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The Exorcist DVD Trilogy (1977)

The Exorcist DVD Trilogy (1977)

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   The Exorcist movies are a bit of a mixed bag. The first is an absolutely brilliant piece of filmmaking, presented on an excellent DVD. The second is an awful film, presented on a sub-par DVD, and the third is an average film, presented on an average DVD.

    If you already own the magnificent The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen, I would think very carefully about investing in the box set.

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Thursday, December 04, 2003
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The Exorcist (Peter Blatty's) (2000)

The Exorcist (Peter Blatty's) (2000)

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General Extras
Category Horror Main Menu Audio
Listing-Cast & Crew
TV Spots-4
Radio Spots-2
Theatrical Trailer-2
Audio Commentary-William Friedkin (Director)
Notes-Awards
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 126:44
RSDL / Flipper RSDL Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By John Birkin
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Rowan Atkinson
Mina Anwar
James Dreyfus
Serena Evans
David Haig
Rudolph Walker
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $36.95 Music Howard Goodall
Graham Hutchings
Charlie Phillips


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX (384Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 EX (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Italian
Icelandic
Icelandic
Finnish
Bulgarian
Romanian
Arabic
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Some time ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing one of the all-time classic films in The Exorcist. For reasons probably not completely unrelated to making a fast buck, a revised version has been prepared and is currently doing the theatrical rounds at the moment under the title of The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen, The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen Yet or The Exorcist (2000), depending upon which title is being used today. Thus we have the rarish treat of seeing a preview DVD of a film that is still playing on the big screen. This revised version restores into the film about eight minutes of footage that was deleted from the original version. Whilst much of the footage is slight, the two main restorations are Regan's initial visit to the doctor's for tests and the rather infamous "spider walk" sequence. Most of the rest of the restorations are minor things like a slightly different opening sequence.

    The film has generally been hailed as a great horror film, but clearly the continuing passage of time is not being kind to the film. Indeed, I started watching this DVD with a young visitor, and his reaction to the film was quite interesting. When it got to the scene of Regan holding up her night-dress and insisting that the doctors "f*** her", he pretty much fell on the floor laughing. Whilst it is to be admitted that a few later scenes started to have a little bit more impact, there really was nothing here that could really have been called terrorizing. Such is the change in attitudes over the past twenty-eight years that what was a highly disturbing film is nowadays nothing much more than an interestingly provocative film. That is not to diminish the stature of the film, for it certainly remains the best thing that William Friedkin has done and a classic of its era and genre. It simply does not now have the utterly disturbing nature to warrant an R rating: I have seen far more disturbing films given an MA rating.

    Since the film in its basic form has already been reviewed and the broad story has not changed in any way, if you wish to read a synopsis of the film and the performances contained therein, I suggest you read the earlier review. I certainly have no intention of rehashing those general comments since they remain basically unaltered. I also have no intention of detailing every mortal piece of restored footage either, for the simple reason that I don't see any great point in doing so. At the end of the day, I do not know the film that well and therefore would not be able to vouch for every inserted piece of footage anyway.

    All I am really going to concern myself with is whether or not the restored footage results in a better or worse film, and to be very blunt I have to admit that I really do not believe that the extended version of the film is any great improvement over the original.

    Certainly the added footage of the initial doctor's visit is appreciated as it makes more sense when in the later scene Regan asks what is wrong with her and Chris's reply refers to the visit. The spider walk footage however is less successful, especially as it only includes the walk down the stairs and does not include the bit where Regan chases Chris. That bit seems to have been replaced by a rather noticeable extended black scene change. Overall, it does not add anything to the film in my view and therefore is a pointless restoration. The revised opening sequence is a bit pointless until you hear William Friedkin's reasoning for the change and basically my reaction was "big deal".

    At the end of the day, is the revised version an improvement? Not really and I would suggest that if you already own the original Special Edition, there is not much point in trading it in. If you don't own the film yet, then I suppose the choice gets down to whether you want a better extras package or an extended film. My vote is with the better extras package, so I would advise that you grab a hold of the Special Edition version if you see it.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The original DVD was pretty impressive as far as the transfer goes for a film of its age. In some areas, this version seems even better but in others it shows no significant improvement at all. Broadly speaking, the first half of the film is quite impressive and demonstrates how well the film has been restored, whilst the second half is distinctly less impressive.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    Whilst there are still some rather obvious problems with the transfer, most notably some rather grainy patches most especially during the second half of the transfer, the restoration has in general resulted in a sharp transfer with some rather nice definition. I continue to be impressed by the level of detail earlier on in the film and the attic scene remains a standout. The restored footage fits in very well to the film and really does not stand out as being "new". I would suspect that there has been no additional work done on the source material other than to include the extra footage and the overall result is very much in accordance with the restored original version of the film. Shadow detail is very good for a film of this age. Clarity is generally pretty good until the grain starts setting in. Overall, this remains a reasonably impressive transfer.

