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The Wicker Man [Blu-ray] [2006] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski, Kate Beahan, Frances Conroy
  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Writers: Neil LaBute, Anthony Shaffer
  • Producers: Andreas Thiesmeyer, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Brad Van Arragon, Danny Dimbort
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MEYFY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,672 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2.4 out of 5 stars

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Dalton on 23 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
I cannot put in to words just how angry films like this make me. A big budgeted American studio have taken a British classic and butchered it in an arrogant attempt to share in and steal its credibility. But in doing so they have removed anything remotely original about it and left what can only be described as The Scary Movie Team Presents The Wicker Man.

Supernatural elements, violence, a generic soundtrack, and the worst acting I have ever seen from a real big budgeted film. Nicholas Cage and Kate Beahan take original conversations from the original and ruin them beyond all recognition. I honestly think they were embarrassed doing it.

I cannot stress this enough. If you want to see a real horror film check out the original and give this one a wide berth. Neil LaBute didn't even like the soundtrack on the original film, and that is as much a testament to what this is as anything else. No one behind the project actually understood what the real one was about.

So why the one star? Simple. I couldn't give it minus 100 of them. But I would've.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Ryan on 21 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In the wicker man, Nicholas cage is sent to a Island inhabited by an all female Pagan Cult who are up to some unusual activities while he investigates a missing child case. The plot, like everything else in this film is really irrelevant though, as it soon loses importance to Cage's stellar performance. We get to see him at his best, which is completely hysterical, and be it the simple activity of asking why a doll is burned, or the more gruesome activity of begging someone not to drop bees on his head, he performs each scene with outrageous gusto, making scenes which may have once been intended to be horrific extremely funny. (I can't believe that they expected anything else when they hired him). This is made even better by his ex fiancé, who can't act to save her life (or maybe she was acting not being able to act, as her character doesn't seem very bright), who can do nothing but desperately try to stop him going over the top, and only serves to set him off further. We are also treated to delightful scenes of cage stealing a bike at gunpoint, chasing children and Punching women in the head for no reason. And then there is the bear scene, in which a lolloping Nicholas Cage in a bear costume runs out of the forest and punches a woman while the female equivalent of Braveheart watches. Utterly unbelievable. The atmosphere is made even better by the soundtrack, featuring whispers and boo noises which try even harder to make it scary, and again make what transpires all the funnier. There are also a host of other weird moments, such as a naked woman covered in bees grinning creepily. Whilst I have never seen the original, this film is extremely funny, and the fact that it's not intentionally funny makes it all the funnier. Definitely worth a watch, preferably with a few friends to make the laughs go further.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BoatDrinks on 31 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Nicolas Cage plays a cop who travels to a remote island to investigate a girl's disappearance. When he gets there he's confronted by something truly frightening: the script. Shortly afterwards the island's inhabitants are subjected to something even more terrifying: his performance. The distributors should've marketed this remake as a comedy- it's freakin' hilarious!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nugent Dirt on 2 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
I appreciate the ironic 5 star reviews and indeed this woeful remake has loads of unintentionally funny elements, the funniest (IMO) when he launches into unprovoked attacks on some women, laying them out with upper cuts to the jaw. Side-splittingly funny I have to admit. Other 'gems' if you will are him wandering around in the woods with Rowan in his bear costume, the 'bee suits' ..hold on I might have to watch it again. Nicholas Cage has been in some fine films (Wild at Heart) and some stinkers (Face Off) but none that have 'classic turkey' written all over them as much as this. It will go down in cinema folklore as one of the all-time duffers. I note that the genuine positive reviews are from people who've never seen the 1973 film. This effort lacks all the sense of menace, chills, creepiness of the original. While the final scene in the original is genuinly disturbing, here I was glad to see the annoyingly shouty Cage getting his come-uppance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kit on 18 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
It's hard to find the words simultaenously polite yet vile enough to describe this film. I can only assume that it entered production by mistake, like some Hollywood-esque real life amalgam of Brazil,Dark City and Cube, or the Twilight Zone ep A World Of Difference, in which a man goes into work one day, finds his phone not working, goes to talk to his secretary and the director shouts 'CUT!'. In order to deconstruct what went so abominably wrong with this vacous waste of talent there are some things that must be understood about the original. The Wicker Man 1973 was a labour of love for those involved, a vision shared by cast and crew alike. If you can find them ,i'd recommend tracking down the novel by Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer, especially the 2000 Pan reprint, and Allan Brown's 1998 work 'Inside The Wicker Man- The Morbid Ingenuities' [ISBN 0 283 06355, also Pan]. It emerged from a very particular cultural epoch The Age Of Aquarius, the dawn of a New Age, and a very troubling time for the country in which it was made. It is in many ways a Very Anglo-Saxon Morality Play, the conflicts of sexual repression vs freedom, cultural conformity vs alienation, as depicted in the dilemma of Serg.Howie/Det. Woodward. In the original a deeply devout Christian police officer is sent to a remote,isolated & alien community to investigate a report of a missing child but is met with denial,obfuscation & outright ridicule by the locals he seeks to help. At every turn he finds not only his reasons, but his entire worldview undermined, toyed with and dissected by a culture that is the exact opposite of everything he has ever beleived in, even perhaps his very reason for becoming a police officer in the first place. I personally take an opposite view to most fans about Howie in the original film.Read more ›
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