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THE WICKER MAN: FINAL CUT Release

UNSEEN COMPLETE VERSION

By Robert T. Trate     August 26, 2013
Source: Studiocanal

No, not remake of The Wicker Man, the original! Yes, Maniacs and horror aficionados, Studio Canal is releasing and Final Cut of Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man. Sounds like the perfect treat for the fall! Check out the full details below. 

Official Press Release: New York-based distributor Rialto Pictures has announced the U.S. release of THE WICKER MAN – FINAL CUT, the definitive version of Robin Hardy’s thriller of pagan worshippers on a remote Scottish island. Seen for decades only in mutilated copies, the new Studiocanal restoration is the culmination of a long search (conducted via Facebook) for the complete director's cut.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of the cult classic.
 
Rialto will roll out the restored version beginning September 27 at IFC Center, New York City, with runs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and other cities throughout the fall.
 
After receiving an anonymous letter about a missing 12-year-old girl, devoutly Christian cop Edward Woodward travels by seaplane to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But the islanders welcome neither his badge nor religious devotion, for laird of the isle Christopher Lee and his devoted followers worship only the pagan gods of old - and those gods demand a sacrifice. Woodward fears for the missing girl's life and follows every possible lead to find her - despite the islanders' interference - before she becomes a human sacrificial lamb.
 
Starring Edward Woodward (Breaker Morant, TV's The Equalizer), horror film legend Christopher Lee, stalwart Hammer vampiress Ingrid Pitt, and Swedish blonde bombshell/Bond Girl Britt Ekland (Man With The Golden GunAfter The FoxGet Carter), WICKER MAN is a quintessential 70s thriller, with the search for its integral version one of cinema history's great detective hunts.
 
Butchered by its doomed UK distributor to fit on double bills, with its original camera negative apparently lost, THE WICKER MAN has gathered a devoted fan base over the past four decades, with the complete version their Holy Grail. Some missing scenes were recovered from an obsolete one-inch broadcast tape, but over the years there were rumors of complete 35mm prints floating around.
 
Earlier this year, the search intensified when worldwide rights holder Studiocanal initiated a Facebook campaign to recover the missing 35mm material, resulting in the discovery of a 92-minute 35mm release print at the Harvard Film Archive. This print was scanned and sent to London, where it was recently inspected by director Robin Hardy, who confirmed that it was the same cut he had put together for its American distributor in 1979. This culminated in a digital restoration of the complete U.S. theatrical version, which director Hardy recently anointed as "the final cut."
 
Hardy, now 83, has said of this restored version, “It fulfills my vision.”
 
Described by the Los Angeles Times as “the gold standard of reissue distributors," Rialto’s catalogue includes classics by Godard, Fellini, Renoir, Kurosawa, Buñuel, Costa-Gavras, Pontecorvo, Bresson, Ophuls, Becker, Carol Reed, Michael Powell, Jules Dassin, Jean-Pierre Melville, and many others.  
 
The Wicker Man – Final Cut is part of Studiocanal’s vast library of over 2,000 titles, now distributed for U.S. theatrical release by Rialto. Since its founding, Rialto’s close partnership with Studiocanal has included major reissues of such jewels of the French company’s classic library as Renoir’s Grand Illusion, Reed’s The Third Man, and Melville’s Army of Shadows, and Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria.
 
The Original Trailer for the 1973 Edition: 

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thezillaman 8/26/2013 11:24:55 PM

 damn after watching that I feel like I took a bong hit, lol. 

jackwagon 8/27/2013 4:52:15 AM

Is it too much to ask for an extended cut of the Neil LaBute version with Nicolas Cage?

redvector 8/27/2013 5:31:26 AM

I'd be more interested in a full uncut version of Peter Greenaway's  Prospero's Books on bluray. It's a mind blowing film. Talk about needing a bong hit after watching a movie.

Kaziklu 8/27/2013 6:33:18 AM

 @jackwagon  yes it is... that is the version that should be burried under the M12. 


This is neat this is one of my favourite films about Cultural Morality as you can have two people sitting side by side who can watch it togeather but see the movie totally differently. 

ObiWannaJones 8/27/2013 7:52:55 AM

 Damn, Zillaman  Nice cameltoe.   Now, what were we talking about? 

ObiWannaJones 8/27/2013 7:52:56 AM

 Damn, Zillaman  Nice cameltoe.   Now, what were we talking about? 

doublec 8/27/2013 3:21:30 PM

 I think we were talking about how close we are to the nearest oasis...NO! WAIT! THE WICKER MAN!!! 
Sorry...
Seriously one of the all time great classics for all the above reasons and one more I'm surprised no one's talked about: It's as close as we'll ever get to an actual, serious Horror Musical (I count Little Shop of Horrors and Sweeny Todd as at least kinda-sorta comedies). Wonder when we'll get a Bluray?

almostunbiased 8/27/2013 3:54:42 PM

I think I saw this as a kid, but couldn't get through it, just too odd.

mlaforce 8/27/2013 5:38:24 PM

Nice, I see Zillaman took my idea and ran off with it lol...My camaltoe profile pic is nice but yours is even better since it has better camaltoe definiton...

Muenster 8/27/2013 8:18:26 PM

You've seen the imitators, now see the real thing!

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