Starring: Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Christopher Lee Director: Robin Hardy Category: III The film: One of cinema history's true delights, this film had the briefest of runs on release in 1973 but quickly became a cult classic. Billed as a horror simply because of Hammer studio star Christopher Lee's presence as the strange Lord Summerisle, it's more disturbing than terrifying. The story revolves around holier-than-thou policeman Howie (Edward Woodward being wonderfully straight-faced) and his trip to a Scottish isle to find a missing child. Returning from some other duty, Howie asks his offsider what's occurred in his absence. 'Just the usual rape, sodomy and paganism' comes the reply (in a scene deleted from the original release). From there Howie heads off to the island and it becomes clear something is not right from the moment he lands. The islanders are an odd bunch, taken to singing even odder folk songs at the drop of a hat. And they don't like strangers. Director Robin Hardy delights in his use of animal imagery throughout and Woodward and Lee shine in their respective roles. The scene in which Britt Ekland dances naked in her bedroom is a classic (she later claimed Hardy used a 'bum double' to make her look larger). It's no wonder there was such a fuss when the film was released. Very odd indeed. The extras: One of the great things about this package is the background to what was a controversial production from the outset. You get the stars - Lee and Woodward - talking about how tough the shoot was, how much tension there was on set and how hard the whole thing was to bring together. You get some classic gossip about Ekland and her tiffs with the director and how the studio reacted to the finished product. And then there's film industry legend Roger Corman giving his spin on things. The Wicker Man fanatics will rejoice at the bonus footage, too. The verdict: An astonishing film enhanced by an excellent array of extras. A must for every collection.