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This review is from: The Wicker Man - Special Edition Director's Cut (2 disc set) [DVD]  (DVD)
It's a strange horror movie - devoid of real scares but yet definitely a horror. It uses more of surrealism than suspense to create the right atmosphere, and it succeeds wonderfully. Christopher Lee fits his role perfectly, but it's Edward Woodward as the main character (a policeman sent to a Scottish island in order to find a lost girl) who should be applauded the most - he's equally convincing as a self-confident officer in the beginning, a man fighting with desire in the middle, and a 'changed' person in the ending. The Scottish surroundings and strange sounds add to the wicked atmosphere of it all. Truly original and confusing, this is one of the best horrors ever - even if there are no actual 'jumps' in it.
This special edition contains one more disc with the restored version of the movie. Which is of course nice, but doesn't add too much important content to the 'original theatrical cut'; and just because the lost-and-found footage is of inferior quality (and is easy to be recognized in between the original pieces of the movie), I do prefer the shorter version of it. But there are also some other bonuses - the director and Lee's interview (some nice anecdotes there!), the commentary, trailers. A cool edition of a cool movie. Definitely worth our pounds!