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Anchor Bay Entertainment have set a release date for the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Wicker Tree (April 24, 2012) (review), the anticipated follow-up to the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man.

Set in the same universe as starring Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward, the film is written and directed by the original helmer, Robin Hardy, who also reunites with the original producer Peter Snell and UK production house British Lion.

Based on Robin 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), 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).

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...

Christopher Lee, who famously played the terrifying Lord Summerisle in the original, returns in a dramatic cameo (which is exploited in the all new trailer below). Rounding out the cast are Jacqueline Leonard as Lady Delia Morrison, Clive Russell as Beame, James Mapes as Reverend Moriarty and Honeysuckle Weeks as Lolly.

Bonus features on THE WICKER TREE Blu-ray and DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer. What?! No commentary? For shame AB, for shame.

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