THE EXORCIST - 25TH ANNIV. ED. DVD
The 25th Anniversary DVD of "The Exorcist" is absolutely REQUIRED VIEWING for fans of the film, arguably one of the most perfect movies ever made.The DVD features a 74-minute documentary called "The Fear of God: The Making of the Exorcist" which is thoroughly researched and very well produced. "The Fear of God" includes fascinating commentary by "Exorcist" director William Friedkin, who looks and sounds like a major asshole, but hey: if it wasn't for him, the film would have definitely sucked cocks in hell. There's also some extremely interesting commentary by the author of the novel, William Peter Blatty, who also wrote the screenplay. It's clear that Friedkin and Blatty had very different ideas about how the film should have ended: Blatty wanted a more "positive" or "hopeful" ending; the DVD shows the abysmally cheerful ending which Friedkin left on the editing room floor (believe me: Friedkin made the RIGHT call). The documentary gives new interviews with all your favorite stars of the film (yes, Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, and Linda Blair), plus crew members and special effects team members. There are 8 completely amazing trailers for "The Exorcist" that were shown in theaters and 6 TV ads. The format of the DVD is widescreen anamorphic which is nice. My only criticism, and it's a small one, is that the narrator of the documentary is somewhat annoying: I think they should have used someone more scholarly or authoritative who could have added an air of reverence that the film so rightly deserves (like Anthony Hopkins?). Obviously, "The Exorcist" is a masterpiece on so many levels: the harsh juxtapositions between brightness and darkness, antiquity and modernity, the Old World and the New World, pin-drop silences followed by violent sounds at blisteringly loud levels... all of these were meticulously crafted by the director to explore and illuminate the invisible line between "good" and "evil." I'm probably preaching to the converted here, but for good measure I should mention that I don't even have a DVD player -- or a TV -- and I just bought a copy of "The Exorcist: 25th Anniversary DVD" -- a bargain at $17.49.