A new trailer for The Wicker Man – Final Cut has been revealed prior to the release of film in cinemas and DVD and Blu-ray. Check it out below.
Studiocanal have been conducting an extensive worldwide search for film materials for The Wicker Man for the past year, including a public appeal to fans for clues as to the whereabouts of the missing original cut. Eventually a 35mm release print was found at Harvard Film Archives and measured to be around 92 minutes long. The print was scanned and sent to London.
Director Robin Hardy, who inspected the print, has long maintained that the “Short Version” of the film, which is the only one that has ever been shown in UK cinemas, does not make narrative sense. Of paramount importance to Hardy is that the events on the island take place over a 72-hour period and that Lord Summerisle is established as a character far earlier. Another important inclusion is the performance of the song Gently Johnny, which is key in signaling both the strange and unusual community into which Sergeant Howie is intruding, and its complicity in events on the island. All in all, this resulted in a digital restoration of the complete theatrical version, which director Hardy recently announced as “the final cut.”
Hardy, now 83, has said the restored version “fulfills my vision of what it was intended to convey to the audience.”
The Final Cut won’t include all of the pre-credit mainland sequences, but Hardy himself originally agreed to their removal because the most important scene set in the Church is still there: of Sergeant Howie taking communion.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the cult classic.
The film stars 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 Gun, After The Fox, Get Carter).
The Wicker Man – Final Cut is in UK cinemas 27th September 2013 and on DVD/Blu-ray from 14th October 2013
“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.”