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On October 5th, one of the scariest films of all-time, The Exorcist, will finally be available on Blu-ray. The original 1973 movie, based on the book by William Peter Blatty, was directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin (The French Connection) and starred newcomer Linda Blair, Max von Sydow and Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn. We recently had a chance to sit down and speak with Linda Blair, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance in the film, as well as cinematographer Owen Roizman (Tootsie), to discuss the new Blu-ray edition, working with director William Friedkin and revisiting the iconic film. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below:
Exclusive: Linda Blair Interview
Exclusive: Owen Roizman Interview
The Exorcist takes place in a quiet neighborhood, in a house with all the modern conveniences, where an innocent young girl (Linda Blair) has become afflicted. Her mother (Ellen Burstyn) can't help her. »
Now that the 2010 line-up for the Criterion Collection has finally been announced with last week’s December titles, we can begin speculating on what we’ll get in 2011. With over 50 spine numbers in 2010, will we see # 600 in 2011? At the rate that Criterion is churning out these discs, we have to assume so. Where will they get all of these upcoming titles from?
Well, over the past few months we’ve seen several titles from MGM’s catalog announced, and hinted at in their monthly newsletter. Most likely due to MGM’s current financial problems, it’s nice to see Criterion stepping up to rescue these films from the abyss of “out of print”. If you head over to the various forums (CriterionForum.org, Mubi, etc.) you’ll find many people speculating on the MGM titles that Criterion has acquired the rights to. While some are mostly speculation, I have had »
- Ryan Gallagher
The Exorcist is coming to Blu-ray Warner Home Video is finally releasing the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist on Blu-ray on October 5 in a brand new DigiBook package. The new two-disc Bd Digibook, which features both the extended director's cut and the original theatrical cut, will be priced at $34.99 Srp and will also come with a 40-page book, which includes cast biographies, photos, production notes and a personal letter written by director William Friedkin. The film will also be released in a single-disc DVD (with no special features) at $19.96 Srp. You can take a look at both cover art images for the Bd and DVD below as well as the special features on the Blu-ray. This classic horror film stars Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller and Max von Sydow.
The film tells the now-famous story of a girl's demonic possession, and a gripping fight between good and evil. Linda Blair, »
A talented Irish actor on stage and in films for Ford and Huston
For an actor who worked with two of the greatest movie directors of the last century and appeared in the world premieres of plays by Brian Friel, Ireland's leading contemporary dramatist, Donal Donnelly, who has died after a long illness, aged 78, was curiously unrecognised. Like so many prominent Irish actors in the diasporas of Hollywood, British television, the West End and Broadway – all areas he conquered – Donnelly was a great talent and a private citizen, happily married for many years, and always seemed youthful.
There was something mischievous, something larkish, about him, too. He twinkled. And he had a big nose. He had long lived in New York, although he died in Chicago, and had started out in Dublin, although born in England.
- Michael Coveney
4 items from 2010
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