    There is still no improvement in the colour palette on offer here and the nicely muted style of colour remains. This suits the film well and is quite believable. The only issue I really have with the colours is the fact that the blacks could perhaps have been a little more solid and even in tone, but that might be expecting too much in a film of this age. There is no problem with oversaturation in the colours at all, although there are some indications of colour bleed in the titles - nothing too serious though.

    There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer. There remain some problems with minor film-to-video artefacts, with a number of instances of aliasing here and there. These tend to be more noticeable during the first half of the film, and examples can be found at 8:03, 17:48, 18:22 and 21:47. There is also an instance of wobble in the image at 101:48. This is not really noticeable at all and is not especially distracting to the film. There remains a suitably impressive lack of film artefacts in the transfer.

    In the absence of noting any layer change during the programme, I would be tempted to suggest that this is a Dual Layer DVD. However, given the length of the film, I would suspect it is more of a question that I missed (sorry, failed to detect) the layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    There are four soundtracks on offer on the DVD, being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX soundtrack, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded soundtrack, and Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 EX soundtrack and an English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded soundtrack. I listened to the English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX soundtrack and the English Audio Commentary.

    Obviously with the Dolby Digital 5.1 EX soundtrack, this has been completely remastered and a more impressive sounding soundtrack it is as a result.

    The dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand throughout, still bearing in mind that some sequences involving the possessed Regan are supposed to be very guttural and thus a little indistinct. There does not appear to be any problem with audio sync in the transfer.

    The score is comprised of excerpts from relatively contemporary classical music by the likes of Krzysztof Penderecki and Hans Werner Henze, complemented by the originality of the well-known Mike Oldfield piece Tubular Bells. A most effective score, highlighted by now being able to hear the repeated Tubular Bells motif during parts of the film where it was previously not able to be heard.

    The big improvement in the Dolby Digital 5.1 EX soundtrack is in better use of the surround channels: there is distinctly more ambient noise through the rear channels especially. I would imagine that if you have EX capability, you are in for something of a treat here. The overall soundtrack seems to be much more open and clear, with a more natural balance to it. The bass channel still does not get a lot of overt use, but the overall feel it gives to the soundtrack is again much more natural. The overall result is to provide a somewhat more spooky feel to the film at times as the sound effects are much more obvious in the overall mix.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
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Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    In comparison to the extras package on the original Special Edition DVD, this is a most disappointing effort indeed.

Menu

    Nicely themed to the film and presented in full screen format, they come with nothing in the way of enhancement apart from that of the 16x9 variety.

Listing - Cast and Crew

    Just a single page listing of the main cast and crew members, and as such hardly justify classification as an extra in my view.

Television Spots - 4

    The four spots are listed as Most Electrifying (0:19), Scariest Ever (0:34), Returns (0:35) and Never Seen (0:34). They are all presented in a Full Frame format that is not 16x9 enhanced and with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. All represent variations on a theme that is not entirely noteworthy, but there is nothing much wrong with the technical quality.

Radio Spots - 2

    The two spots are The Devil Himself and Our Deepest Fears and are played over the menu, which is not the most exciting presentation ever. Acceptable technical quality again.

Theatrical Trailers - 2

    The two trailers are The Version You've Never Seen (1:51) and Our Deepest Fears (1:37). The former is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, is 16x9 enhanced and comes with Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded sound. The latter is presented in a Full Frame format, it is not 16x9 enhanced and comes with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. There is nothing wrong with them technically, but again are variations on a theme.

Audio Commentary - William Friedkin (Director)

    I don't know whether it is just me, but this seems a lot more boring than the effort on the original DVD. Whilst there is some reasonable background stuff, he also manages to fall into the "what's on screen now" mode which heightens the boredom a little. I can see what is on screen - I want to know why! Worth a listen at least once but not something that I would return to very often at all.

Notes - Awards

    Well if you did not know that the film won two Oscars and four Golden Globes, you do now.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Whilst computer problems have left me unable to access the main review sites that I use for reference, from those I have checked out there seems to be little difference in any respect between the Region 1 and Region 4 releases, other than the Region 1 release comes in snapper packaging. Call it even.

