I definitely buy that Blatty wanted the opportunity to work with Williamson having not been able to do so the first time. Whatever his personal issues, Williamson was one of the great actors. It is kind of a shame that someone of his caliber was brought in to do something so thankless and silly, but what can ya do.
Originally Posted by Belloq87
If/when you get a chance, let us know how the special features are.
Rock solid. The featurettes on the second disc amount to a feature length documentary, and it's refreshingly unbiased in that it allows in a few voices (chiefly the original editor) that allege Blatty was distant as a collaborator and naive in his unwillingness to navigate the expectations of a studio film. So it's nicely well-rounded as well as informational.
The Blatty interview is invaluable but a far cry from the scene-specific commentary we would have hoped for. It's a conversation between Blatty and a fellow I do not know, and it's not terrifically focused in that they cover far more ground than Exorcist III in the precious time allocated, but Blatty definitely gives up some fascinating tidbits. He comes off as a very old man, which of course he is, and so I shouldn't be surprised that he wasn't prepared to be dragged to a studio for a real commentary or participation in the on-camera stuff, which I selfishly would have wanted.
The first disc has over 30 minutes of vintage interviews (including Blatty, Scott, Flanders and Miller) that I had never seen before interspersed with some rare behind-the-scenes footage. There are a few standalone deleted scenes and bloopers, but the only one of substance is the morgue prologue. Rounding it out there's a 7-minute EPK, trailers, TV spots and photo galleries. Pretty exhaustive effort from Shout! Factory, who as usual are doing the work the studio should have done in the first place back on the original DVD.
Originally Posted by Carnotaur3
And then the ending, seeing the black boy with the Jesus head replacing his.
Beyond being really disturbing, actually showcasing this image in the reshot climax always bothered me because it seems at odds with Kinderman's description of what happened. He said the killer drove steel ingots into the boy's eyes, then decapitated him. So why are there ingots in the eyes of the Christ head that the killer replaced the boy's with? The statue's eyes got the same treatment? Just confuses me.