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.
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 version you've never seen.” 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 Two-Disc Blu-ray™ Book and the Single Disc DVD are available