Wicker Man Gets a Third Film Version
In a perfect world, you'd think that the Director's Cut of a movie is the final version that a director is completely happy and satisfied with and that it resembles the best possible result of his work. But that's not the case. Many directors go back to the editing room more than once and one of them is Robin Hardy. He assembled a new cut of his horror film The Wicker Man, which was shot in 1973.
Initially, Hardy produced a version with a runtime of 102 minutes but the producers pressured him to cut out more than 15 minutes. Many years later, the movie got a Director's Cut that turned out to be not exactly what it promises (read our comparison). Many of the scenes Hardy wanted in the film could not be found. That seems to have changed now, since a Final Cut awaits its release. Hardy is obviously very pleased with it.
On October 13th, 2013, StudioCanal releases a 40th Anniversary Edition with all 3 versions of the film on Blu-ray, with another Blu-ray featuring lots of bonus material and a 3rd disc with the film's soundtrack. You can order it at Amazon.co.uk.
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