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cover: Exorcist, The (2d-Blu-ray)

Exorcist, The (2d-Blu-ray)

Director(s): William Friedkin

Theatrical Release: 1973

Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Kitty Winn, Lee J. Cobb

Genre(s): Horror, religion, Drama, supernatural, classic

Countries: USA


Location in store: Horror

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Running Time: 132m.

Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles. The Exorcist received a theatrical rerelease in 2000, in a special edition that added 11 minutes of footage trimmed from the film's original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman's Oscar-winning sound work. (allmovie.com)

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2-Disc Blu-ray Special Features:

Disc 1:

! Commentary by William Friedkin

! Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist documentary - 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. BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE

! The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now documentary - Featuring a tour of the iconic locations where the film was shot. BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE

! Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist documentary - with director William Friedkin and author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty discussing the different versions of the film and featuring outtakes from the film. BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE

! Trailers: The Version You've Never Seen & Our Deepest Fears

! TV Spots: Most Electrifying, Scariest Ever & Returns

! Radio Spots: The Devil Himself & Our Deepest Fears

Disc 2:

! Introduction by William Friedkin

! Commentary by William Friedkin

! Commentary by William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects Tests

! The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist [1998 BBC documentary]

! Additional Interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty

! Sketches & Storyboards

! Trailers & TV Spots from the 1973 version

! Trailers: Nobody Expected It, Beyond Comprehension & Flash Image

! TV Spots: Beyond Comprehension, You Too Can See The Exorcist, Between Science & Superstition & The Movie You've Been Waiting For
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