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Take in this look at the entire “THE EXORCIST” 40th Anniversary Blu Set

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Despite a big  re-release just three years ago, William Friedkin’s THE EXORCIST is seeing yet another Blu package. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest films there is, it’s a beautiful, full package, at that. 

Boasting evocative cover art of perhaps the film’s most famous locale, the Blu features both the 1973 theatrical cut, as well as the 2000 extended Director’s Cut, previous features from the 2010 Blu, an excerpt from Friedkin’s acclaimed memoir THE FRIEDKIN CONNECTION and two new featurettes accompanying.

The first is “Beyond Comprehension,” in which “author, screenwriter and producer William Peter Blatty 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.” Second is “Talk of the Devil”: “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 shocking.”

A new image of the entire set has debuted at DVD Active. Find that, and the full rundown of special features below. Also below is a rare, very neat unused trailer for the film that’s been making the rounds lately. THE EXORCIST 40th Anniversary Blu-ray is out October 8, 2013.

• 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 shocking.

• 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.

• Original Ending

• Interviews

– The Original Cut

– Stairway to Heaven

– The Final Reckoning

• Sketches & Storyboards

• Radio Spots

• TV Spots

• Trailers

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