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Wicker Man (1973)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 209955824
UPC: 031398103615
UPC 14: 00031398103615
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
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.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/11/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 88 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1973
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 24574
Video UPC UPC: 00031398103615
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ingrid Pitt
Video Cast Info Britt Ekland
Video Cast Info Lindsay Kemp
Video Cast Info Aubrey Morris
Video Cast Info Diane Cilento
Video Cast Info Russell Waters
Video Cast Info Christopher Lee
Video Cast Info Edward Woodward
Video Cast Info Anthony Shaffer - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Peter Snell - Producer
Video Cast Info Harry Waxman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Robin Hardy - Director
Plot Summary
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.

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...It's a bleak, peculiar chiller -- erotic, eccentric and still shocking..." 12/01/2003 p.52

Uncut
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..." 10/01/2006 p.157

Widescreen Review
"[M]ysterious, horrific, and thrilling..." 02/01/2007 p.71

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