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Review by Youssef Kdiry | posted February 25, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1); French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)

Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Access; Theatrical Trailer

The Movie: "The Exorcist III" is based on William Peter Blatty's novel "Legion"-- which is in-turn based on his original novel, "The Exorcist," the basis for the 1973 horror phenomenon. While that one was directed by William Friedkin, "EIII" is directed by Blatty himself. Largely underappreciated in its original 1990 release, the movie deserves a 2nd glance thanks to Blatty's subtle, creepy (and well-shot, edited and acted) style. The late, great George C. Scott stars as D.C. detective Bill Kinderman (played in the original by the late, great Lee J. Cobb). A rash of the religious murders of priests leads Kinderman to discover that a long-dead serial killer is living in the body of his dead friend, Father Damien Karras (from the original)--who's now locked up in a mental ward. The dead priest, now possessed, plays a sinister cat-and-mouse game with Kinderman that could have grave consequences on both tormented souls.

The Picture: Warner Home Video has done a great job in presenting us with a crisp, clear DVD image (16X9 enhancement, too). Even the darker scenes in "EIII" look marvelous.

The Sound: The folks over at WHV were also kind enough to remix the film's original Dolby Digital Surround and upgrade it to 5.1 status. Bravo, folks, bravo.

The Extras: Other than a nice theatrical trailer (really more of a teaser), there's squat on this one! What's the deal, WHV? Don't make me get medieval on your tushies!

Conclusion: All in all, "EIII" is a good flick/DVD to own. My only complaint is in the extras dept.; but to be fair, WHV did a fantastic job on the first "Exorcist" disc (the 25th Anniversary Edition)...but that is another religious DVD experience...

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