at least, this is what the movie is about.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Film With Deserved Extras 29 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was torn between purchasing a version of the Blu-ray that was £17.99 and this version £6.50. Reason being, the latter did not state whether it had the extended director's cut version along with all of the extras. However I chose to purchase this version [ASIN: B00BMVCYYG].

Now that I own this copy, I'm extremely satisfied and thought I'd do those who would like to know what's on this Blu-ray, a favour and list the details of what's on this version as it may prove helpful to some. I won't review the film as I don't think it needs one - it's The Exorcist and an excellent transfer considering original film stock.

Region Free + UV Copy

Disc 1:

Extended Director's Cut (2000 Version) 132 minutes
Raising Hell: Filming The Exorcist (Documentary)
The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now (Documentary)
Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist (Documentary)
Commentary by Director William Friedkin

Disc 2:

Original Theatrical Cut (1973 Version) 122 minutes
Commentary by Director William Friedkin
Commentary by Producer/Writer William Peter Blatty
Feature Length 1998 Documentary - The Fer of God: The Making of The Exorcist
Interview Gallery Covering the Topics: The Original Cut, The Final Reckoning and Stairway to Heaven
Original Ending
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most emotive film ever made?... 20 April 2006
Format:DVD
I did not find this scary, well, in fact I lie, I did at the age of seven where I accidentally watched five minutes with my grandmother, before she realised what it was! But now, watching it fully and being able to appreciate its brilliance, this film makes you think long and hard, especially as I am not atheist. And entirely by the way, watching this film if you have any belief in God, then it is best not to take it seriously as it is terrifying. I am not decided about religion and I watched it not as a scary film, but a tragedy. Regan, played by Linda Blair (who is alive and well if anyone has heard the rumour she killed herself after filming it) and an array of other cast, bring the ideas behind the Devil to life. If you laugh through this film I think you are denying your true understanding of it as in no way is it funny, it is horrific to see how the Devil forces the girl to some controversial things, still controversial today, come to that. Being 16, I still have a lot left to understand about how the world works, but it is still enough to make you realise how precious life is, and I assume when you are older to respect the film even more. It is one of those films that sticks with you for a long time, one that you will never forget, and if you are in a thinking mood you can go to it to question the motives of living things.

The music, Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' makes a recurring rendition in your mind as the eeriness of the story evolves. The most shocking scene is where the priest enters the room and sees his sick mother in the place where Regan should be; the clever change in colour makes it all the more startling. Many refer to the more famous parts, like the 360-degree turn of the head, but its fame makes it less scary.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Version You've Never Seen V's The Original 8 Nov 2004
Format:DVD
I've been a fan of the original Exorcist for over 10 years now, it probably would have been longer but as you may or may not know the film was banned in the UK for many years & unless you were "in the know" it was nigh on impossible to get a copy on video.
Anyway, here's my 2 cents on the new "version you've never seen before" versus "the original version"
On the whole I was very happy with the changes that had been made, I think Friedkin has made some very shrewd additions & tweaks in the newer version. There are some nice touches especially the images of Pazuzu popping up when you don't expect it to, leading to the "did I just see that?" scenario. Also there is a new segment of Regan's medical tests, my only gripe with this was that it was put in the movie too early, no mention had really been made that she was ill, next thing you know she is swearing at doctors & acting like a moody teen. I think these scenes would have been better placed just after the party scene or there abouts.
The spider walk scene was a bit cheesy in my opnion, I had seen the original outake & it was much better, I just didn't get why she had to have a mouthful of blood when she reaches the bottom of the stairs? The Exorcist has never been a about gore & cheap shocks, and I felt it was just a tacky shot that wasn't needed.
I really liked the new ending though, nice exchange with Kinderman & Dyer, not as much as a downer as the original version.
Anyway, on the whole I think this newer version is worth a look, especially if you are a fan of the original, I guess if you haven't seen either it doesn't matter which one you watch. ut in a time where versions of older films are almost changing beyond recognition (Star Wars Trilogy anyone?) It's good to see that subtle tweaks can still be as effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
i bought this for my husband i had seen it when i was 14 and thought it was rubbish but as a adult i loved it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by H. painter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece...
If this is your thing and you've never seen the movie or indeed, enjoyed the music of Mr Oldfield, treat yourself to a fab night in and shock's galore! Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor copy
This was a knockoff. All went wrong in the middle. Horrible and very p'ed off about it. Blah blah blah
Published 1 month ago by TJ
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best
I saw this when I turned Eighteen, my Dad had been to see it, and told me of pretty nasty scenes which made me curious. Read more
Published 2 months ago by VulpinVolta
3.0 out of 5 stars cringe
I seen this when first out in 1973 and told my granddaughter (15) how scarey it was ..we got chocs etc to settle down to watch it and was surprised my granddaughter laughed at it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by threedeers
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
This was a disturbing film when first seen at the cinema,and on this viewing on Blu-ray disc,my opinion is mixed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pauly
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of time
this a complete waste of my time saten (the pocessed girl) had very little screen time and all i saw was talking, talking, talking and thats it.
Published 3 months ago by kinect
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage angst
The horrors of puberty. Less shocking in this day and age, than 40 years ago. Or is it? Clever film.
Published 3 months ago by Ross Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film
This is a classic film which I had not seen for over 25 years. I would recommend this film but it is not one for the faint hearted.
Published 4 months ago by Loizou, TP
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