Some fantastic snippets from the behind-the-scenes documentaries appearing on the upcoming Blu-ray of The Exorcist have been made available online (via movieweb). I have embedded the video clips below.
The main documentary is Raising Hell: Filming The Exorcist, which features newly-shot interviews with cast and crew and includes never-before seen footage from behind the scenes of The Exorcist. It seems to follow a similar path as Mark Kermode‘s famous BBC documentary The Fear Of God from 1998, only Raising Hell will include all of that tantalizing new footage and was pieced together by famous documentarian Laurent Bouzereau. (Incidentally, The Fear of God is still included on the second disc of the Blu-ray edition, but not the DVD release).
Also included are snippets from bonus documentaries The Exorcist Locations: Washington Then and Now, and Faces of Evil: The Different Version of The Exorcist. While these documentaries can be viewed separately, they are designed to play back-to-back as a large, three-part documentary, running almost for almost 2 hours.
This marks the first time The Exorcist has appeared on the Blu-ray format. The special edition two-disc digi-book releases October 5 2010 (pre-order yours here) along with the Extended Director’s Cut DVD (pre-rder here). Only the Blu-ray will include the new documentaries along with both the original theatrical cut and the Extended Director’s Cut of the film, while the DVD will only feature The Extended Director’s Cut (formally known as The Version You’ve Never Seen).
The video clips below include Linda Blair talking about the landmark Exorcist stairs, William Friedkin talking about directing the film, and William Peter Blatty talking about the Georgetown locations, among others.
Probably the most exciting snippet to see ahead of the official release of the special edition discs is the complete footage of the ‘Birthday’ scene, where Chris takes daughter Regan to see the sights of Washington on her Birthday. In the clip provided, Director William Friedkin admits he wanted to put it back into the film, but couldn’t find the soundrack so many years on:
Low-Tech Mechanical Effects
The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Now and Then