Unlike many of my fellow Squadders, I only purchase movies I truly love, and resort to Netflix for anything else. One of the films that deserves a place on my thin but respectable DVD shelf is The Exorcist. Sadly, I have nothing more than an old DVD, supported and protected from the elements by one of those awful DVD snap cases that totally throws off the aesthetic of a row of DVDs. You know what I'm talking about. But things are about to change. Once I finally, you know, get a TV, I will supplement it with a fancy new Blu-ray player and the all new Blu-ray of The Exorcist.

From Blu-Ray.com, the two-disc Digibook edition of The Exorcist will be released October 5th, including both the original 1973 theatrical cut and the 2000 director's cut, featuring the incredibly creepy "spider walk" that was left on the cutting room floor. Packaged with personal letter by director William Friedkin and a 40-page booklet, the films were remastered using the original camera negative, and will contain three Blu-ray exclusive documentaries produced by Laurent Bouzereau. But what of the special features, you ask? Disc 1: - Extended Director's Cut (2000) plus Special Features

-Commentary by William Friedkin
-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 (new; Blu-ray exclusive)
-The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now
– Featuring a tour of the iconic locations where the film was shot (new; Blu-ray exclusive)
-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 (new; Blu-ray exclusive)
-Trailers, TV spots & radio spots from the film's 2000 release

Disc 2: - Theatrical Cut (1973) plus Special Features

-Introduction by William Friedkin
-Commentaries: William Friedkin, William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects Tests
-The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist
[1998 BBC documentary]
-Additional interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty: The Original Cut, Stairway to Heaven, The Final Reckoning
-Original ending
-Sketches & storyboards
-Trailers & TV spots from the 1973 version

Echoing the sentiments of Arrow in the Head, who brought this incredible bit of information to my attention, I don't normally go nuts over movie sets, but this is just too incredible to pass up.
categories Dvds, Horror