It’s amazing to think that The Exorcist was premiered nearly 40 years ago and is still such an influence on horror movies being produced today. We saw an impressive Blu-ray edition of The Exorcist in 2010, but it is being reported that they will release a new Blu-ray version.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Exoricst, Warner Bros. is working on a new Blu-ray edition that will be available in late 2013. The current release includes a pretty extensive list of special features, so it is unknown if any new special features will be included on the disc. However, it is rumored and very likely that the film will receive a new transfer for the upcoming release.
Here’s a list of special features that were included in the 2010 version and should carry over to next year’s Blu-ray:
Disc 1: Extended Director’s Cut (2000 version)
- English DTS-HD MA 6.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1 (both Parisian and dubbed in Quebec), Spanish 5.1 (both Castilian and Latin 2.0 stereo)
- New 3-part documentary on the movie’s production and legacy – for the first time, relive the actual on-set filming of classic scenes via never-before-seen set footage: Raising Hell: Filming The Exorcist, The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now and Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist
- Commentary by director William Friedkin
Disc 2: Original theatrical cut (1973 version)
- English DTS-HD MA 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 (both Castilian and Latin)
- 2 commentaries: 1) director William Friedkin, 2) producer/screenwriter William Peter Blatty, plus sound effects tests
- Introduction by William Friedkin
- Feature-length 1998 documentary The Fear of God: The Making of The Exorcist
- Interview gallery covering the topics: the original cut, the final reckoning and stairway to heaven
- Original ending and more