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The Wicker Man [DVD]

Edward Woodward , Christopher Lee , Walter Carr    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt
  • Directors: Walter Carr
  • Producers: Paul Giovanni
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HN31KG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,237 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It must be stressed that despite the fact that it was produced in 1973 and stars both Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland, The Wicker Man is not a Hammer Horror film. There is no blood, very little gore and the titular Wicker Man is not a monster made out of sticks that runs around killing people by weaving them into raffia work. Edward Woodward plays Sergeant Howie, a virginal, Christian policeman sent from the Scottish mainland to investigate the disappearance of young girl on the remote island of Summer Isle. The intelligent script by Anthony Schaffer, who also wrote the detective mystery Sleuth (a film with which The Wicker Man shares many traits), derives its horror from the increasing isolation, confusion and humiliation experienced by the naïve Howie as he encounters the island community's hostility and sexual pagan rituals, manifested most immediately in the enthusiastic advances of local landlord's daughter Willow (Britt Ekland). Howie's intriguing search, made all the more authentic by the film's atmospheric locations and folkish soundtrack, gradually takes us deeper and deeper into the bizarre pagan community living under the guidance of the charming Laird of Summer Isle (Lee, minus fangs) as the film builds to a terrifying climax with a twist to rival that of The Sixth Sense or Fight Club. --Paul Philpott

Product Description

Cult horror classic in which devout Christian policeman Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) finds himself summoned to a remote Scottish island to investigate the disappearance of a child. On arrival, Howie finds himself increasingly isolated and humiliated by the actions of the island's community, who belong to a bizarre pagan cult led by the charming Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). As preparations for a sinister ritual celebration reach fever pitch, Howie, whilst trying to fend off the advances of the local landlord's daughter Willow (Britt Ekland), begins to suspect what role the islanders intend him to play.


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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent package 7 Oct 2006
By pattic
Format:DVD
I won't bother reviewing the film itself, as I'm sure most of you reading this are already fans, so I'll just stick to describing this new 3-disc release.

As many of you probably know, the film was considered too long for a commercial release by the typically clueless studio execs of the time, and was summarily hacked-down by about 15 minutes. In a depressing turn of events, the original negative of the film was lost, leaving no high quality method of restoring the missing footage.

Luckily for us, they were able to clip the missing footage into the main print, via the only full, unedited version in existence...a print owned by Roger Corman, the American king of exploitation pictures no less!

The quality of the missing scenes is not nearly as good as the rest of the film, making a list of "restored scenes" entirely unnecessary (you'll be able to tell), but it's probably the best we will ever get.

The package contains both the edited and newly restored versions of the film. The edited theatrical version has a very good transfer and 5.1 dolby sound mix. The Director's cut is presented in the aforementioned spotty video and mono audio.

The excellent commentary from the previous U.K. version is also included here (even if Christopher Lee comes off a bit cranky), as well as the original 35 minute featurette "The Wicker Man Enigma".

What's new is the freshly produced 60 minute documentary hosted by Mark Kermode. It's a wonderful and informative documentary, that suprisingly covers mostly different ground than the "Wicker Man Enigma", paying more attention to the genesis of the project and it's filming, rather than the "unfortunate fate" of the film covered in "Enigma".
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine classic of British cinema. 12 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
This is one of the best British films ever made - simply that! Considering its pretty low budget it is staggering how good this is. There is no other film that compares to this, it really belongs in a genre all of its own. Made in a time when horror films were completely formulaic (the same is still true I guess) this film really broke the mold. I must have seen this film 20 or 30 times over the years and I still love it.

Christopher Lee (Lord Summerisle) describes this as his greatest moment. Perhaps you think well so what, he didn't have that many, but here he is excellent. Edward Woodward also gives a tremendous performance as Sergeant Howie. The other main actors maybe aren't so good but what really makes this film is the contribution of the bit part actors and extras many of whom were local repertory players or just members of the public. They give the film a real authentic feel. The script and the storyline are truly excellent and the ending still shocks.

