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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Edward Woodward
Christopher Lee
Britt Ekland.
Directors
Robin Hardy.
Screenwriters
Anthony Shaffer.
Running Time
102 minutes

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The Wicker Man - The Final Cut
Horror classic rekindled


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Plot
Police Sergeant Howie arrives on a remote Scottish island in a search for a missing girl. There he finds a hostile populace, indifferent to his hunt and hiding a dark secret.


Review
The Wicker Man - The Final Cut

Supervised by director Robin Hardy, this version of the 1973 classic has lost a redundant, awkward prologue but brings back some of the quirkier, sexier, folkier elements that were trimmed from the original. It remains a superb mystery-horror-musical-folklore picture.


Verdict
Still a classic, now enhanced by some judicious edits.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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The Directors Cut

The Directors Cut was the best and keeping the pre-amble was to show what a fire and brimstone "Wee Free" Howie really was (it's a wonder if he went on patrol on The Sabbath!). I watched some of the film being made and of course a lot of the scenes were cut but what arrived in the original cinema release was not edited but butchered. I agree with the other commentators it is 5 stars even in any (butchered) cut. ... More

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Posted by Madhamish at 22:54, 04 October 2013 | Report This Post


What's different about this cut, anyway?

It would be good to have a more in-depth review about what precisely is different about this version. As most fans of the film will know it originally only survived in a much shorter print that made it look as if Sergeant Howie was only on the island for one night. The full version was believed to be lost, buried under the M3! However a few years ago a copy of the full version was found, and released as the full version of the film (although Christopher Lee always claimed there was still more fo... More

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Posted by The Fella at 19:07, 29 September 2013 | Report This Post


Why change from original 5 star rating?

It would be nice to see some explanation as to how it's been downgraded to 4 stars via this new edit. Constructive critism would be helpful - i.e pacing etc. ... More

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Posted by antmumford at 13:46, 27 September 2013 | Report This Post


Why change from original 5 star rating?

It would be nice to see some explanation as to how it's been downgraded to 4 stars via this new edit. Constructive critism would be helpful - i.e pacing etc. ... More

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Posted by antmumford at 13:46, 27 September 2013 | Report This Post


Empire are you kidding???

Only four stars? Going to assume that is a misprint as The Wicker Man is a five star film in whichever version you watch it. SORT IT OUT EMPIRE! ... More

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Posted by Mulholland Empire at 22:21, 24 September 2013 | Report This Post


Only 4 stars, oh Jesus Christ!!! ... More

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Posted by Suttisan at 10:25, 24 September 2013 | Report This Post


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