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WHV Press Release: The Exorcist Extended Director's Cut (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 125 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 21 2010 - 01:34 AM


 

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#2 of 125 OFFLINE   Hollywoodaholic

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Posted June 21 2010 - 02:17 AM

"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."  - Friedkin


It's hard to read this and not think of the hype he put forth on how The French Connection was so much more like he wanted it to look with the new Blu-ray release (which looks like pointalist Georges Seraut shit it out on sandpaper after drinking Chlorox bleach).


But at least they are nervous enough to include the original Theatrical version, as well.



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Posted June 21 2010 - 06:02 AM

I'm glad they included the theatrical cut which you please fans of this film even moreso. Crawdaddy

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#4 of 125 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted June 21 2010 - 06:47 AM

I hope that the theatrical version isn't considered "bonus" material, and given a lesser remastering effort. This is a title I won't be pre-ordering, because I'm not interested in the "Version You've Never Seen". If I hear from reliable sources that the theatrical version is a top-notch effort, then I'll buy.

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Posted June 21 2010 - 07:03 AM

Sounds like a solid release that retains most, if not all of bonus material of the previous versions. But yeah, it's kind of annoying how TVYNS now seems to be the "official" version of the film. I hope the Theatical isn't given lesser attention. Freidkin can change the colors around so that the charaters look like Martians on TVYNS for all I care.
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Posted June 21 2010 - 07:27 AM

Well, so much for fans of the film being happy.

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Posted June 21 2010 - 07:29 AM

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Posted June 21 2010 - 07:44 AM

 

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 the Blu-ray includes both the remastered Extended Director’s Cut as well as the remastered theatrical version of the film.
 

I doubt they would do one "good" master for the Extended cut and a "bad" master for the other.


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#9 of 125 OFFLINE   Robert George

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Posted June 21 2010 - 07:57 AM



Originally Posted by Brandon Conway [url=/forum/thread/301587/whv-press-release-the-exorcist-extended-director-s-cut-blu-ray#post_3702877]



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Posted June 21 2010 - 10:09 AM


 Well, so much for fans of the film being happy


Woah there guy, let's gently pump the brakes here. I said it sounds like a very good release. My nitpick is more based on what Freidkin considers to be the superior version of the film


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Posted June 21 2010 - 12:04 PM

This sounds superb. I've been waiting for this since the earliest days of BD, and I'm glad they haven't skimped on the extras!


One question though: Is the theatrical cut on Disc 2 definitely a BD and not a DVD? I can't find any reference to it being a DVD, but it looks so similar to the old 25th Anniversary DVD that I'm getting worried. Warner wouldn't do that, would they.....?!?


At any rate, this looks to be a first class BD - and one of the best titles of the year.


 

 


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Posted June 21 2010 - 12:19 PM



Originally Posted by Brandon Conway [url=/forum/thread/301587/whv-press-release-the-exorcist-extended-director-s-cut-blu-ray#post_3702877]


I'm very happy to hear the announcement, and even happier to hear that the theatrical cut will be included. But as has been stated by Friedkin himself...he considers the director's cut to be the definitive version. In the past there have been such packagings, where greater effort was put into the "definitive" version, and a distinctly lesser effort put into what's considered essentially a "bonus" product.


There have been plenty of harsh denouncements of the director's cut of this film, and I happen to agree...and I'm not a notorious complainer on this forum...one who howls about every little thing.


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Posted June 21 2010 - 12:51 PM

The press release does state 2 Disc blu-Ray book. It sounds like Friedkin remastered both versions. I think it'd be cool if the original version was preceded w/ the original WBs logo. I doubt it will but would be cool all the same. The opening score worked better with that logo in my opinion.

I prefer the original version to the extended "Mtv" stye cut. Less is more sometimes. It is nice that the consumer is given the option, being that I am able to choose I would relax into the chance at viewing both versions and keeping a more opened mind with the exteneded cut. Plus side that he is calling it an extended cut instead of the version you've never seen.

Should be a really nice seller for WBs.

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Posted June 21 2010 - 01:32 PM

I also hope the original WB logo is there, and no CGI morphing effect towards the end. Also, would be nice to have the original color design and not the blue tinted look the film has had for the past 12 or so years.

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Posted June 21 2010 - 01:47 PM

I'm not holding my breath for the original logo, but I would love it.  There are several films where I think it works much better than the current one. With the exception of the thoroughly unnecessary superimpostions and the spider-walk scene, I actually prefer the newer version.  I love the restored scenes, which I feel add a lot to the characters and the mood, especially the scenes with Karras and Merrin and the ending.  But, jeez, those superimpositions have to go.

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Posted June 21 2010 - 02:27 PM

The print on AMC has the original logo so just maybe...

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Posted June 21 2010 - 08:25 PM

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#18 of 125 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted June 21 2010 - 09:38 PM



Originally Posted by WillG 



Woah there guy, let's gently pump the brakes here. I said it sounds like a very good release. My nitpick is more based on what Freidkin considers to be the superior version of the film

Did I quote you because you weren't the only one that responded with a nitpick.






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#19 of 125 OFFLINE   Joe Karlosi

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Posted June 21 2010 - 11:17 PM


Well, IF the Theatrical Version (MY preferred version, and apparently also of many fans) is indeed given a second-class treatment and is not restored to the level which 'The Extended Version' is --- then, why should we be happy? Of course we don't know if that'll be the case yet ... but I just want to add my voice to the concerns others have. We want the Theatrical Version to look just as great. Yes, it does stink that Friedkin is now embracing the extended version as the "proper" one.

And I really am very happy with this release. Looks like a great deal, having so many features as well as the two versions of the film.

Yeah, add me to the list of fans who really hope the original WB logo is restored to the original version, too.



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Posted June 22 2010 - 01:07 AM

Speaking more generally than just about The Exorcist, some people actively look for a way to have a pessimistic take on everything. They could win the lottery but they'd find a way to turn that into a negative ("I'll probably get hit by a bus on the way to cash the ticket in"). I used to think that I was the most depressing and downbeat person on Earth and the internet has shown me that I'm an optimist compared to some folks.