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Wicker Man [Blu-ray] (1973)

Edward Woodward  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Woodward
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2014
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00G3DA63Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a young girl mysteriously vanishes, Police Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) travels to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But the seemingly quiet community is not as it appears, as the detective uncovers a secretive pagan society led by the strange Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). While the townsfolk tempt and threaten him with bizarre rituals and wanton lust, Howie must race to discover the truth behind the girl's disappearance before his clash with Lord Summerisle builds to a terrifying conclusion - one that has cemented this cult shocker as a modern horror masterpiece.

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183 of 195 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, outstanding thriller October 1, 2001

(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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64 of 65 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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46 of 46 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing yet thought provoking.
Starts out very benign , and ends very differently
Published 1 day ago by kindler
1.0 out of 5 stars Not My Cup of Tea
Rented this at the request of my 17 year old son based on the review of some online critic he follows. I suggest he finds another critic for review opinions. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Feisty C
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
This movie was so visually appealing and so very interesting to myself as a pagan. I think the ending was bad, but everything else made up for it. This is not a scary movie. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Pepper Fusco
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointment
Intrigued by some insight into pagan traditions which would have existed in a historically Celtic area, the tales of the existence of "Wicker Man" being used in ritual... Read more
Published 1 month ago by gfreedom14
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicker Man Fan!
The movie came in perfect condition! I adore this movie so recieving it was a pleasant surprise. The box is in wonderful condition as well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars My review of "The Wicker Man (1973)"
I possibly poisoned the well by watching the Nicolas Cage version first, but despite knowing generally what I was in for this turned out to be a incredible, subtly disturbing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT edition with better sequence and deleted scenes
I loved the added scenes in this edition. They give the movie a more enjoyable build to its conclusion. The picture looks fantastic. A definite improvement over any DVD version.
Published 1 month ago by Louis A. Perrotta III
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicker Man
Naïve police Sgt Neil Howie goes to Summerisle to investigate a report of a missing girl. His quest is continually obstructed by the villagers, every man woman and child, in some... Read more
Published 2 months ago by vivinator
5.0 out of 5 stars Wierd but wonderful
I saw this cult film, as it has become, so many years ago, and it stayed with me. I had purchased in over the years in several forms, each eventually becoming obsolete. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BooCat Fan
1.0 out of 5 stars One star for the Blu-Ray, Five for the film
This movie is an absolute waste of money in Blu-Ray. If you love the Wicker Man, find a copy of Anchor Bay's special edition, which is and always be the definitive edition of this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christopher Loveless
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