Few films have left as deep of an impact on pop culture as The Exorcist has. This Academy-Award winning masterpiece, first released in 1973, will be available in October on Blu-ray in a special 40th Anniversary Edition. This definitive collection includes two new featurettes: “Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist” and “Talk of the Devil.” It also contains an excerpt from director William Friedkin’s new book, The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won two. The Exorcist is a story of a battle between good and evil, as a little girl becomes possessed and must be purged of the demonic presence. This leads to a spiritual crisis on the part of the exorcist himself.
In addition to the new featurettes, this collection also contains the Extended Director’s Cut, with all new rejected footage worked back into the story. There are commentaries by the author and director, a 1998 BBC documentary on the film’s impact, featurettes on the production of the movie, and several more interesting nuggets.
For horror movie fans, the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Exorcist ($49.99 SRP) is a must-have addition to your collection. Look for the Blu-ray release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on October 8, 2013.