'The Wicker Man' is one of the most unique horror film's ever made; part folktale, part religious allegory and even part musical, it’s the story of a police Sargent Neil Howie, who is searching for a missing girl on a remote British isle. The townspeople all seem suspicious, and their pagan lifestyle disturbs Howie’s Christian beliefs.
The film builds up into a truly horrifying and unique finale.
It's retained a cult following ever since its original release in 1973 (forget the Nicolas Cage 2006 train wreck remake).
It features gripping performances from actors Edward Woodward (‘The Equalizer’) and Christopher Lee (‘Dracula’).
While there have been several special edition DVD released the past two decades, all have been incomplete.
Much of 'The Wicker Man's' original footage has been lost for years, and after a painstaking search and restoration, Studiocanal has finally restored the film completely, just in time for its 40th anniversary.
Film director Robin Hardy (now 83) inspected the final cut personally and seems quite pleased with the results, adding simply “It fulfills my vision.”
And for anyone who's seen the original cut, the clarity and hint of additional scenes is certainly exciting to behold.
‘The Wicker Man: The Final Cut’ will have a limited theatrical release beginning on September 27th, starting at the IFC center in New York and rolling through several other cities including Los Angeles and Chicago.
No word on an official Blu-ray or DVD release, but expect an announcement soon.