Utu - 1983/ Utu Redux - 2013
Utu Productions - 124/108 min.
DVD UPC # 738329018924(US); 9315842009373(AU/NZ); 4260387610285(DE)
Redux DVD # 9421020699905 (single disc); 9421020699912 (2-disc SE)
Redux Blu-ray # 9421020699936 (2-disc Blu/DVD SE set)
Cast: Anzac Wallace; Bruno Lawrence, Wi Kuki Kaa, Tim Elliott, Kelly Johnson, John Bach, Tania Bristowe, Ilona Rodgers, Faenza Reuben, Martyn Sanderson, Merata Mita.
Crew: Screenplay: Geoff Murphy, Keith Aberdein; Photography: Graeme Cowley; Editor: Michael Horton; Music: John Charles; Costume Designer: Michael Kane; Production Designer: Ron Highfield; Producer and Director: Geoff Murphy.
New Zealand in 1870 - a friendly Maori village is massacred by colonial troops and discovered by army scout, Te Wheke, whose own people are among the dead. He turns on his employers and takes up his warrior chieftain past, seeking utu (revenge), he engages in guerilla warfare against the Pakeha (Europeans). One of those attacked is a farmer whose wife is killed and house burned. The farmer in turns seeks his vengeance. Shot in the Hawke's Bay area near Hastings, Napier and Te Pohue. The original score was the first NZ feature to use the full New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. One to put on your "must see" list, but see 'Utu Redux' for the director's restored version.
Censor rating: M - Review rating: B+
Official Utu Redux MP4 Trailer