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William Friedkin's seminal horror classic The Exorcist has lost little of its impact over the years, and Warner's 25th Anniversary Edition DVD is a marvelous example of what the format can bring to a classic film. The picture quality is excellent throughout, although the early Iraq-set scenes are now particularly striking, and all the better in glorious widescreen. It is the sound as much as the visuals that makes The Exorcist so terrifying, so it is a relief that the Dolby 5.1 audio track is utterly faultless. ...
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William Friedkin's seminal horror classic The Exorcist has lost little of its impact over the years, and Warner's 25th Anniversary Edition DVD is a marvelous example of what the format can bring to a classic film. The picture quality is excellent throughout, although the early Iraq-set scenes are now particularly striking, and all the better in glorious widescreen. It is the sound as much as the visuals that makes The Exorcist so terrifying, so it is a relief that the Dolby 5.1 audio track is utterly faultless. The special features, located on the second side of the disc, are thorough, if not always a match for the main feature in terms of quality. There are, for example, not one but eight original theatrical trailers, and while those for The Exorcist are interesting (and in the case of the flash-image one, genuinely scary), the disc would probably be better off without a trailer for the silly sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic. Also included are some rather bizarre television spots and some sketches and storyboards that are well worth a look. Brief excerpts of discussions between Friedkin and screenwriter William Peter Blatty illustrate the difference in vision between writer and director, notably over the ending (the original, more upbeat version of which is also included). There are commentary tracks by both Friedkin and Blatty, but both are somewhat disappointing. When Friedkin isn't rambling he is simply relaying the action with no background or insight, while Blatty's commentary, though better, has so little correlation to what is happening onscreen that it could hardly be called a commentary at all. By far the best special feature is "The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist," an outstanding documentary featuring revealing interviews with all the main protagonists. As well as detailing the film's troubled shoot and Friedkin's extreme methods of direction, it also includes missing scenes such as the famous "spider-walk" sequence. This is not quite a perfect DVD, but it is much closer to perfection than most DVDs get.
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Special Features

