As if there weren’t enough awesome new Blu-Rays on the horizon in 2014, Warner Bros. has officially announced the high-def release of The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology.
Warner Bros. has yet to reveal the complete tech specs and special features listing for the set, but we do know that it will contain all five Exorcist films, four of them coming to Blu-Ray for the very first time. As with the existing two-disc Exorcist digibook release, the anthology will contain both the theatrical and extended cuts of the original 1973 William Friedkin classic, along with sequels Exorcist II: The Heretic, Exorcist III, Exorcist: The Beginning, and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. For those unaware, the latter two are alternate versions of the same film, one directed by Renny Harlin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4) and one directed by Paul Schrader (Cat People).
If you’d prefer not to purchase the whole set, Exorcists II, III, and Beginning will also be released individually. Unfortunately for completists, WB has no current plans to release Dominion by itself. In other words, if you want the whole series, you’re going to have to shell out the cash for the set. That said, The Complete Anthology is currently available to pre-order on Amazon for the ridiculously low-price of $25.19. That’s right around $5 a film, and is especially a no-brainer if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
Here’s hoping the criminally underrated Exorcist III finally gets some bonus material here, even if it’s just an audio commentary. The film was famously re-cut heavily from director William Peter Blatty’s original vision, due to studio demands. The original footage has reportedly been lost, but it would be really interesting just to hear Blatty detail exactly what was removed and why.
The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology six-disc Blu-Ray set will be released on September 23, 2014.