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Horror - The Exorcist Steelbook Blu-ray

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The Exorcist Steelbook Blu-ray
Linda Blair, Max Von Sydow, Ellen Burnstyn
Directed by William Friedkin
Extended Director's Cut
Originally released 1973
Warner Home Entertainment 2011

Though nothing will recreate the feeling of first standing in a long line-up and then seeing The Exorcist on the silver screen when it was originally released, a pretty close second would be The Exorcist Blu-ray on a man-sized TV. Almost 40 years have passed and countless more gory and SFX filled horror movies have been made but none have matched the public reaction when this movie first came out. The Exorcist Steelbook Blu-ray features the Extended Director's Cut only and some but not all of the special features of the Digibook version. The movie also features one of the coolest themes ever: Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.

Chris MacNeil is a single mom and actress living in Georgetown. She hears strange noises coming from the attic and then her tweenage daughter's room. A very quick scene at the beginning reveals her daughter Regan (Linda Blair) has been using a Ouija Board for fun. She has also been acting up (though you do not see this on film).

Meanwhile a youngish priest, Father Damien is having a crisis of faith and feeling guilty about his mother's death.

The suspense develops gradually.  Two of the creepiest scenes, and more present in the Extended Director's Cut, are the medical tests Regan undergoes. It prepares the audience for what is to come. When director William Friedkin decides the audience is ready, he goes full out.

It is rather clever of writer William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin to have medical science and then police science present before going to religious forces.

Hardcore fans of The Exorcist will want to opt for the Blu-ray Digibook version as it contains both the original and Extended Director's Cut versions.

The Extended Director's Cut features the spiderwalk scene, added supposedly subliminal demon images, a conversation between Fathers Karras and Merrin, and a mildly different ending.

Special features for The Exorcist Steelbook Blu-ray are Raising Hell: Filming The Exorcist; Georgetown Now and Then; Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist. There is also a commentary track by Director William Friedkin.

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