Feature-length commentary by director William Friedkin; Two theatrical trailers; Four TV spots; Two radio spots
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Numerous viewers allegedly vomited, fainted, or just walked out, but that only helped William Friedkin's film version of William Peter Blatty's best-seller become an early-'70s blockbuster and horror milestone. Flush from his Oscar for The French Connection (1971), wunderkind Friedkin decided on a "realistic," no-holds barred approach to Blatty's reportedly fact-based novel, pushing horror special effects into new dimensions of gruesomeness (and the film way over budget in a bizarrely trouble-plagued shoot). The Exorcist went on to break The Godfather's box-office record, as Watergate-weary audiences piled in to watch the furniture fly and Linda Blair's head spin. Critics were split over whether Friedkin had taken the Rosemary's Baby (1968) mode of subtly suggestive supernatural horror into the realm of gross reactionary exploitation or whether The Exorcist disturbingly tapped into repressed fears of the unknown (including female sexuality). Regardless, bolstered by ten Oscar nominations, The Exorcist helped set the standard for R-rated horror grisliness and raise the bar for blockbuster profits.
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Rereleased in a special enhanced print, with a dynamic new sound mix and 11 minutes of added footage, 1973's infamous "religious" hex horror movie remains the original Hollywood hallmark of Extreme Culture -- a blasphemous, eruptive freak show that's less Rosemary's Baby than a supernatural Lolita's Revenge as imagined by the Marquis de Sade. Owen Gleiberman
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2000
  • UPC: 085391863229
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ellen Burstyn Chris MacNeil
Linda Blair Regan MacNeil
Max von Sydow Father Merrin
Jason Miller Father Damien Karras
Kitty Winn Sharon
Lee J. Cobb Lt. Kinderman
Jack MacGowran Burke Dennings
Rev. William O'Malley Father Dyer
Barton Heyman Dr. Klein
Peter Masterson Clinic Director
Rudolf Schundler Karl
Robert Symonds Dr. Tanney
Ron Faber Assistant Director
Donna Mitchell Mary Jo Perrin
Roy Cooper Jesuit Dean
Robert Gerringer Senator
Mercedes McCambridge Voice Only
Vasiliki Maliaros Karras' Mother
Titos Vandis Karras' Uncle
Wallace Rooney Bishop
Technical Credits
William Friedkin Director
Rick Baker Makeup Special Effects
William Peter Blatty Producer, Screenwriter
George Crumb Score Composer
Dick Smith Makeup Special Effects
Terry Donnelly Asst. Director
Jean-Louis Ducarme Sound/Sound Designer
Gonzalo Gavira Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Gay Editor
Buzz Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Evan Lottman Editor
William Malley Production Designer
Noel Marshall Executive Producer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design
Marv Ystrom Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Iraq: Interesting Finds [4:16]
2. "Something I Must Do" [4:26]
3. Face to Face [1:43]
4. Rats in the Attic [2:34]
5. On the Set [1:55]
6. Chris' Walk Home (Tubular Bells) [1:13]
7. Mother and Daughter [1:29]
8. Karras Visits His Mother [4:25]
9. The Ouija Board [1:26]
10. Birthday Ideas [2:18]
11. Lost and Unconnected [1:56]
12. Attic Noises [3:13]
13. Chapel Desecration [1:09]
14. Nervous Disorder [4:24]
15. The Hospital [2:35]
16. Chris' Party [2:00]
17. "You're Gonna Die Up There" [2:18]
18. "Make It Stop!" [1:13]
19. And I Shall Be Healed [3:02]
20. Temporal Lobe Diagnosis [4:23]
21. "The Sow Is Mine!" [2:03]
22. Pathological State? [3:24]
23. Death Strikes: Down the Stairs [3:18]
24. Psychiatric Exam [1:53]
25. From Garfield to Mineo [5:12]
26. Heard of Excorcism? [2:25]
27. Scene of the Crime [2:33]
28. Kinderman's Theory [4:51]
29. "Do You Know What She Did?" [1:36]
30. Just Help Her [4:05]
31. Unwelcome Visitor [2:15]
32. That Thing Upstairs [3:16]
33. Holy Water and Tongues [3:44]
34. Chris' Realization [2:34]
35. English in Reverse [1:09]
36. Body Language [1:09]
37. Choosing the Exorcist [1:54]
38. Merrin Arrives [3:09]
39. Ritual Guidlines [1:24]
40. "I Cast You Out" [5:53]
41. "The Power of Christ Compels You" [3:40]
42. Karras' Own Demons [3:41]
43. Merrin's Final Battle [3:23]
44. "Take Me!" [1:21]
45. Absolution [:45]
46. A Keepsake From Karras [3:34]
47. "I've Got Passes" [1:24]
48. End Credits (Fantasia for Strings, Tubular Bells) [4:05]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
      TV/Radio Spots
         TV Spots
            Most Electrifying
            Scariest Ever
            Returns
            Never Seen
         Radio
            The Devil Himself
            Our Deepest Fears
      Theatrical Trailers
         The Version You've Never Seen
         Our Deepest Fears
      Commentary by Director William Friedkin
      Behind the Screams
      Blatty and Friedkin: Vision and Differeces
      The Most Famous Scene Not in the Movie
      Fast Facts
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English 5.1 EX
         English 2.0 (Mono Compatible)
         Awards
      Subtitles
         English
         Fran├žais
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finest Horror Film Ever Made

    After all of the imitators and rip-offs, The Exorcist still stands as the most frightening and profound horror films of all time. It's influence knows no bounds and it is a true masterpiece, not just in the horror genre, but movie making in general. It's mix of Catholic iconography, demonic possesion, and viseral terror was a shocking reflection of post hippie America and a jolting ride into the disillusionment of the 1970's. The perfect film for it's time. Friedken manages to put you in the room with the demon with some of the most creative and down-right terrifying imagery ever put to film. This film is alive, and it's as though you can feel the cold and fear it oozes. From the special effects to the inventive sound mixing, you are pushed and pulled to the heights of hysteria and Friedken is in total control the entire time. The performances are flawless as well, with Jason Miller putting in the finest work of his career. If you have not seen this movie watch it alone, and in the dark, and prepare yourself. This is a near perfect film that should be seen by any serious fan of cinema.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scarier than the real story

    This movie actually the scariest movie of all time and the dvd box can some that up for you. I think that if you watch this movie you will get scaried to death. I think that this movie was the one that started all supernatural movies about possession and was actually based on a true story. The film was scary and so was the book. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scary as Hell

