17 May 2019 - The new musical, 'Daffodils', which is currently playing in New Zealand cinemas, is scheduled for a DVD and VOD release starting 03 July 2019. The movie soundtrack has been released to CD and LP as well.
15 May 2019 - Two more titles are now VOD available online, but currently only to New Zealand or Australia viewers. They are 'Angel Mine' and 'The Silent One'.
12 May 2019 - Film Movement (US) is having a 50% off Sale that includes 'Once Were Warriors' and 'The Quiet Earth'. This applies to both DVD and Blu-ray versions. I don't know the cutoff date, but they are saying it is a limited time offering. I can confirm that the Blu-rays of these two NZ titles are all-region discs. I cannot confirm that the DVD versions are also all-region.
07 April 2019 - We have lost a New Zealand film great - Anzac Wallace. - He is probably best known for his work in 'Utu' and 'The Quiet Earth', but he also contributed his talent in many other productions. You might want to check out his bio at NZonscreen.com 23 March 2019 - Great news for folks in the US. Amazon Prime VOD is now offering 'Battletruck' and 'The End of the Golden Weather'. These are the first VOD offerings of these classic titles. You can rent or purchase 'Battletruck' and you can even view 'The End of the Golden Weather' Free!
21 March 2019 - In addition to 'Death Warmed Up' coming, for the first time, to Blu-ray starting 03 April, 'Mega Time Squad' is also coming to Blu-ray, staring 09 April. Also returning is a DVD re-issue of 'The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior'; this will be a 23 April US release and therefore NTSC region 1.
18 February 2019 - With many regrets I report that writer, filmmaker and gay activist, Peter Wells, has left us. An initial press report can be read at Stuff.co.nz. A biography and some samples of his film works can be found at nzonscreen.com. No one person did as much to save Auckland's Civic Theatre than Peter. Pick up, or order a copy, of Peter's last book, 'Hello Darkness', which can be purchased from most any New Zealand bookshop. It will give you insights into how he was viewing his imminent and premature death and also provide reflections on his life and what he has learned. As David Herkt wrote in his recent review of the book, "More than anything, Hello Darkness is a very human book, written without guise. It is a deft and resounding triumph." 17 February 2019 - Some great news for folks in the US - Amazon Prime now has 'Came a Hot Friday', 'Illustrious Energy' aka: 'Dreams of Home', 'Pallet on the Floor' and 'Queen City Rocker', all available as digital rentals. Go to the internal linked pages for trailers and links to Amazon.
11 February 2019 - Some additional new trailers are up for your teasing pleasure at the Sneak Peek Trailers Page. The Blu-ray of 'Death Warmed Up' is scheduled for a 03 April release and is loaded with extras. In addition to the David Blyth/Michael Heath interview that was on the previous R0 PAL DVD, there is a new audio commentary track with David Blyth and Michael Heath, an interview with David Letch, deleted and missing scenes with optional audio commentary, theatrical trailer, original VHS trailers and TV spots, plus a stills image gallery. The Blu-ray is presented 1.78:1 with a 5.1 Spoken English soundtrack. The extras are presented 2.0. The Blu-ray feature has optional English subtitles. Concluding, 'Mega Time Squad' is scheduled for a Blu-ray release, starting 09 April.
10 January 2019 - A page of information on the soundtrack for 'Mortal Engines' has been added that includes links to resellers of the CD, LP and digital downloads. In the way of an advance alert - 'Death Warmed Up' is coming to Blu-ray. I do not have details yet, so check back here monthly for further information.
03 January 2019 - Just thought I would point out that Barnes & Noble is currently having a 50% off sale of Arrow Video titles, which includes four New Zealand titles: 'The Navigator', 'Sleeping Dogs', 'Smash Palace' and 'Vigil'.
01 January 2019 - The NZ top rentals of 2018 at iTunes were: 'Black Sheep', 'Boy', 'The Breaker Upperers', 'Broken', 'Deathgasm', ' Eternity', 'The Frighteners', 'Gary of the Pacific', 'Heavenly Creatures', 'Hibsicus & Ruthless', 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople', 'Kiwi Christmas', 'The Lovely Bones', 'Mahana', 'Once Were Warriors' and 'The World's Fastest Indian'.
24 December 2018 - Five more titles have been added to the database - Stephen Kang's 'Desert', Tim vanDammen's 'Mega Time Squad', Christian Rivers' 'Mortal Engines', Dustin Feneley's 'Stray' and Dorthe Scheffmann's 'Vermilion' . Desert is OOP, 'Mega Time Squad' and 'Vermilion' will not be available on disc until February, 'Mortal Engines' and 'Stray' cannot be obtained until March. That said, there is helpful information here for your future considerations.
11 December 2018 - It would appear that we are finally going to get restoration versions of 'Bad Taste', 'Meet the Feebles' and 'Braindead'. "I'm pretty keen to actually just get them back out there again," Peter Jackson says. "That's sort of my plan for now: to do a nice little box set. The early years! The naughty years!". No date yet, but some details are in a Hollywood Reporter article by Patrick Brzeski. Also we have a 20 March 2019 date for DVD, Blu-ray & 4k UHD releases of 'Mortal Engines'. In case it slipped by you - starting 10 December DVD and Blu-ray copies of 'They Shall Not Grow Old' can be purchased from UK resellers.
03 December 2018 - We have lost one of New Zealand great filmmakers, Geoff Murphy. Most of his work was done during the '80s with such titles as, 'Goodbye Pork Pie', 'Utu', 'The Quiet Earth' and 'Never Say Die'. He spent most of the '90s in Hollywood directing action films, but came back to New Zealand to be a second unit director for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Five years ago, he worked on revising and updating 'Utu' which was renamed 'Utu Redux'. Then three years ago, he came out with his biography, 'Geoff Murphy - A Life On Film'. If you are one of the rare people who have never seen his films, do yourself a favour and check them out. With the exception of 'Never Say Die', they are all on disc and VOD.
06 November 2018 - If you have not visited the Sneak Peek Trailers Page lately, you might enjoy doing so. New additions include 'Alien Addiction', 'Blue Moon', 'Daffodils', 'Maui's Hook', 'Mega Time Squad', 'Vermilion' and a new trailer for Peter Jackson's biggie 'Mortal Engines' which is coming to cinemas starting 06 December.
16 October 2018 - Links to more sources from which to purchase DVD and Blu-ray copies of many titles have been added. Additionally, links have been added for Microsoft VOD for all titles they are offering. So, if you have been wanting something that was not available recently, try again, as that movie might now be available.
01 October 2018 - 'They Shall Not Grow Old' - Peter Jackson's Colourised World War 1 movie will have its UK Premiere 16 October 2018, followed by showings in various UK cinemas. Australian and New Zealand showings are forthcoming.
28 September 2018 - Rex Pilgrim died a week or so ago - suicide - and today his memorial service is being held in Brisbane - so far away. A few friends wrote messages to be read out and we thought it would be good to post these messages here. [ED: Rex Pilgrim was a writer for 'When Love Comes' and 'Jack Be Nimble']
I met Rex when I came back to NZ in the early 1980s and a friendship blossomed. I was attracted to his quick intelligence, his laugh and also a certain sardonic take on life. We went on to work together editing 'Best Mates, an Anthology of Gay NZ Writing' which appeared in 1997. We gathered up writing of gay male writers as far back as we could and as far forward as we could. We struck problems with a number of estates who refused permission. We returned the compliment by showing a blank page with the author's name at the top. It said a lot. Auckland Museum refused to give us permission to use a beautiful archival photo of two men affectionately kissing on a boat. We went ahead and used it as a cover. As a reader said on Amazon's Goodreads recently, 'if you are into queer studies, this is an important book.' I am retrospectively so proud of this book that Rex and I put together. Not only is it a beautiful object filled with illustrations but it is, in its own small way, a landmark publication.
So in this sad circumstance when someone's life leaks away, the loss of his charm, his ability to laugh, to be pert and sharply to the point, I like to think that a part of Rex remains forever in this very beautiful and important book. He meant it, he told it, he edited it, he put it together and while he has so achingly gone, this book is a testament to his intelligence, his wit and his grit.
- as posted at Facebook by Peter Wells
24 September 2018 - Starting 01 November 2018, the adult comedy 'The Breaker Upperers' will become available on DVD and Blu-ray from New Zealand and Australian resellers. On the same day, there will also be a DVD release of the 2017 family comedy, 'Kiwi Christmas'.
05 August 2018 - 'Hibiscus & Ruthless' is coming to DVD and Blu-ray starting 01 November 2018. You might want to check out the new and coming trailers at the Sneak Peek Trailer Page, as more have been added recently. If you did not know, I have a Facebook Page that contains recent and interesting news as well.
09 July 2018 - If you have not checked out the DVD Sale Page lately, you might want to do so as there have been a number of additions. Be sure to note the region indications as all regions are represented. Send me an email if you have questions about any of these DVD offerings.
6 July 2001 - Official launching of this website.