But the absolute best thing about this is the music. Composed by Paul Giovanni. This has to be some of the most fitting film score ever written. It just goes with the film so well. To be honest I pretty much hate "musicals" but in the case of the Wicker Man I don't feel worried that people start bursting into song - it just goes so well with the storyline and adds the quirky feel that makes this film a cult classic.

The good thing about this release on DVD is that it gives you a chance to compare the butchered cinema release version (which most people will have seen as this is the version generally shown on TV) to the extended directors cut version which is infinitely better. A few of the scenes on this version are a little dodgy in quality due to the difficulties restoring this film (see the book "Inside the Wicker Man" which is also excellent). However the presence of scenes such as "Gently Johnny" certainly add to the film.

A genuine classic of British cinema.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burn Baby, Burn! 2 Aug 2002
Format:DVD
They marketed films differently in those days. Today The Wicker Man would be sold as “from the writer of Sleuth”, for Anthony Shaffer penned the original stage classic that became the remarkable Olivier/Caine two-hander. Then audiences would know what to expect: a battle of wits between two men of diametrically opposed beliefs (Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward doubling the Olivier/Caine sparring), drawn across a plotline so full red herrings that the writer would not reveal his hand until the very last shot. All very cerebral. Arty.
But no, the film starred Christopher Lee and featured scream queen du jour Ingrid Pitt, so naturally the distributors sold it as another cheesy Hammer/Amicus gorefest. Except it had no monsters, no gore, was shot on location in faux documentary style, and featured a virgin Catholic policeman in the lead – a character who by 1973 standards was as hip as a prosthetic pelvis. Of course, the beer and chips brigade voted it the thumbs down and not even a double bill with Nic Roeg’s latest effort, Don’t Look Now, could save its fortune.
To be fair, like Sleuth there is a play on genres here. The Wicker Man does start out with more than a whiff of the gothic. A child is reported missing; a policeman (Sgt. Howie – Woodward) heads off to a remote Scottish island, Summerisle, to investigate; the locals are secretive. There are hints of paganism. Well, not hints - and this is where The Wicker Man deviates from formula. The paganism on the island is pretty blatant, and presented not in a witches-and-covens way, but a wholly up to date, natural, eco-friendly, organic manner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
It has been remastered very well the additional scenes provide clarity on the original cuts weirdest scenes.....buy immediately and watch!
Published 3 days ago by Ms. D. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes, oh Jesus Christ :o)
At long last The Wicker Man is on 1080p and the difference is huge. Now I can enjoy the extra little ticks in Howie's face while he delivers his lines. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Eamonster
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful
Far better than the re-make! Recommended try this classic and gem of British cinema. A very strange perspective on horror.
Published 20 days ago by T L Stoneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, A+
Really good to finally have this item, been waiting for it for a long time. Very glad to finally have it at last.
Published 24 days ago by baddestdbadestdba
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-Ray presentation
Nice to see this classic getting a Blu-Ray release, and in three versions too which should satisfy most fans as all three have bits that are unique to each. Read more
Published 1 month ago by filmboychris
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film
Enjoyed the original, the remake was rubbish by comparison, get this version to get a understanding of the story of Summerisle
Published 1 month ago by Tony Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Set of The Wickerman
It has been increasingly difficult to obtain this particular set of these DVDs. The 99min directors cut is no longer available as a single DVD except as a collectors item at a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harold E Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, great movie, horror or otherwise ** SPOILERS **
Such an electrifying movie in the last act, made so by the baffling, unsettling buildup throughout the film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Cain
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit freaked out at first.
Was a bit freaked out by the film at first with all the naked people leaping round. However, I realised as the film went on what it was sort of all about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Juddz444
3.0 out of 5 stars STEELBOOK INFO
This regards the STEELBOOK version of the Final Cut Blu-ray only. Obviously a brilliant film in any version, but be aware if you're ordering the steelbook version that it DOES NOT... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Oswald Cobblepot
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