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    Added on: 14/3/2006 18:23
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    Wicker Man, The (Special Edition) (UK)

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    Flesh to touch...Flesh to burn! Don`t keep the Wicker Man waiting!
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 84 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    When a young girl mysteriously disappears, Police Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) travels to a remote island to investigate. But this pastoral community, led by the strange Lord Summerisle (a brilliant performance by the legendary Christopher Lee), is not what it seems as the devout Christian detective soon uncovers a secret society of wanton lust and pagan blasphemy. Can Howie now stop the cult`s ultimate sacrifice before he himself comes face to face with the horror of The Wicker Man?
    Packaged as a double DVD, this set includes the original theatrical version of The Wicker Man and the recently restored director`s cut which re-instates 15 minutes of rarely seen footage. This special edition release provides film fans with the definitive DVD version of one of the most unique films of all time and gives you the chance to compare both versions of this seminal horror classic.

    Special Features:
    Disc 1: Original theatrical version of The Wicker Man (84 mins) with Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. `The Wicker Man Enigma` documentary (35 mins). Interview with Christopher Lee (25 mins). Theatrical trailer. TV spot. Radio spots x3. Talent biographies. DVD-ROM downloadable pages from original theatrical press brochure.
    Disc 2: The Wicker Man - The Director`s Cut (99 mins). Feature length commentary with Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, director Robin Hardy and moderated by Mark Kermode (UK exclusive recorded December 2001). Easter Egg - footage of commentary team meeting and preparing.

    Directed By:
    Robin Hardy

    Written By:

    Edward Woodward
    Christopher Lee
    Diane Cilento
    Britt Ekland
    Ingrid Pitt
    Lindsay Kemp
    Russell Waters

    Soundtrack By:
    Paul Giovanni

    Director of Photography:
    Harry Waxman

    Eric Boyd-Perkins

    Costume Designer:
    Sue Yelland

    Peter Snell

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    Cult has got to be based on something.
    The Wicker Man is somehow considered a made-in-the-UK cult horror. Does it live up to its reputation?
    Well, alas, not quite.
    While the movie is all about atmosphere (and less about performances - and give me a break - Christopher Lee does NOT excel in this movie at all). As for the story, well, it`s strange, thrilling at times, but chooses a random path towards its end.
    The video transfer is average. The disc set includes two versions of this almost 35-years-old movie - the original theatrical version and the director`s cut. Both versions suffer from a soft image, but the director`s cut includes materials which were considered lost until recently. From the looks of them, it seems they were lost in an open field, exposed to sunlight for almost 35 years. They look absolutely dreadful.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack of the theatrical version is ok, with almost no usage of the surrounds. The DD 1.0 soundtrack of the director`s cut is as flat as a mono soundtrack can get. The movie includes a lot of music. Weird music. Oh, well - pagan stuff, cult stuff - we should`ve seen it coming.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The extras include a commentary (for the director`s cut), a documentary and an interview with Christopher Lee.
    Bottom line - you might as well give this weird movie a chance. After all, despite the fact it`s far from being a brilliant movie, so many people consider it as cult, and that many people cannot be wrong. Or can they? :) (Yes, they can).
    posted by Zvi Josef on 14/3/2006 22:48
    5 / 10
    I got a copy of this dvd free with a newspaper, picture seems out of focus, but it will copy to video.
    posted by Michael Orme on 4/4/2006 22:04