FIRST CHOICES
As of 23 September 2017






The following is a list of New Zealand Feature film titles, found on VHS tape, DVD, Blu-ray or Streaming that are my recommendations for "must see" or "first choices". This is a subjective list and not meant to be any sort of authoritative compulation. Most NZ Film fans will have their favourites, and I do not mean to suggest that yours are not valid. These are some of mine, for my own reasons. However, a newcomer to New Zealand films should find some excellent entertainment from these films. They are alphabetically listed for convenience, and not meant to indicate any order of importance, nor do I mean to suggest that titles not included are unworthy of viewing. The "Top50" scoring is from the 2012 New Zealand Poll of about 1000 New Zealanders, including critics and industry workers.



I am offering some DVDs for Sale. All of them I purchased new from authorized resellers. None are ex-rentals. All are in very good to excellent condition. Some are titles that are hard to find.



I am offering some VHSs for Sale. All of them I purchased new from authorized resellers. None are ex-rentals. All are in very good to excellent condition. Some are titles that are hard to find.



NOTE: Link to "Sneak Peek Trailers - New NZ Films soon to be on DVD.




25 April - PAL DVD/Streaming - 2015 - IMDB 7.1

An Angel At My Table - NTSC/PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1990 - IMDB 7.6 - Top50 #17

Bad Blood - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD - 1982 - IMDB 6.6

Beyond the Edge - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2013 - IMDB 6.8

Boy - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2010 - IMDB 7.5 - Top 50 #2

Braindead - aka: Dead Alive - NTSC/PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1992 - IMDB 7.6 - Top50 #21

Bread and Roses - PAL VHS/DVD - 1993 - IMDB 6.8(?)

Came A Hot Friday - PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 1984 - IMDB 6.9 - Top50 #16

Cinema of Unease - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 1995 - IMDB 7.0

Dark Horse, The - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2014 - IMDB 7.5

Dean Spanley - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2008 - IMDB 7.2

Desperate Remedies - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD - 1993 - IMDB 6.9 - Top50 #50

District 9 - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2009 - IMDB 8.0

Eagle vs Shark - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2007 - IMDB 6.8 - Top50 #20

End Of The Golden Weather, The - 1991 - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD - IMDB 6.4(?)

Eternity - 2013 - PAL DVD/Streaming - IMDB 6.2

Fantail - PAL DVD/Streaming - 2013 - IMDB 7.2

Footrot Flats - PAL VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1986 - IMDB 7.1 - Top50 #13

Forgotten Silver - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 1995 - IMDB 7.6 - Top50 #40

Fracture - PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 2004 - IMDB 6.9

Frighteners, The - NTSC/PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/HD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1996 - IMDB 7.1 - Top50 #33

Goodbye Pork Pie - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 1980 - IMDB 6.9 - Top50 #4

Great Maiden's Blush, The - PAL DVD/streaming - 2016 - IMDB 8.5(?)

Heavenly Creatures - NTSC/PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1994 - IMDB 7.4 - Top50 #5

Her Majesty - NTSC/PAL DVD/Streaming - 2004 - IMDB 7.1

Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray/Streaming - 2012 - IMDB 7.9 - Top50 #39

Hobbit, The: The Battle of the Five Armies - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray/Streaming - 2014 - IMDB 7.4

Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug - 2013 - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray/Streaming - IMDB 7.9

Home by Christmas - PAL DVD/Streaming - 2010 - IMDB 7.0(?)

Hook, Line & Sinker - PAL DVD/Streaming - 2011 - IMDB 6.1(?)

Housebound - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2014 - IMDB 6.8

Hunt for the Wilderpeople - PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2016 - IMDB 7.9

Illustrious Energy - PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 1988 - IMDB 8.0(?) - Top50 #34

In My Father's Den - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2004 - IMDB 7.7 - Top50 #7

Insatiable Moon, The - PAL DVD/Streaming - 2010 - IMDB 6.5 - Top50 #24

King Kong - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming/4K - 2005 - IMDB 7.2

Lord of the Rings, The - The Fellowship of the Ring - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray/Streaming - 2001 - IMDB 8.8 - Top50 #25

Lord Of The Rings, The - The Return of the King - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray/Streaming - 2003 - IMDB 8.9 - Top50 #23

Lord of the Rings, The - The Two Towers - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray/Streaming - 2002 - IMDB 8.7 - Top50 #31

Love Birds - PAL/NTSC DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2011 - IMDB 6.0

Lovely Bones, The - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2009 - IMDB 6.7- Top50 #45

Mahana aka: The Patriarch - PAL DVD/Streaming - 2016 - IMDB 7.3

Memory & Desire - PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 1997 - IMDB 6.4

Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence - NTSC/PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1984 - IMDB 7.3

Mr. Pip - 2013 - PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - IMDB 7.2

Navigator, The - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 1988 - IMDB 7.0 - Top50 #29

Ngati - PAL DVD - 1987 - IMDB 7.3(?) - Top 50 #28

No. 2 aka: Naming Number Two - NTSC/PAL DVD - 2006 - IMDB 6.7 - Top50 #44

Once Were Warriors - NTSC/PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1994 - IMDB 7.9 - Top50 #1

Orator, The - PAL DVD/Streaming - 2011 - IMDB 7.0 - Top50 #37

Out of the Blue - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2006 - IMDB 7.2 - Top50 #14

Perfect Strangers - 2003 - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - IMDB 5.3

Piano, The - NTSC/PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1993 - IMDB 7.6 - Top50 #6

Poi E, The Story of our Song - 2016 - PAL DVD/Streaming - IMDB 7.3

Price of Milk - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 2000 - IMDB 6.8

Quiet Earth, The - NTSC/PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1985 - IMDB 6.8 - Top50 #10

Rain - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 2001 - IMDB 7.0 - Top50 #26

Rain of the Children - PAL DVD - 2008 - IMDB 7.0 - Top50 #38

River Queen - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2005 - IMDB 6.0 - Top50 #41

Second-Hand Wedding - PAL DVD/Streaming - 2008 - IMDB 6.3 - Top50 #32

Silent One, The - PAL DVD/streaming - 1984 - IMDB 7.0

Sione's Wedding aka: Samoan Wedding - NTSC/PAL DVD/Streaming - 2006 - IMDB 6.4 - Top50 #18

Sleeping Dogs - NTSC/PAL Laserdisc/DVD/Streaming - 1977 - IMDB 6.6 - Top50 #11

Slow West - 2015 - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - IMDB 6.9

Smash Palace - NTSC/PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Streaming - 1981 - IMDB 7.2 - Top50 #9

Starlight Hotel - PAL VHS/Laserdisc/DVD - 1987 - IMDB 7.0

Utu/Utu Redux - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 1983/2013 - IMDB 7.1 - Top50 #8

Vigil - PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 1984 - IMDB 7.0 - Top50 #19

Whale Rider - NTSC/PAL VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2002 - IMDB 7.6 - Top50 #3

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted - PAL VHS/DVD/Streaming - 1999 - IMDB 6.4

What we do in the Shadows - 2014 - NTSC/PAL DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming - IMDB 7.6

White Lies - 2013 - PAL DVD/Streaming - IMDB 6.7

World's Fastest Indian, The - NTSC/PAL DVD/HD/Blu-ray/Streaming - 2005 - IMDB 7.8 - Top50 #12




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