Writers & Directors: Peter Jackson, Costa Botes; Cinematography: Alun Bollinger, Michael Horton; Music: Plan 9;
Producer: Sue Rogers; Executive Producer: Jamie Selkirk; Complicitants: Leonard Maltin, Sam Neill, Harvey Weinstein, et al.
Peter Jackson discovers a chest full of old film by unknown pioneer genius of New Zealand film, Colin McKenzie. McKenzie's life is outlined in documentary fashion, through a series of interviews and original film footage. You may start doubting the veracity of this film, when it is revealed that McKenzie made his own cameras, cooked up his own cellulose nitrate, and made emulsion from egg-whites! The film ends with a wonderful simulacrum of McKenzie's masterpiece, Salome, for which the filmmaker receives belated international acclaim. See this film, only if you love movies and moviemaking.
New R4 copies were last seen selling for $50nz, but as of July 2009, they seem to be OOP. New R2 copies are selling for under 30eur.
New R1 discs are selling for $40-50us since they are also OOP. Most versions contain the 22 min. featurette, "Behind the Bull", nearly 9 minutes of deleted scenes and an audio commentary track by Costa Botes. It is presented in its original 1.33:1 format along with the original 2.0 audio track. There are no subtitles on the R1 or R4 versions. There is an R2 version that contains subtitles in Suomi, Svenska, Norsk, Dansk in addition to the original spoken English.
NOTE: There is a Norwegian R2 PAL 4-disc set, "The Peter Jackson Boxset", which contains Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Braindead and Forgotten Silver. All have the original English soundtrack, plus optional Svenska, Norsk, Dansk subtitles. New sets were last spotted at ebay selling for about 25# from UK sources, but this set also is now OOP.
There is an R2 PAL version that was released December 2012 in Germany with a revised 1.78:1 format and DD 2.0 spoken English and Deutsch soundtracks. Extras include the 'Behind the Bull' featurette and the commentary track, both in English with optional Deutsch subtitles, selling for about 14 eur.
As of 07 December 2012, a 1080p Region B Blu-ray version presented 1.78:1 with a DTS HD Master 2.0 spoken English or German soundtrack has been released in Germany. It contains the audio commentary track, in English only, and the featurette, 'Behind the Bull', also in English. It is selling for about 14 eur.
Summary recommendation: If you can play Region B Blu-ray, get the Blu-ray, but if not get the 2012 German R2 PAL version. However if you can't play either of those, get the PAL R0 version from the Director's website.