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Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Review

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The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: An innocent girl is evilly possessed -- and a doubting priest becomes her last hope. Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn in the two-time Academy Award(R) winner that shocked the world.

Review: Of all the films that terrified me growing up it was the Exorcist and the Night of the Living Dead.  I grew up in a typical midwestern religious household, so hoaky concepts like demonic posession were terrifying to me and the depiction in this film is so well done that it felt real.  This is still to this day one of the most widely regarded scary movies, because to so many religious people, it seems feasable.   This special edition marks 40 years of this classic and it looks amazing on blu-ray!  This great new edition includes all this below:

"Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist" 40 years after his novel was published,The Exorcist author, screenwriter and producer returns to where it all began. First stop is a guest house in the hills of Encino, California, where he wrote the novel. The author visits the place for the first time in 40 years and shares not only memories of writing the book, but also discusses how it inspired him. We then meet Blatty in two key and iconic locations; Georgetown University where the film was shot, and at the now-famous Exorcist steps. Throughout, Blatty reads from his novel, including an excerpt from a chilling newly published passage.

"Talk of the Devil" - While at Georgetown University, William Peter Blatty heard about a true case of possession from Father Eugene Gallagher. At the time the film came out, the priest talked at length about exorcism, the true story and about Blatty; this footage is now available for the first time in many years. It is as revealing as it is shocking.

Also included from the previous release:
· Two Commentaries and an introduction by William Friedkin
· A Commentary by William Peter Blatty
· 1998 BBC Documentary "The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist"
· 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.
· The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now -- Featuring a tour of the iconic locations where the film was shot.
· 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.
· Original Ending
· Interviews
. The Original Cut
. Stairway to Heaven
. The Final Reckoning
· Sketches & Storyboards
· Radio Spots
· TV Spots
· Trailers
Also included is an excerpt from "The Friedkin Connection, a memoir."

Interest Range: Horror