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When 12 year old Regan (Linda Blair) shows the extraordinary signs of being possessed, the last and only resort is to call in Father Merrin, The Exorcist (Max von Sydow).

"One of the classic horror films - and indeed one of the classic films of the seventies - comes to DVD in a very apt form with a fine picture, excellent soundtrack and more information that most film buffs would even consider needing. This is an excellent example of the DVD, one side taken up with documentaries, television spots, trailers, sketches and storyboards and discussions between author Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin. The other side is the digitally remastered film, complete with all of its original shocks, thrills and intensity. And complete too, for film buffs with two commentaries running alongside the movies, one from the author/screenwriter and one from the director Just what a director he turned out to be too. As the cast and crew reveal in the interviews this man Friedkin would stop at practically nothing to get the effect he wanted on screen. Actors it seems, loomed small in his values and they suffered the indignities of being dragged back on ropes by stunt men, of having guns exploded in their ears and of many surprises. All of which turned up on screen presenting that indelible effect that is the crossover between acting and reality. The Exorcist is a notable film, a film that had both a psychological and religious impact upon its audiences. It begins with ordinary people and descends gradually through the religion of medical science into the age old religion where the Devil himself can exist and take hold of a pretty little girl. The feature that details the making of the film includes a lot of interviews with the cast, writer, director and crew. Ellen Burstyn still insists 10 people connected with the film died mysteriously during the making of it Ö and there was an unexplained fire. But thatís all to be enjoyed in the viewing of this special film. A film that set standards for horror that really have never been matched yet."
Paul LePetit

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CAST: Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair

DIRECTOR: William Friedkin

DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video

RRP: $34.95

DVD RELEASE: January 10, 2000

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