Collectors' Tribute to the Film that Frightened the World!!! The Exorcist 25th Anniversary Special Edition

August 13, 1998

Introduction by Director William Friedkin, NEW 30-minute Documentary, Never-Before-Seen Footage and Interviews with Filmmakers and Talent.DVD Release Filled with Added Features Including Expanded 75-Minute Documentary, Audio Commentary, Featurette and Original Trailers.

A quarter century ago, "The Exorcist" first shocked and terrified audiences around the world. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, this classic horror film will be available August 25 with a digitally restored image and re-mixed stereo soundtrack from Warner Home Video. "The Exorcist 25th Anniversary Special Edition" has several exciting features including never-before-seen footage, interviews and a 30-minute documentary."The Exorcist," "one of the best movies of its type ever made, " received 10 Academy Award nominations in 1973 and won two Oscars. In addition, this blockbuster hit received four Golden Globe awards including Best Dramatic Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair) and Best Score. A landmark tale of demonic possession, "The Exorcist" features Linda Blair playing the possessed 12-year-old child, Ellen Burstyn as her distraught mother and Max von Sydow and Jason Miller as the troubled priests determined to break Satan's hold.

Special Edition features:

* Introduction by Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin

* "The Fear of God: The Making of The Exorcist" - A new, 30-minute documentary produced by the BBC specifically for the film's 25thanniversary edition featuring 11 minutes of never-before-seen outtakes and all-new interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty, the author of the best-selling novel on which "The Exorcist" is based.

* Original theatrical trailer

* Limited-edition 4-inch by 3-inch mini lobby card reprint

25th Anniversary Special Edition Deluxe Set features: (available October 6)

* The widescreen special edition video with a 50-minute version of "The Fear of God: The Making of The Exorcist"

* Commemorative 52-page book The Exorcist : The Making of a Classic Motion Picture

* New limited-edition CD soundtrack combining portions of the memorable film score plus additional music by Hollywood veteran Lalo Schifrin. This new music was originally recorded for "The Exorcist" soundtrack; it was never used and is exclusive to this deluxe set.

* Eight limited-edition "The Exorcist" lobby card reprints

* Senitype film frame (a mounted piece of film plus an enlargement of the corresponding scene)

Each "The Exorcist" 25th Anniversary video includes a Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary Savings Book featuring more than $150 in valuable offers.

As one of Warner Bros.' most popular and successful titles, "The Exorcist" was chosen as one of the original titles released on DVD last year. A Special 25th Anniversary Edition DVD will be available October 13 with the following features:

* Introduction by Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin

* An expanded 75-minute edition of the new BBC documentary with 25 extra minutes of footage exclusive to DVD.

* Documentary featurette of the film's storyboards and production exclusive to DVD

* Feature-length audio commentary by screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty, including audio outtakes of the sound effects.

* Three original "The Exorcist" theatrical trailers.

Produced by William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist 25th Anniversary Special Edition" is available from Warner Home Video, a Time Warner Entertainment Company, at a suggested retail price of $19.98 for the single video and $49.98 for the Special Edition Deluxe Set. "The Exorcist" is available in pan/scan (Catalogue #16176) or widescreen (Catalogue #16336) formats has an MPAA "R" rating, a 160 minute running time and is in Dolby Surround Stereo. The new 25th Special Edition DVD has an approximate running time of 220 minutes and a suggested retail price of $24.98 (catalogue #16176).

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