Los Angeles, CA – William Peter Blatty’s cult favorite The Exorcist III [Collector’s Edition] will be bear­ing its cross on a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set from Scream Factory on October 25th, 2016, in a part­ner­ship with Morgan Creek Productions. The must-have set boasts the first ever home enter­tain­ment release of the director’s cut, a brand-new, alter­nate ver­sion of The Exorcist III, reflect­ing William Peter Blatty’s orig­i­nal vision of his nov­el Legion.

 

exor3-bluThe Exorcist III [Collector’s Edition] also fea­tures a new 2K trans­fer from the inter-pos­i­tive, and over 4 hours of spe­cial fea­tures. Highlights from the spe­cial fea­tures include a new audio com­men­tary with writer/director William Peter Blatty, and new inter­views with pro­duc­er Carter DeHaven, actors Clifford David, Tracy Thorne, and Brad Dourif, pro­duc­tion assis­tant Kara Reidy, pro­duc­tion design­er Leslie Dilley, assis­tant design­er Daren Dochterman, illus­tra­tor Simon Murton, and com­poser Barry DeVorzon, as well as a fea­turet­te titled All This Bleeding, which is a look at the re-shoot and make­up effects with pro­duc­tion man­ager Ronald Colby, edi­tor Todd Ramsay, effects artists William Forsche, Mike Smithson, Brian Wade and actor/body dou­ble Charles Powell.

 

Fans pre-order­ing The Exorcist III [Collector’s Edition] direct­ly from Scream Factory will receive a free 18″ x 24″ poster of the new cov­er art (while sup­plies last) plus ear­ly ship­ping!

 

In speak­ing to the process of cre­at­ing the director’s cut for this release, Blu-ray pro­duc­er Cliff MacMillan states “We con­duct­ed an exhaus­tive search through a pal­let of film assets from the orig­i­nal shoot to re-cre­ate William Peter Blatty’s intend­ed vision.  Unfortunately, that footage has been lost to time. To that end, we turned to VHS tapes of the film’s dailies to assem­ble the director’s cut. However, even some of that footage was incom­plete, so sce­nes from the the­atri­cal re-shoot were used to fill in the gaps. This director’s cut is a com­pos­ite of vary­ing footage qual­i­ty from the best avail­able sources.”

 

The Exorcist III is author/filmmaker William Peter Blatty’s per­son­al vision of what fol­lowed after The Exorcist. Like the orig­i­nal, The Exorcist III com­bi­nes ele­ments of a detec­tive sto­ry, a the­o­log­i­cal puz­zle, and an unfor­get­table study in ter­ror.

For more than fif­teen years Police Lieutenant Kinderman (George C. Scott) has been haunt­ed by the death of his friend Father Damien Karras. Now, on the 15th anniver­sary of the exor­cism that claimed the priest’s life, Kinderman’s world is once again shat­tered when a boy is found decap­i­tat­ed and sav­age­ly cru­ci­fied. It’s just the begin­ning of a night­mare series of bizarre reli­gious mur­ders.

 

The bru­tal mur­ders bear the hall­marks of the infa­mous Gemini Killer… who died in the elec­tric chair fif­teen years ago. But when a psy­chopath claim­ing to be the Gemini Killer reveals inti­mate, grue­some details that only the true killer could pos­si­bly know, Kinderman is con­front­ed with a hor­ri­fy­ing truth that he can­not begin to explain… and that will shake him to his core.

The Exorcist III [Collector’s Edition] Special Features

 

DISC ONE: The Exorcist III (Theatrical Cut)

  • New 2K scan of the inter-pos­i­tive
  • Vintage fea­turet­te
  • Deleted Scene/Alternate Takes/Bloopers
  • Deleted Prologue
  • Vintage inter­views (fea­tur­ing behind-the-sce­nes footage) with writer/director William Peter Blatty, George C. Scott, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Grand L. Bush, exec­u­tive pro­duc­er James G. Robinson, pro­duc­tion design­er Leslie Dilley, Larry King and C. Everett Koop
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Photo Galleries

 

DISC TWO: Legion (Original Director’s Cut) 105 min­utes

  • NEW Audio inter­view with writer/director William Peter Blatty
  • NEW A “Wonderfull” Time – inter­views with pro­duc­er Carter DeHaven, actors Clifford David and Tracy Thorne and pro­duc­tion assis­tant Kara Reidy
  • NEW Signs of the Gemini – an inter­view with Brad Dourif
  • NEW The Devil in the Details – inter­view with pro­duc­tion design­er Leslie Dilley, assis­tant design­er Daren Dochterman and illus­tra­tor Simon Murton
  • NEW Music for a Padded Cell – an inter­view with com­poser Barry DeVorzon
  • NEW All This Bleeding – a look at the re-shoot and make­up effects with pro­duc­tion man­ager Ronald Colby, edi­tor Todd Ramsay, effects artists William Forsche, Mike Smithson, Brian Wade and actor/body dou­ble Charles Powell