DVD365.net
The Exorcist (1973) artwork

The Exorcist (1973)

1st January 2000

An innocent young girl is possessed by a malevolent spirit bent on chaos and destruction.
Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Reverend William O'Malley, Barton Heyman
Horror
2
1 Hour 57 Minutes

For those who don't know about this film, it was originally banned in Britain because it was deemed to shocking to be screened in its original form. Looking at it, its hard to see why it was banned. In this day and age, we are used to shocking films, and in fact this reviewer has Stigmata, a very similarly themed film sat in front of him ready for review at this moment.

Having seen many films in my 30 years of life, I have become somewhat accustomed to hype surrounding a film, and if this film was released for the first time now, I'd have to say it would be over hyped... But it wasn't, in fact it was released in 1973, and back then things were much different. That said though, it is a masterful piece of horror filming, with some great suspenseful moments, and a few shocking ones thrown in. I think we all know about the spinning head scene, and in fact Steve Martin actually made a reference to it in the comedy Parenthood.

For a film released in 1973, the picture quality is nothing short of amazing, all I can say is that the film stock must have been very good quality to start with, and has been stored in perfect conditions. In fact the transfer to both DVD and VHS in its new form was supervised by director Freidkin.

Sound though is odd....Although the Dolby Digital logo appears on the back cover, sound appears to be in Mono only (this is what I would have expected), that said, the music at the end appears to be in stereo....Very odd indeed.

The extras should also get a note, because they are superb...Exactly what you would hope on an anniversary disc as this one is, with the 1998 BBC Fear Of God documentary heading the list. Its just a shame that the extras were not included on a second layer, they are instead on the other side of the disc.

To sum up, this reviewer is rarely shocked these days by films, but that's not to say that this is not a shocking film. Linda Blair plays her part brilliantly and when possessed, is menacing to say the least. It is however a very good film, and a much better standard of horror than we get released these days. Buy it, if only to laugh at the hilariously bad TV spots.

  • The Fear of God - Documentary
  • Eight Trailers
  • Six TV Spots
  • Interviews
  • The Original Ending
  • Separate Commentaries by Friedkin and Blatty
  • Sketches and Storyboards
Based on author Philip Pullman's beloved trilogy, His Dark Materials, released on DVD and Blu-ray 27th January 2020 from BBC Worldwide, follows Lyra as she embarks upon a dangerous journey of ...Read more
Homeland S3 artwork

Homeland S3

DVD
11/09/2014
As Carrie and Saul search for the truth behind the bombing of CIA headquarters, lines are blurred between friend and foe and no one can be trusted. While hiding a stunning secret of her own, Carrie ...
The Simpsons S16 artwork

The Simpsons S16

DVDUK TV
05/12/2013
Gomorrah S2 artwork

Gomorrah S2

DVD
19/07/2016
Blood artwork

Blood

DVDUK TV
10/12/2018
Thanks For Sharing artwork

Thanks For Sharing

DVD
02/02/2014
Penthouse North artwork

Penthouse North

BD
04/02/2014
Doctor Sleep artwork

Doctor Sleep

DVDBDUHD
09/12/2019
Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, released on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD 9th March 2020 from Warner Home Video, continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel ...
Knives Out artwork

Knives Out

DVDBDUHD
24/12/2019
Bait artwork

Bait

DVDBD
14/01/2020
Midway artwork

Midway

DVDBDUHD
17/12/2019
High Noon artwork

High Noon

BD
13/12/2019
The Go-Between artwork

The Go-Between

DVDUK TV
14/01/2020

Dracula

News10/01/2020

Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, Co-created and written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the critically acclaimed Dracula is released on DVD and Blu-ray 3rd February 2020 from BBC Worldwide.

Judy

News14/11/2019

Directed by Tony® nominee Rupert Goold, a legendary entertainer's life comes into focus when Judy arrives on Blu-ray and DVD 3rd February 2020 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Gemini Man

News24/12/2019

From Academy Award®-Winning director Ang Lee, Will Smith stars in the nonstop action thrill ride Gemini Man, coming to DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD 17th February 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
"You are a kite dancing in a hurricane."
Spectre (2015)

RoboCop

BD25/11/2019149

Toy Story 4

DVDBD3D-BDUHD21/10/2019131

Spider-Man

DVDBD3D-BDUHD11/11/2019128

Angel Has Fallen

DVDBDUHD16/12/201995

Defending The Guilty

DVDUK TV28/10/201963

Bull S3

DVDUK TV27/01/202056

The War of the Worlds

DVDUK TV02/12/201953

The Simpsons S19

DVDUK TV02/12/201951

Broken City

DVDBDNOTES12/02/20133612

Fast Girls

DVDBDNOTES01/08/20121938

The Ghost

DVDBDNOTES20/06/20111834

Escape Plan

DVDBDNOTES18/11/20131668

Racing Stripes

DVD21/06/20052949

Austin Powers

DVD01/12/20071379

The Simpsons S16

DVDUK TV05/12/2013915
Starring #SamaraWeaving, new production notes for #ReadyOrNot now available
DVD365.net

Pain & Glory

DVDBD
01/11/2019

IT Chapter Two

DVDBDUHD
14/11/2019

Rambo

DVDBDUHD
24/10/2019

The Farewell

DVDBD
17/12/2019