Home / Blu-ray / Friedkin confirms 40th Anniversary Blu-ray in 2013; new digital print
"Do you know what she did?"

Friedkin confirms 40th Anniversary Blu-ray in 2013; new digital print

Via his official Twitter last weekend, director William Friedkin unofficially confirmed what many of us anticipated: there will be a new Blu-ray release to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Exorcist in 2013.

When asked by a fan if a digital or film print would be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 9, where Friedkin is being honoured in person, the director confirmed a new digital print of The Exorcist is being used for the screening. He went on to say the same print is also being used by Warner Brothers for a new Blu-ray release next year.

The digital print for Seattle is actually being used as the master for next years 40th Annv Blu-ray. It’s incredible.

Friedkin revealed the “spectacular” new print took him six months to make. “The new Exorcist print looks exactly like what it did through the viewfinder when I shot the movie,” he tweeted. “I saw new things about the film that I had either forgotten or not noticed before. This is not hyperbole. When you look through a finder, the color is perfect, there is no dirt and no scratches, no flaws.”

That is a staggering and exciting anecdote from Friedkin. It reminds me of the experience I had when I watched the first Blu-ray. The image was the crispest and the sound was the clearest I had ever experienced while watching The Exorcist; it honestly felt like I was seeing it for the first time all over again.

I’m glad there is a new print for a new disc release. I hope Warner Brothers consider some new special features and not just repackage the stuff we’ve seen before on previous releases (including DVDs). They put together a fantastic Blu-ray in 2010, but this one needs to be amazingly memorable to commemorate 40 years of The Exorcist.

Thanks to Justin for the heads-up about this news!

Are you excited for the new blu-ray? What features are you hopeful to appear on the 40th anniversary disc(s)? Join us on the forum and have your say.

About Jason Stringer

Former Webmaster of captainhowdy.com

Check Also

Newspaper clipping of the exorcism of Ronald Doe.

Exorcism of the Real Exorcist House to Air Live on TV

Entertainment Weekly reports Destination America have decided it’d be a fantastic ratings grab to have a …