wicker man ltd edition... any good?

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  1. DannyS

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    I am interested in this.. is it worth a look?
     
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    Any good? YES!
    By strange coincidence, I watched the extended cut last night. One of the best chillers ever made, and Christopher Lee is fantastic (as ever). The extra scenes in the extended cut give more insight into Edward Woodward's character, and IMHO are definitely worth the extra bucks for the limited edition (that and the ultra-cool box design).
    Be warned that the DVD quality on the extended cut isn't good (to put it mildly), but, unless someone is willing to dig up a motorway, it's the best the special edition will ever look. The theatrical edition tranfer (disc one in the LE set) is very good.
    The Wicker Man is a "thinking man's horror movie", so don't expect gore and mindless violence every 5 minutes. Having said that, there is a lot of nudity, with Britt Ekland's dance being one of the more memorable cinematic moments of the 20th century [​IMG] .
     
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    It is very good. The limited edition version comes with both the extended cut and the theatrical cut. It is packaged in a nifty wooden box. I won't go into details about the movie itself because this is definitely one movie that you want to see cold. Edward Woodward(aka the Equalizer) and Christopher Lee have never been better. Follow this link for an excellent review: http://horrordvds.com/reviews/n-z/wman-lmtd/
     
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    Yep. Excellent movie and you must get the LE because the extended cut is the only one to watch.
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    Highly recommended... Best buy has the Ltd. Ed. for $24.99!
    Well worth it! Cheers -JD
     
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    Definitely, look for the easter egg TV interview. Christopher Lee sings!
     
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    I actually preferred the theatrical cut. Just the extended edition's sequence in the police station was highly redundant and revealed way too much about the sergeant right off the bat. It's much better in the theatrical release where the officer's personality is revealed a small piece at a time.
    I have my own review of the set available at my Web site. You can find it here.
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    "And on that tree . . . "
    The Wicker Man is definitely a suspense classic, and kudos to Anchor Bay for one of my favorite discs, a huge edition they could not possibly be making any money on. In my opinion, the extended cut is infinitely better and the film elements are unfortunately the best they can be. Hey, at least it looks better than Manhunter, a film where I actually bought the standard over the limited after I saw the horrible transfer on the director's cut. This is one of those little-know gems that rarely make it to DVD, so support Anchor Bay and pick it up.
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    I bought the limited edition wooden box upon release, and don't regret it, but I have to say...
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    ...I was a bit underwhelmed by the ending, which many people professed to be "incredible" and "mind-blowing." While I admit it's unusual to have the protagonist be carried off to his death, it wasn't quite of the "mind-blowing" variety.
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    Nonetheless, it's rare to see a film so entrenched in its own eerie atmosphere. I applaud the filmmakers for not shying away from being downbeat, and it's definitely an affecting film experience. But I do caution people not to get too caught up in the hype. Depending on your previous experience with different genres, one person's "Amazing!" might be another's "Amazing?"
     
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    Can you guys from England tell me/us if the Wickerman is an english legend?
    Is the song "The Wickerman" by Iron Maiden the same "Wickerman" in the movie?
    Thanks!
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    JakeR -
    I have to say I completely agree with you. However, the movie definately grew on me with a second viewing.
     
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    although this debate has already happened on this forum, count me in with the crowd that prefers the Theatrical cut in many, many ways. Sometimes less is more. Although i FULLY appreciate having both versions in the wooden box. Probably Anchor Bay's finest moment.
    sean
     
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    Hmm, I never watched the theatrical cut, just assumed it was inferior. Guess I'll have to go back and give it a go.
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    WWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!
    Got, watched it, love it.
     
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    I had not seen this, but all the talk here led me to buy it. I was very impressed. A damn fine horror flick, had me freaked out pretty often. And yes, Britt's dance is award-worthy. [​IMG] Plus, I like the Anchor Bay tins and this wooden display looks great.
     
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