On Tuesday 17th September I shall be making my way to the British Film Institute for its one-off screening of the new “Final Cut” of Robin Hardy‘s 1973 cult film The Wicker Man, which will be followed by an on-stage interview with Robin Hardy.
This will make the UK premiere of this newly assembled cut of the film, which is considered more in keeping with the director’s original intention. Director Robin Hardy has long maintained that the “Short Version” of The Wicker Man, the only one that has ever been shown in UK cinemas, does not make narrative sense. To celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary Studio Canal have been conducting an extensive worldwide search for lost scenes. Eventually a 35mm release print was found at Harvard Film Archives and sent to London, where Robin Hardy confirmed it as the cut he had put together in 1979 for the US release, assembled from a 35mm print of his original, preferred, previously unreleased edit.
This film will have a limited cinema release from the 4th October, before being released on special edition DVD and Blu Ray on the 13th October 2013.
- Artwork and Early Specs Arrive for UK The Wicker Man: The Final Cut Blu-ray (dreadcentral.com)