February 14, 2012

The Wicker Tree Blu-ray and DVD release details

Robin Hardy's The Wicker Tree, which is the follow-up/companion piece to his 1973 flick The Wicker Man, will be hitting Blu-ray and DVD on April 24th, courtesy of Anchor Bay. Now, I really quite enjoyed this movie, and you can check out my review of the theatrical release here, so I would say that it is definitely worth checking out, especially if you go into it with an open mind and not just comparing it to the iconic 70's flick.

Based on Hardy’s acclaimed 2006 novel “Cowboys for Christ,” The Wicker Tree tells the story of Texas-based singer Beth Boothby (newcomer Brittania Nicol) and her friend Steve Thomson (Henry Garrett, “The Bill,” “Skins”), two born-again Christians who come to Scotland to spread the gospel. When their initial efforts are met with disdain and disinterest, they find comfort in an invitation to sing in Tressock, the border fiefdom owned by Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish, Rambo, the upcoming The Hobbit films).

However, Beth’s and Steve’s message of personal chastity quickly comes into direct conflict with Tressock’s sexual and religious practices, drawing upon ancient Celtic beliefs and rituals. Temptations begin to challenge Beth and Steve – with the stakes no less than their very lives and souls...

Lee, who played the mysterious Lord Summerisle in the original (in a career that includes Count Dracula and the Frankenstein monster in the classic Hammer films, Count Dooku in Star Wars Episodes II & III, and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the upcoming pair of films based on The Hobbit), returns again in a dramatic cameo. Rounding out the cast are Jacqueline Leonard (“Holby City,” “The Bill”) as Lady Delia Morrison, Clive Russell (Sherlock Holmes, The 13th Warrior) as Beame, James Mapes (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Conversations with God) as Reverend Moriarty and Honeysuckle Weeks (“Foyle’s War” and numerous other UK TV projects) as Lolly.

Bonus features on The Wicker Tree  Blu-ray™ and DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.


Alex Jowski said...

Glad to hear that this will be on Blu-Ray soon. I've been wanting to see The Wicker Tree ever since I first heard of the project.

Lord of Filth said...

Judging from the copy I saw I imagine this will look terrific on Blu. I really enjoyed the movie.