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18 November 2020 - A page of information about 'Baby Done' has been added to the database. It will have a DVD release starting 14 January 2021 in New Zealand and 20 January in Australia. There are no release dates for other markets yet. Also, there are no VOD sources yet, but they will be added by the end of December.

29 October 2020 - The problem of having the world divided into disc regions has not been solved with VOD options. For example: a title might be available from iTunes US but not itunes anywhere else. A title might be at Amazon UK prime video, but nowhere else. A couple of specific examples: 'After the Waterfall' is VOD available from New Zealand Film Commission ondemand but only to New Zealand and Australia. The movie is available on DVD, but only as a Region 4 PAL disc. 'Apron Strings' is not VOD available, but is on a Region 4 PAL disc. There is another way to play discs that are not coded for your country that does not require purchasing a specially modified player. You can obtain a program for Windows computers that will, in effect, make the discs appear to be Region 0 and thereby viewable. This can be done for either DVD or Blu-ray discs. I can recommend a program I have been using successfully for many years. It comes from a Chinese company called DVDFab. The program is called Passkey. You can try it out without cost before purchase. You must have at least a Windows 7, either 32 or 64 bit and at least 1GB of RAM. I recommend the Blu-ray/DVD bundle offer, but in either case you can try it without cost. By installing this you will be able to play discs regardless of what region they were coded for. https://www.dvdfab.cn/passkey-for-dvd.htm

09 October 2020 - Confirmation of more territories for the 4k Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy releases of: the US, Canada, UK, Italy, France and the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. All are scheduled for releases on about 01 December 2020.

06 October 2020 - Finally, the 4K extended edition trilogy versions of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' will become available on discs starting the first week of December. I have been able to confirm that it will be available in Germany and Australia. I expect that we will receive notices of releases in North America, New Zealand and other European countries soon. Further details are forthcoming.

29 September 2020 - Hayden J. Weal has another feature that is about to become VOD available at Amazon, iTunes and Vudu. This horror comedy, 'Dead' is not yet available on disc and, like some other titles released in the past few years, it may never, but rest assured that I will add such information if/when it does. Also, as of today 'Alien Addiction' is now available from stores in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.

21 September 2020 - Aro Video in Wellington has more New Zealand titles for sale than Mighty Ape in Auckland and more New Zealand titles for rent than Alice in Videoland of Christchurch. In otherwords, Aro Video has the largest selection of New Zealand titles than probably anywhere on the planet. No, I have not been paid to promote Aro Video. But I have received great service from them over the past 20 years and highly recommend them. They currently have some 24 used NZ titles selling for under $20nz. Pay them an on-line visit or drop by their shop at 97 Aro Street.

20 September 2020 - A DVD of the recently released comedy, 'This Town' will be finding its way to resellers in Australia and New Zealand starting 05 November 2020. No date yet for VOD release, but I will add that information once I can confirm it.

18 September 2020 - Four titles are now VOD available at NZFC ondemand for New Zealand and Australian viewers. They are: 'The Catch', 'Show of Hands', 'Sons for the Return Home' and 'Vermilion'. Unfortunately, they are only available for New Zealand and Australia at this time. Feel free to let them know that you want to view these and the other titles that currently are only available at their site for New Zealand and Australia. They can be emailed at: vod@nzfilm.co.nz

07 September 2020 - Based upon the number of visitors to the titled film pages at this website, The 12 most popular features between July 2019 and June 2020 are: 'Hibiscus & Ruthless', 'The Warrior's Way', 'Heart of the Stag', 'Battletruck', 'Braindead', 'Sleeping Dogs', 'Vermilion', 'Illustrious Energy', 'The Insatiable Moon', 'West of Eden', 'Crooked Earth' and 'Rain'. Although 'Crooked Earth', 'Heart of the Stag' and 'Vermilion' are not yet VOD viewable, the other nine are, although not in all markets.

06 September 2020 - I have found four more NZ titles at Tubi that are free online. That brings the total of legally free titles to 66, although most of these are only available free to viewers in the US, Canada or Australia. Hopefully, the viewer territories will be expanded in the near future. The New Zealand Film Commission's ondemand titles has been expanded to include 'Snakeskin', 'Stray' and 'Middle Age Spread'. Unfortunately, their offerings are, so far, only available to viewers in New Zealand or Australia.

22 August 2020 - Of the 314 titles here, there are some 90 that have very low IMDB user rating volumes and are noted with a "?". Of those 90, there are some 46 that can be VOD viewed online, and of those 46 some 15 are legally free. Not all are available in all markets. The 15 are: Christmas, Chunuk Bair, Curry Munchers, Five, Hook, Line & Sinker, Kombi Nation, The Leading Edge, Luella Miller, Mark II, Memories of Tomorrow, Orphans & Kingdoms, Pallet on the Floor, Queen City Rocker, The Waimate Conspiracy and Zilch.

