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View Full Version : The Exorcist - 40th Anniversary Edition (2013)


islandclaws
05-19-12, 09:24 PM
From CaptainHowdy.com:

Via his official Twitter last weekend, director William Friedkin unofficially confirmed what many of us anticipated: there will be a new Blu-ray release to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Exorcist in 2013.

When asked by a fan if a digital or film print would be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 9, where Friedkin is being honoured in person, the director confirmed a new digital print of The Exorcist is being used for the screening. He went on to say the same print is also being used by Warner Brothers for a new Blu-ray release next year.

The digital print for Seattle is actually being used as the master for next years 40th Annv Blu-ray. It’s incredible.

Friedkin revealed the “spectacular” new print took him six months to make. ”The new Exorcist print looks exactly like what it did through the viewfinder when I shot the movie,” he tweeted. “I saw new things about the film that I had either forgotten or not noticed before. This is not hyperbole. When you look through a finder, the color is perfect, there is no dirt and no scratches, no flaws.”

That is a staggering and exciting anecdote from Friedkin. It reminds me of the experience I had when I watched the first Blu-ray. The image was the crispest and the sound was the clearest I had ever experienced while watching The Exorcist; it honestly felt like I was seeing it for the first time all over again.

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Glad I got that sweet digibook because I have a bad feeling about this...

Mike86
05-19-12, 09:41 PM
The Blu-ray is only a couple years old. I really don't see how it could be improved upon that much personally. I thought the initial release looked pretty good. I don't see myself upgrading my Blu-ray book for this either.

Gizmo
05-19-12, 09:54 PM
Awesome. Apparently the deluxe Digibook edition just wasn't good enough for him.

Fuck this. Not playing this game.

NoirFan
05-19-12, 10:06 PM
WB seem to be the king of double-dip Blu-rays.

asianxcore
05-19-12, 10:12 PM
I have the Digibook and even though I'm curious, I don't think I'll be Double-Dipping.

dsa_shea
05-19-12, 11:01 PM
The good thing is that I don't watch my blu rays through a finder so I think I'm good with the 2 disc digibook release. Thanks but no thanks!

Jaymole
05-20-12, 12:20 AM
No thanks...I'm gonna wait 10 years for the 50th anniversary release when Friedkin will re-master the film so it looks exactly like he viewed it when he was framing the shot with his fingers.

dsa_shea
05-20-12, 12:31 AM
No thanks...I'm gonna wait 10 years for the 50th anniversary release when Friedkin will re-master the film so it looks exactly like he viewed it when he was framing the shot with his fingers.

Fingerboxed? Yes!

Dean Kousoulas
05-20-12, 02:15 AM
No thanks...I'm gonna wait 10 years for the 50th anniversary release when Friedkin will re-master the film so it looks exactly like he viewed it when he was framing the shot with his fingers.

:lol:

TomOpus
05-20-12, 09:12 AM
Yeah, wasn't the Blu-ray approved by him? I guess he thinks he didn't do a good job the first time :)

Coral
05-20-12, 10:12 AM
Somehow I think if Criterion got the license for Exorcist and had the new print available to them, the reaction of a double-dip would be different here.

TomOpus
05-20-12, 10:57 AM
The only thing I think Criterion could improve upon would be having the extras in HD. "The Fear of God" doc that's included is already a great extra.

Solid Snake
05-20-12, 11:22 AM
Somehow I think if Criterion got the license for Exorcist and had the new print available to them, the reaction of a double-dip would be different here.

no...people would freak the fuck out worse on them...especially if the new print is a fucked up one.

Gizmo
05-20-12, 11:27 AM
Somehow I think if Criterion got the license for Exorcist and had the new print available to them, the reaction of a double-dip would be different here.

If it has a spine number, it's a guaranteed sale!

BuckNaked2k
05-20-12, 12:11 PM
Ohferchristsake, is there no end to this???

Giles
05-20-12, 03:41 PM
-ohbfrank-

it seems like every digital release (sans maybe the laserdisc release) has had some sort of 'exclusives' to each release - both DVD editions had two different commentary tracks. Doesn't the bluray say it has 6.1 sound, but in fact doesn't??

Coral
05-20-12, 04:28 PM
That's why I never let supplements be a determining factor on whether I double-dip or not.

The presentation is the most important thing... and if it's a substantial improvement in presentation for a film I love - then double-dip it is.

I never bought the current release, so I'll wait to see what this offers.

Giles
05-20-12, 04:36 PM
hopefully Friedkin is truthful in his observations of the new transfer - we all remember what he thought of the first 'French Connection' blu-ray release.

Jaymole
05-20-12, 05:39 PM
hopefully Friedkin is truthful in his observations of the new transfer - we all remember what he thought of the first 'French Connection' blu-ray release.

I haven't put ANY weight into what Friedkin says for a long time. His position for years was that his films should only be released in full frame so that they can fit the TV screen...he hated the black bars on the T.V.

