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Reviewer: Styx
Review Date: January 12, 2000

Released by: Warner Brothers
Release date: December 14, 1999
MSRP $9.99
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: Yes

Warner has recently released a movie only DVD edition of William Peter Blatty's Exorcist III, which is based off his novel "Legion". Considered an effective sequel after the rather bad Exorcist II: The Heretic, Warner gives us a nice presentation, but little else.

The Story

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http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/exorcist3/ex3_shot3s.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/exorcist3/ex3_shot3l.jpg) Exorcist III is not a bad film. Its style and theme is similar to that of the original and the questioning of faith and religion is still prominent. The film has a different kind of story since it deals with a serial killer and has a more police mystery feel. Many of the characters of the original return in this film, including Detective Kinderman, this time played by George C. Scott who does a great job. Jason miller also returns as Father Karras and Ed Flanders plays the role of father Dyer. This is a very serious film, similar to David Fincher's Seven and all the actors do a great job portraying serious roles.

Probably best of all for me is Brad Dourif who plays the Gemini Killer. Brad Dourif is a fine actor who I've caught in several films as well as guest appearances on TV shows like The X Files and of course he voices everyone's favorite killer doll, Chucky. He plays the part extremely well and keeps long dialogue scenes from becoming boring as he chillingly retells the details of his murders. Most of all I think this film succeeds in being generally creepy and has a few great moments. The film gives you a feeling that evil lurks in every corner, every crevice and there are no sanctuaries...not even churches. Though I don't think Exorcist III is as good as the original, it is a suspenseful walk with a psychopath.

Image Quality

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The print used for the transfer seemed in very good condition with hardly any issues like scratches and nicks. Overall this is a nice transfer, but not exceptional in any way.


Presented in Dolby digital 5.1 the sound is excellent. The atmospheric score sounds good and the creepy sound effects used like groans and such sounded great. Dialogue was clear.

Supplemental Material

http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/exorcist3/ex3_menus.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/exorcist3/ex3_menul.jpg) Warner only gives us a very short theatrical trailer that seems much more like a teaser. Not much else, but I've seen less like Warner's Body Snatchers DVD, which doesn't have a trailer.

Final Thoughts

Well if you like Exorcist III this is a great DVD to add to your collection. Casual fans of the series may want to give this a rental before laying down the cash to buy it. Brad Dourif and George C. Scott fans should definitely give this one a go and the price ($9.99) is right.


Image Quality - A-
Sound - A-
Supplements - C

Technical Info.

Running time - 1 hour 40 minutes
Rated R
1 Disc
31 Chapter stops
English Dolby Digital 5.1


Theatrical trailer

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