‘The Exorcist’ Being Released On 4K Ultra For The First Time

August 1, 2023

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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As part of the year-long centennial celebration for the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros. Studio, William Friedkin’s iconic film, The Exorcist, arguably the best horror film ever released, is being unleashed for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Disc on Digital this September with footage never-before-seen-in-theaters. It is a must-own for any fan of horror or cinema.


Directed by Friedkin from a screenplay by Academy Award winner William Peter Blatty, the film is based on Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same name. The Exorcist stars Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Academy Award nominee Max von Sydow (Pelle the ConquerorExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Academy Award nominee Lee J. Cobb (On the WaterfrontThe Brothers Karamazov), Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowan, Academy Award nominee Jason Miller, and Academy Award nominee Linda Blair.

Widely regarded as a supernatural masterpiece, the film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and acting nominations for Burstyn, Miller, and Blair. The film won two Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Blatty. The Exorcist is such a landmark in cinema that in 2010 the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs include both the 1973 theatrical version of the film and the 2000 Extended Director’s Cut of the film, which features eleven additional minutes of footage not seen in theaters.

 The Exorcist will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with its release on 4K Ultra HD Disc for the first time on September 19, 2023, as well as on Digital from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu, and more. The release comes just ahead of the theatrical premiere of The Exorcist: Believer, which sees the return of actress Ellen Burstyn, who played the role of Regan’s mother in the original.


The Exorcist Ultra HD Blu-ray disc (theatrical version) Special Features:

  • Introduction by William Friedkin
  • Commentary by William Friedkin
  • Commentary by William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects



The Exorcist Digital release (theatrical version) Special features:

  • Commentary by William Friedkin
  • Commentary by William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects Tests
  • Introduction by William Friedkin
  • “The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist”
  • Original Ending
  • William Peter Blatty Interviews
    • “The Original Cut”
    • “Stairway to Heaven”
    • “The Final Reckoning”
  • “Sketches & Storyboards”
  • TV Spots
    • “Beyond Comprehension”
    • “You Too Can See the Exorcist”
    • “Between Science & Superstition”
    • “The Movie You’ve Been Waiting For”
    • “Nobody Expected It”
    • “Life Had Been Good”
  • Trailers
    • “Nobody Expected It”
    • “Beyond Comprehension”
    • “Flash Image”


The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut Ultra HD Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Commentary by William Friedkin



The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut Digital Special Features:

  • Commentary by William Friedkin
  • “Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist”
  • “Talk of the Devil”
  • “Raising Hell: Filming The Exorcist”
  • “The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now”
  • “Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist”
  • Radio Spots
    • “The Devil Himself”
    • “Our Deepest Fears”
  • TV Spots
    • “Most Electrifying”
    • “Scariest Ever”
    • “Returns”
    • “Never Seen”
  • Trailers
    • “The Version You’ve Never Seen”
    • “Our Deepest Fears”



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