Warner Home Video has just added William Friedkin’s groundbreaking masterpiece The Exorcist for release as a DigiBook on Blu-Ray Disc this fall.
The belief in evil. And the belief that evil can be cast out. From these two strands of faith, a frightening and realistic story of an innocent girl inhabited by a malevolent entity. As a university student in 1949, William Peter Blatty heard of the exorcism of a 14-year old Maryland boy. Two decades later that incident inspired Blatty’s electrifying novel.
Fans will drool over this Blu-Ray version, there can be no doubt. Offering up the movie in a 1080p high definition transfer with DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio, the release will not only include the Theatrical Cut of the film, but also the Director’s Cut – titled “The Version You’ve Never Seen” – which integrates 11 minutes of scenes and images deleted before the film’s 1973 release back into the movie.
In addition, the 2-disc release will also be packed with bonus materials, such as a Commentary Track by Friedkin on both film versions, including another commentary by Friedkin with Sound Effects Tests. Also included is an Introduction by William Friedkin and near countless Featurettes and Documentaries, such as the 1998 BBC Documentary The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist, Raising Hell about the filming of the Exorcist, The Exorcist Locations, revisiting Georgetown Then and Now, and Faces of Evil discussing the different versions of The Exorcist.
Also included, of course, are Additional Interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty,covering “The Original Cut,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “The Final Reckoning.” Further you will find the Original Ending on the release, as well as a Sketches Gallery and a Storyboard Gallery, along with Promotional Galleries for both version of the movie, as well as various Trailers.
“The Exorcist” will scare you on October 5 for $34.98.