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The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen [Import]
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Director William Friedkin was a hot ticket in Hollywood after the success of The French Connection, and he turned heads (in more ways than one) when he decided to make The Exorcist as his follow-up film. Adapted by William Peter Blatty from his controversial bestseller, this shocking 1973 thriller set an intense and often-copied milestone for screen terror with its unflinching depiction of a young girl (Linda Blair) who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jason Miller and Max von Sydow are perfectly cast as the priests who risk their sanity and their lives to administer the rites of demonic exorcism, and Ellen Burstyn plays Blair's mother, who can only stand by in horror as her daughter's body is wracked by satanic disfiguration. One of the most frightening films ever made, The Exorcist was mysteriously plagued by troubles during production, and the years have not diminished its capacity to disturb even the most stoical viewers. The film is presented in letterbox format on digital video disc, with a soundtrack that's guaranteed to curdle your blood. Don't say you weren't warned! --Jeff ShannonSee all Product Description
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I've heard the stories of people fainting in the theatres when this was released, I was very young so I missed it but believe it probably caused quite a stir. This is not a film for children or anyone sensitive.
This bluray book release is great. The packaging is neat with with all of the photos and additional information. The directors' cut, which is my preference, is fantastic! The theatrical release is a gem. You can't go wrong here. The sound and picture has never been better. Fully recommend this!
Directed by William Friedkin who before this won an Oscar for the cop film, The French Connection and written by Willam Peter Blatty who won an Oscar for writing the excellent screenplay The Exorcist based on his book.
A mother is told by doctors that her daughter’s sudden erratic behavior may be because… she’s possessed by a demon, which is not something you want to hear from a doctor, typically.
This is a classic horror film and the first horror film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Because apart from being so frightening and disturbing, it’s a superbly crafted movie.
The performances from the cast are just fantastic. Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNiel, the tormented mother is so good. Her helplessness and panic as she sees her daughter crumble mentally and physically is so believable.
“That thing upstairs is not my daughter.”
Jason Miller plays Father Damien Karras, a priest, counsellor and psychiatrist who’s called upon to look at Chris’ daughter. It’s a great, subtle performance. When the movie starts, he’s shaken by the death of his mother and is worried he may have lost his faith in God.
But of course the best performance in the film is by Linda Blair who plays Regan, the possessed girl. As the movie progresses, she starts saying and doing some insane things. Things you don’t see child actors do very often.
Towards the end of the film, Regan is fully possessed by this demon and her voice changes.Read more ›
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb
Director: William Friedkin
Warner Brothers | 1973 | 132m and 122m | Rated R |
VC-1 | 1080p | 1.78:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
English SDH, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German SDH, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian SDH, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish
Two 50GB Blu-ray Discs
The Exorcist's iconic cover claims that it's the scariest film of all time, but the makers of the movie prefer to label it as a theological thriller. I tend to agree and have always considered The Silence of the Lambs, The Shining and Psycho as psychological thrillers rather than horror. I mention those three because they represent the best that 'horror' has to offer, whether you label them as such or not.
If you have read my other reviews, you'll know by now that I'm a movie snob. When I think of horror films, the first thing that comes to mind is excessive gore and cheesy lines. I'm simply not a fan of seeing bodies hacked to pieces and I don't find any value in cheesy horror stories. So bear that in mind if you are a fan of such movies as the Evil Dead (not that there's anything wrong with that).
Instead, I look at how films are made, what they make me feel, the quality of the acting and the methods used by the director. In those terms, The Exorcist deserves to be rated among the best 'horror' films ever made.Read more ›
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Classic film, really pushing the boundaries for its time. A must see.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer