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The Wicker Man
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: December 9, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1973
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette - The Wicker Man Enigma
    • Trailers - Original Theatrical Trailer
      • Radio Spots (Audio)
      • TV Spot
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies - Cast

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh88%

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Total Count: 52

Upright82%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 43,110
4 stars out of 5 -- It remains a superb mystery-horror-musical-folklore picture.
Empire
Sep 20, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- A genius conflation of the on-screen pagan versus Christian (and provincial versus federal) dichotomies into an equally combustible cinematographic battle of the sensibilities Full Review
Patrick Nabarro
Nov 10, 2018
Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film passed through several distributors, several versions, and several bankruptcies, picking up a powerful reputation along the way. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Oct 7, 2008
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A slow burn of a horror film portraying cynicism and paranoia that's as effective as our belief of its possibility. It's just plain weird and great. [Full review in Spanish]. Full Review
Cinelipsis
Feb 18, 2019
Rating: 5/5 -- A British golden-oldie worthy to be placed alongside classics such as Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives or Rosemary's Baby. Full Review
Guardian
Aug 24, 2007
Rating: 5/5 -- Christopher Lee, who plays the lord of the island, thinks it's one of the finest films he's ever made -- and he's right. Full Review
Radio Times
Oct 8, 2013
Rating: 3/5 -- You can't help smiling at the audacity of it all and shivering a little at the feelbad ending.
London Evening Standard
Aug 24, 2007

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.

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Production Notes:

  • 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.
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  • Sales Rank: 16,488
  • UPC: 031398103615
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