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Exorcist: Version You've Never Seen [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Ellen Burstyn , Max von Sydow , William Friedkin    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • 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, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2000
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000524CY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,063 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

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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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24 of 26 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Horror 12 July 2006
Format:DVD
Without question The Exorcist has to be the definitive horror movie, if you only get to watch one horror film in your whole life make sure this is it.

I've seen alot of horror over the years but I can honestly say that only The Exorcist has everything, a chilling story based on true life events (the real facts of which are yet to be fully uncovered), stomach turning special effects, brilliant acting and of course features the ultimate villain: The Devil.

The reason I titled this review "Perfect Horror" is because that's what this movie is. Even if you don't look at The Exorcist as a horror movie but instead study the film for what it really is you'll inevitably find that this is movie perfection. The casting is spot on, personally I can't imagine anybody but Linda Blair playing the possessed character of Reagan. All of the characters are well rounded and interesting, Father Karras (played by Jason Miller) being one of the more memorable as he battles with his own personal torment resulting from the death of his mother. The makeup and special effects are excellent and very cleverly done, making the young girl's gruelling ordeal all the more believable.

The Exorcist has always been hailed as being the most disturbing and terrifying movie ever made, and I would probably have to agree. The film deals with some very sensitive subject matter that even today is rarely touched upon, the thought alone of a defenseless young girl being possessed by Satan is a difficult matter to deal with - but when the grim reality is thrust in your face with all the subtlety of a freight train, its not pretty.

Although this movie was made over three decades ago, it still remains as shocking and frightening as ever. I would highly recommend that you take the time to watch The Exorcist, even if you're not a fan of horror you will still find this to be a thought-provoking and deeply moving piece of movie history.
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Published 6 days ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
this is a classic horror
Published 29 days ago by sarah morris
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Put short, still prob the best horror film ever made a big step up in picture and sound quality on blu ray over dvd.... Now if youre still reading this............ BUY THE FILM
Published 1 month ago by mr c d charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
The Blu-Ray transfer is fantastic and the sound is amazing. Great extras with never before seen footage from the filming. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diogo Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a shocker.
Although this film is over 40 years old it still has the ability to shock. The acting is good,the storyline still disturbs and the film has aged better than many other 70's horror... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
This a review for The Exorcist 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray.
this is a gorgeous edition of the exorcist. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David R.
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic late night film
This film never disappoints, doubt it would be an 18 today as not very scary but more shock value and bad language. Seen it a few times and enjoy but every time
Published 2 months ago by Ann Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
You can't go wrong with this film, it's a timeless classic! Glad to finally own the DVD to watch whenever I want to.
Published 2 months ago by Gems
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Brilliant
Ok, some of the special effects now seem a bit tame by modern standards but this remains one of the most gripping films of all time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Graeme Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The bits you missed.
The film is exactly the same as the original film theatre one. BUT it does show Reagan doing the Spider walk down the stairs. Sounds nothing but it is worth waiting for. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Harvey Williams
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