The Wicker Man (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Extended version with 11 minutes of additional footage
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- Features both original theatrical version and extended cut with 11 minutes of additional footage
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- "The Wicker Man Enigma" documentary
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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.Read more ›
(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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I've been a fan of horror for quite a long while, but over the past 6-7 years I've reinvested in the genre, enjoying the new and the old and searching for more. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Wayne Thomas Batson
Love the movie. Its a classic! Brand new and in box. Fast shipment! A great purchase here!Published 7 days ago by Jamie wheat
Thought it was going to be a good British mystery, instead it was a corny quasi musical with loads of T&A, and a predictable plot. Oink!Published 11 days ago by K. Irvine
A phenomenally creepy, funny, weird movie anchored by terrific performances from Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Blu-Raid
This movie is a perfect mix of camp and creepiness. The late, great Christopher Lee gives a memorable performance as the lord of a Scottish neo-pagan community, and Edward Woodward... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Max Roga
We watched this movie while going through a Christopher Lee phase - what a bizarre film. It's 1970's sexual fantasy and freakishness that really should just stay in buried out of... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Grizzrob
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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
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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
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