Jim Drew’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Version You've Never Seen
Great to be able to see a rarer cut of this classic horror that slightly softens it up. It's still a frightening and disturbing film but an extended ending gives the viewer an oddly warm glow as opposed to the mean and abrupt original ending. The 'spider walk' is also added but feels pointless besides being fairly shocking but feels more fitting of a lesser film.
This is how Blatty wanted you to see the film but Friedkin massively prefers the normal cut. They both make a good case. Think I'm with Blatty for what it's worth.