Some truly glorious news has just made its way in, in regards to Robin Hardy’s 1973 flick The Wicker Man. According to Screen Daily, the original cut of the film has been found, and the folks over at StudioCanal will be unleashing the film onto UK audiences this September.
The original negatives of the film disappeared from storage at Shepperton Studios and were deemed lost forever, allegedly used as landfill in the construction of the nearby M4 motorway. Thankfully the folks over at StudioCanal have managed to find the original print and now they plan to unleash the film in UK cinemas this September 27th and then on Blu-ray & DVD this October 14th.
Robin Hardy told the site;
They [StudioCanal] plan, and this is the exciting bit, to actually release it. This version has never been restored before, has never been shown in UK theatres before, has never been converted to Blu-ray before.
This version will – optimistically – be known as the Final Cut.
Both releases will be celebrating the films 40th anniversary.