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The Wicker Man (1973)

Ian Campbell , Walter Carr , Robin Hardy  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian Campbell, Walter Carr, Diane Cilento, Michael Cole, Geraldine Cowper
  • Directors: Robin Hardy
  • Writers: Anthony Shaffer
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001J710Y8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland. Before it was horribly re-made a few years ago, this thriller following an overworked police sergeant in his search for a missing girl, won a Saturn Award for horror. Now with interviews of the cast and filmmakers! 1974/color/88 min/R/widescreen.

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180 of 192 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, outstanding thriller October 1, 2001
Format:DVD
THE WICKER MAN

(UK - 1973)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

First-time director Robin Hardy and acclaimed writer Anthony Shaffer (twin brother of Peter, and author of FRENZY and SLEUTH [both 1972], the latter based on his stageplay) attempted to revise the horror genre with this cult favorite concerning a deeply religious police sergeant (Edward Woodward, in a note-perfect performance) whose search for an apparently missing schoolgirl on a remote Scottish island exposes a Pagan society rooted in old superstitions and the worship of vengeful gods. To the accompaniment of a haunting score by Paul Giovanni, comprising variations on traditional songs and folk music, THE WICKER MAN depicts an isolated community at odds with the world at large, steeped in ancient beliefs and ruled with deceptive benevolence by a patriarchal figure (Christopher Lee, in unusually subtle form) whom the script suggests is a monstrous con man, maintaining the island's customs not through genuine convictions, but because the islanders - all of them true disciples of the cause - simply know no other way.

The central mystery (Woodward's search for the missing girl) is genuinely engrossing, and the bawdy songs which greet the sergeant's arrival are soon replaced by an earthy sensuality as the true extent of the islanders' belief in regenerative powers - divorced from traditional notions of 'morality' - become apparent. Lee's assessment of God verges on blasphemy ("He had His chance and... blew it!"), but ultimately, neither Christianity or Paganism emerges with any dignity from the devastating finale.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, an absolute must!! January 22, 2002
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This is a POWERHOUSE of a movie that will blow your mind!!!
It is listed as a horror film, when actually it is SO MUCH MORE. If one classify the genre, I would say Mystery.
It begins with an anonymous letter to the Scottish Constable ( Edward Woodward of Equilizer fame) telling of Summer Isle. A local girl is missing and none of the villagers seems to show any interest. Flying to the small Isle, Woodward arrives just before Beltane, the pagan May Day Festivals and the find the Island completely immersed in the Pagan ways of Auld. Head of the Isle is Lord Summerisle (British horror legend Christopher Lee - Dracula for Hammer Films - in his favourite performance), the leader of his pagan island, and it is clear he not only is aware of the villagers beliefs, he encourages them!
Slowly, Woodward comes to believe the girl is being held for Sacrifice on May Day as he races to save her.
Brilliant performance from Britt Eckland (former Mrs. Peter Sellers and one of the great beauties of her time - * though most of the nude shots are not her since she was pregnant at the time) Hammer horror actress Ingrid Pitt and Diane Cilento (the first Mrs. Sean Connery, mother of Jason) contribute to the eerie feel.
The movie portrays pagan beliefs in an unHollywood style, that goes for substance and facts, rather than sensationalism. The scenery is beautiful and the music written for the film is haunting.
The film faced many production problems, to being passed through several production companies, a lot of lost footage from the film editor - a devoutly religious man who thought is sinful to be filming this and was systematically destroying as much as he could, and indifferent reediting by Roger Corman, and then nearly dying in bad handly in the theatres.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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The legendary & brilliant 1973 British thriller "The Wicker Man" has unfortunately had one of the most storied release histories of almost any other film in existance. The initial director's cut of the film was 102 minutes. When the studio felt that the movie was too slow and hard to grasp at times, they cut the film down to 88 minutes for its theatrical release. Some scenes especially in the North American version got shuffeled around and the plot became kind of tough to follow in the early going. For a long time, this was the only version that was available on video until Anchor Bay about a decade ago released a 2 disc DVD special edition that contained both the heavily truncated 88 minute theatrical release as well as an almost 100 minute version that to date is the closest any release has come to the heavily sought after 102 minute director's cut. Since the original negative was lost quite some time ago for the long version, Studio Canal (who Anchor Bay licensed the rights from for the North American DVD release) had to splice in the missing scenes from a lesser quality version but the audio stayed the same. It was highly watchable and most importantly restored all of the missing prologue sequences showing police seargent Howie on the mainland prior to flying to a remote island to investigate a missing little girl.

Earlier in 2013, it was announced that a print of a 94 minute version of the film was found and that this version had actually been prepared by the director for release in North American in the late 70's. While this version only keeps the bit of Howie going to church prior to his flight to the island in question, all of the events of the movie are in their proper order though there are bits here and there still missing out of this version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pagans in 1970's England
Although its a little dated, this film is still really cool and entertaining. It plays out like a Scooby-Doo episode on acid. An absolute classic and a must see. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Gabriel Threethousand
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm betting the movie is awesome. I wouldn't know. Never got it......
Ordered this. Waited weeks. Ordered the sequel at the same time. Contacted the seller to tell them I never received it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by misterjc
3.0 out of 5 stars You can dress up a half-assed idea, and it still looks shaky...
I love Ingrid Pitt and Britt Ekland--and they are the two primary reasons to witness 1973's "The Wicker Man. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give it a - ☆.
I turned it off after 15 minutes. A waste of time. A real slow leak. Don't spend any time or money on this one.
Published 1 month ago by Raymond
1.0 out of 5 stars definitely 70's drug induced
I'm sorry but going from Irish/Scottish small town banter to late night lawn orgy with no regard to watchers on....... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Pratt
3.0 out of 5 stars An overwrought, at times silly metaphor for the Crucifixion, not...
A police officer (who conveniently and unconvincingly turns out to be a virgin) with devout Christian convictions from the mainland is sent to a village in western Scotland to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ron4Sure
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
Many films promise to lock you in and thrill you.

This one does. It is the 1973 "Wicker Man."

Everything in it works, to this viewer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frank Hickey
5.0 out of 5 stars very cool movie
This movie is one of a kind, after they made it, know one wanted to show it excellent sound track, and production, good choice of actors, and actresses. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Lusk
5.0 out of 5 stars deals with man's pagan fears.
this is not a "horror" movie in the usual term, but a thought provoking dark mystery between Christianity and paganism.
Published 1 month ago by Haddam61
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it!
I heard about this film from Bravo's Scary Movie Moments. Being a Hammer movie fan, I was also drawn by the fact that Christopher Lee plays a major role. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sammie
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Single Disc - Why the short version?
I have the 102 minute video. I've seen one or 2 of the DVD versions, but mine is the best. The music is great too! I've had it for many years, and bought it from a library ages ago. By then it was OP. Wish it were on DVD, but I bought some other versions on DVD, and gave them away. They... Read more
Mar 31, 2013 by Lotte |  See all 2 posts
Is this the long version?
I don't know. I only have the VHS version. I understand the shorter version leaves out some of the music too, which I happen to like. I'd like to know if the 2 disk DVD is the same as the VHS version.
Feb 13, 2012 by Lotte |  See all 3 posts
Blu-Ray version
Dunno,,, but if you're talking about the original -- a Big Yess~!~!
the remake kinda sux...
Nov 4, 2009 by Doug |  See all 4 posts
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