The Wicker Man – The Final Cut on Blu-ray

Jonathan Melville 1 August, 2013 1
The Wicker Man – The Final Cut on Blu-ray

Acclaimed 1970s horror film, The Wicker Man, will debut on Blu-ray in its 40th anniversary year, with a new box set due to feature three versions of the cult favourite.

Director Robin Hardy recently announced that a version of The Wicker Man previously unseen in UK cinemas was recently discovered at Harvard Film Archives.

The Wicker Man Blu-ray

The Wicker Man Blu-ray

This print was scanned in 4k and sent to London, where Hardy confirmed that it was the cut he had put together with Abraxas in 1979 for the US release.

This has previously been known as the “Middle Version” and was in turn assembled from a 35mm print of the original edit he had made in the UK in 1973, but which was never released.

The film will be released in a special three disc set on 13 October 2013, along with two previously available versions. The complete Blu-ray line-up will include:

The Final Cut
UK Theatrical Cut
The Director’s Cut (seamless branching on BD only)
Audio Commentary
Making of Audio Commentary
Interview with Robin Hardy (new)
Featurette on the Cult of the Soundtrack (new),
The Wicker Man: 40 years on Featurette (new),
Restoration comparison (new),
Burnt Offering: The Cult of The Wicker Man
Interview with Christopher Lee & Robin Hardy (1979)\
Original Soundtrack
Ex-S documentary
Trailer

The Wicker Man 40th Anniversary Edition can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.

Watch a 2010 ReelScotland interview with Allan Brown, author of the book, Inside the Wicker Man.

  • Workshed

    The ‘Middle Version’, as shown on the very first episode of Moviedrome, and seen a couple of times later on ‘Sky Movies Gold’ around 1991, is the go-to version I’ve been watching ever since (after I transferred them to DVD in the early 2000s). Glad that I can now throw it away. Great news for Wicker Man enthusiasts, as this is so much better than the (terrible) ‘Director’s Cut’ that begins on the mainland with Howie’s ridicule by his workmates (stripping him of his authority as a messenger of God and, ultimately, the significance of his martyrdom). I’m an atheist btw.