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The Wicker Tree [Blu-ray]

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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.

Special Features

• Deleted Scenes
• The Making of THE WICKER TREE
• Trailer

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073U2F9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2012
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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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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By NOYB on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aleguy on August 20, 2012
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This short film is a dog as a horror film, much less as a sequel to the original Wicker Man. Aside from the shallow and insipid performance by Brittania Nicole, the acting was all solid and brought more depth than the poor writing really allows for. Having said that, however, everything else about this film is atrocious.
The writing is unimaginative, derivative and formulaic. Rather than another deep look into the ancient pagan practices of Brittain, the writer chooses to revisit mayday with only the skimpiest overlay of paganism and feels entitled to simply make up practices that never were. Not as openly offensive and imaginary as the Nicholas Cage dog of a remake, it is the death knell of the Wicker Man franchise, nonetheless. Had the writer bothered to read Stations of the Sun by Ronald Hutton, or indeed any of his work, he would have had ample material to supply a triumphant work that continues in the vein of the original.
With the absolute wealth of scholarship, ancient pagan sites and a pagan community fairly bursting at the seams with talented writers, artists and musicians, it boggles the mind how such a great opportunity could have been bungled so badly. I can only hope that more serious film makers will pick up the torch lit by the original Film and continue to explore this new genre with both respect and creativity.
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