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One of the greatest films of the 20th Century,
This review is from: The Wicker Man - The Director's Cut (DVD)  (DVD)
A truly fantastic film, epic in its dimensions and symbolism - which is matched only by the tortured history of its original cut release in 1973. This is a masterpiece in the genre, profundly psychological and questioning of religion and morality. There are masterful and inspired performances by Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle and Edward Woodward as Sergeant Howie and Britt Eckland is also very good as Willow.
This DVD is the definitive version - it includes the original (butchered) theatrical release (84 minutes) as well as the vastly superior Director's Cut (99 minutes). There is also a 35-minute documentary which is excellent, revealing many nuggets about the film and also the cast and crew's frustration with the original cut version. There is also a 25-minute interview with Christopher Lee from the 1970s, theatrical trailer and a fascinating 2001 feature-length commentary with Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward and the director Robin Hardy.
In short, you owe it to yourself to watch this film! I would place it (as many critics do) in the same as legendary films like Citizen Kane. Simply brilliant and I only hope that it inspires others to make similarly original films rather than the usual derivative dross we have today.