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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

News, HH#24, RM #102 & The Exorcist on Blu-ray

I'm now in LA for the next 6 weeks so it may be a little more difficult to post updates and news. I'll continue to post Cartoon Intros and Fan Art Friday's, but everything else may continue to be very sporadic. I have a ton of reviews and MIA on DVD entries to post. I should have time in the next few weeks to post some of them. Until then, here's some news...

Horror Hound Issue #24

Horror Hound released images of their upcoming July issue on horrorbid.com. Looks like they will have a huge Friday the 13th retrospective. Fans of the series should pick this issue up because their retrospectives are sometimes better than any commentary or making-of on a DVD. Also, for fans of MIA on DVD, this issue features a list of 100 movies not currently available on DVD.

Rue Morgue Issue #102
Rue Morgue also released a cover image for their next issue. While I loved [rec]2 when I saw it at TIFF '09, this cover is just kind of ugly.

The Exorcist Blu-ray - Coming October 5, 2010
I think it is finally time to buy The Exorcist on disc. For years I've contemplated buying the movie on DVD, but kept waiting for the right time and the best package. This definitely looks like the best release so far! Check out the special features listed below (thanks to blu-ray.com). Let's just hope Friedkin didn't fuck up the transfer on this one. I know this one isn't from the 80s or 90s, but I just couldn't resist.

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

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