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‘Exorcist’ sales turn U.K. heads

Publicity onslaught sends DVDs to record high

LONDON — “The Exorcist” has set a new U.K. record for first-week sales of a feature film on DVD.

The 26-year-old horror movie sold 17,645 DVDs in seven days, with another 67,074 units sold on videocassette.

The record sales figures followed a blizzard of publicity for the simultaneous video/DVD release, the first time the film has been available for sale in the U.K.

The latest edition of Total Film magazine placed “The Exorcist” top in its readers poll of the scariest films of all time.

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