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The Wicker Man [DVD] [1973]-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An interesting look at clashing ideologies

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    CrimsonKing42

    The Wicker Man is an interesting study of a devout Christian police officer encountering a pagan culture on a remote island. In many ways, this is an allegory for any confilct of beliefs, and the terrors it can often bring on. However, it is important to note that there is not really anything "horrific" about it in any visceral sense. The horror rather comes from the moral outrage that the film pushes ever so subtly toward the viewers. The story begins when Howie, a Scottish policeman is called out to the island of Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl named Rowan. However, once he gets there, the villagers refuse to cooperate, even the mother, and respond by going anywhere from denying knowledge or even claiming that the girl does not exist. The officer becomes increasingly concerned that the girl is being hidden as the islanders prepare to sacrifice her in an upcoming ceremony. The film's tension comes from the officer's alienation from these people. He looks down upon their beliefs, as he is a Christian himself, and begins to think that the people are capable of any atrocity because he does not know anything about their beliefs. As such, the film is an interesting portrait of culture clash, and the results it can have. The finale unveils a number of intersting misconceptions that Howie has allowed himself to fall into, which are fairly shocking. The Wicker Man is quite good, and though it is dated in terms of the things in the film, the dress of the people, and most importantly the picture quality (which the filmmakers have put a valient effort into, but which has unfortunately suffered more than most films of the period because of a series of mishaps with the prints of the film over the years), it stil holds relevance today and certainly has importance in today's culture. The acting is also rather good, especially from Christopher Lee, who plays his role here totally differently from how we know him more recently. I must also make special note of britt Ekland, who is extremely easy on the eyes, and revels quite a bit of herself as an actress in this piece (pun intended...you'll see...), which most people consider to be her best role. This is a landmark film, and you should definitely look into it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing film, great presentation, so-so extras

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    TheNME
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    Widely regarded as one of the truly great horror films, and for good reason. It's a slow-burn with a building sense of dread and a great pay-off at the end. If you've only seen the Nicolas Cage remake, don't let that put you off. The original is a masterpiece. The only drawback: If you're a longtime fan, the extras don't really have much to offer.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Forget the remake

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    supertouch138
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    Christopher Lee is staggering in this film. If you've never seen it, you absolutely need to. Quite possibly the best killer cult film of all time and features a very early role from Beverly D'Angelo. BUY THIS MOVIE!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent presentation

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    CEddy10165
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    For the price this is a solid presentation of the film, with a decent selection of special features. An affordable way to add this classic to your collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The wicker man

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    iloveblurays
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    I really enjoyed this movie, although I do kind of miss seeing nic cage wearing a bear costume while knocking out old women.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    finally the edition we have been waiting for..

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    src14
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    we finally get the blu ray with the director's cut and it does live up to the billing. it's the version that all fans of the movie should see

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good mystery

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    flyer747
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    This is the original with English cast, good build up to the end...good acting, maybe a cult masterpiece, one of the great horror films.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Slow but worth it!

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    John
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    this is the one to get! Avoid the remake at all costs! PQ still looks rough but it is the best version I have seen on it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Classic Movie

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    pinkfloyd1967
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    great classic with Christopher Lee.. Would highly recommend this one

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    one of hammer horror's best

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    src14
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    christopher lee at his best in a different role for him

    I would recommend this to a friend