BOTH Exorcist Prequels to be Released on DVD

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  1. Scott Weinberg

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    I would rather see a movie that is a good horror movie than a slasher flick which it seems Morgan Creek wants.
    I want to see the original.

    Studios make few scary movies for adults anymore, studios tend to go for the gore.
    Maybe they will learn their lesson.
     
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    I really hope this comes to pass. This would be pretty fascinating and I would buy it for that alone, especially if both feature commentary tracks.
     
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    This is an awesome and even rational solution. How would they package it? Exorcist Zero and Exorcist Zero: The Version You Were Never Gonna See? [​IMG]


    Needless to say, I'd check it out.
     
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    Yes! This is great news! I was really annoyed when they decided to scrap Schrader's version, so I really hope they go through with this!
     
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    Maybe they'll release it like one of Warner's double feature discs, like House of Wax or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
     
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    Now all we need is a 16x9 enhanced orignal Exorcist and we'll be cooking with gasoline!
     
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    I hope they release both versions, but some how I doubt that we will ever see Schrader's version. In other words, I'm not holding my breat, but it sure would be nice.
     
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    Considering it's been a long time since Schrader made a bad movie, and I can't say the same for Harlin, this horror buff is quite pleased with Morgan Creek's decision.

    If Warner gives it the go ahead, they've got my money. If they don't, they won't get more than a rental from me.
     
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    I agree, this is a really interesting development. I was quite interested in the prequels first incarnation, not so much by the re-shot version.

    Funny how filmmakers nowadays can shoot scenes knowing if they're cut, there's always the DVD (or like LOTR, know from the get-go the scenes are for an extended DVD version). And now a studio can scrap a director, a script, half the cast and an entire first cut and say, "There's always the DVD."

    Is this a happy compromise, or will it lead to more second-guessing of a directors vision? Stay tuned, I guess...
     
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    Count me in among those really happy with these developments. I always wondered what the same film would be like with 2 different actors or 2 different directors, now I can find out!
     
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    I hope this happens. this would be an interesting way of comparing two different visions of the same film.
     
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    I also hope that this could happen. Has there ever been another case where a movie was essentially completed and then totally re-made(new script, new director, new actors, etc.) a second time(not just some re-shoots)before it was released?

    It seems to me that this movie is going to have to do very well at the box office to cover the production costs of the theatrical release version and the scrapped original movie that was made.

    I'd love to have the opportunity to see both versions on DVD.
     
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    I believe all three DVD releases of the original Exorcist (barebones, 25th anniv., VYNS) have been 16:9 enhanced. I know the latter two were, at least.

    Well, nothing's set in stone, here, but if this were to happen, then it might salvage this whole debacle. At any rate, it's interesting that Schrader is contractually owed a "preview and a screening" of his version. So, they've got to show it sometime somewhere.

    I really hope this works out.
     
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    I will really be surprised if this actually happens. If it does I think they would be smart to package them together.
     
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    I don't know as it's entirely unusual. I remember The Fantasticks languished for a long time because MGM was contracturally obligated to give it a theatrical release before dumping it on video.
     
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    All versions of The Exorcist released thus far have been anamorphic.
     
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    I really hope this comes to pass. From a $ point of view it would make sense for Warner to release both.
     
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    HorrorDVDs.com reports that the Schrader cut will not be on the DVD containing the Harlin cut.
     
  20. Ernest Rister

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    Yep. Why release a bomb once when you can release another version later on with a "bonus feature" like the Schrader's take, and effectively sell the same thing twice?

    I'd do it. Considering the money lost on this film, double dipping would actually seem to be the responsible thing to do.
     

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