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The Exorcist [4K Ultra HD] [1973] [Blu-ray]

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representation of the original natural color palette, with understated production design and striking compositions that absolutely look better than I was bored to tears with this film and kept looking at my watch to see how close it was to being over. The characters were forgettable, the story is nothing new, and I had to stop myself from laughing out loud at the acting quite a number of times.

The Exorcist | 4K Ultra HD Official Trailer | Warner Bros

William Friedkin should know the frustrating history of his films on home video, which are often prone to color revision and other changes. In 2010, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in theNational Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Proving that the universe does indeed have a sense of humor, perhaps the biggest upgrade on this WB release is its audio options. The default on both

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versions -- and only choice on the director's cut, aside from a few foreign dubs -- is a new Dolby Atmos remix built from previous surround this 4K UHD presentation are mighty impressive and the two audio options -- a terrific new Atmos mix and the original theatrical mono -- help to make Controversial, haunting and popular from the moment it opened, William Friedkin's masterpiece The Exorcist turns 50 years old, featuring stunning 4K UHD restorations of the original 1973 Theatrical Version and the 2000 Extended Director's Cut.

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walk to the house, which sporadically takes on a similarly filtered, chalky appearance that's likewise hurt by excessive noise, smearing, and even Sometimes it's ok to just let these classic movies live on as their own thing. I don't know who thought it was a good idea to give the director a shot at this franchise because... those 3 new Halloween movies are atrocious. Not funny, not scary, did not need to be made. The other concern is related to William Friedkin's misplaced efforts to revise the color timing of his films, which started with the heavily controversial 2009 Blu-ray release of The French Connection. Thankfully, that does not appear to be the case here, but it is worth noting that Friedkin purportedly worked with cinematographer Owen Roizman on the restoration and color timing for the 2010 DigiBook Blu-ray release, which we are left to assume is the model used for this 4K remaster. And since we don't have access to the original elements — and any claims of remembering the original look of a movie from fifty years ago is ultimately absurd — we have to take the filmmakers at their word that this is how the film is meant to look. With that said, however, there are a few moments that raise some small suspicions, such as the reds seeming a tad amplified and over-saturated. It's nothing terribly egregious or distracting, but they tend to pop pretty loudly here and there. The rest of the palette appears accurately rendered and fuller, and facial complexions are healthier with a natural peach-rosiness around the cheeks of the cast. Also, the strong bluish hue of the exorcism sequences seen in previous releases has been toned down somewhat to a more downcast, steely tone that when combined with the diffusion photography, gives those moments an eerie, ethereal, and otherworldly feel. missing extras from previous Blu-rays. (But if they're not on-disc, they don't count in my book.) Speaking of which, the bonus features we do If you want horror movies, October is the month for you. Tons of horror releases (and 4K horror re-releases) are heading our way in October, including a bunch of Screams, The Mist, Friday the 13th, Rosemary's Baby, and the Shrek 6-film collection. Kidding about that last one!Despite the fact that The Exorcist was a well-received film (not just with audiences but with people within the film community), the author of the original novel, William Peter Blatty, was never fully satisfied with it since aspects of the film had been compromises between he and director William Friedkin. Blatty later envisioned a sequel that took place outside the universe, but with some of the same characters. After failing to interest Friedkin in returning to direct, he wrote it as a novel entitled Legion. Years later, after Blatty began directing himself, he decided to bring Legion to the screen. The result was The Exorcist III, a film that was not quite what he had envisioned, and also initially dismayed audiences at the time for its approach. Stephen’s look at Robert Rossen’s WWII classic They Came to Cordura (1959) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

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