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The Exorcist (The Version You've Never Seen) (1973)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the "Version You've Never Seen" DVD release. A different commentary by Friedkin, plus a commentary by screenwriter/author William Peter Blatty, is available on the 25th Anniversary Exorcist DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director William Friedkin Rating:1.3/10 (26 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Blunt on June 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by Blunt
Friedkin can usually be counted on for a really excellent commentary. This track, however, is absolutely dismal, with the director simply describing the on-screen action to us. It's obvious that this commentary track was an entirely superfluous one, added by Warners as an extra enticement to buy this much inferior version of the horror classic.

Luckily, the commentary on the original edition is excellent. Stick with that.
Reviewed by bersonality on June 18th, 2004:Find all reviews by bersonality
Probably in my top 3 of the worst commentaries made (that I've heard, anyway).
Reviewed by space guy on July 23rd, 2004:Find all reviews by space guy
A slow and uninformative comentary. One of the worst.
Reviewed by Robanhood on September 3rd, 2004:Find all reviews by Robanhood
The worst. Non-informative and boring. The director is clearly uninspired & uninterested to say anything. He just describes the events we can see for ourselves. Actually, he also spends a lot of time in silence.
Reviewed by reidca on December 14th, 2005:Find all reviews by reidca
I don't understand why this is the worst commentary ever! Was Friedkin forced into doing it? His commentaries for French Connection and Exorcist (original version) are excellent. Avoid this at all costs (unless you want a cure for insomnia).
Reviewed by Voodoo_Benjamin on September 4th, 2006:Find all reviews by Voodoo_Benjamin
Friedkin describes the action onscreen, and very little else. Possibly the least informative and easily the most boring commentary I've ever heard. Skip this one and check out hte track he did with Blatty, The Excorsist's author.
Reviewed by twosheds on October 1st, 2007:Find all reviews by twosheds
Awful awful awful. Friedkin describes events that we can plainly see, and that's it. Pointless.
Reviewed by Trevor on October 17th, 2008:Find all reviews by Trevor
Started this commentary and was shocked to find how painfully bad the first 30 minutes were. Came here and saw the reviews, but listened to the rest of it, thinking, it had to get better. It didn't.
Reviewed by badge on December 7th, 2009:Find all reviews by badge
This should be titled "The Exorcist - The Version You've Never Heard" as Friedkin has almost nothing to say whatsoever. It's only one of three audio commentaries I've ever heard that I've given up on after about half an hour (the other two are from Baz Lurhmann who makes visually engaging films but comes across as a total prat when he opens his mouth)
Reviewed by Uniblab on May 22nd, 2010:Find all reviews by Uniblab
Not a good commentary, but hardly the "worst ever", either. It would be an incoherence to take umbrage at Friedkin's proneness to narrate here, since he did exactly that in pretty much all the second half of the commentary for The French Connection, which got a high grade here on this site.
Having already recorded a commentary for the original cut of the movie, here he doesn't impart as much information as he could, but there is some interesting trivia about the filming in Iraq. Also, given that Friedkin's and William Peter Blatty's stated intention at the time of the recut of the movie was to give the story more religious depth, his commentary, although in a lacking way, fits the purpose.
Reviewed by musíl65 on May 25th, 2010:Find all reviews by musíl65
This track is bad. Most of the time Friedkin describes what you could seen on the screen anyway. In a word: boring
Reviewed by moviehound on September 16th, 2010:Find all reviews by moviehound
A good audio commentary, for me, includes behind-the-scenes insight into the making of a film, interesting tidbits, and humor, and most of all the film-makers' engagement with the audience -- all of which lacked in this commentary. As others have noted, this is merely a blow-by-blow description of the plot as it is happening. Might as well turn the commentary off and just watch the movie.
Reviewed by JWINGS on October 29th, 2011:Find all reviews by JWINGS
Yes, the director spends 99.9% of the time talking about the on-screen action, but at least it's scene specific! Not great, skip unless you are really into this film.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on November 15th, 2015:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
This is more of an audio description rather than a commentary.
Reviewed by fabisch_factor on November 23rd, 2015:Find all reviews by fabisch_factor
I know I'm alone on this, but I liked this commentary.

I should note I had it on as background noise while I played Fallout 4.

It was more ASMR rather than a director's commentary. I really got drowsy listening to it.

But really after the scenes in Iraq..... he literally just describes what happens in each scene. More like an Audio Descriptive Service.