The Wicker Man: The Director's Cut DVD Review
PictureThis remake comes presented with a decent enough 1.78:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. The detail is generally good, with very little softness indeed, negligible grain and no apparent signs of edge enhancement. The colour scheme is quite broad and luscious, given the rural community setting, and the landscapes are portrayed lovingly. Blacks are solid and make for decent shadowing, although there are no significant nighttime sequences.
SoundThe standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track that accompanies this movie is nothing special but is nevertheless perfectly suited to the material. Dialogue, including Cage's occasional ranting, is generally confined to the frontal array, but nevertheless comes across clearly and coherently. The effects are minimal in a story of this nature, although there are a couple of nice atmospheric touches, and they are given the breadth of the surrounds to play with. The most notable aspect of the track is really the score however, a nice little Angelo Badalamenti (David Lynch's favourite composer) effort that is presented very well indeed.
ExtrasThe only real extra is an Audio Commentary by the Director Neil LaBute, the Producer Norm Golightly and the Editor Joel Plotsch. The Director takes the centre stage, introducing his adaptation, discussing how it came into existence, the locations and sets used, the fresh approach taken to the material, the removal of the sex themes in the originals, and the various cuts. Apart from a few marginally interesting background anecdotes, the trio's comments are not all that interesting and are, at times, too full of self-praise to stomach. Aside from this we also get a few Trailers that play on disc startup.
VerdictUnfortunately this Wicker Man remake is just another example of why Hollywood should stop remaking perfectly decent movies. Irrespective of casting, this movie is seriously bad and is unlikely to leave anybody feeling content. The video and audio presentation for the movie is perfectly suitable on this release, but the Commentary makes for a very lonely extra. All in all, only serious fans of the movie or absolutely die-hard fans of Nic Cage should invest in this one, for the rest of us it's probably not even worth a rental.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.99
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