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The Wicker Tree [Blu-ray] (2012)

Brittania Nicol , Henry Garrett , Robin Hardy  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett, Christopher Lee, Graham McTavish
  • Directors: Robin Hardy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073U2F9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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• The Making of THE WICKER TREE
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Editorial Reviews

When two young missionaries (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by the locals in the town of Tressock, and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision, and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock's seemingly friendly townspeople.

Written and Directed by Robin Hardy, THE WICKER TREE also features Graham McTavish, Jacqueline Leonard, Honeysuckle Weeks, Clive Russell with Christopher Lee, star of the original THE WICKER MAN.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Wicker Bad May 26, 2012
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The original Wicker Man starring Edward Woodward from 1973 had a sinister innocence and spontaneously animalistic nature. Since it was from the 70s it seemed to carry a certain psychedelic quality as well. The remake of the Wicker Man with Nicholas Cage at least attempted to capture the dangerous and mystic qualities of its predecessor. The Wicker tree on the other hand, is at its best, a B-movie. No magic, no mystery, predictable, and conspicuously unfunny in its attempt at ribald humor. It makes me sad that this film was more a tribute to a burning man festival than to ancient religion and its timeless mysteries. I am not a religious person but I tire of the sophomoric arguments made for and against Christianity. Portraying Christians as bumpkins is ridiculous. Portraying pagans as tedious, impish and evil is equally as insulting. Altogether, this film is shallow and cursory when it needed to be more mystic and primal.
Finally, I recognized several British actors for which I have a great deal of respect. One has to wonder how badly they actually need to work to find themselves in this hideous mess. Also, assuming the two actors who played the Texas Christian couple were American, I personally know 50 people or more that are better actors than those two.
I am sad to say your money is better spent elsewhere.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Different World Than That of THE WICKER MAN May 14, 2012
THE WICKER TREE is the long awaited companion film to Robin Hardy's famous horror film, THE WICKER MAN. THE WICKER TREE is set in 2010. Recording artist Beth Boothy (Brittania Nicol) and her fiancée, Steve (Henry Garrett), are leaving Texas for a two-year missionary journey to Scotland. Beth is a former country-pop musician who has now become a famous Christian music singer. When she and Steve arrive in Scotland they are hounded by media and her performance at the host church makes the local television news. Two people at that performance are Lord Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish) and his wife Lady Delia (Jacqueline Leonard). The Morrisons believe they have found the "special" pair of individuals that they have been looking for. After Beth and Steve's door-to-door evangelistic efforts are met with harsh resistance, they accept an offer from the Morrisons to visit their village and speak with the townspeople there. Despite being followers of a pagan religion, everyone in the village is extremely friendly to both Beth and Steve and are interested in listening to them and watching Beth perform. Lord Lachlan offers to make Beth the Queen of May and Steve the Laddie of May. In an attempt to impress the locals and better witnessing opportunities, they agree. However, things aren't exactly what they appear to be and the veneer of kindness worn by the locals is a mask that hides their true intentions.

I really enjoyed THE WICKER MAN. The ending of that film is one that is truly horrifying. It's a movie that will stick with you long after you've seen it.

THE WICKER TREE shares some basic themes with THE WICKER MAN, but it is a different work. THE WICKER MAN was more of a serious drama with elements of mystery and suspense and some horror.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Imperfect, But Still Worthy, Sacrifice April 26, 2012
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A quick search online indicates that The Wicker Tree is in eminent danger of being buried in a sea of middling to bad notices, and that is a real shame, for while the film is certainly flawed, it is nevertheless a unique and valuable piece of storytelling.

First, we must do away with the looming shadow of its predecessor: The Wicker Man it is most decidedly not - but then, what is? If one judges The Wicker Tree on its paucity of similarities to its spiritual forbear, then one will naturally consider it a failure simply because it was never intended to faithfully recreate the original film in the first place. The Wicker Tree, rather, is a black comedy/commentary painted in bold strokes that deals not in the nature of sacrifice, but in the nature of the various roles we play throughout our lives, and whether we are guided by or can avoid not faith, but fate.

Young former country-pop singer Beth Boothby (Brittania Nicol) has rejected her debauched, secular and trashy (literally, check the lyrics) music and image to embrace evangelical Christianity and folksier, mostly religious tunes. Together with her cowboy fiancee Steve (Henry Garrett) and their matching purity rings, she's on her way to Scotland (a country that was all but entirely Christian before North America was even discovered) to witness to those kilted heathens who - horror of horrors! - don't even believe in angels.

(Side note: that most critics seem to have missed the fact that The Wicker Tree is a black comedy playing on and with broad stereotypes even after having the above setup literally spelled out for them in the first ten minutes of the film is beyond me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kiosk Rating <1 May 26, 2012
It's "Wicker Man" lite - really lite. Change the time period and the location (slightly) and add predictable storyline with really bad acting and you'll spend more time "ff" than watching/dozing. Disjointed storyline where plot lines appear and disappear without explanation. To describe it as humor or satire is simply attaching a tag without any supporting evidence.

An American, soon to be married, vacationing couple encounter some UK villagers who need a virgin sacrifice to counter the sterilizing effects of a nearby nuclear plant's sterilizing radiation.

A low budget of locals, probably offered $100, to put a few squiggles of paint on their exposed upper bodies and asked to carry a few torches to a wicker bonfire. The rest of the budget is the location prop of a big manor and a couple of horses to ride around on. That's it, you've seen the whole movie. When the one person dies it's all off screen - you see nothing and was as anticlimactic as watching water boil on the stove.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was great.
Published 1 day ago by William Meriwether Black
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD IN GOOD CONDITION.
Published 5 days ago by Griselda
4.0 out of 5 stars for my dvd collection
Published 2 months ago by Juan Kellare
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
better than the moderon one.
Published 2 months ago by Delana Darrow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wicker Tree
Purchased for my husband from his Amazon wish list. He loves this film and was excited to get it on Blu-ray.
Published 5 months ago by lala
1.0 out of 5 stars Weird Pricing
So, I can buy this through Prime for $9 plus, or buy the DVD through Prime for just over $8. Thanks, Amazon, for making me wonder why I bother with Prime.
Published 7 months ago by A Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Viewed as a Stand Alone Film, it's Great
Let me start by saying I love the original version of "The Wicker Man." I even ordered a very affordable copy of the complete film from Amazon UK (it's a good investment... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. J. Chatfield
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, avoid, avoid
I can't help it -- there is no way to review "The Wicker Tree" without comparing it to the original The Wicker Man (1973) [HD]. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jason A. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I could not get through this movie. The acting was over the top and the plot nonsensical. The whole film is an insult to Christains, who are depicted as morons and Goddess... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Duane R. Wirdel
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Sequel but a more current Re-imagining
Not quite as impressive as the original, Wicker Man, but quite good. The contrast between the presumptions of Christianity and the realities faced by the older, Celtic,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gregory George Gibbs
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