Summary

    Currently residing at 164 in the Internet Movie Database Top 250 films of all time, The Exorcist is a classic film, and should be in every collection. If you have the original Special Edition then there is no need for you to change. If you do not have that version, I would suggest that on the balance that you should seek out a copy and only take this new version as a last resort. The choice basically comes down to eight minutes of extra footage and a slightly better soundtrack, versus a better extras package.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ian Morris (Biological imperfection run amok)
Saturday, April 07, 2001
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Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Horror Main Menu Audio
Listing-Cast & Crew
Alternative Version-Alternate Opening
Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 1977
Running Time 112:50
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (39:38) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By John Boorman
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Linda Blair
Richard Burton
Louise Fletcher
Max Von Sydow
Kitty Winn
Paul Henreid
James Earl Jones
Ned Beatty
Belinda Beatty
Rose Portillo
Barbara Cason
Tiffany Kinney
Joey Green
Case ?
RPI Box Music Ennio Morricone


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
Italian
German
Spanish
Arabic
Bulgarian
Romanian
Dutch
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Sequels to classic films often stumble. Many sequels flounder while trying desperately to find a purpose, other than being a shameless box-office money grab. The Exorcist II: The Heretic is part-prequel/part-sequel, and attempts to be original, yet ultimately it comes off as being silly and pointless.

    Released in 1973, the Academy Award winning The Exorcist was a critical and commercial success. Even recent polls still list it as being one of the "scariest movies ever made". But The Exorcist was much more than that. With an excellent script, based on a great novel (and a true story), and a movie that exhibited superb direction, acting, photography, editing, art direction, and special/make-up effects, The Exorcist remains a brilliant movie, and an absolute 'corker' of a DVD (I'm referring to the digitally remastered The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen). Even though grossly vulgar and crude at times, the movie was stylish and classy (never B Grade), and featured unforgettable and startling visual and aural imagery.

    Exorcist II: The Heretic is set in New York a few years later. Regan (Linda Blair) is now a young woman, and regularly visits a psychiatrist, Dr Gene Tuskin (Louise Fletcher), to help her cope with her bad dreams. Meanwhile, Father Lamont (Richard Burton) is asked by the Church to investigate the death of Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow), i.e. the events of The Exorcist, and this brings him into contact with both Regan and Dr. Tuskin. Using Tuskin's synchroniser machine, which "syncs minds", Lamont delves into the repressed memories of Regan. As he does so, Lamont also explores the background of Father Merrin, and his years spent as a missionary in East Africa.

    Exorcist II: The Heretic features some of the all-time greatest screen-actors (Louise Fletcher, Richard Burton, Max Von Sydow, and James Earl Jones) in some of their worst performances. I can only blame the truly awful direction by John Boorman. This is a really amateurish effort - for example, Boorman feels the need to spoonfeed the audience, and thus spells out everything at least twice. The movie also includes some lousy special effects and unrealistic models and sets.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The grainy transfer is acceptable, but really shows its age.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness is acceptable, but the shadow detail is lacking. For example, consider the murky scene at 28:16. The colours are muted, and exhibit a grey/orange tint. The skin tones have a brownish hue.

    There are no problems with MPEG or film-to-video artefacts, but small film artefacts appear throughout.

    The English subtitles are accurate to the spoken word.

    This is an RSDL disc, with an awkward layer change (during a character speaking) placed at 39:38.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    Exorcist II: The Heretic bombed at the box office internationally, and hence no loving restoration or remixing work has been done to the original mono audio.

    There are three audio options on this DVD: English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s), French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s), and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s). The English version is the default audio.

    The dialogue quality is clear, but the audio sync is often out, such as at 9:26.

    The musical score is credited to the accomplished Ennio Morricone, and it is a suitably creepy score. Sadly, however, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells are nowhere to be heard.

    As a mono audio track, there is no surround sound or subwoofer activity.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    The extras are very slim.

Menu

    A simple menu.

Cast and Crew

    A text-based list of the principal cast and crew.

Alternate Opening

    Narrated by Richard Burton against a series of stills, the events of The Exorcist are told in summary. More spoon-feeding by Boorman. I'm glad this short segment was cut.

Teaser Trailer

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital mono audio.

Theatrical Trailer

    Also presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital mono audio.

R4 vs R1

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    The R1 and R4 are identical, except for some of the subtitles and the inclusion of an Italian audio option with the R4. Of course, there is also the PAL/NTSC difference, but I would call it pretty even.

Summary

   As a movie, The Exorcist II: The Heretic lacks the style and substance of its predecessor. As a DVD, it also lacks the beautifully restored transfer and the English Dolby Digital 5.1EX audio of its predecessor. Indeed, it's just downright disappointing all-round.

    The video quality is acceptable.

    The audio quality is severely limited and mono.

