Hot Sheet: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Weekend
BY Advocate.com Editors
October 10 2013 4:44 PM ET
4. DVD/BLU-RAY: The Exorcist, 40th Anniversary
I saw The Exorcist when I was 5 years old — a classmate's clueless mom took us to the drive-in theater and then had to deal with the horrendous sleepover aftermath when I couldn't stop worrying about Satan. It was 1973, and The Exorcist — the now-famous story in which Linda Blair plays a demonically possessed young girl — scared the wits out of mny viewers who were over 18 as well. Thanks to feminist academics, I now understand that Blair's possession was an allegory for female puberty and so much more, which makes it all the better to get this new Blu-ray special edition that includes the extended director's cut, the theatrical version, a 40-page book in which director William Friedki, talks about his on-set experiences, a featurette on the author of the book that inspired the film, and vintage tapes of a priest documenting a supposedly real case of possession (which of course inspired the author who wrote the book that inspired the film that scared the pants off me). A collector's must. — Diane Anderson-Minshall
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