Goodbye Pork Pie DVD

Goodbye Pork Pie - 1980

NZ United Corp./NZ Railways/NZ Motor Corp. - 91 or 102 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 5050232705681; 9315842028664; 9418212007402; 9418212017982(NZ/AU)

Cast: Tony Barry, Kelly Johnson, Claire Oberman, Shirley Gruar, John Bach, Bruno Lawrence.
Writers: Geoff Murphy, Ian Mune; Editor: Michael Horton; Photography: Alun Bollinger; Music: John Charles;
Producers: Geoff Murphy, Nigel Hutchinson; Director: Geoff Murphy.

An out-of-work teenager finds a driver's licence and uses it to take a hire car for a joy ride south from Kaitaia. In Auckland, during an encounter with a traffic cop, a stranger come to his aid. The latter has just seen his wife leave him to find some space in Invercargill. Having no money, the teen's hire car is his means to get to see her. This is basically a comic, buddy road film that broke many barriers. It was the first to recover its costs from the local market, and It proved that a totally New Zealand film product could be not only entertaining, but profitable. Although it has some editing and other production flaws, it was well done for such a low budget film (less than $400,000nz). Recommended.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: B-

Goodbye Pork Pie
Official MP4 Trailer


New PAL VHS or DVD copies are available from New Zealand sources for $15nz. No known sources for new NTSC copies, but used can be found for about $20us. R0 PAL DVD copies can be purchased from UK sources for about 6# and from New Zealand or Australian resellers for about $15. A "vanilla" single disc DVD offering is available from Australian and New Zealand resellers for $10-13. It is the feature only without any extras, but has been digitally remastered and is 16x9 with 5.1 surround.

An R4 2-disc "Collector's Edition" is available from Magna Pacific. It is 16x9 enhanced with 5.1 surround, digitally remastered "Director's Cut" from original materials and edited to 91 minutes. The scene selections has been greatly improved with 30 divisions, compared with the Pegasus DVD of 8 divisions. The second disc contains 110+ minutes of: 2005 interviews, trailer, TV Frontline Interview by Carol Hirshfeld plus stills, promos, posters, script, storyboards and lobby cards. Interviews include: Geoff Murphy - 38:30 min., Nigel Hutchinson - 11 min., Alun Bollinger with Graeme Cowley - 8 min., Murphy with film critic Simon Morris - 8 min., stunt driver Peter Zivkovic - 6 min., Tony Barry - 5:30 min., Kelly Johnson - 5 min., John Bach - 4:30 min., Michael Horton - 2:30 min. It can be found for about $35nz or $25au. However there are no subtitles.

Aro Video of Wellington - Recommended Reseller

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Real Groovy of Auckland has a used copy.

Jigsaw Entertainment of Auckland for Director's Cut

Mighty Ape of Australia for Director's Cut

Mighty Ape of New Zealand for Director's Cut DVD


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There are no known soundtrack CDs of this title.

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The first known NZ feature film to also have its own soundtrack release was the 1977 33rpm LP of Sleeping Dogs. Other titles that are on 33rpm LP and/or audio cassette, but have not yet (as of 2007) found their way to CD are: Solo (1978), Goodbye Pork Pie (1980), Battletruck (1981), Smash Palace (1981), Strata (1984), Bridge to Nowhere (1986), Queen City Rocker (1986) and The Leading Edge (1987).

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Time Out Review

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Four Word Film Review

"In movieland's world of tinsel and superlatives, the term blockbuster can truly be applied to the film Goodbye Pork Pie which on Thursday became the first New Zealand film to make a box office gross of $1 million. That's more than twice the amount grossed by any other film made in this country. The success of Goodbye Pork Pie has sent our film industry into raptures. And understandably so. Nearly 500,000 people have seen it in this country. It has been sold to 26 overseas countries and the New Zealand Film Commission is negotiating with others" - ("Hello Success", Wanganui Chronicle, April 18, 1981)


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Richard King Background article on the film

Geoff Murphy 1985 Interview - talking about Goodbye Pork Pie, The Quiet Earth and Utu.

The New Zealand Box Office Million Dollar Movie List

Information at the New Zealand Film Commission Website

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1996 New Zealand Stamps First Day Cover which includes "Goodbye" stamp.

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