13 March 2017 - This past weekend Murray Ball, of Footrot Flats fame, left us. People have been expressing their thoughts about this at Stuff.co.nz, in case you want to join them. For years, he gave us much to laugh about and I know that Wal and the dog will be long remembered. Many new additions to the Sneak Peek Trailers Page, but no I do not know when 'Pork Pie' is coming to disc or VOD yet. A new project from Peter Jackson, 'Mortal Engines', has been confirmed. It is in pre-production and is scheduled for theatrical release December 2018.
18 February 2017 - The Rialto NZ Film Awards "The Moas" have been presented and 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' is the big winner,
with awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Visual Effects. 'The Great Maiden's Blush' picked up Moas for Best Self Funded Film and Best Actress. 'Slow West' received awards for Best Cinematography,
Best Production Design, Best Score and Best Costume Design. 'Mahana' was awarded a Moa for Best Editing,
'Deathgasm' for Best Makeup Design and 'Chronesthesia' for Best Sound.
For further details, including winners for documentaries and shorts, go to The New Zealand Herald Report.
30 January 2017 - The Sneak Peek Trailers Page has two new additions: 'Gary of the Pacific' and 'One Thousand Ropes'. Two more titles are now available streaming VOD: '3 Mile Limit' and 'Ruby and Rata'; unfortunately only for New Zealanders for now.
03 January 2017 - That self-funding team of Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader have another winner with 'The Great maiden's Blush'. It is now available on PAL DVD and will also find its way to NTSC DVD soon. With music by Plan 9 and cinematography by two greats, Warrick Attewell and Alun Bollinger, you should not miss this.
23 December 2016 - The Rialto NZ Film Awards "The Moas" have announced their nominees for the 18 February 2017 awards at the Auckland ASB Showgrounds. The features are: 'Free in Deed', 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople', 'Mahana', 'Slow West', 'The Rehearsal'. Considering all the catagories, the top nominees are: 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' - 15, 'The Rehearsal'- 13, 'Mahana' - 12, 'Slow West' (10). For further details, including nominees for documentaries and shorts, go to NZ Film Awards.
12 December 2016 - There are some additions at the 'Sneak Peek Trailers Page' that includes a notice about 'Poi E' coming to DVD in February. There have also been some additions to the DVD Sale Page, including a couple of Blu-rays. 'Poi E: The Story of our Song' is coming to DVD staring 15 February 2017.
29 November 2016 - Rezarected.com has announced a sale until 05 January, 2017. These folks have the only DVD copies of 'Bridge to Nowhere' and 'Trespasses' and the sale price is 3.74# plus shipping. I have links to the appropriate Reezarected pages from my pages.
As of November 2016 the 'Loving the Classics' website is offering a bare-bones DVD-R version of 'The Seekers' aka: 'Land of Fury' for $7.50us + shipping. I have not seen this offering, so I cannot comment on its quality, but the reseller is honorable so you should be OK.
20 November 2016 - I am trying to clear out some 14 vhs tapes and so most are $2us + shipping at the VHS Sale Page. Eight are NTSC and six are PAL. One of the NTSC tapes is a new, never played original of 'Smash Palace' that is only $8. I also have new DVD R0 copies of 'Old Scores' at the DVD Sale Page which would make a great gift for a rugby fan.
14 November 2016 - Barnes and Noble is having a 50% sale of Criterion Collection Blu-ray titles. This means that for $19.99 each you could pick up 'Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence' or 'An Angel at my Table'. If you purchased both, there is free shipping to any US address.
03 November 2016 - Two more titles coming to disc soon - the Samoan comedy, 'Three Wise Cousins' will be offered on DVD, BD and VOD starting 24 November and the acting school drama, 'The Rehearsal', staring James Rolleston and Kerry Fox, will have DVD and VOD releases starting 21 December. I expect two more titles coming to disc before the end of the year - 'Orphans and Kingdoms' and 'The Great Maiden's Blush', but no firm dates yet. A reminder that 'Battletruck' is coming to Blu-ray in January.