18 August 2020 - Starting 29 September 2020, DVD, Blu-ray and VOD versions of 'Alien Addiction' will be available for purchase in New Zealand, Australia, US and Canada. This sci-fi comedy comes from the efforts of Shae Sterling and friends that laboured for some 3 years to provide you with another dose of New Zealand humour.

31 July 2020 - Tubi TV has a free with ads site with over 40 New Zealand features. Unfortunately, so far, it is only available to viewers in the US, Canada and Australia. This means that in addition to the non-Tubi offerings, there are over 60 features free, provided you are willing to put up with advertisements breaking in on the movie, but we have had those experiences with commercial television for many years. The current list is at the Free Films Page.

03 July 2020 - Another title has been added. The comical horror 'Killer Sofa' is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD in many markets. "Blood and guts all over the street and me without a spoon" movies are not to everyone's taste, but this one is a bit different.

21 June 2020 - 'The Map Reader' is now available to view online legally Free. There are no catches or sign-ins. This teen drama is worth a view, even if you are well past your teen years. You will need to turn off any ad blocker you might have installed.

05 June 2020 - Starting 22 July 2020, a DVD of 'The Legend of Baron To'a' will be available for purchase from New Zealand and Australian resellers. Also note that New Zealand and Australian DVD resellers are now back selling and shipping upon receiving some relief from the coronavisus restrictions.

05 May 2020 - Three more titles are, or will be, available on Blu-ray: 'Daffodils' is available from French sources and 'Irrefutable Truth About Demons' will be available from German sources starting 29 May 2020. 'Bad Taste' is also available on Blu-ray. It is available from Spanish sources under the title of 'Mal Gusto'.

22 April 2020 - While they are not permitted to operate in-store retail under Level 3 alert, Aro Video of Wellington has announced that they are able to recommence their Home-Delivery service for DVD rental and sales starting Tuesday, the 28th of April. Please note there is a two-title minimum required for rental orders during this period. You are welcome to place orders in advance of this date to ensure priority dispatch. For further updates please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/arovideo
In the meanwhile, you might want to check out the new "Free Films Page". There are some 20 legally free for view streaming films available that you might have not previously noticed.

04 April 2020 - Due to the Coronavirus and government directive, New Zealand resellers are not selling DVDs or Blu-rays until at least the end of April, as they are not considered essential. I would be willing to argue that decision and Andrew at Aro Video has done just that, but meanwhile you will have to purchase discs from non- New Zealand sources. Some Australian resellers are taking orders, but there is some question about deliveries via Australian Post. It would appear that purchases from sources in other countries are open for business and capable of shipments. See notices at their websites for further details.

23 March 2020 - I am selling some lightly used DVDs at attractive prices. Be sure to notice what region coding they have as some are R1, some R2, some R4 and a couple of R0. They are all listed at the DVD Sale Page, although they are being sold through ebay. I also have a few new CD copies of the soundtrack of 'Savage Islands aka: Nate & Hayes'. That info and link is at the Nate CD Page.

28 February 2020 - I noticed that Aro Video in Wellington has a 25% off sale of some OOP, like-new, DVD titles. Included amongst the 648 are a dozen or so New Zealand features such as'Out of the Blue', 'Sione's Wedding', 'River Queen', 'Memory & Desire', 'Once Were Warriors' and 'Sleeping Dogs'. Remember that these pricing are in New Zealand dollars and the DVDs will be Region 4. I am pointing this out because I want to help this independent reseller, not because I am getting any kick-back. Worth looking over.

26 February 2020 - I am certainly happy to point out that Jennifer Ward-Lealand has been named New Zealander of the Year. A well deserved honour. Further information about her, including a link to a video interview, can be found at: https://www.nzonscreen.com/profile/jennifer-ward-lealand. Also note that a page has been added for the first Chinese/New Zealand co-production feature, 'Mosley'. It will be available on DVD next April from Australian and New Zealand resellers.

15 February 2020 - Mighty Ape of Auckland has $9nz specials going on for eight popular DVD titles. Check them out at: https://www.mightyape.co.nz/movies-tv/new-zealand/specials

21 January 2020 - Information is now available at the 'Jojo Rabbit' Soundtrack Page. It is available on CD, vinyl LP as well as streaming digital. More sources are forthcoming.

11 January 2020 - There are now a number of features that have been released but have not found their way to disc. Most of them are to be found VOD available. Some of these will gradually be added to this database. 'West of Eden' is one such title and now another has just been added, 'Orphans & Kingdoms', which is well worth checking out.


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