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Film & 40s: The Wicker Man (2006)

Waypoint's Austin Walker joins the Bee-st crew to pick apart this absurd, terrible, absurdly terrible remake.

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May. 4 2018

Posted by: Alex

In This Episode:

Nicolas Cage

Bee

Episode Notes:

This podcast is an audio supplement, meant to be played simultaneously with the film The Wicker Man (2006). We are watching the film via a US Blu-ray release. Streaming and rental options can be found here.

NOTE: There are two versions of this movie out there, which we did not realize until after we'd recorded this. They're identical except for the ending. The UNRATED version, which is the version that was released on Blu-ray (and that we are watching), has the alternate ending that includes the infamous "NOT THE BEES" scene. The theatrical cut, which is the one most widely available for digital rental, omits that sequence and includes a "SIX MONTHS LATER" final scene that isn't in the version we watched. Please make sure you are watching the UNRATED version if you can.

Our commentary begins at the film's 16 second mark. It's right before the Alcon Entertainment logo fades up.

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AUSTIN

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How bad is the leg breaking scene? That's the only thing I find difficult to watch.

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Well, it seems like I have the wrong version then. :/

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Bees?

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Edited By alex

@toxicantidote: Apologies for the situation here. Legit didn't realize there were two versions of this until after we'd finished recording and it's a real bummer the more interesting version of the movie isn't the one that's most widely available.

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oh god, I'm going to have to buy this movie, aren't I? Can't find anywhere to rent the unrated version.

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@alex said:

@toxicantidote: Apologies for the situation here. Legit didn't realize there were two versions of this until after we'd finished recording and it's a real bummer the more interesting version of the movie isn't the one that's most widely available.

Yeah I totally understand. The main problem is to figure out where the correct version is available. None of them are listed as either theatrical or unrated wherever I look. Only way is to rent it and hope for the best.

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It's such a shame. The original Wicker Man was a pretty great weird and unsettling thriller... the thought of people watching this version first makes me sad.

If you aren't in a hurry to laugh along with the gang, I suggest seeking out the original film first, before this one ruins the plot points/twists.

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Not the fortees!

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@splodge: Alcon entertainment logo? I have millennium films and a saturn films production

Hmm I don't know if i have the right version at all. This is confusing as shit

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@splodge said:

Alcon entertainment logo? I have millennium films and a saturn films production

I suspect that's the european bluray, you could still be good.

Edit: NOPE. Wrong version. (1:41:43 with Millennium films opening)

Oh well, at least this version had James Franco and Jason Ritter in it, of all people.

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@toxicantidote: FWIW the sites I've checked do typically show the Unrated version's box art where they have that version available. It looks like this.

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@eloj: I also think I have the post credits scene, although there's no way of knowing as I didn't notice a "six months later" or anything. I don't want to watch an entirely out of sync Pal version either.

Guess I'll have to skip this one it's really a bit too finicky to try and find this version.

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I watched this movie in the cinema when it came out and didnt know about the bee scene until the internet, i'm not sure if they took it out because it was too graphic, stupid or a combination of both but whoever decided to cut it fucked up.

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This movie is so stupid. I don't know what happened here, but then Nick Cage also did that bizzarely stupid Left Behind movie, too. So, I guess he just loves to be in movies even when they're made by those of less than quality.

That being said the original Wicker Man film is bizarre in a different way and a good watch if you like classic UK horror. Which is slow paced, but well worth it and if I recall Christopher Lee was in that and gave a fantastic performance. It's not for everybody, but it is a good film.

This one, on the other hand, is... a different kind of classic.

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I have been waiting for this.

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oh fuck yeah, Austin being on this is the best news I've gotten all week

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Is the unrated version the same as the region 2 director's cut?

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It looks like the unrated version is on vudu. (the title specifies unrated even!)

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"The Wicker Man: The Game" breakdown by Austin and Vinny during the credits was amazing.

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A worthy tribute to Johnny Ramone

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Go Patriots?

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for everyone's reference the runtime on the unrated version is 101 minutes, vs 102 minutes for the theatrical cut

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The original film, starring Edward Woodward, Brit Ekland (who often appears naked, although has an arse double) and Christopher Lee, is a masterpiece. It is a brilliant film for many reasons. If you haven't already seen it, please watch it instead of this shite.

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If you're in the UK, you want the Directors Cut on iTunes, which is only available for rental at the moment.

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That sadly wasn't a great movie

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So that shot of those women taking off those masks that you were all "whatever" about, those were the mother and daughter from the car in the beginning and for some reason Malus' cop friend which makes no goddamn sense whatsoever.

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Ok, for the people who can't watch the correct version like me. You can watch this youtube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHGntwEikUQ

Start it from 1:34:36 in the podcast. Be sure to press play on the movie after the clip ends to get the super great ending for the theatrical version (notice the bee sounds in the background, wtf...)

I hope I got that timing right, it's tricky to move around exactly to where you like with this podcast player.

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If the plan all along was to get Nicholas Cage to the island, why did they kill the pilot for bringing him there? Maybe to get rid of witnesses, but now they have no one to bring them food. And besides it's not like no one else knows he went to the island. Flawless movie besides that small detail though.

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How much of a jump scare movie is this? It is classified as Horror and I'm not really into Horror movies

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@alex: I solved it by pausing the movie and having a YouTube clip of the bee scene at the ready.

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James Franco is in an after credits scene in the other version of the movie than the one they watched, the theatrical cut.

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Unrated version? This is the third Film and 40's in a row I don't even have access to rent digitally.

>:(

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so excited for this, especially with Austin on :D

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Edited By sneakingmission

I have the wrong version and starting the movie from the very start instead of 16 seconds and playing when Alex says go (4:09), it syncs up pretty close at the start.

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I have so far found the Unrated version digitally available from Microsoft, Google Play, and Amazon, but only for purchase ($10-$13) and NOT for rent. What a buzzkill. With that said I'll go ahead and also admit that the Unrated version is also difficult to find illicit copies of. It must be *bad*.

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So apparently I was watching the normal (not unrated) version, but for some reason the subtitles on the file were for the unrated version. So once it got to the end point the audio/video didn't match what the giantbomb crew was talking about, but the subtitles did match what they were talking about. Really weird.

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Having Austin was great for this, made a bad movie a lot more fun <3

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@blastr85 said:

Unrated version? This is the third Film and 40's in a row I don't even have access to rent digitally.

>:(

You haven't missed much.

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After watching this movie, feel free to listen to this song to cleanse you of the fucked up shit you just watched.

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Wow, this was actually a better movie than I was expecting? I was expecting trash but this was... okay! It's got that weird creepy/comedy vibe and it fits that Angelo Badalamenti did the sound track. Not a great movie, but consistent in tone and entertaining.

Maybe I've been watching too much Twin Peaks but I find it plausible that they weren't taking this completely seriously during production. The scenes where he's running around in the bear suit are just too tongue-in-cheek.

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