13 October 2016 - With great sadness, the death of Michael Firth occurred 09 October 2016. Among his accomplishments, he left us with four features: 'Sylvia', a biopic of teacher Sylvia Ashton-Warner; 'Heart of the Stag', a drama featuring Bruno Lawrence and Mary Regan; 'The Leading Edge', featuring Billy T James; and the Oscar nominated documentary, 'Off The Edge', in which you can hear Mike's commentary.
Restored HD DVD and Blu-ray versions of 'The Quiet Earth', with a commentary track option featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson and film critic Odie Henderson, will be available from North American sources starting 06 December 2016. The package also contains a collector's booklet with an essay by Teresa Heffernan. Among the many changes and updates happening in this database lately are three additions to the Sneak Peek Trailers Page that includes 'This Giant Papier-Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy', 'Chronesthesia' and 'Pork Pie'.
27 September 2016 - After having a six month New Zealand theatrical run, 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' has reached $12,168,700. This means that it is the 3rd highest NZ box office total - only Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King has taken in more. "Hunt" has not only done better than all of the Hobbit films, it even beat "The Two Towers". This also means that given its $3 million budget, it has made real profit and its Australian box office take was about the same. It is still showing in the US and UK as the disc sales have started. Congraduations to the team that put together this great New Zealand comedy. If you are curious about how well past "millionaire" NZ films have done, go to the MILLION DOLLAR FEATURE FILMS AT NEW ZEALAND CINEMAS page for comparisons where you will notice that 'Poi E' has joined this "Millionaire Club" and is still climbing.
03 September 2016 - In addition to the September 6 Blu-ray release of 'The Dead Room', on the same day a new 1080p Blu-ray will be available for 'Once Were Warriors'. Currently, the only Blu-ray of 'Once Were Warriors' is a 1080i, so it will be interesting to compare the two. Whereas the 1080i is a AU/NZ All-Regions disc, the new 1080p is a US/CA release and therefore may be a Region A. I will report on the new one latter this month. NOTE: The Australian/New Zealand DVD and Blu-ray releases have been confirmed for 14 September, instead of 28 September. The R1 DVD release for the US and Canada is confirmed for 27 September; still no North American release date for a Blu-ray.
07 August 2016 - A page has been added for the 2015 horror film, 'The Dead Room', which is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD starting 06 September.
A release date correction - The Blu-ray offering for 'The Dark Horse', aka: 'Das Talent des Genesis Potini', has been delayed until 10 November.
I should clarify my 20 July posting about 'Good For Nothing'. The producer/director has a Special Edition R0 DVD that has not only an English subtitle option, but subtitles for Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portugese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese. Aside from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit titles, this is the most language accommodating NZ feature to date. Additionally The Special Edition DVD has a number of enjoyable extras, including two English commentary track options. Also, the film's dialogue subtitles will function during the commentary tracks, if selected. I should also mention that the SE DVD sells for only $10nz, whereas the Blu-ray is $15us.
20 July 2016 - I have been cleaning up and still have a few more to do, but 95% of it is done, so you might want to go back and check if I now have a link to purchase sources [Hint: I have active scan code (EAN/UPC) numbers for DVD and Blu-ray versions towards the top of the page]. Hopefully, I have corrected the dead links as well. I should point out that I have information about the, relatively new, Blu-ray version of 'Good For Nothing', which has optional English subtitles.
04 July 2016 - This website will reach it's 15th birthdate July 6, so I thought I would offer my remaining VHS Sale Tapes with reduced shipping. As of now, there will be no shipping charge for standard USPS shipments to US addresses. There will also be a $4 reduction in shipping charges for all orders destined for locations outside of the US. I only have one copy of each vhs title, so first come... About half of the offerings are NTSC and half PAL, so please be sure you are buying what works in your player, for there will be no returns accepted with this offer. This is a very good opportunity to see some titles that have never been generally available on NTSC, such as: 'Bread and Roses', 'Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree', 'Middle Age Spread', 'Sons for the Return Home' and 'Zilch'. Additionally, there is one new NTSC copy of ' Smash Palace' for only $12.
I should point out that in the course of making some upgrades and corrections, I have added a Google Translator option towards the bottom of the page. Did you know that you can now practice Maori here? Check it out.
6 July 2001 - Official launching of this website.