Considering that this is one of my all-time favorite horror films, I'm quite excited about this news. While the price tag is a bit hefty ($49.99 MSRP), I can't wait to bring it home myself, especially considering all the nifty swag you'll be getting. I mean, you better be getting something special for that price!
A few days ago, Warner gave us all a peek inside the packaging for the special edition, 40 year anniversary deluxe Blu-Ray for The Exorcist (read my review here), and it looks AWESOME.
Available on October 8th, the blu-ray focuses heavily on the genius behind it, Mr. William Friedkin, including an excerpt of his memoir The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir, as well as the new featurette "Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist".
According to Bloody-Disgusting.com, Friedkin is being honored by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films where he will receive the lifetime achiement award later this month, in addition to the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. It's a big year for Friedkin. To honor the 40 year anniversary of the film, Friedkin and Blatty will be attending a screening of the film in Washington D.C. on October 30th and the film will have an exclusive run at AMC Georgetown from October 31st through November 7th.
Here are the full-specs for this very special edition:
– Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist (NEW) 40
years after his novel was published, The Exorcist author, screenwriter
and producer returns to where it all began. First stop is a cabin/guest
house in the hills of Encino, California, where Blatty wrote the novel.
The author visits the place for the first time in 40 years and shares
not only memories of writing the book, but also discusses how it
inspired him. We then meet Blatty in two key and iconic locations;
Georgetown University where the film was shot, and at the now-famous
Exorcist steps. Throughout, Blatty reads from his novel, including an
excerpt from a chilling newly published passage.
– Talk of the Devil (NEW) – While at Georgetown University, William
Peter Blatty heard about a true case of possession from Father Eugene
Gallagher. At the time the film came out, the priest talked at length
about exorcism, the true story and about Blatty; this footage is now
available for the first time in many years. It is as revealing as it is
-Two Commentaries by William Friedkin
-Commentary by William Peter Blatty
-Introduction by William Friedkin
-1998 BBC Documentary “The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist”
-Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist Set footage produced and
photographed by Owen Roizman, camera and makeup tests, and interviews
with director William Friedkin, actress Linda Blair,
author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty and Owen Roizman.
-The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now — Featuring a tour of the iconic locations where the film was shot.
Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist — with director
William Friedkin and author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty
discussing the different versions of the film and featuring outtakes
from the film.
-Interviews: The Original Cut, Stairway to Heaven, The Final Reckoning
-Sketches & Storyboards
-Premium:Excerpt of The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir