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The Limey 11-07-2009 06:59 PM

The Wicker Man (1973) hits Blu-ray
 
Well here is a great piece of news for bbblu.
On the 1st of March 2010, one of the greatest cult horror films of all time gets its UK Hi Def release - Anthony Schaffer's The Wicker Man, directed by Robin Hardy.

Forget the lame remake, this IS the real deal. Edward Woodward plays the pious and somewhat bemused Police Sergeant who investigates a young girl's disappearance on a remote Scottish Island.
All, however, is very much NOT what it seems and soon he finds himself up against a sinister Pagan Cult....
Woodward is superb and supported more than ably by the likes of Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, and Ingrid Pitt.
Superb film and a Day One purchase for yours truly:

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/1...n/Product.html

jdrouette 11-07-2009 07:45 PM

I would LOVE this to be the (to my eye) much more coherent director's cut, but since the only known surviving elements of the cut scenes exist on analog tape, it's not likely they will splice them in with the restored footage as they did on DVD. The contrast would be even more visually jarring.

The Limey 11-07-2009 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdrouette (Post 1742976)
I would LOVE this to be the (to my eye) much more coherent director's cut, but since the only known surviving elements of the cut scenes exist on analog tape, it's not likely they will splice them in with the restored footage as they did on DVD. The contrast would be even more visually jarring.

There does not seem to be any information around at the moment as to which version or versions will be available.
Maybe they will make the director's cut available as an extra?
That said if Optimum stick to their bare bones policy of Near Dark on bbblu then it will be the theatrical cut and nothing else....

Arkadin 11-07-2009 09:23 PM

great news!
many have called this the "Citizen Kane" of horror films.

The Limey 11-07-2009 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Arkadin (Post 1743031)
great news!
many have called this the "Citizen Kane" of horror films.

Deservedly so too.
Have you seen both the theatrical version and the director's cut?

Arkadin 11-07-2009 09:38 PM

I haven't.
my dvd is a single disc Anchor Bay version that says 88 mins "theatrical version".
I never upgraded when they released the "newer" release. ;)

The Limey 11-07-2009 09:41 PM

If the director's cut is included on the BD then you will find it a fascinating watch...
You will be amazed just how much footage was actually cut out of the theatrical version.
As mentioned earlier by jdroute, the video quality is nothing to write home about though.

Arkadin 11-07-2009 09:43 PM

yeah that will be amazing if they include both.
sounds very interesting, and if they don't I'll have to seek it out for sure.

kannisto 11-07-2009 09:45 PM

I have this as a limited edition Anchor Bay DVD release in a wooden box, including both cuts. One of the very few DVDs I've kept in my collection with the original packaging. Love this film, hopefully the BD will be a good release. Longer version would be nice but indeed the additional footage had horrible PQ on DVD.

CaptainCanuck 11-08-2009 12:22 AM

I wont doubledip if it isn't the directors cut.


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