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Old 10-29-2013, 06:22 PM   #46
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I just saw the "Final Cut" on Sunday night (in a theater!). I think it's now my favorite version of the film. It's sort of a combination of the theatrical and so-called director's cut. The final cut opens with Sgt. Howie in church, but wisely omits the scene of him getting the letter. Willow's dance is later in the film, same as the director's cut, although that's never been a major issue with me (as long as we see naked Britt, it's all good!). The only thing I questioned was the scene where Lord Summerisle brings the young man to Willow (which is fine), but then asks her if she's prepared for the sacrifice in two days (gives away way too much).

The quality of the non-theatrical cut scenes is still quite grainy. Will the theatrical cut be on the US Blu-Ray (in HD)? Bruce's post seems to indicate it won't. I think I'd probably stick with the theatrical, at least for introducing people to the film.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:25 PM   #47
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Thanks for the details on this cut Paff. Most of the summaries I saw suggested it started just like the theatrical cut. I'm really looking forward to seeing this. I think Willow's dance works much better later in the film. Howie's tortured reaction seems over-the-top and unmotivated in the theatrical version. After another full day of torment it's more believable.

Speaking of Britt's dance, here's a question I've never seen addressed or answered. I've heard the talk that Rod Stewart supposedly objected to Britt Eklund's nudity--which is why such an obvious body double was used for the full-body rear shots. But why would he (or she) be okay with showing her chest but not her butt? That seems to be the opposite of conventional thinking.

Back on point. I have mixed feelings about the earlier appearance of Lord Summerisle. In almost every other situation I'd say more Christopher Lee is an improvement. But his intro is a lot more dramatic in the theatrical cut. The longer build-up makes his sparring with Howie seem that much more dramatic. Their first meeting has to be the best scene of Lee's career.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:27 PM   #48
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And right after questioning the body double rear shots I see that she was pregnant during filming. It's mentioned on the IMDB trivia page.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:52 PM   #49
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Seriously, I'm ok with either placement of Willow's dance. In the theatrical, it seems like a good initial test, in the directors/final cuts, it's a final test.

But yeah, that Summerisle/Howie scene is just great to watch

Howie (angrily): I am here to obtain permission to exhume Rowan Morrison's body!
Summerisle (calmly): I was under the impression I'd already given it.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:51 AM   #50
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For those who have Comcast, Fearnet on demand currently includes the theatrical cut of The Wicker Man in HD. I only watched the first few minutes. But it looks to be a legit hi-def presentation--not an upscaled version.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:28 AM   #51
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Blu-Ray.com on THE WICKER MAN

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Old 01-12-2014, 05:41 AM   #52
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I am probably going to get the UK Blu as it comes with the three versions but I would like to see an A/V comparison with the UK set.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:56 AM   #53
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I am probably going to get the UK Blu as it comes with the three versions but I would like to see an A/V comparison with the UK set.
That's the version I received for Xmas. I haven't watched it yet, though I'll try and get to it soon.
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I am probably going to get the UK Blu as it comes with the three versions but I would like to see an A/V comparison with the UK set.
The UK set is definitely the best version to get. Not only does it include the three versions, but includes more special features, and also the soundtrack CD.

The Final Cut transfer is sourced from an identical StudioCanal master, so I doubt there'll be too much difference between the two there.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:36 PM   #55
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The UK set is definitely the best version to get. Not only does it include the three versions, but includes more special features, and also the soundtrack CD.

The Final Cut transfer is sourced from an identical StudioCanal master, so I doubt there'll be too much difference between the two there.
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:32 PM   #56
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DVD Drive-In on THE WICKER MAN

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Old 01-16-2014, 12:13 PM   #57
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The Beav weighs in

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Old 01-16-2014, 03:54 PM   #58
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I just ordered it. Have to get it after all the commentary and reviews.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:57 PM   #59
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Watched it last night. Fantastic transfer and I do like this cut more than the theatrical. That being said, I've never seen the director's cut. I really like the placement of Willow's dance in this version. It does make more sense.
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