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The Wicker Tree [DVD] [2010]

Christopher Lee , Graham McTavish , Robin Hardy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Graham McTavish, Honeysuckle Weeks
  • Directors: Robin Hardy
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007682IE0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

From the makers of the cult classic THE WICKER MAN, and based on director Robin Hardy's own novel Cowboys for Christ , a Texas gospel singer and her boyfriend, both devout evangelical Christians, are sent to Scotland on a mission to spread the word of God. After a concert in Glasgow Cathedral the pair are invited by Sir Lachlan Morrison to preach in his remote border village. They assume their host simply wants to hear more about the Bible and are delighted when offered central roles in the fiefdom's May Day celebrations, especially their custom of the Riding of the Laddie. But soon the horrifying reality dawns on the naïve couple as they learn the true significance of the Celtic pagan rites. Reuniting Hardy with legendary actor Christopher Lee for a story in the style of the 1973 landmark fantasy comes the most eagerly anticipated horror movie of the year.

About the Director

Robin Hardy (born 10 October 1929) is an English author and film director. His most famous directorial work was The Wicker Man, and his latest project is a film adaptation of his book Cowboys for Christ, which has been retitled as, The Wicker Tree. Hardy now lives in London and Somerset.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear 4 May 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I tried to like this film, I really did and I found it hard to give it 3 stars. Unfortunately it will always be in the shadow of its far superior forerunner "The Wicker man" the original Robin Hardy undisputed classic. All the ingredients should have been put in place for this, the original director, based on his own novel "cowboys for Christ", the fact that there was a rebellion against the awful Nicholas cage remake of the wickerman and the return of Christopher lee. As it happens Christopher lee had to pull out and is relegated to a very poor scene which was just placed in there to get his name on the credits. The problem with this film is that there is no dramatic tension. The original built up tension by having a mystery unfold set in an isolated village, featuring creepy characters and very odd musical interludes. The oddness was purposeful as it created uneasiness, adding to the pagan culture of the locals, culminating in a very shocking and thought provoking ending, which to me still hasn't lost its power. The Wicker tree has none of this. The characters are sometimes odd but unfortunately annoying, the music doesn't really add to the film as the songs tend to be more country style than folk which are also annoying. There is no interesting mystery unfolding and the climax is very poor in comparison, and didn't have that shiver element that the Edward Woodward "Oh Christ!!!" moment had. It was years in the making and I think Hardy probably over though it. The idea of the film is interesting but it just wasn't carried out with any real passion and at times feels like its a parody of the original. Have I mentioned that there is intentional comedy, and at times very cringeworthy unintentional comedy. It tries to replicate the original but fails on almost every level. The blu ray does have a nice cover though!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hardy's Tales of the Bleeding Obvious 17 Dec 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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With 2010's The Wicker Tree, the long discussed but not exactly awaited not-quite-sequel to The Wicker Man - Special Edition Director's Cut (2 disc set) [DVD] [1973], only the third film in his 39-year career as director, Robin Hardy shows some technical improvement over his more rough-and-ready work on The Wicker Man and the silly and dreary The Fantasist [1986] [DVD] but is hobbled by the fact that as a screenwriter he's no Anthony Shaffer even if he is still relentlessly ploughing the same furrow four decades on. Where Shaffer's Wicker Man screenplay had black wit to compliment its twists and unsettling setting, Hardy's a more obvious scribe telling a less interesting story that would struggle to fit a half hour episode of Tales of the Very Much As We Expected. This time instead of a Christian copper it's a pair of American evangelists, aw shucks cowboy for Christ Henry Garrett and born again Britney Spears-type Brittania Nicol, who are lured to a Scottish village as part of their mission to convert the godless heathen people of Scotland, and naturally the villagers have their own reasons for welcoming them. This time it's not just their crops that have failed: since an accident at the local Nuada nuclear power plant the population has been rendered infertile and some much-needed new blood is the solution...

Pitched as a `filme fantastique' rather than a horror film, it plays out more like an episode of Tales of the Bleeding Obvious en route to its now overfamiliar ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Go, Laddie, go. 7 Sep 2012
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Robin Hardy (director of the 1973 The Wicker Man) originally conceived this film back in 1998 as The Riding of the Laddie. He always stated it would be a re-exploration of The Wicker Man's thematics with a new story, new cast of characters and 21st century concerns. Obtaining funding was not been easy, partly as Hardy had the misfortune to embark on his project at the same time word got around that Nicholas Cage had obtained the remake rights to The Wicker Man; any interested studios being distracted by the prospect of legitimate remake over a derivative. After that came and went in 2006, Hardy finally began to see progress and get his story filmed in 2010. Two years later, after a long battle to get cinema release, The Wicker Tree has settled for straight to DVD instead. So was it worth it?

Well, it is a better deal than the 2006 Wicker Man. But as that film was so atrocious, Hardy would had to have worked hard to make it any worse. Suffice to say, it does not live up to the original Wicker Man, but that was always going to be an impossible dream. The Wicker Tree is neither remake or sequel (despite a cameo by Christopher Lee as Lachlan's childhood mentor who could be Lord Summerisle, though this is not stated). It is a child of The Wicker Man. It shares the 1973 film's DNA of Christian evangelist lured into a mysterious pagan Scottish world for May Day sacrifice. It's narrative also interweaves song to foreground the unfolding drama. But that is where the similarities end. The Wicker Tree is very much its own beast. And a darkly satirical one at that.

The film is best interpreted as a black joke that mocks the blindness of religious zealotism.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Aviod, avoid, avoid!!!
Avoid this travesty at all costs! Terrible story, worse acting and a script that is more horrific than the film was meant to be! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Spike
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish - don't waste your time or money
Utter rubbish!
What a wasted opportunity to create a sequel for such a good cult movie as the Wicker man, very disappointing.

Poor storyline and terrible acting!
Published 1 month ago by Scott Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars A film well worth watching
As a devotee of The Wicker Man (in every version including a soundtrack CD) I just had to buy this and it is a very enjoyable watch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Senhurst
2.0 out of 5 stars it felt like an episode of Hammer House Of
entertaining but not a scare insight and a predictable ending! it felt like an episode of Hammer House Of Horror
Published 3 months ago by daryl burchmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Honey just is so sticky but worth it lovely
Published 3 months ago by phil
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
the original and classic what else can you say
Published 4 months ago by graham pritchard
1.0 out of 5 stars For once, the box blurb is accurate.
"You'll see faces, performances, and scenes you'll never see in any other movie."

That is true; this is awful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by harpoon guns to 'safe', please
1.0 out of 5 stars Bitterly bad mockery of the original film
This had all the potential elements to be a fabulous follow-up, but the film failed dismally on nearly every count. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Ramsden
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
I can't quite find the words to describe just how awful this film is. I'm not sure if it is a spoof or not. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs G. L. Mason
1.0 out of 5 stars Hey y'all, i'm like, born again...
Young Christians Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, leave Texas to preach door-to-door in Scotland. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
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