So I saw this in a box at work for release on the 10th and I was surprised, I had heard nothing on this and I searched the forums but still no word....so what is the deal with this? Are these new transfers for the original films or what? Any details would be much appreciated.
Donnie, it does. It includes the Exorcist Special Edition with all the extras and the TVYNSB. The first 1,000 units sold also come with a real snazzy Exorcist Beer Coaster that has "Exorcist II: The Heretic" printed on the label.
Best price I can find is $26.99 on Amazon. Not a bad deal.
I'm just guessing but since there has been zero info on this release, I think that guarantees that it's the same discs as before. It's just a cash-in/re-release to hit people buying horror movies at Halloween time.
Sad but true, isn't it? After all the talk and controversy, I ended up preferring the Harlin version (not that it didn't have faults of its own, but it wasn't nearly as bad as some people thought). Schrader's movie is just so dull and lifeless...this time was one instance where "the studio" had it right!
I'll take Schrader's version over Harlin's any day of the week. Schrader's version is infinitely more appropriate in comparison to the original film and Harlin's version is everything the original isn't: it's a big, obnoxious Hollywood production with no substance.
I agree completely, Mike. I think everyone (myself included at first) was ready to automatically despise Harlin's version because of the studio politics, and then to automatically praise Schrader's version as the poor underdog who got a bad deal. Well, I was surprised that I actually preferred Harlin's too. As you say, it has its faults for sure, but it's not as limp and sleep-inducing as DOMINION for me.
As far as I'm concerned, only THE EXORCIST and EXORCIST III are truly great films.