Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) is sent to a remote island
off the coast of Scotland to investigate the mysterious disappearance
of a young girl. The locals claim to have no idea who the
young girl was until Howie digs deeper and uncovers a secret
cult. Howie must put an end to the locals warped practices
before they kill again...
is the first time The Wicker Man has been released
on DVD in the UK and fans of the original are in for a treat.
Originally released in 1973 this movie has dated well. Despite
the horrendous 1970s fashion and music the story at its heart
is as fresh today as it was nearly 30 years ago. The print
has been scrubbed up nicely and there is even a 5.1 mix of
movie's final 20 minutes represent one of the best horror
films endings - the villagers singing and swaying is childlike
in its simplicity and it is this which helps to ensure the
desired horrific effect.
disc is awash with extras including a 35 minute documentary
and 25 minute interview with Christopher Lee (a very bad print
from the 70s) as well as a 15 minute longer director's cut
on the second disc - although be warned the extra footage
is of noticeably poorer quality than the rest of the movie.
The Director's cut starts back on the mainland and gives us
more of an insight into what makes Howie tick. It builds up
his religious background a little more strongly so that we
see why the unraveling events shock him from the start - for
example, when he freaks out during the landlord's daughter
you are a horror fan then this is a must for your collection.
Easily one of the greatest British horror movies of all time.
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