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The Exorcist [40th Anniversary] [2 Discs] [With Book] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1973]-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    HORROR AT ITS BEST

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    JOHNNYANGEL2010
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    If the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist, the greatest trick The Exorcist ever pulled was convincing audiences he just might. Can any film that's risen in its wake say the same? It never ceases to amaze me that some thirty-seven years after its original theatrical release, horror filmmakers are still desperately chasing director William Friedkin and writer William Peter Blatty's legacy, each one failing to deliver a more startling depiction of evil incarnate. Many have tried. To their credit, a small but frightening handful have even brushed greatness. But while these scant few have chipped away at The Exorcist in one regard or another -- be it storytelling, special effects, atmosphere, shock value or any one of the elusive elements that transform a horror film into a horror classic -- it's tough to name a single standout from the last four decades that bests Friedkin and Blatty's macabre masterpiece on every front. Owen Roizman's deceptively simple, utterly haunting cinematography. Steve Boeddeker's unnerving score. The film's unexpected yet flawless casting. Jason Miller's raw but restrained performance. Sweet, little Linda Blair's mangled, unholy face. Ellen Burstyn's unhinged terror. Blatty's searing screenplay. Pazuzu and its ungodly mindgames. Friedkin's sharp eye and steady hand at the helm. Ten Academy Award nominations... make no mistake, The Exorcist may just be a perfect genre storm.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hands Down, One Of The Scariest Movies Of All Time

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    adigitalmind
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    Any Horror Fan Must have this in their collection! I could barely watch it as a 14yr old kid and I can barely watch it as a 35 year old (stunningly handsome of course) old man! There is a decent handful of movies that wander that top 10 Horror movies of all time. And this is one of them. The reason is quite simple. Everyone, wether your black or white, Christian or Buddhist, Old or young, everyone believes in some "form" of religion. And some form of Evil. No matter what your beliefs are, I think one of the best things about The Exorcist is that its relate-able. Evil overcomes us all at some point or another. Some peoples heads spin and others sneak a smoke. Same difference. LOVE IT! And the additional stuff was well done.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Masterpiece!

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    SoulSnatcher

    This review is about the quality of the blu-ray film is still very gripping and I sure if you are buying this you do not need another review on the film. There are two versions here the original release and the extended version, Firstly it appears the original version does not suffer from drops in picture quality like the extended version, each extra scene you can clearly see a drop in quality however parts in both versions when the contrast is low look like you are watching the film through a snow storm. More care appears to be taken with the sound and the DTS sound is good in both version. So is it worth it yes if you have not got it but do not expect a massive leap in quality. the extras are good mostly the same a s th DVD with the BBC excellent documentary the fear of God. The rating for the transfer not the film which is a 5 star film

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Scare

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    CinematicEducation
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    It's hard to imagine anyone who knows nothing about this movie, and would require a review to determine if he should watch it. That said, let me say that this is one of those MUST SEE movies, if you consider yourself a fan of horror, thrillers. It's simple yet brilliant, the special effects are primitive compared with the CG masterpieces possible today, BUT you won't find anything that roots you to the couch, eyes unmoving from the screen the way this one does. The little girl changes from a, well, little girl, to a horrifying image of a demon, you can practically feel the chill in the air and the dank smell of the room. Anyone with a modicum of imagination will be scared and it's a fabulously enjoyable scare. MUST SEE.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding!

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    TMAN
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    I've seen The Exorcist many times via a number of different mediums, but this viewing experience was by far the best yet! The Blu-ray quality was amazing...I'm sure I must have said so aloud at least ten times while watching, but I just couldn't believe how great it looked. The first time I saw this film I was still in single digits and had waited for my folks to fall asleep, having been instructed NOT to watch it. Well, I did anyway and it was worth the nightmares! If you love this film as much as I do, you owe it to yourself to pick up this version. Great movie, excellent presentation, a nice little book and an affordable price make this one a must. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic film on Blu-ray.

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    Finally on Blu-ray. Picture and sound is amazing. This is a 2 disc set that includes both the 1973 version of the film and the 2000 directors cut. There are loads of extras for hours of enjoyment. Many out takes. The interviews with the cast and crew is very informative, Jane Fonda was one of several actresses that the studio was thinking of for the part of Chris MacNeil, Regans mother. Jane was not interested. And Jack Nicholson and Paul Newman both wanted to play the role of Father Damien Karras . But the director did not want a "big" name star in the role This is a must have film for your collection.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Falls only slightly short on Blu-ray quality

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    Gary9450

    The Exorcist is my favorite movie of all time, so not giving it the best rating for any reason is not easy for me to do. The movie itself is still excellent, so my only dissatisfaction is with the overall quality of the Blu-ray version. I could not wait to own the Blu-ray version and would have bought it no matter what, but the quality is not up to par as compared to contemporary DVD releases. There is a slight graininess to everything which, I assume, is due to the sharpening of the film during the Blu-ray process. But I cannot say don't buy it. The movie is fantastic, and the Blu-ray version is still worth owning regardless of the flaw. I stand firm on recommending it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie! highly entertaining!

