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The Wicker Tree [DVD] [2010]

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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 (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007682IE0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,889 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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2.5 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Howarth on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Dec 2012
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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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ewan Jones on 1 May 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The other review here provides a helpful plot synopsis so I won't bother with any of that. Suffice to say, The Wicker Tree is more disappointing than I ever thought it could be. Terrible acting, clunky direction, naff music, unbelievable characters.

In the original, Howie's character was a believable, devout Christian - committed, horrified at Summerisle's pagan practices and living out a believable battle between his commitment to faith and all the temptations that Summerisle presents. In contrast, the Wicker Tree's Beth and Steve are shallow caricatures, lame stereotypes played for cheap laughs. Their mission to evangelise 'heathen Scotland' doesn't ring true. Relocating from a remote island to mainland UK removes any hint of genuine threat and isolation (you don't for one moment believe this place actually exists) and, given that Hardy is a Brit, that kind of lazy writing and directing is unforgivable. Clearly no research went in to trying to authentically present these places and characters - S+B's relationship is unconvincing from the first moment, their behaviour dubious, Beth's back-story is laughable and their methods of faith-sharing unconvincing guess work on Hardy's part. These things are also true of the characters' portrayal in Hardy's book (Cowboys for Christ) so it's no surprise that the film lazily regurgitates these errors. By the time their inevitable demise ensues, you've long ceased caring and you're just left hoping that the pay-off for these wretched cardboard cut-outs is worth it. It's not.

Clearly the Wicker Man is fantastical, but the joy and horror of it stems from the possibility that it could.. just be.. a true story. Tree, on the other hand, is like a poorly thought out play written by 15 year olds for a GCSE drama production.
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