WHV Press Release: The Exorcist 40th Anniversary (Blu-ray)

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  1. Charles Smith

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    Beautiful, though. Really. And how often do I say that? Never. Well, hardly ever.
     
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    I have to side with Ken Koc on this one. How about WB releasing movies to Blu that haven't come to Blu yet. The answer of course is easy to figure out. It's easier to re-issue titles with minimum upgrade than to do a ground up restoration and remastering of titles that have yet to see the light of day in hi-def. Money and time. That's what it all boils down to. WB isn't particularly willing to spend either these days on catalogue that they haven't already previously mined for the all mighty buck. Tragic.

    The Exorcist - been there. Done that. Yes, there's always room for improvements. But we don't need a 40th, particularly when I can pretty much guarantee they're already working on a 45th and then a 50th. Oz debacle anyone?!?

    As I've said before, the WB catalogue is such an embarrassment of riches there are easily over a couple hundred titles that could go to Blu tomorrow and be flying off the racks. One problem - none of them have been given the badly needed re-scan of original film elements to get them up to snuff.

    The powers that be take a look at their aging catalogue and go "Whoa! Too much work for me. Is it in our budget? Whoa! Problem number two! What should we do? How about nothing. Say, aren't there some hi-def files kicking around on The Exorcist? Yep. How long's it been since we issued this? Five years? Fantastic. Time for another go at it. Throw in a 30 minute 'new to video' featurette and they'll eat it up...or spew it out. Ha! Ha! A little satanic humor there."

    Word to Warner - nobody's laughing that more of your glorious catalogue hasn't made it to Blu in 2013. Time to get with the program!!!
     
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    Somehow I missed picking this up the first time around. The new features do sound interesting, but but due to the artwork and the higher price, I'm skipping it. I hate the cover art. The original art was so iconic to me. I just went and ordered the British release that has both cuts for around $20 including shipping. Interestingly enough, the British version uses the green tint on the cover which was on most of the video releases that I remember (although the original poster did not have the tint). It's just a personal preference for me as I've grown up with that green-tinted art since I was a child.

    Perhaps I will eventually pick up the new version if they indeed restore the Saul Bass WB logo at the beginning, but I'm betting the new version will be the same transfer with the new supplements and packaging.

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    To each his own, but making the cover the primary reason for selecting a version, makes no sense to me. Particularly in this day of custom covers. BTW, don't you think those British rating symbols mar the cover?I do like the original iconic cover image. It's one of those images that tells you immediately what the movie is. However, that stairs cover is pretty cool.
     
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    Friedkin said that a new transfer was made that looked like the day the film was printed. Could it be that WB made a new transfer like Clockwork Orange, but it won't be used for the new Blu-ray?
     
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    bit of a mystery the lack of doubt. It has been re-scanned at 4k. This new scan is the basis of the new Blu Ray
     
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    Prove it.
     
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    This is similar to a HTF member pointing me to a thread in another Blu-ray
    forum where a member there comes out and states (out of the blue) that
    the upcoming 2D version of The Wizard of Oz is a brand-new transfer.

    ...well, all indications from what I have gathered is that it is probably not.

    I would think if WB wants to stress to its buyers that there has been a
    new transfer struck, it would probably have been noted in the press release.
    The studio is infamous (as are others) for repackaging existing transfers.
     
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    The cover isn't the only reason. It's a combination of things. The discs inside are most important, and I would always choose the higher quality product in terms of the feature film. That's a no-brainer. I've yet to see any proof that this new version is a different scan. While I'd like to see the new documentary, I'll probably just check it out at the local library as they'll likely get this. I don't know what the street price will be on this, but I'm sure it's going to be close to $10-15 more than the $20 I just paid for a sealed copy of the British release. If the Saul Bass WB logo and the original mono soundtrack are included in this new release, I'll bite the bullet and get that too.

    The British rating symbols are a slight annoyance, but the lesser of two evils to me. The U.S. cover released in 2010 is way too bright and reveals too much detail of the building and its surroundings. The British one is darker, foggier and looks more the way that the scene has been shown in promotional materials throughout the years.
     
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    Possibly, or Friedkin was confused and the new transfer had already been done for the original Blu-ray - which actually looks quite good.
     
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    Yeah as I have said repeatedly, the existing transfer looks pretty damn amazing for an alleged 2k.
     
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    Nobody has ever given proof that the original Blu-ray was from a 2K transfer. A friend of mine checked with a buddy of his at WB and he was told this new Blu-ray will use the exact same transfer as the original release. I have no reason to doubt that this is the case, and that the original Blu-ray probably came from a 4K scan (I mean what, BLADE RUNNER from WB was done in 2007 and it was 4K, why wouldn't THE EXORCIST in 2010 have been 4K, as well?).

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    At this point it wouldn't surprise me if its just a repackaging with the new features on a third disc.
     
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    If that's the case, no sale for me. The new features don't look that interesting to me. I guess the previous disc will be fine for me until the 50th.
     
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    I have not owned The Exorcist before and have only seen the film once so I shall probably buy this edition.

    Incidentally, why do they call him The Exorcist?

    Because he doesn't leave until all the spirits have gone!
     
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