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The Wicker Man - Director's Cut [DVD]

Nicolas Cage , Ellen Burstyn    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Molly Parker
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J3Q9KI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,551 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Reworking of Anthony Shaffer's 1973 cult classic. Upon receiving a letter from his one-time fiancee, Willow (Kate Beahan), imploring him to search for her missing daughter on the secluded island of Summersisle, California highway patrolman Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) quickly makes his way to the island to locate the girl and seek an answer as to why Willow suddenly and inexplicably disappeared shortly before their wedding date. Once there, Malus is troubled to discover that although there are traces of the child to be found in such locations as the local schoolhouse, the residents of Summersisle seem reluctant to offer any specific details as to the girl's apparent death. His investigation effectively stalled by the highly secretive Wiccan community, Sheriff Malus soon discovers that there are still some cultures that have their own unique beliefs about humankind's relationship with Mother Earth, and refuse to adapt to the rules of modern society.

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The Wicker Man: Directors Cut [DVD]

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appauling 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Tripe 21 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
(By the way, incase youve been living in a hole for a lifetime and haven't seen either of these films, there are SPOILERS in this article)

The re-make of the Wicker Man is one of the worst films I have ever seen. Nicholas Cage does his best with a terribly re-Americanised script which contains absolutely none of the charm, wit, or brutality of the original. The best thing about the original was the fact that it is NOT a horror film. It is a story about a guy trying to find a missing girl, and ends up getting burned at the stake at the end. There are no cheesy suspense segues, no gore and no guess as to what will happen at the end, which is what makes it so bloody good in the first place! This film is a mess, the opening scene, where Nicholas Cage witnesses the family die in the car crash, and coincidentally was the only bit from the trailer that lured me to the film in the first place, has NOTHING to do with the rest of the film, AT ALL! Its a mess! Its crap! I really wanted to like it but was sorely dissapointed. And if you dont get a cold shiver from how the filmmakers "cleverly" incorporate Edward Woodward's name into the story then you have no soul. Finally how can you make a re-make of a film with Christopher Lee in it without Christopher Lee? You cant.

MESS!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire 27 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
I generally like Nicolas Cage's stuff but he really should have walked away from this one. His charcter was eminently unlikeable and just lumbers around the beatifully photographed 'summersisle'. As for getting dressed up as a bear and swearing at small children...I couldn't believe what I was viewing.
The character of his wife is just incredibly annoying and it defies belief that anybody would be quite so stupid as to marry her let alone accept any part of her utter rubbish story resons for what is going on on the island.
An evening spent pulling your toenails out with pliers would be more preferable than having to sit through this film again.
Avoid like the plague
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So pants it should be retitled "The Knicker Man" 20 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
What was Nick Cage thinking?? I love lots of his movies, but sorry, I laughed out loud when they broke his legs at the end (shades of Monty Python). Oh for the glory days of Con Air and Face Off. The producers should have tried to do something different with this remake instead of sticking to the original plot. The original is a classic, but definitely of it's time.It needed someone of the calibre of M. Night Shyamalan to re-write, produce and direct.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy 10 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
It's almost impossible to describe how bad this film is. A movie studio, presumably full of bright, committed people, has decided to re-make 'The Wicker Man', and in doing so, they have shown themselves to be crass, simple-minded, and derivative. Many changes have been made to the original story and setting, and believe me, every single one of those changes is for the worse. The original film still shocks, disturbs, and - yes - delights, today. This, however, is just awful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Burn it! 4 Feb 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The star of the original "Wicker Man," Christopher Lee, said it best: "What do I think of it? Nothing. There's nothing to say."

And indeed there is little to say about this flaccid, nonsensical remake of the classic cult horror movie. Little that's positive, anyway -- the movie stumbles around blindly, trying to give itself atmosphere with hokey tricks and silly-looking cinematography. Put simply, "The Wicker Man" is a big, weird mess.

Cop Edward Malus (Nicholas Cage) is recuperating from a traumatic incident, which means he's not on top form when his ex-fiance Willow (Kate Beahan) gets in touch with him. Her child Rowan has vanished, and she wants Malus' help. And so he travels to a remote northern island, ruled by the matriarch Sister Summerisle (Ellen Burstyn).

It seems that the people there are some kind of bizarre neopagan tribe, and the women all hate Malus. The few men there are basically second-class citizens. And as Malus comes closer to finding the little girl who may be his daughter, he discovers a horrifying secret -- which is waiting for him.

Remaking anything is a tricky business, and "The Wicker Man" takes the worst possible approach -- it tries to bluster through. It has a lot to bluster about, because there's no suspense, no atmosphere, and no horror -- only a lame and unsuspenseful mystery, and a bad acid-trip finale, with lots of people in animal costumes.

To make matters worse worse, it feels like it was scripted by several different people who never bothered to consult each other. Allusions -- like Malus' tape -- are dropped. The emotional appeal is trite. The metaphors and symbolism are appallingly blatant, until you feel that Cage's character must be the biggest idiot on the Pacific coast if he hasn't clued in yet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
A true Nicolas Cage movie for all the true fans of the one and only, Cage.

If you dislike this movie, you insult me.
Published 8 days ago by Callum Tompkins
1.0 out of 5 stars got right on my wicker!!!!
Im loathe to even pass comments on this drivel.ITS CRAP!!!! Stick to the original classic.If you own this then may I suggest you have your own wee wicker man made in the garden... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wolfers
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
First saw this film on tv a few years ago. It is a brilliant film. A thriller all the way through and then scary at the end.
Published 4 months ago by Miss Sharon Hickman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great....but not as bad as some people make out
I saw this at the cinema when it was first released and couldn't believe what a load of tripe it was. The original 'Wicker Man' movie is one of my all time favourites. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh.
As much as I like Nicholas Cage for his over-the-top acting, this film is evidence of why I so actively despise re-makes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hugh_B
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible remake
This is a remake of the brithish classic horror movie of the same name. This one has Nicolas Cage in it and stinks horrendously. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jan Patrik SahlstrÝm
3.0 out of 5 stars Again Hollywood butchers a Classic
Many have tried to remake and create sequals to the infamous British classic The Wicker Man and all have failed. This film is no exception. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nyx
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is a classic cult film and this remake does it justice. Nicholas Cage is brilliant and the Police Officer.
Published 16 months ago by John Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Problem?
I watched this film a couple of months ago and I loved it. The storyline was good, it was scary in the right places and Nicholas Cage was fab, as per usual. Read more
Published 17 months ago by swifty77
1.0 out of 5 stars £1.00 I'll never get back
The wife likes Nicholas Cage, and I'm a fan of sorts. Even forgave him for Hell Rider or whatever it was called. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul
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