The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen
This monkeyed-up 2000 version of the classic 1973 The Exorcist features 10 minutes of mostly undistinguished additional footage that neither adds nor considerably detracts from one of the great movie-watching experiences. Silly new special effects aside, The Exorcist is a marvel of complex narrative, skillfully balanced tensions, and inimitable atmosphere and also boldly bridges the usual gap between shlocky horror fare and serious drama. The cast is impeccable, from young Linda Blair to venerable Max Von Sydow. Warner's disc makes a nice special feature for serious fans, but the 1998 25th Anniversary DVD is still the definitive version. Good anamorphic transfer (1.85:1), DD 5.1 or Dolby 2.0 Surround. Includes a new commentary by Friedkin, which addresses the changes but also covers a lot of the same ground as his 1998 commentary. Trailers, snap-case.
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