    No horror movie comes close this tour de force of violence and supernatural evil. The head twisting around, priests when they were still pious, and vomit going everywhere within the compass of the moral decay of America.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This movie is so awesome,the only scary part for me is when she was up in her bedroom flingin' her head everywhere. The only part that really freaked me out was when she walked down the stairs in a back-bend position with blood all runnin' out of her mouth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    This was one of the best movies ever made! All horror fans will love this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie rocks!,but i didnt think it was scary!!!!

    im 9 years old and i saw this movie and im a horror fan fannatic and dang did it rock or wat but i didnt really think it was scary but they were right about 1 thing its defintly not for the weak stomach.there was only 1 scene that kind of freaked me out it was when all those images of the devil/demonic popped up,that was pretty scaryy!the weird parts were:when the priest was reading a segment from the bible and blessed regan than alll of a sudden she twisted her head around that was wicked,also when she does the "spider walk" down the stairs and blood leaks out of her mouth that was so koool,lol,also like when shes getttin blessed at the church and all of a sudden the devil screams and tries to scratch out of her body(that explains her weird looking face)and when she bangs her head and pukes up pea soup that was unforgettable!So if u think u hav the stomach to watch such a kool movie like this pleese,u got a rent this movie you will never 4get it!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Exorcist

    This movie was so frightning that I could't sleep for a week and kept getting nightmares and would never see this movie again but then afterwards I started not to be scared anymore of it and started watching it but am still scared of Regan and her weird spooky sick looking face and the part where he turns her head as the priests are reading something in a book. That part was nasty and you can hear the head bones cracking as the head slowly turns around shoulders. The scariest movie of all time no matter what anyone would say. Next to it would be Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring and somewhere near Ginger Snaps.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the book is just as awesome as this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    one seriously amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one seriously amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    Wow greatest horrr movie ever!

    after watching The Exorcist i admit its gonna freak you out a young girl 12 years of age Regan isn't herself because somebody else is inside her making her all crazy wow and let me just say i agree this movie is not for children it could scare them if you love horror then your gonna love The Exorcist great horror!

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    Scariest Movie!! Luv it!!

    I saw this movie in the Theater and it freaked me out! I tokk my younger cousin to see it and to this day, if I mention the name of the movie, she screams I do not want to talk about it! I luv Horror and this one still shakes me up to the day. Can not wait to get the Blue Ray edition for my collection. Watch this movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Exorcist

    Not creepy, unless you are easily scared. Has some disturbing images, by almost everyone I know that has seen it they say it's the scariest movie ever. I am not scared easily at all. This movie didn't scare me. But it was still a good movie and I would watch it again. Definatly catches your attention.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Watch this movie!

    Own this movie! I give this movie 10 STARS! Should be in everyone's movie collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE HORROR MOVIES

    This movie is awesome! I didn't find this movie to be extremely scary, but it is a very good horror film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best movies ever!!!!

    I like this movie a lot. It goes with the book so well. The only weriod part was when she walks down the stairs backwards and blood is coming out of her mouth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    This movie has to be one of the scariest movies I've ever seen! I haven't seen many horror films, but from what other people have said, they think the same thing. When I saw it, I couldn't sleep soundly for months! Maybe I just can't watch horror films, but I highly recommend The Exorcist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where's the scary music?

    I suppose by 1973's standards this was a shocking and scary movie, but the only thing that will fighten modern audiences is the lack of raising suspence stimulated by scary music and the absence (at least in visuals) of violent, bloodly, prolonged butchering of victims. I didn't find this movie as boring as some have, but I would hardly call it the 'scariest movie of all time'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a catholic, huh?

    I grew up in Washington DC and my original parish was where the whole story began. I've met the priest who performed the exorcism and I absoutely believe him. After all, if there is no Satan then how do we know God exists? I'm no great fan of the film and it WAS much scarier when it was first released. I have to say that equating it with zombie and vampire flicks is just ignorant as hell, though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome movie

    I thought this movie was a great movie, but I think that in our society now it isn't nearly as scary as it was when it was first made. We simply aren't that easily scared because we hear about murders every day on the news. I think that Octavius just doesn't get the fact that this movie was made for entertainment. Who cares what they used to do or if posession is real? They made it up for entertainment purposes just like people make up zombies for horror films. Anyway, It was a great movie and it's made even better by the deleted scenes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best horror movie ever

    This is the best horror movies ever made and is one of the greatest movies in general. It is also one of the best adaptations from a book ever.

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