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 16 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.
11 June 2018 - There now is information about Christian Nicolson's low budget Sci-Fi comedy, 'This Giant Paper Mache Boulder Is Really Heavy'. It is coming to DVD and Blu-ray starting 11 July. Although no dates yet, it will also be VOD available soon. Although it is not available on disc, New Zealand's first (1980) Gay themed feature, 'Squeeze', is now available for rent or purchase at Vimeo. The New Zealand Film Commission's VOD site has added three more titles for folks in New Zealand and Australia: 'Desperate Remedies', 'Ngati' and 'Te Rua'. They have also posted that their service to the UK has been temporarily suspended, with no indication for how long.
04 May 2018 - Two more features are now available for streaming or downloading: 'Broken Hallelujah' and 'In My Father's Den'. Although 'Broken Hallelujah' is available to all markets, 'In My Father's Den' is currently only available to New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
26 April 2018 - There is a page of information, with links and reviews, related to 'West of Eden' available now. It will not be available on disc until August, but it is viewable online at Amazon and Vimeo. A great addition is coming to Blu-ray, 'The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey'. Arrow Films will be releasing it starting 24 July 2018 in the UK and US. Go to the Navigator page for details and links to pre-order sites.
19 April 2018 - The New Zealand Film Commission's digital download site has recently added two more titles - 'Rain of the Children' and 'Scarfies'. As with all their offerings, the markets are limited mostly to New Zealand and Australia, with a few available to the UK. So far, none of their titles are available to North American or other markets. Some legal digital streaming/downloading services are available in many market, such as Vimeo. Vimeo currently has 14 NZ features available to most everyone. They also offer many New Zealand shorts, documentaries and TV productions. Amazon, iTunes and NZFC are not the only sources for ondemand titles. 172 features are now available for downloading or streaming. The complete list is at the alphastreamlist Page.
13 April 2018 - In case you might pass over the fact, I am offering 8 VHS titles for sale. You might say, who cares, but I want to point out that I am all but giving them away and four are not available on the US/CA standard NTSC DVD. Those four are 'Bread and Roses', 'Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree', 'Middle Age Spread' and 'Sons for the Return Home'. I should also point out that I offering a NEW, never played, NTSC original copy of 'Smash Palace'. Admittedly, the major cost is the shipping charge. Sorry, but I am not willing to absorb that. I only have one copy of each of these titles, so check out the VHS Sale Page for pricing and links to title details and their purchase locations at ebay.
12 April 2018 - In case you might not have noticed, there are some 18 feature titles that can be legally viewed online - 12 of them from any location, plus 6 more that are only available for viewers in the United States or Canada. Go to the Alphastreamlist Page for easy access to all of them. The titles have been highlighted with "FREE" or "FREE trial period". Just click on that title where you will find the appropriate link. Yes, most of these are not major titles, but the price is right and varied enjoyment can be found.
03 April 2018 - It is confirmed that the previously mentioned Arrow Films release of Vigil will become available in the US starting 12 June 2018. All of the specs and features that have been listed for the UK release, mentioned below, will apply, except that the cost will be $30-40us.
29 March 2018 - Another 'Quiet Earth' Blu-ray release will be coming starting 18 June 2018. It is a Region B Arrow Video (UK) issue that will sell for 18-25#. It will have spoken English lossless 5.1 surround and 2.0 Stereo options as well as optional English subtitles. Extras include: a new audio commentary by critic Travis Crawfore, a new video essay by critic Bryan Reesman, a new interview with critic Kim Newman on the post-apocalyptic movies of the 1980s, the original theatrical trailer, a stills gallery and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Laz Marquez. NOTE: With the first pressing only, an illustrated collector's booklet is included featuring new writing by Amy Simmons.
Starting 11 June 2018, a Region Free Blu-ray will become available from Arrow Films (UK) for Vigil. It will sell for 18-25# and have the original spoken English in mono LPCM. It will also have optional English subtitles. Extras include: A new "appreciation" by film critic Nick Roddick, an on-set report of the film from the New Zealand TV programme 'Country Calendar', an extract from a 1987 Kaleidoscope TV documentary on New Zealand cinema focusing on Vigil and Vincent Ward, and the theatrical trailer. NOTE: With the first pressing only, an illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Carmen Gray is included.
22 March 2018 - Information is now available for Tarry Mortlock's first feature film, 'Broken'. This very low budget film was shot around the East Coast of North Island. It is still having New Zealand theatrical showings and will start showing up at Australian theatres in May. It will be available on DVD by July, but disc details are not yet available.
10 February 2018 - Starting 27 May 2018, a Region B Blu-ray will become available in the UK of 'Smash Palace'. It will have a US release starting 28 May 2018. It will contain the same extras that were in the "Roger Donaldson Collection" DVD. It will not have the Dolby 5.1 surround option, but will have the original mono LPCM spoken English and will have a 1.85:1 format. It will have optional English subtitles and the theatrical trailer. First pressing only: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Ian Barr, a contemporary review by Pauline Kael and the original press book. Pre-orders are selling for $35-40us or 18-25#.
07 February 2018 - Information is now available for Nic Gorman's first feature, 'Human Traces'. It is scheduled to be available on DVD and Blu-ray, in the US, starting 06 March 2018. It is also scheduled for VOD at New Zealand, Australian, US and Canadian iTunes sites. I should point out the a Blu-ray version of 'Once Were Warriors' is being released in the UK starting 19 February 2018. It also is going to have a VOD release in the UK as well.
28 January 2018 - Amongst their "Top 50 DVD's of 2017" - Aro Video of Wellington selected 'Pork Pie'. Runner-up New Zealand features included: 'The Changeover', 'Chronesthesia', 'The Great Maiden's Blush', and 'Poi E'.
20 January 2018 - Starting 17 April 2018, a Region A and Region B Blu-ray will become available in the US and UK of 'Sleeping Dogs'. It will contain the same extras that were in the "Roger Donaldson Collection" DVD. It will not have the Dolby 5.1 surround option, but will have the original mono LPCM spoken English and will have a 1.85:1 format. It will have optional English subtitles and the theatrical trailer. First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell, a contemporary review by Pauline Kael and the original press book. Pre-orders are selling for $30-40us or 18-25#.
14 January 2018 - DID YOU KNOW - Over the past 40 years, of some 290 New Zealand feature films produced, 161 received a total of 1314 awards. 30 of them have each received 10 or more awards. Peter Jackson's 15 New Zealand films have received a total 580 awards, which means 734 awards for the remaining titles. Given the size of New Zealand compared to other countries, this is quite remarkable. Support the New Zealand film industry to encourage more remarkable filmmaking.
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