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Anchor Bay Press Release: The Wicker Man

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. Steve.P

    Steve.P Agent

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    Anchor Bay are not saying this is the "re-released theatrical run", they are saying it is the "U.S. theatrical version". Again, it's all in the words. The 88-minute version *is* the original theatrical cut. It is not the "acclaimed" cut, however, nor does it date from 1978.

    My guess, based on the extras, and on the (admittedly) sketchy Amazon listing, is that this is a straight repackaging job of the single-disc, 88-minute cut.
     
  2. Jeffrey Nelson

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    Since I already have the wooden box edition and the complete soundtrack CD, the only WICKER MAN news that will get me excited is the discovery of the original negative, which is supposedly buried under a British motorway. Or, failing that, at least the discovery of Rog's complete 35mm print.
     
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    Roger's print was actually only 16mm.

    I managed to get the UK 2-disc set for £3.99 recently which I was very happy with. Add me to the (apparently small) list of people who consider the shorter version the better one - it's more mysterious, unnerving and far more economical overall. The longer version is rather floppier, padded out with red herrings, needless exposition and interesting but extraneous bits of Pagan business.
     
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    I managed to get the 3-disc R2 copy of this:
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    Original Theatrical Version
    English 5.1 Dolby Digital
    Running Time: 84 Minutes (PAL)
    Aspect Ratio: 1.85, 16:9

    Director's Cut Version
    English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
    Running Time: 99 Minutes (PAL)
    Aspect Ratio: 1.85, 16:9

    Feature-Length Audio Commentary with
    Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, and Director Robin Hardy
    The Wicker Man Enigma - 35 Minute Documentary
    Christopher Lee Interview (25 Minutes)
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    Talent Biographies, TV & Radio Spots, and much more.

    Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    music by Paul Giovanni & Gary Carpenter (uncredited)

    Exclusive Limited Edition Senitype, from the Motion Picture and its Corresponding 35mm Film Frame

    Reproduction of the Original UK Theatrical Press Campaign Book

    Original 27" x 40" UK One Sheet Cinema Poster.
    Free Mail in Offer to UK residents only.

    Deluxe 3 disc set limited to 5000 copies.
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    [​IMG]
     
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    The R2 DVD is sped up, which really affects the play of the dialogue and music (to my sensitive ears, anyway). I'm sticking with the old AB wooden box.
     
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    The R2 is also non-progressive / interlaced. But the commentary is highly informative and entertaining; Anchor should have tried to license it for this re-re-release.
     
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    I bought the Warner R2 after my Anchor Bay wooden box edition was destroyed in last year's Hurricane Katrina. Only the shorter 88-minute cut suffers from PAL speed-up; the 99-minute cut has somehow been calibrated to the correct running speed. (It's a shame this isn't done more often.)

    Whilst I still wish I had my R1 limited edition -- I won't be paying the inflated eBay prices anytime soon, however -- I am more than happy with the R2. That said, I may pick up this new single-disc R1 edition just to have the 88-minute cut in NTSC.
     

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