Exclusive: William Friedkin discusses The Exorcist on Blu-ray

The Digital Bits is reporting that a Blu-ray version of The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen has been scheduled for a September 2009 release date. Directed by William Friedkin, The Exorcist has gone through numerous cuts, but it’s this aforementioned version that remains the final edition of the film.

co4The Digital Bits is reporting that a Blu-ray version of The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen has been scheduled for a September 2009 release date. Directed by William Friedkin, The Exorcist has gone through numerous cuts, but it’s this aforementioned version that remains the final edition of the film.

Specs for this format title are unknown at the moment but SciFiNow can verify that this title has been in the works for some time. We spoke to Friedkin last year and he disclosed some exclusive details on this release.

“Yes, I’m making it [The Exorcist] in December, it will take at least a month and shall be released in the fall of 2009. I do a lot of things differently when I make films, for example with The French Connection after I had timed the colour I made a black and white copy of the timed colour and then I made an over saturated version and I bled that into the black and white.” Said the Oscar-winning helmer. “With The Exorcist I’m going to use a black and white print and a bluish print. Not for the Iraq sequence mind, which will be in hot colours, but for the rest of the film it will have a much more colour nourish look than any other print was able to achieve.

He finished by saying: “It will be coming in the recent version, which is called ‘The Version You’ve Never Seen’. I didn’t call it a director’s cut, I just put twelve minutes back into the film that I had cut because at the time the film was too long.”

The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen is scheduled for release later on in the year.