As previously announced, Scream Factory will be releasing what could be considered the “holy grail” for cult horror film buffs and in particular, fans of the Exorcist franchise. Once thought lost forever, William Peter Blatty’s much anticipated Legion cut of The Exorcist III will be included as part of a 2-disc collector’s edition Blu-ray this October.
And if that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, a plethora of bonus features have now been revealed which do not disappoint. Check out the full list below:
DISC ONE: The Exorcist III (Theatrical Cut)
- New 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
- 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 mins)
- Audio Interview With Writer/Director William Peter Blatty
- A “Wonderfull” Time – Interviews With Producer Carter DeHaven, Actors Clifford David And Tracy Thorne And Production Assistant Kara Reidy
- Signs Of The Gemini – An Interview With Brad Dourif
- The Devil In The Details – Interview With Production Designer Leslie Dilley, Assistant Designer Daren Dochterman And Illustrator Simon Murton
- Music For A Padded Cell – An Interview With Composer Barry DeVorzon
- 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
Cliff MacMillan, who is producing the Blu-ray for Scream Factory, also explained the process of restoring Blatty’s original vision for the film.
“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 collector’s edition will be available October 25. Pre-order now to receive your copy two weeks early, plus a bonus poster.