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Disc of the Week: THE EXORCIST III

Disc of the Week for October 25th, 2016


THE EXORCIST III: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory)

It’s been a hard go for EXORCIST fans throughout the years. After the original film arrived on the scene and delivered one of the most terrifying efforts in horror history, EXORCIST II appeared on screen and was instantly reviled. 13 years later, THE EXORCIST III came out to little fanfare and middling reviews following studio interference in the editing room. During the horror boom of the 2000s it appeared that the series was coming back in a big way with Paul Schrader’s prequel. Instead, after much studio meddling, we were eventually given not one, but two subpar prequels. Luckily it appears that 2016 will be the year when history is rewritten on THE EXORCIST franchise. The initially scoffed at Fox TV series based on the first film has been seeing surprising support from both critics and genre fans alike. We are also finally being treated to the original cut of THE EXORCIST III (titled LEGION) for the first time ever. Like HALLOWEEN III, this sequel has been growing a cult steadily over the last few decades and now is seen as something of a minor modern classic. I’m sure the esteem of the film will grow more once people get their hands on William Peter Blatty’s original vision.

THE EXORCIST III first arrived on Blu-ray as part of THE EXORCIST ANTHOLOGY from Warner Brothers in 2014. There it lived on a bare bones disc that also saw a standalone release. This new 2 disc Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory easily blows that original Blu out of the water. The big selling point is the aforementioned director’s cut, but be warned, unlike the company’s reconstructions of NIGHTBREED and HALLOWEEN 6, the materials were not available to present LEGION completely in HD. Instead the director’s cut footage, taken from a tape source, will be spliced into a new 2K scan of the theatrical version of the film. This will cause aspect ratio changes and drops in quality when the new footage pops up. But it is a gift that we are able to see this version of the film at all and Scream has made sure to pack the disc with supplements for this underrated sequel’s legion of fans.

Bonus Features

NEW 2K Scan of the Interpositive of the Theatrical Cut (110 mins)
NEW Deleted Scene/Alternate Takes/Bloopers
NEW Deleted Prologue
NEW Vintage Featurette with the Cast & Crew
NEW Vintage Interviews (featuring Behind-the-Scenes Footage) with Writer/Director William Peter Blatty, Actors George C. Scott, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, and Grand L. Bush, Executive Producer James G. Robinson, Production Designer Leslie Dilley, Larry King, and C. Everett Koop
Theatrical Trailers
NEW TV Spots
NEW Photo Galleries

NEW LEGION – The Original Director’s Cut (105 mins)
NEW Audio Interview with Writer/Director William Peter Blatty
NEW “Signs Of The Gemini” Featurette with Actor Brad Dourif
NEW “A ‘Wonderfull’ Time” Featurette with Producer Carter DeHaven, Actors Clifford David and Tracy Thorne, and Production Assistant Kara Reidy
NEW “The Devil In The Details” Featurette with Production Designer Leslie Dilley, Assistant Designer Daren Dochterman, and Illustrator Simon Murton
NEW “Music For A Padded Cell” Featurette with Composer Barry DeVorzon
NEW “All This Bleeding – A Look At The Re-Shoot and Makeup Effects” Featurette with Production Manager Ronald Colby, Editor Todd Ramsay, Effects Artists William Forsche, Mike Smithson, and Brian Wade, and Actor/Body Double Charles Powell


You can grab THE EXORCIST III on Blu over at!

Other Releases for October 25th
The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast: Limited Edition [14-Film Set] (Arrow Video US & UK)
Burial Ground (Severin)
Manhattan Baby: Limited Edition (Blue Underground)
Body Double: Limited Edition (Indicator UK) [Previously released domestically by Twilight Time & Sony burn-on-demand]
Hobgoblins (Vinegar Syndrome)
The Majorettes (Shriek Show)
Nightmare Sisters (Vinegar Syndrome)
The Trail of Dracula (Intervision Picture Corp)
Vampire Ecstasy/Sin You Sinners Double Feature (Film Movement)
Lights Out (Warner)
Killbillies (Artsploitation Films)
The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein (Reel Gore)
The Id (Hutson Ranch Media)
Sin – Self Induced Nightmares (Wild Eye Releasing)
Voodoo Rising (SGL Entertainment)
Within These Walls (Tomcat Releasing)
Ancient Aliens: Season Nine (A&E)
Mad Max – High Octane Anthology: Amazon Exclusive with Vehicle Bust (Warner) [Standard Packaging Coming in December]
Miami Vice: The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
Knight Rider: The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
Deathrow Gameshow (Vinegar Syndrome)
The Killing of America (Severin)
Murder Weapon/Deadly Embrace Double Feature (Vinegar Syndrome)
The Night of the Grizzly: Olive Signature (Olive Films)
Bruce Lee: Tracking the Dragon (MVD Visual)
Wolf Lake (Kino Lorber)
Storefront Theater Collection Volume 2 [3-Disc Set] (Vinegar Syndrome)
The Lost Films of Bill Zebub (Bill Zebub)


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