The Wicker Man: 1973 horror classic gets 5-disc collector’s edition release

Studio Canal is giving The Wicker Man a 5-disc collector’s edition release, as well as a new digital and steelbook release

Director Robin Hardy’s 1973 folk horror film The Wicker Man (watch it HERE) is considered to be a genre classic – and the folks at Studio Canal are certainly showing it a lot of love and respect with their upcoming 5-disc collector’s edition release, which will contain Blu-ray (which may be locked to Region B) and 4K UHD (All Region) discs. The street date for this release is September 4th – and before that, Studio Canal will also be holding a “one night only” theatrical re-release event on June 21st.

In addition to the 5-disc collector’s edition, there will be a new digital release and a steelbook.

Inspired by David Pinner’s 1967 novel Ritual, The Wicker Man was directed by Hardy from a screenplay by Anthony Shaffer. The film has the following synopsis: When a young girl mysteriously disappears, Police Sergeant Howie travels to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But this pastoral community, led by the strange Lord Summerisle, is not what it seems, as the devoutly religious detective soon uncovers a secret society of wanton lust and pagan blasphemy. Can Howie now stop the cults ultimate sacrifice before he himself comes face to face with the horror of The Wicker Man?

Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, and Britt Ekland star.

The upcoming collector’s edition release will have the following features:

5-disc 4K UHD collector’s edition rigid ‘book’ pop-up packaging, including all 3 cuts of the film restored in 4K , plus ;
X1 exclusive EP featuring artists from Heavenly records covering songs from the soundtrack
64 page booklet, featuring brand new essays
3 ‘postcards from Summerisle’
2 posters (original theatrical artwork and new artwork)
Extras included on the disc are:
NEW – Locations featurette
NEW – Shaffer and Hardy
NEW – Robin Hardy’s original script
NEW – Interview with Britt Ekland
Worshipping The Wicker Man
The Music of The Wicker Man
Interview with Robin Hardy (2013)
Interview with Robin Hardy and Christopher Lee (1979)
Making of commentary
Stills gallery

In the decades since its release, The Wicker Man has inspired the likes of Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz, gotten a “spiritual sequel” called The Wicker Tree, and received an ill-conceived 2006 remake directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage. It was recently announced that a Wicker Man TV series is also in the works.

Will you be picking up a copy of The Wicker Man collector’s edition? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

The Wicker Man

Source: Diabolik, Yahoo

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