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Anchor Bay Press Release: The Wicker Tree (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 6 Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 13 2012 - 05:51 AM


The time is nigh for a new offering...



A New Vision of the Cult Classic Takes Root

April 24th on Blu-ray™ and DVD


Beverly Hills, CA – On April 24th, Anchor Bay Entertainment, the leading distributor in classic and contemporary horror films, releases Anchor Bay Films’ highly anticipated follow-up The Wicker Tree on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Set in the same universe as the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man starring Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward, the film is written and directed by the original helmer, Robin Hardy, who also reunited with the original producer Peter Snell and venerable UK production company British Lion to bring a chilling new vision of this classic story to 21st century audiences, after a theatrical run. SRP is $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $26.98 for the DVD. Pre-book on March 28th.

Based on Hardy’s acclaimed 2006 novel “Cowboys for Christ,” The Wicker Tree tells the story of Texas-based singer Beth Boothby (newcomer Brittania Nicol) and her friend Steve Thomson (Henry Garrett, “The Bill,” “Skins”), two born-again Christians who come to Scotland to spread the gospel. When their initial efforts are met with disdain and disinterest, they find comfort in an invitation to sing in Tressock, the border fiefdom owned by Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish, Rambo, the upcoming The Hobbit films).

However, Beth’s and Steve’s message of personal chastity quickly comes into direct conflict with Tressock’s sexual and religious practices, drawing upon ancient Celtic beliefs and rituals. Temptations begin to challenge Beth and Steve – with the stakes no less than their very lives and souls...

Lee, who played the mysterious Lord Summerisle in the original (in a career that includes Count Dracula and the Frankenstein monster in the classic Hammer films, Count Dooku in Star Wars Episodes II & III, and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the upcoming pair of films based onThe Hobbit), returns again in a dramatic cameo. Rounding out the cast are Jacqueline Leonard (“Holby City,” “The Bill”) as Lady Delia Morrison, Clive Russell (Sherlock Holmes, The 13th Warrior) as Beame, James Mapes (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Conversations with God) as Reverend Moriarty and Honeysuckle Weeks (“Foyle’s War” and numerous other UK TV projects) as Lolly.

Bonus features on The Wicker Tree  Blu-ray™ and DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.

About Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. It distributes feature films, children’s entertainment, fitness, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on Blu-ray™ and DVD formats. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).




Street Date

April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012

Pre-book Date

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

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Run Time:

96 minutes

96 minutes











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#2 of 6 dana martin

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Posted February 13 2012 - 08:59 AM

much like last year when we had both versions of i spit on your grave, by the same company, i am hoping that this could mean an announcement of The Wicker Man will be happening for north america soon

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#3 of 6 Derrick King

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Posted February 13 2012 - 09:31 AM

Unfortunately Lionsgate has the rights to THE WICKER MAN.

#4 of 6 dana martin

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Posted February 13 2012 - 02:22 PM

crap, that means it will be a no show for some time

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#5 of 6 Michael Elliott

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Posted February 13 2012 - 02:48 PM

I was "lucky" enough to catch this during its brief theatrical run and it was pretty disappointing. Those interested in seeing Lee should know that he's only in the film a few seconds.

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Posted February 13 2012 - 04:44 PM

Word about this one is not very good, but nothing can un-do what the original created. I dream about an art film that's a tonal reaction to the wicker man , using more visual design and compositing. It could be an abstract short, centered around the iconic face design used in the movie poster The Wicker Man is best left to the ideas and dreams it inspires.