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WHV Press Release: The Exorcist Extended Director's Cut (DVD)


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 21 2010 - 01:33 AM



If movies are, among other things, opportunities for escapism, then "The Exorcist" is one of the most powerful ever made…Rarely do movies affect us so deeply.”                                                                 «««« Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


The Scariest Movie of All Time Debuts on Blu-Ray™ For The Ultimate Viewing Experience Just In Time For Halloween

    

THE EXORCIST EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT
2-Disc Blu-ray™ Book Includes Newly Remastered Director’s Cut; Theatrical Cut and

Three New Documentaries Including Never-Before-Seen Set Footage, Make-up Tests, Special Effects Reveals, New Interviews and More

Available from WHV October 5


Burbank, Calif. June 21, 2010 – The Exorcist, Academy Award® winning director William Friedkin’s masterpiece of suspense that haunted, intrigued, and thrilled the world, is coming to Blu-ray™ in a two-disc, must-have high-definition set, available October 5 from Warner Home Video. A true cinema landmark, this theological thriller is one of the top ten box office performers of all time.* The Exorcist went on to win two Academy Awards and became a multi-million dollar franchise.


When the movie was first released in 1973, viewers were blown away. Audience members were frightened out of their wits - and literally out of their seats. Some ran out of the theatre; others got physically ill or couldn’t sleep for weeks. Now with the maximum picture and sound quality that Warner Home Video’s spectacularly restored new Blu-ray™ and DVD versions provide, home viewers may experience the same visceral emotions again in seeing the brilliant effects and hearing the awesome sound of this classic and thrilling tale of good vs. evil. Newly remastered in 1080p from the original camera negative, the Blu-ray includes both the remastered Extended Director’s Cut as well as the remastered theatrical version of the film.


Says Friedkin, “After my final cut of the original The Exorcist, I took out 12 more minutes before we actually released it in theatres. Years later, Bill Blatty asked if I’d consider reviewing some of that rejected footage (which he always felt should have remained) with an eye towards putting it into a new version. Bill gave me the best piece of material I've ever received and because of that and because the film had such a major reputation over some 25 years, I agreed to revisit all these scenes. When I saw them, I came to realize that Bill was, in fact, right. With technical advances, scenes that didn’t work then could now be fixed with CGI and there were others that I thought strengthened the spiritual aspect of the film. Warner agreed and released a whole new theatrical print in 2000 which we called The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen. And I now agree with Blatty that this is the best and most complete version.” And I now agree with Blatty that this is the best and most complete version.”


The Extended Director’s Cut contains three new documentaries: Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist, including new revealing set footage produced and photographed by cinematographer Owen Roizman, as well as camera and makeup tests, interviews with Friedkin, actress Linda Blair, author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty and Roizman himself;The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now featuring a tour of the iconic locations where the film was shot, including a visit to the famous “Exorcist steps”; and Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist -- with Friedkin and Blatty discussing the different versions of the film and showing outtakes. The result is a new immersive viewing experience that takes you on the set of the film and offers a unique, up-close perspective of the filmmaking and special effects process that is rarely seen.


The Blu-ray™ edition will be packaged with a personal letter written by Friedkin inside a 40-page Blu-ray Digibook featuring striking photos, cast bios, revealing production notes and more.


The Exorcist will be available at the collectible price of $34.99 SRP for the Blu-ray™ version, and $19.96 SRP for the single disc DVD, which contains the remastered Extended Director’s Cut only. Order due date for both is August 31.


Said Jeff Baker, WHV Executive VP & General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, “Generally speaking, sourcing relevant and provocative film assets for older films (30 years and older), is difficult, and more often than not, proves to be unsuccessful. The never before seen behind the camera treasure trove of material that consumers will see in The Exorcist Blu-ray release is one of the great finds in modern day home entertainment history. Laurent Bouzereau, an acclaimed documentarian, has blended this archival rare footage with updated present day interviews to create a masterpiece that will be treasured and studied for decades to come.”



The Exorcist will also be available On Demand from cable and satellite providers, and for permanent download and digital rental through iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand, PlayStation Store and Xbox LIVE Zune Video Marketplace.


Details about The Exorcist

Says Mr. Friedkin, “When I first read the book, I thought it made a positive statement about religion and humanity and how they are inter-related. I approached the movie a bit differently, from a practical point of view - that of asking more questions than giving answers. But both Bill [Blatty] and I wanted a film that would be so realistic it was impossible notto believe it.”


The Exorcist caused a cultural earthquake that is still felt today, shocking and enthralling audiences, who had never seen anything like it. Directed by Friedkin (Oscar®-winner for The French Connection) and written by William Peter Blatty, the film is based on his best-selling novel which sold nearly 13 million copies domestically and was the #1 book on the New York Times Best Seller List for 57 weeks, 17 of them at #1. The Exorcist won Blatty the Academy Award®for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as winning for Best Sound. The film was also nominated for an additional eight Oscars® including Best Picture.


The film tells the now-famous story of a girl’s demonic possession, and a gripping fight between good and evil. Linda Blair, in a breakout role, plays Regan, a young girl who starts to exhibit strange, arcane behavior. Her mother (Ellen Burstyn, Oscarâ-winner for Best Actress Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) calls upon a priest, Father Karras (Jason Miller) to investigate. But Karras, who has self-doubts about faith, is suddenly confronted with the unimaginable evil of Regan’s possession. When Father Lankester Merrin (Max Von Sydow), a priest with a mysterious past, is called to help, a horrific battle for her soul begins.



