The Wicker Man [Blu-ray] [1973]

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  • Release Date: 01/07/2014
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (24 out of 26)

Special Features


  • "Worshipping "The Wicker Man" featurette
  • "The Music of The Wicker Man" featurette
  • Interview with Robin Hardy
  • Restoration comparison
  • Trailer

Synopsis


The Wicker Man
A righteous police officer investigating the disappearance of a young girl comes into conflict with the unusual residents of a secluded Scottish isle in this unsettling, intelligent chiller. Brought to the island of Summerisle by an anonymous letter, Edward Woodward's constable is surprised to discover that the island's population suspiciously denies the missing girl's very existence. Even more shocking, at least to the traditionally pious law office, the island is ruled by a libertarian society organized around pagan rituals. Repelled by the open acceptance of sexuality, nature worship, and even witchcraft, the officer takes an antagonistic attitude towards the people and their leader, an eccentric but charming English lord (Christopher Lee). The officer's unease intensifies as he continues his investigation, slowly coming to fear that the girl's disappearance may be linked in a particularly horrifying manner to an upcoming public festival. Anthony Shaffer's meticulously crafted screenplay creates a thoroughly convincing alternative society, building tension through slow discovery and indirect suggestion and making the terrifying climax all the more effective. Performances are also perfectly tuned, with Woodward suitably priggish as the investigator and horror icon Lee delivering one of his most accomplished performances as Lord Summerisle. Little noticed during its original theatrical run due to studio edits and a limited release, the film's intelligence and uncanny tone has since attracted a devoted cult following. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Edward Woodward
    Edward Woodward - Sergeant Howie
  • Britt Ekland
    Britt Ekland - Willow
  • Diane Cilento
    Diane Cilento - Miss Rose
  • Ingrid Pitt
    Ingrid Pitt - Librarian
  • Christopher Lee
    Christopher Lee - Lord Summerisle



Customer rating

4.1
93%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An interesting look at clashing ideologies

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Is this the definitive Wicker Man?

    Posted
    larrybmovie
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    Even though this is called the "final" cut, I'd have to say no. On the plus side (and it's a very big plus), this disk is subtitled not captioned--a very real consideration when you're hard of hearing and your Samsung TV doesn't support captioning. That being said, however, the Anchor Bay wooden box release with a CD of the soundtrack that came out maybe 20 years ago is, to me, the definitive version. Even though it's captioned, it's longer than the final cut. I can't tell you what the difference is, but the Blu-ray just doesn't feel, well, right. Still, this is an important film and it's good to have it on Blu-ray. If you don't know the movie, you could do worse than getting this edition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Iconic and horrifying

    Posted
    Jackattack

    An all-singing mishmash of horror and comedy wrapped around a simple mystery narrative: a child has been reported missing on the remote island of Summerisle, and dour policeman Howie (Edward Woodward) is the only one capable of finding out what happened. Ultimately it’s a horror film, but there’s very little violence, no jump scares, and most of the action takes place during the day. It’s playful and sometimes even joyous, but it has an unsettling atmosphere that builds and builds to an iconic (and horrifying) climax.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic horror movie that makes you think

    Posted
    Se7en082
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    In every review the original Wicker Man is mentioned, it is listed as "the Citizen Kane of horror movies." While I wouldn't go that far, it is a fantastic horror movie. The acting, the setting, everything is memorable. This is a film you will not forget once you've seen it. In fact, you should watch it without knowing anything about it. That way you can be surprised. It's not an in your face horror movie. This is a thinking person type of horror film. And it's pretty darn flawless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing film, great presentation, so-so extras

    Posted
    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Wicker Man is wicked.

    Posted
    TRDS

    If you are into "B" rated movies - this is not a bad one. If you saw the remake of this movie - this one if far better. The plot is more solid and interesting. Sexuality, nature worship, and even witchcraft are all here - where I thought they were down played in the remake. For those of you who like a "B" rated movie with a plot - here it is. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    It is supposed to be a classic but.....

    Posted
    Unhappywiththiscrap
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    So this is one of those films that is supposed to be a classic horror film but it really isn't. This disc contains the final cut only which I figured would be better and im sure to people who love this garbage it is but ohh boy was this weak. It has a solid set of extras but I have watched this twice now and it hurt both times.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    interesting...

    Posted
    Drgnldy71
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    Wasn't sure what this one was about to be honest. I picked it up because Christopher Lee was in it and it's touted as a classic. It's frightening in-so-far as it shows how easily people can be led down a path by someone else when they allow themselves to be.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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