One of the best horror sequels of all time (yes, I said it) is getting a well-deserved 4K upgrade in just a few months. The folks over at Scream Factory have announced a 4K Ultra HD version of The exorcist III, which will be released in March. Even though the film has already been available on Blu-ray for some time, this guarantees that it will be preserved at the highest possible resolution for the physical media junkies out there, myself included. And, given the growing volatility in the streaming landscape, physical media has proven time and time again that it still has great value.
For the moment, no new bonus features have been announced for the next release, but Scream Factory assures that the information will be available. We do, however, have a few covers, which you can check out below. Additionally, those who pre-order a copy from the company’s website will receive an 18×24 poster featuring the original theatrical artwork. The new version will retail for $39.98, but is currently listed for $34.99. For those who may be unfamiliar with the film, or perhaps just need a refresher, the synopsis reads as follows:
“For more than fifteen years, Police Lieutenant Kinderman (George C. Scott) has been haunted by the death of his friend Father Damien Karras. Now, on the 15th anniversary of the exorcism that claimed the priest’s death, the world of Kinderman is shattered once again When a boy is found beheaded and savagely crucified, it’s only the beginning of a nightmarish series of bizarre religious murders.He begins to explain…the man knows intimate details that only the real killer could There’s only one problem… the Gemini Killer died in the electric chair fifteen years ago!”
The film was directed by William Peter Blatty, the writer of the novel that inspired the original exorcist. This sequel, unlike the much maligned Exorcist II: The Hereticwas seen as his original vision for the adaptation of his novel, Legion. Luckily, this new 4K release will indeed include its director’s cut, subbed Legionwhich is more in line with what Blatty had in mind, than the theatrical cut.
This is a film that has a lot going for it. For one thing, it features an all-star supporting performance from Chucky himself, Brad Dourif. We also have what is arguably the biggest scare in cinematic history (not to be exaggerated), which we will now have the chance to witness in glorious ultra HD. What a time to be alive.
The exorcist III in 4K arrives on March 28. Interested parties can pre-order a copy now at ShoutFactory.com.