Wicker Man

Woodward, Edward

SKU: 031398182108

UPC 031398182108
Release Date 2014-01-07
Studio Lionsgate
Discs 1
Length 94
Format Color
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Synopsis A notoriously troubled production notwithstanding, the controversial cult classic THE WICKER MAN is now regarded as a classic of British cinema. Edward Woodward stars as Sergeant Howie, a naive young police officer sent to Summerisle, a secluded island off the coast of Scotland, to investigate the disappearance of a young girl named Rowan. When he arrives there, he finds a very tight-knit community that is mistrustful and hostile to outsiders. No one is willing to even acknowledge Rowan's disappearance. Soon, Howie begins to realize that the town might, in fact, be a strange pagan cult, one given to unbridled sexuality and possible human sacrifice. Seeking an audience with the oddly civilized Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), Howie hopes to get to the bottom of the mystery, but instead he finds something more shocking than he could have ever imagined. Written by Anthony Shaffer (SLEUTH, DEATH ON THE NILE), Robin Hardy's eerie film paints a disturbing portrait of an almost prehistoric, multi-deity worshipping society given to bizarre rituals and Bacchanalian excess. Though recognition may have been a long time coming, THE WICKER MAN stands as a strikingly original achievement that is equal parts horror, drama, comedy, and musical.Off the coast of Scotland, the natives of a small island owned and run by a Lord Summerisle, immerse themselves in a religion based on pagan rites and rituals, totally antithetical to Catholic dogma. When a devout Christian police sergeant from the mainland comes to the island to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a local 12-year-old girl, he stirs up hatred and resentment among the locals to such an extent that for their annual May Day celebrations, to insure the crops don't fail for a second year in a row, he becomes their target to appease the heathen goddess of the harvest.The American theatrical version of the film runs between 85 and 95 minutes, and the full version of the film is 102 minutes long. THE WICKER MAN was produced in 1973, but not released until 1979. Filmed on location off the west coast of Scotland. The film won the Grand Prize at the Third International Fantasy and Science Fiction Festival held in Paris in 1974....It's a bleak, peculiar chiller -- erotic, eccentric and still shocking...3 stars out of 5 -- Much of the film's enduring appeal lies with its ending, and screenwriter Anthony Shaffer finds plenty to play with in pitting Christianity against an older religion...[M]ysterious, horrific, and thrilling...[T]his vintage British shocker retains its potent mix of pagan horror and trippy hippie weirdness.4 stars out of 5 -- It remains a superb mystery-horror-musical-folklore picture.[With] a performance by Christopher Lee that the iconic actor declares is his best.
Cast Russell Waters (Star)
Anthony Shaffer (Screenwriter)
Ingrid Pitt (Star)
Britt Ekland (Star)
Lindsay Kemp (Star)
Aubrey Morris (Star)
Diane Cilento (Star)
Peter Snell (Producer)
Christopher Lee (Star)
Edward Woodward (Star)
Robin Hardy (Director)
Harry Waxman (Director of Photography)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Worshipping The Wicker Man featurette The Music of The Wicker Man featurette Interview with Robin Hardy Restoration comparison Trailer Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: DTS HD Master Audio - English Subtitles - English, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.35000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Horror,Suspense/Thriller
Attribute Additional Footage,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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