    The extras are really not worth mentioning.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
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The Exorcist III (1990)

The Exorcist III (1990)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Horror Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 1990
Running Time 105:19
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (46:23) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By William Peter Blatty
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring George C. Scott
Ed Flanders
Brad Dourif
Jason Miller
Nicol Williamson
Scott Wilson
Nancy Fish
George Dicenzo
Don Gordon
Lee Richardson
Grand L. Bush
Mary Jackson
Viveca Lindfors
Case ?
RPI Box Music Barry De Vorzon


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
German
Spanish
Swedish
Norwegian
Danish
Finnish
Polish
Czech
Turkish
Hungarian
Icelandic
Croatian
French
Italian
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    A critical and commercial diaster, The Exorcist II: The Heretic, appeared to be the last Exorcist movie. However, after the passing of many years, the original author of the Exorcist novel, William Peter Blatty, managed to revive the franchise with The Exorcist III.

    As I wrote in a previous review, "released in 1973, the Academy Award winning The Exorcist was a critical and commercial success. Even recent polls still list it as being one of the "scariest movies ever made". But The Exorcist was much more than that. With an excellent script, based on a great novel (and a true story), and a movie that exhibited superb direction, acting, photography, editing, art direction, and special/make-up effects, The Exorcist remains a brilliant movie and an absolute 'corker' of a DVD (I'm referring to he digitally remastered The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen). Even though grossly vulgar and crude at times, the movie was stylish and classy (never B Grade), and featured unforgettable and startling visual and aural imagery . . . As a movie, The Exorcist II: The Heretic lacked the style and substance of its predecessor. As a DVD, it also lacks the beautifully restored transfer and the English Dolby Digital 5.1EX audio of its predecessor. Indeed, it's just downright disappointing all-round".

    Made almost twenty years after The Exorcist, The Exorcist III reprises the characters of Lt. William 'Bill' Kinderman (George C. Scott) and Father Joseph Kevin Dyer (Ed Flanders), but with new actors in the roles. Jason Miller returns in an all-too-brief appearance as Father Damien Karras, but there is no Regan (Linda Blair) or Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) to be seen. Based on William Peter Blatty's novel Legion, and written and directed by Blatty himself, The Exorcist III has actually very little to do with the events of The Exorcist. Indeed, it is a completely separate story, and I wonder if this movie would have been green-lit at all without the tie-in to a commercially successful movie.

    The plot of The Exorcist III is a simplistic detective story, tarted up with some supernatural elements: Kinderman is investigating a series of gruesome murders which resemble the work of an executed serial killer, The Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif). His investigations lead him to the disturbed ward in a local hospital. In this ward Kinderman is startled by what (and who) he finds . . .

    Strangely, Blatty has taken a few liberties with his original Exorcist story and film. For example, now Kinderman and Karras are presented as having been best friends, whereas the two characters only met briefly in The Exorcist before Karras' untimely 'death'. The changes made are not crucial to the story, but will leave some Exorcist fans, like me, scratching their heads.

    If The Exorcist II: The Heretic was flogging a dead horse, then The Exorcist III is flogging its decomposed remains.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is quite decent overall, and presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness is good. For example, consider the detailed and textured shot of Kinderman's face at 13:46. However, the shadow detail is variable, and often poor such as at 37:08. The colours are excellent, and colour is used effectively in the story-telling.

    There are no problems with MPEG or film-to-video artefacts, but tiny film artefacts appear throughout. There is some very slight telecine wobble on occasion, such as at 24:02

    The English subtitles are simplified, but accurate.

    This is an RSDL disc, with a slight pause during the layer change at 39:38.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    While not matching the aural intensity of the beautifully digitally remastered The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen, there is a decent audio mix here.

    There are three audio options on this DVD: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s), German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s), and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s). The English version is the default audio.

    There are no problems with either the dialogue quality or the audio sync.

    The musical score is credited to the Barry Devorzon, and it is minimal but effective. Having been left out of The Exorcist II: The Heretic, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells also makes a welcome return.

    The surround sound mix is very subtle and very stereo-surround like, but there are some gently enveloping effects such as the rain through the rears at 48:17. The subwoofer is called upon frequently, such as with the ominous rumbles during the dream sequence at 25:22.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    The extras are very slim.

Menu

    A simple menu.

Theatrical Trailer

    A 'teaser trailer' presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital stereo-surround audio.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Exorcist III has been previously released in R1.

    The Region 4 DVD misses out on:

    The Region 1 DVD misses out on:

    While the features are similar, I would favour the R4 for the dual-layered disc.

Summary

   The Exorcist III promises a lot, but delivers little. While there are a few scares here and there, the overall film seems to meander, lacking tension, purpose, and even a coherent storyline.

    The video quality is reasonable.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are really not worth mentioning.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Audio
Extras
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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
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Your comments on the plot are a bit unfair... - REPLY POSTED
Quite Scary and pretty good all round, really. - Rodda (This... is my *bioom* stick!) REPLY POSTED
1973 - 1990 ... 17 years = "almost 30"? n/t - REPLY POSTED
Read the sodding book... - REPLY POSTED
re "Charlie & Tex"s comments on "Legion" - Bran (my bio, or something very like it)