DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'The Exorcist' 40th anniversary

The Exorcist 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray (R)

Movie: 4 out of 4 stars

Disc: 4 out of 4 stars

Nominated for 10 Oscars and the winner of two, “The Exorcist” is the most critically acclaimed horror film of all-time and is arguably the most disturbing. Based on actual events that took place in Silver Spring, Md. (my hometown) in the 1950s, the movie was a lightning rod for controversy before it even came out and it was all anyone talked about for months. It has aged remarkably well and even after multiple viewings, it never fails to reveal something previously unnoticed.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.85:1), audio: English (Dolby DTS HD-MA 6.1 & 5.1), French and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 & mono) subtitles: English, French and Spanish.

Special features:

• Theatrical and director’s cut versions

• Five featurettes

• Filmmaker commentaries

• “The Fear of God” BBC documentary

• UltraViolet copy

(Warner Bros., $49.99)