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    Unique ID Code: 0000024061
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 14/10/2001 01:07
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    Wicker Man, The: Limited Edition (US)

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    Flesh to touch...Flesh to burn! Don`t keep the Wicker Man waiting!
    Certificate: none
    Running Time: 187 mins
    Retail Price: $39.98
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    When a young girl mysteriously disappears, Police Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward of The Equalizer) travels to a remote Scottish 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?

    Britt Ekland, Diane Cliento and Ingrid Pitt co-star in this provocative shocker written by Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, Frenzy) that fans and critics worldwide still consider a true cult classic and a modern horror masterpiece. This is the acclaimed U.S. theatrical version of The Wicker Man, now fully restored from original vault materials for the first time ever.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    The Wicker Man Enigma: Featuring Interviews with Stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt, Director Robin Hardy, Producer Peter Snell, Writer Anthony Shaffer, Editor Eric Boyd-Perkins, Art Director Seamus Flannery, Assistant Director Jake Wright, U.S. Distributor John Simon and Filmmaker Roger Corman
    Theatrical Trailer
    TV Spot
    Radio Spots
    Talent Bios

    Extended Version:
    11 Minutes Of Additional Rarely Seen Footage

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Mono English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Robin Hardy

    Written By:

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

    Soundtrack By:
    Paul Giovanni

    Director of Photography:
    Harry Waxman

    Eric Boyd-Perkins

    Costume Designer:
    Sue Yelland

    Peter Snell

    Anchor Bay

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    9 / 10
    Well what can be said about this movie?? Well actually quite a lot, and now that Anchor Bay have released a quality limited edition DVD in a very flashy wood case with a remastred version of this classic with decent extras and a bonus disc featuring the directors cut of the movie, my fingers are shivering with excitement as I type this review.

    There is a very big following of this cult classic and rightly so, its a fairly low budget production that produces atmosphere that is rarely seen in a movie these days. The majority of the movie while holding your intrest tends to make you wonder where the film is actually going, and although its a fairly simple plot-line the climax defies belief and will leave the viewer shocked and leaving a lasting impression for many days after viewing

    The basic story is a Sgt Howie (Woodward) travels to a remote part of the scottish isles after claiming a letter has been sent from an anonymous source about a girl apparantly gone missing. Upon arriving Sgt Howie discovers the locals are a bit strange, and after putting several events together finds out that they all worship some sort of god that resembles a kind of pagan religion. Howie starts to suspect that the locals lead by a Lord Summerisle, (Christopher Lee) have murdered the little girl in a sacrafice to their god due to failing crops. However as Howie gets closer and closer to finding out the truth what he doesnt realise is that the locals have something much more chilling in store.

    This movie never ceases to amaze me, its an absolute classic and i cant think of a better horror movie to come out of England since. The finale will leave you stunned and the build up mearly adds to the brilliant atmosphere that is The Wicker Man.

    Right lets get on to the DVD itself, The picture quality is quite nice considering the movies age (1973) with quite a soft picture throughout but most of the dirt has been cleared up. The soundtrack has been remastred into 5.1 but not that you would notice, almost everything comes out of the centre channel anyway, they may aswell just of stuck with the original mono.

    The extras come in the form of a fascinating documentary called "The Wickerman Enigma" featuring upto date interviews with all the cast and crew, we also have the usual TV spots, Trailers, Radio Spots and Talent Bios. There is also an easy easter egg for you to find which also adds a little bit of depth to the movie, Sadly there is no commentary evident which is the only real let down to this edition. The second disc adds 11 mins of extra footage which add little if nothing to the story line, but for the fans its gold dust.

    At the end of the day the real winner is the movie itself, if you dont buy this your mad, and if you do buy and luckily find the limited edition then you will probably have added not only the best looking case ever created for a DVD but also one of the best movies to your collection.
    posted by Uberfrag on 29/10/2001 21:28