“The Exorcist III” Director’s Cut Announced

Having grown a reputation as one of the creepiest films made, William Peter Blatty’s cult favorite “The Exorcist III” is coming to Blu-ray with Morgan Creek Productions and Scream Factory teaming for the title’s October 25th 2016 release.

What makes this one stand out though is that the set boasts the first ever home entertainment release of the director’s cut – a brand-new, alternate version author reflecting William Peter Blatty’s original vision of his novel “Legion”. The disc set also features a new 2K transfer from the inter-positive, and over four hours of special features.

The original film was famously altered in post-production with re-shoots imposed by Morgan Creek and the last-minute addition of an exorcism sequence. The new cut tries to restore that vision but even then they couldn’t quite do it. Blu-ray producer Cliff MacMillan explains the result:

“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.”

In the film 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 which bear the hallmarks of the infamous Gemini Killer… who died in the electric chair fifteen years ago. 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.

New special features include new audio commentary with writer/director William Peter Blatty and new interviews with various cast and crew involved.

Source: SHOUT! Factory