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    MrCreosote
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    I saw William Blatty’s “The Exorcist” (1973) when it was newly released and I must say that it still carries a punch. It must be one of the creepiest movies ever made. I love the subtle nuances, often missed by those watching it for the first time, e.g., Regan’s walking backwards down a flight of stairs or the subliminal split-second images of demonic statues. But regarding the alleged subliminal images Blatty himself says that, if you can see it, it’s not subliminal. And I love the throaty, Satanic voice of Mercedes McCambridge.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Horror

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    MrLemonjello
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    Well, this movie still creeps me out to this very day. Not so much the special effects that although at the time were state of the art, but more the concept of something like this having to be dealt with by a young child and their family. It gives the viewer the thought of what if this really happened to me or someone I know? Well directed, well acted, good tone and pacing, music is great too. Also, this blu-ray has some very good bonus stuff that I had not come across before. If your gonna buy it, get this version.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Whoa, still scary....

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    Robbie
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    Ya, still gets you right where it counts, even after all these years. There are certain cinematic treasures that have true suspense and terror that grasp you to the core when you least expect it and in the most basic manner. This is one such film. The sheer experience of what happens to this poor girl and those involved is just gripping and yet so terrifying you just don't know what to do... Not for kiddies, but a must see if on a date for a guaranteed jump in your lap, boy or girl, it will get you both...lol.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I buy everything "The Exorcist"

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    Karras13
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    This is my seventh DVD copy of the movie. I've bought every version that's been released from the first original release back in 1998, the Director's Cut, the anthology, 25th anniversary, both Blu-Ray versions, etc. Next to the 25th Anniversary box set, this Blu-Ray is the next best with a booklet by William Friedkin included. If you're a collector of "The Exorcist" items, this is a must have. If you've considered buying the movie but never have, this is the one.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    scariest movie ever!!!

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    Nanner
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    I saw this as a child when I wasn't supposed to and I paid for it after that! it still scares me that this is based on a true story and shows that we are all vulnerable to evil. I loved it and the special edition has been a long time coming. There were only 2 in the store and I haven't seen it anywhere else. at 20.00 it's a steal! great movie! Watch it alone with the lights out and just see if you can stand it!! Go ahead try it! Beycha can't do it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic for all movie enthusiasts!

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    lucky
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    I saw this movie as a teenager and it never left my memory. Its just great! it has imagery that will shock you but those are just part of its memorable plot. Story will have you eager to see it through. It will always be part of my movie collection. The new extras in this DVD bring unexpected thrills to the ones who know the whole movie line for line. Its the perfect movie, back then, now and decades from now!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the scariest films ever made!

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    A horror classic, this film has stood the test of time as one of the scariest ever! This is the extended version with the added sequences that some purists say degrade the overall film but it also includes the original theatrical release as well so you can compare and contrast them both and then choose the one that works best for you!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Blu-Ray!

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    bluegravyman
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    I'm a huge fan of The Exorcist but still only have the cardboard "Version You've Never Seen" DVD. This is a great way to upgrade to the latest/greatest version available on Blu-Ray, although I have yet to figure out how the Director's Cut differs from the "Version." At any rate, this deluxe Blu-Ray is a must for hardcore horror fans.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super on blu

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    KISSfan4ever

    This movie scared the daylights out of me when I first saw it as a kid..But since have been able to watch it without the creepiness..This movie looks fantastic on bluray..Audio is excellent..You can hear all the creaks from the surround system..Definitely puts your system to use..This bluray is almost demo material....

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing movie in great set

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    Cal1tr1Hardy
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    The film is obviously a masterpiece, the set it comes in is also really satisfying since the special features are pretty good, the two versions of the movie are great to have and the book the movie comes with is really interesting. Overall this package is worth the money if you're a collector and love the movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great edition of best horror movie ever

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    Bandolera
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    If you love this movie as much as I do, this is the edition to get your hands on. Artwork is superb, outer box is sturdy with a nice sheen, and contains a book and 3 discs (theatrical version, director’s cut, and extra features). Video and audio quality outstanding!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    cjyoung1602
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    Favorite horror movie of all time. Was looking for it in a pinch for a Halloween watch and Best Buy came through. Would have preferred Blu-Ray but wasn't available in store. But for the price couldn't beat it - just means I'll have to own it in both DVD and Blu-ray.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Scared me to death!!!

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    Philo
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    One of the greatest horror movies of all time. Linda Blair is fantastic. She made my "head spin"!!!! When I first saw this in the theatre many years ago, I got a chill, which turned into a tremendous cold. I was literally scared "sick"!!!! It hasn't lost it's effect on me. I still get chills!!!

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