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This documentary witch is on the Wicker Man 2 disc DVD is superb and very
insightful. It tells
of the difficulties the film when threw in the editing of the film and the
loss of the footage. The
interviews are superb and the interviewees give and honest opinions to the
film as Ingrid Pitt
didn't seem to have liked the film and doesn't praise it as most do in the
If you're a fan of the Wicker Man than this is a must see
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The Wicker Man Enigma is a 35 minute-ish documentary that features on
quite a few DVD editions of the classic horror film The Wicker Man
(1973), as far as these sorts of documentary's go it's a good 'un.
A lot of the films production team are featured in the documentary, from the director & writer to the stars. It's basically a chronological story in which the cast & crew detail the making of the film & it's distribution problems starting with writer Anthony Shaffer who goes into the inspiration behind the film saying that he wanted to write a horror film but something significantly different from the likes of what Hammer studios were churning out. Various people talk about the making of the film & there's a neat montage here of locations from the film as they were in 2000, I'd have said as they are now but this documentary was made 7 years ago & it's not unreasonable to think the locations might have significantly changed again. Christopher Lee again claims that he got paid nothing for making The Wicker Man & he still has his contract to prove it. Then it goes into the problems they had with the distributors & that the head of EMI told Christopher Lee it was one of the ten worst films he'd ever seen, it had chunks edited out of it & placed on a double bill with Don't Look now (1973) which the company also hated. Then there's the tragic story of how all the negatives, cut footage & outtakes were buried under the M3 by mistake before it goes on to discuss how the film is thought of these days & it's 'revival'.
Now, The Wicker Man Enigma would have been a great documentary as it's very informative, the interviewees speak freely & it's not a back patting self congratulatory promotional piece if not for the bizarre presentation. We have all seen films in widescreen on our TV's where there are black bars at the top & bottom of the screen which is fine but on The Wicker Man Enigma there are horrible distracting black bars on all four sides of the frame, why is the question I ask here, why? It's almost like there's a TV 'within' your TV & I am at a loss to see why the makers put a huge black frame around the picture, I personally found it irritating beyond belief but there you go.
Overall this is a great documentary but why the black frame? It's a very odd film-making decision & it bugged me more & more as time went by, I suppose it's a small grumble though when you consider it's a free extra on a DVD. Definitely worth a watch if your a fan of the film.
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