Disc 1 - Extended Director’s Cut (2000) plus Special Features

  • Commentary by William Friedkin NEW 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. BLU-RAY™ EXCLUSIVE

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

·     NEW 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. BLU-RAY™ EXCLUSIVE

·     Trailers, TV Spots & Radio Spots from the film’s 2000 release

o        Trailers

§         The Version You’ve Never Seen

§          Our Deepest Fears

o              TV Spots

§         Most Electrifying

§         Scariest Ever

§         Returns

o        Radio Spots

§         The Devil Himself

o        Our Deepest Fears



Disc 2 - Theatrical Cut (1973) plus Special Features:

·   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

o        The Original Cut

o        Stairway to Heaven

o        The Final Reckoning

·   Original Ending

·   Sketches & Storyboards

·   Trailers & TV Spots from the 1973 version

o        Trailers

§         Nobody Expected It

§         Beyond Comprehension

§         Flash Image

o        TV Spots

§         Beyond Comprehension

§         You Too Can See The Exorcist

§         Between Science & Superstition

§         The Movie You’ve Been Waiting For



The Exorcist: Extended Director’s Cut

Street Date: October 5, 2010

Order Due Date: August 31, 2010

Rated R


Two-Disc Blu-ray™ Book

Catalog #: 1000036705

$34.99 SRP


Single Disc DVD

Catalog #: 1000116701

$19.96 SRP




Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.


Warner Home Video Blu-ray™ Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The new formats also provide a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu-bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

 


 

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#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Patrick H.

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Posted June 22 2010 - 02:32 PM

So...the DVD is just the 2000 cut (which is still in print as "The Version You've Never Seen") with no new extras? Or any extras at all for that matter? Why bother with another DVD release, then?

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Charlie O.

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Posted June 23 2010 - 03:54 AM

I was wondering the same thing. Is the The Version You've Never Seen now being called the Director's Cut?



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Posted June 23 2010 - 05:16 AM

Originally Posted by Charlie O. 

Is the The Version You've Never Seen now being called the Director's Cut?



That would be my take on it since it says the director's cut is from 2000 and they'd probably be making a bigger deal of it if it had more footage or was a re-edit. Either way, I'm glad to see that dopey name get dropped.



#5 of 11 OFFLINE   John Gilmore

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Posted June 23 2010 - 05:19 PM

I'm hoping against hope that "Newly remastered in 1080p from the original camera negative" means that the stupid flash of the demon's face (over the stove!) and the cheesy super-impositions in Regan's bedroom from the 2000 version are removed.


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#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted June 23 2010 - 09:17 PM



Originally Posted by Charlie O. 

I was wondering the same thing. Is the The Version You've Never Seen now being called the Director's Cut?


The press release calls it "Extended Director's Cut," I guess to subtly get across that this is not quite what Friedkin had in mind when he first cut the movie in the '70's, but that it meets with his approval and is not a work created by another party.

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#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted September 02 2010 - 10:48 AM

So the remastered Original 1973 cut is only available on blu?  .........that kinda sucks for us who can't afford to upgrade to blu-ray just yet.


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Posted September 16 2010 - 06:42 AM



Originally Posted by Kevin M 

So the remastered Original 1973 cut is only available on blu?  .........that kinda sucks for us who can't afford to upgrade to blu-ray just yet.


...or for the many who have no plans ever to upgrade. The industry is killing itself by pushing BR which is still and will remain a niche format while killing its cash cow, DVD. Stupidity and greed,

hoping they can resell us our whole library all over again. Hasnt yet happened, aint gonna happen ever. And anything other than "A" catalog titles from Blu ray? Dream on.


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Posted September 16 2010 - 09:45 AM

Originally Posted by Mark_TS 

...or for the many who have no plans ever to upgrade. The industry is killing itself by pushing BR which is still and will remain a niche format while killing its cash cow, DVD.



How is the industry killing itself by releasing The Exorcist for the first time on Blu-ray and not re-releasing the original version of The Exorcist for a third time on DVD?



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Posted September 16 2010 - 11:17 AM



Originally Posted by TravisR 



How is the industry killing itself by releasing The Exorcist for the first time on Blu-ray and not re-releasing the original version of The Exorcist for a third time on DVD?


 

Actually, it's four previous times as I have the 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 DVD releases.

 

 

 

 

 

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#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted September 19 2010 - 09:38 PM

 

Actually, it's four previous times as I have the 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 DVD releases.

 

?   I know of the original P&S/Widescreen flipper DVD release and the 1998 25th anniversary edition (repackaged several times since) but as far as I know those have been the only two transfers done for the 1973 version of the film until now. The 1998/99 transfer is OK for the time it was done but rather lacking in quality (VERY noisy)  by even 2001 DVD standards when they released the very nice transfer for TVYNS. I have been hoping for a new transfer of the original cut for over a decade now since seeing the redux version's quality.

 

Again, I simply can't afford to upgrade to Blu right now so this is a bit of a disappointment for me.


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