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on 14 January 2017
The movie that always tops most horror lists. William Friedkin did a sterling job bringing the late William Peter Blattys (R.I.P) novel to the cinema and terrifying the 70's crowds all over the world and still does to this day. So many imitations over the years that fail on most levels to even come close to this masterclass in horror. If any version of this brilliant movie deserves to be in your collection it is this one.
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on 23 August 2017
best horror movie ever.I've seen this one 20 times and each time I am scared as first time.
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on 11 February 2016
What can one say about this film that has not been said already.
The Exorcist is one of those film that age does not diminish regardless of how many times it is watched it still has the ability to entertain which is achieved by an outstanding cast, even Lee J. Cobb has the detective has a major (all be it small) roll to play.
But I must add, This film is a one off a kind so don't go watching the sequels as they will damage your experience and "enjoyment" of this great film.
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on 9 May 2012
The Exorcist is a terrific horror film. For me this film hit all the right notes. The acting is great, the direction by William Friedkin is superb, visual effects are awesome, the cinematography is stunning and the story by William Blatty is amazing. The Exorcist is not as shocking as it was back in the 70's but it doesn't really matter if you get scared. The real thing that matters is the fact that the story is interesting and characters very likable. You really want to see the priests to save this poor little girl. This film is masterpiece in both horror and film-making in general. If you haven't seen it go watch it. The Exorcist still might scare you senseless.

This DVD comes with great amount of extra content. There are 2 commentary tracks. One by director William Friedkin and other one by the writer William Blatty. There is also The Fear Of God documentary which is around 55 minutes long. The documentary covers all the behind the scenes information on the film. Also on the disc there are 8 trailers, 6 TV spots, 3 interviews with William Friedkin and W. Blatty, original ending, sketches and storyboards. Overall there are enough extra content to satisfy any viewer.
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on 27 June 2015
Included here are both the extended director's cut -2000 version and the theatrical cut-1973 version, both look and sound amazing considering how old this film is. They've both been re-mastered on two 50gb discs and they've never looked better. I won't go into the extras because there are so many you will be spoilt for choice and there are websites more able than me to go into great detail. All in all a lovely package, oh and did I mention the digibook booklet and a 'personal' message from William Friedkin!
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on 8 August 2008
I won't attempt to review the films as that's been done already.
This package is great value despite the slightly tacky marketing. If you've never seen The Exorcist or The Shining or they are absent from your horror film collection it's well worth a look.
The extras are great, revealing on both the realisation and reinterpretation of two classic horror novels by auteur directors at the peak of their powers who push the technical aspects of film making as hard as they push their actors. Both films have been remastered into 5.1 stereo and look in great shape.
Be warned that The Shining is the shorter version that Kubrick cut down for the UK audience after negative criticsm on it's US release. I'm personally undecided as to which version is better, having seen them both.
The Exorcist is likewise the shorter Theatrical version, but the cut scenes are on the extras side of the two sided DVD. Again, I'm not sure that this isn't a bad thing.
I'd certainly recommend anyone interested in the evolution of the horror film to check these out. They come from an era of high budget horror film making from before the slasher genre became so dominant, and both offer rich subtexts to be mulled over whilst succeeding as glossy entertainment with a few shocks and scares along the way.
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on 2 December 2015
I personally believe that the makers of The Exorcist should change its genre from Horror to drama because as a horror film it hasn't aged well unlike Halloween, a Nightmare on elm street etc which are still capable of making you jump. I've given this 40th anniversary edition 4 stars because of what you get with this 3 disc set, 2 versions of the movies and some great documentaries so weather this is your first time watch or a long term fan this is the collection to have.
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on 7 April 2016
Seen this film many years ago, when i was under the age of 18, naughty me. That was on VHS. Glad to get the DVD of it now. Plus all the extra's that are on the DVD make it worth the price of just under £5 worth what i paid. One of the best horror films Ive ever seen. Puts other horrors made around that time and even after to shame,. great plot. Great acting. Great film
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on 17 February 2015
This is an absolutely superb film that has been provided with equally superb blu-ray treatment. There are two discs: the first is the extended director's cut (which restores a few scenes cut from the theatrical release) and the original 1973 theatrical version. The discs are jam packed with extra features, including various deleted scenes, documentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes. The film transfer is fantastic; I doubt The Exorcist has ever looked this good.
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on 28 March 2016
I remember watching this on VHS tape many years ago and found it well worth watching. Watching it today it is still great but the acting seems dated and is a bit slow, but the horror scenes stand the test of time. People complain about the 'C' word being used to much today, so back in 1973 it must have been shocking. Still I must say this is a film for any collection.
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