Today's audience tend to rock the cinema to see films such as 'Saw', 'Devil' and 'The Last Exorcism', but it was in 1973, when true horror graced the cinema.
As a non-believer in God, or any religion for that matter, I shouldn't really be in the minority. In fact, I'm not even a massive Horror film fan, I tend to watch anything and everything, whether it's poor or a masterpiece...and this is surely a masterpiece.
I have a great level of respect and interest in religion, and have studied Religion, as a personal interest. The Exorcist happens to be a perfect take on the dark side of Religion, of demonic possession in modern day (well, 1973, but you know what I mean) America.
What makes this film so perfect is that with the book, it has shock value. This isn't a jumpy film, or a gory film, but it shocks you, due to the amount of disturbing, demonic visage.
I have seen this film dozens of times, and have never been bored, nor have I ever found a single thing wrong with the film. Like Mark Kermode, I think this is easily one of the greatest films ever made, up there with classics like "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Alien", "Taxi Driver" and "Jaws".
I believe the Picture and Audio Quality is very impressive, and that the Features are brilliant, specifically the new ones (if it's anything to by, the features for The Exorcist have always been well done).
But, what I should note is that this edition has both cuts of the movie. Which I am happy about. I think both editions 'The Theatrical Cut' and 'The Version You've Never Seen' are fantasic, and I enjoy showing both versions to people, to get different reactions...the Spider-Walk is usually the primary scare-factor.
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