Disc-Flipper
05-20-12, 07:31 PM
Thread for the 2010 Exorcist release. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/hd-talk/542015-exorcist.html)

According to the personal note included in the release, William Friedkin says "My gratitude to Warner Home Video for presenting this high-definition Blu-ray, which was color-timed by the cinematographer Owen Roizman and myself and represents the very best print ever made of The Exorcist."

manicsounds
05-20-12, 07:45 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v635/manicsounds/exorcist.jpg

JackBurton
05-20-12, 08:08 PM
Just give me Sorcerer.

yoshimi
05-20-12, 08:14 PM
Unless it comes in a rotating Linda Blair head that spits pea soup it is going to be a no sale for me.

PhantomStranger
05-20-12, 08:19 PM
Studios keep re-hashing the same movies over and over again because lesser films do not carry as much weight to retailers. Warner has become the master of the needless double dip.

Paul_SD
05-20-12, 08:43 PM
two things that could be improved for this release (and for which I would double dip)
1) go back and use the original Saul Bass designed Warner Communications red/black tag at the beginning of the film
2) cut back on the over bearing teal coloring in the last act of the film (in Reagans room)

Friedkin's comment
”The new Exorcist print looks exactly like what it did through the viewfinder when I shot the movie,” he tweeted. “I saw new things about the film that I had either forgotten or not noticed before. This is not hyperbole. When you look through a finder, the color is perfect, there is no dirt and no scratches, no flaws.” is curious and I don't really know how to interpret it.
Does this mean they DNR'ed it to get rid of the grain or does it mean they color timed the new print to reflect the more naturalistic 70's patina most films had then?
If it's the latter, that's a huge positive to me.

Giles
05-21-12, 10:30 PM
two things that could be improved for this release (and for which I would double dip)
1) go back and use the original Saul Bass designed Warner Communications red/black tag at the beginning of the film
2) cut back on the over bearing teal coloring in the last act of the film (in Reagans room)

Friedkin's comment
is curious and I don't really know how to interpret it.
Does this mean they DNR'ed it to get rid of the grain or does it mean they color timed the new print to reflect the more naturalistic 70's patina most films had then?
If it's the latter, that's a huge positive to me.

thankfully Warner Bros. is staying clear of DN'ring it's newer transfers

Cinemark is showing the film in DLP on June 6th / 2pm and 7pm

Cinemark Classic Series (http://www.cinemark.com/cinemark-classic-series)

asianxcore
05-21-12, 10:51 PM
Cinemark is showing the film in DLP on June 6th / 2pm and 7pm

Cinemark Classic Series (http://www.cinemark.com/cinemark-classic-series)

I can't wait for that! :)

One of the Cinemark Theaters that some of my friends work at are showing it. Only about a 5-10 minute drive from where I live.

hasslein
09-01-12, 06:50 PM
(and for which I would double dip)
1) go back and use the original Saul Bass designed Warner Communications red/black tag at the beginning of the film


This

Solid Snake
09-01-12, 07:09 PM
fuck. I forgot about this. *sigh* Someone needs to bitch slap Friedkin into just shutting the fuck up and just remastering the film w/ no alterations. Find the best source you have, clean it, transfer, etc..boom. Done. Yes, it's a lot more detailed than that but...goddamn is this man annoying w/ his shit. Unless that Warner logo is back...shut the fuck up, Friedkin.

JeffTheAlpaca
09-14-12, 05:18 PM
It looks like the 2010 release is now OOP.

asianxcore
09-14-12, 11:14 PM
It looks like the 2010 release is now OOP.

The Blu-Ray Digibook? Glad I got it when I did.

Also for the last year or more, there was a Director's Cut only Keepcase version out wasn't there?

Centurion
09-14-12, 11:39 PM
I'll stick with the Digibook version too. The blu ray transfer is clean enough for me.

But more importantly, I got mine signed by the lead makeup artist, Dick Smith, who made adorable Linda Blair look like the terrifying, nightmare-inducing demon we've all come to love:



http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8034/7987302697_3d6d4fe0f7_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7987303777_5fed9e9364_c.jpg

JeffTheAlpaca
09-15-12, 04:23 AM
cool photos.

It seems like you will have to pay $50 and that was the Red Tag Market seller at Amazon

Superdaddy
09-15-12, 09:23 AM
I wouldn't mind a Dick Smith-autographed copy myself. Very nice!

Anyway, I have the digibook and I am quite happy with it. They'll have to up the ante in a big way for me to have any interest in buying this again.

Gizmo
09-15-12, 11:36 AM
$50?

Maybe I'll just sell mine (in october) and wait for the new one.

MTRodaba2468
09-15-12, 10:52 PM
I have the digibook and I am quite happy with it. They'll have to up the ante in a big way for me to have any interest in buying this again.

Same here.

Solid Snake
09-15-12, 11:41 PM
I regret never getting it.

leem6453
09-16-12, 01:24 AM
I ordered the UK edition which has both versions and features on 2 discs. I got it for under $19 shipped through Amazon UK.

tylergfoster
09-16-12, 01:34 PM
two things that could be improved for this release (and for which I would double dip)
1) go back and use the original Saul Bass designed Warner Communications red/black tag at the beginning of the filmWarner's insistence on removing the original logos from older films and replacing it with their current one is really disappointing and I want them to stop doing this as well. Sure, if they want to throw their new logo on the disc before the feature (ala Universal), then have at it, but don't take the old logos off the film. That's part of film history, damn it.

Class316
09-16-12, 07:42 PM
I got my digibook signed by William Peter Blatty!