William Friedkin‘s horror masterpiece The Exorcist will be released on Blu-ray in a 40th Anniversary Edition tomorrow October 8th. It’s a Blu-ray release featuring the Extended Director’s Cut and Theatrical Version with new special features (including the new featurettes “Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist” and “Talk of the Devil,” as well as an excerpt from Friedkin’s book The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir).
Mr. Friedkin himself will be signing copies of the Blu at Dark Delicacies tomorrow night starting at 7PM. The legendary horror bookstore is located at 3512 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank CA 91505. This is a ticketed event, all you need to do is head to Dark Delicacies tomorrow and buy the Blu to get your ticket to the event at 7PM. The ticket assigns you a place in line – so I’d strongly encourage buying earlier it in the day to get a better spot in line. Mr. Friedkin will sign the blu and 1 additional item for you if you wish.
I’ll be with Mr. Friedkin at the event so feel free to some by and say hi! He’ll also be signing his autobiography “The Friedkin Connection“.
– 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.
-Interviews: The Original Cut, Stairway to Heaven, The Final Reckoning
-Sketches & Storyboards
-Premium:Excerpt of The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir