Which Wicker Man?

Friday 6 September 2013, 12:07

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

It was announced recently that a new longer version of the Wicker Man would soon be available to screen in cinemas. But the breaking news is that the shortest version of the film has also been discovered...

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    Comment number 8.

    Unless it features Britt Ekland fellating (Sir) Christopher Lee I'm really happy with the DVD cut (with your commentary with Robin, Edward and Christopher). I don't need a longer cut, I doubt there'll be anything that add more to the characters and/or plot.

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    Comment number 9.

    I'm a fan of the original UK theatrical release - The extended version ruins on of the most intriguing opening scenes in film by adding about five minutes that just doesn't need to be there - The theatrical cuts just flows much better - I'd like to see the new cut more as a curiosity than anything else as I will always return back to the original -

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    Comment number 10.

    I think sometimes a compromise is needed - I don't think cutting straight to the chase really impacts the full scale of the horror of what is happening, it's too sharp and too quick, it's the build that made that end sequence so iconic, no? I mean, it was weird but still somewhat ideologically nice until you got to that point...

    That said, I think the longer versions waffle on far too much; I'm sure people like Chrisopher Lee talking to bugs, but frankly there's a large difference between enjoying a view and forcing the entire party off the bus to look at a pretty flower. This is the problem many directors have; knowing when to lose something and skip over things. When the film is your baby, being asked to cut something is very hard...

    Either way, would it be rude to say that the movie is alright in whatever length - as long as it's not the 2006 Nicolas Cage version?

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    Comment number 11.

    Was never a fan of 'The Wicker Man' at all. On the first viewing - to which i was hesitant - It was just the way Hardy handled the direction - it was a cack-handed mess. From the camera work to the annoying music, to Britt Eckland, i can not find anything redeemable about this movie.

    Then watched the later release of 'The Director's Cut' after X amount of years, and still...the same annoying experience. I love Edward Woodward and even his presence couldn't save it. I appreciate it being a cult favorite, but each to their own i guess.

    And as for 'The Wicker Tree'...

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    Comment number 12.

    According to this months Total Film, there is a new 4 DVD/3 Blu-ray set on the way, with different cuts. Does this include the long cut that Mark is talking about? Or has this been discovered since they started prepping the boxset, and we're going to get a bigger set down the road?

 

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