Mt. Zion

Mt. Zion - 2013

Small Axe Films - 96 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9317731099670, 9338683112422

Cast: Stan Walker, Temuera Morrison, Miriama Smith, Troy Kingi, David Wikaira-Paul, Darcey-Ray Flavell-Hudson.
Crew: Screenplay: Tearepa Kahi; Director of Photography: Fred Renata; Editor: Paul Maxwell; Original Music: Shane McLean; Sound Design: Dick Reade; Production Designer: Savage; Art Direction: Melaney Kemp, Pania Witoko; Costume Designer: Gavin McLean; Hair and Makeup: Angela Jones; Producer: Quinton Hita; Director: Tearepa Kahi.

Turei's family are hard-working potato farm workers in rural New Zealand. A talented musician, Turei dreams of his band being the support act for Bob Marley's 1979 tour. But it's a dream that challenges the traditions and values of his upbringing and will set him at odds with his family - particularly his father, a true man of the land. Poor audio level balance between dialogue and music. I was left with the feeling that I was watching a series of music videos. Filmed in Auckland and Pukekohe.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: C+

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Starting 12 June, 2013, PAL R0 dvds can be purchased from New Zealand and Australian sources, selling for about $35. It is presented in its original 1.78:1 format with DD 5.1 or DD 2.0 English language track options. Unfortunately there are no subtitles, except for a few non-removable ones for Maori dialogue. There also is no chapter menu of the 10 segments. Special Features: Climbing Mt. Zion: Behind the Scenes 15:14; Three Song Rehearsals - Army Fall: Stan's First Crack At Song 2:04, Sound check With Kevin Coco 1:42, Golden Harvest: Need Your Love 3:45; Autoplay Photo still Gallery with music 3:06; Deleted Scene: Singing at the Lion 2:49; Take It Easy Music Video 3:22; Theatrical Trailer 2:10; Small Axe Song/Play List - jump links to nine songs within the movie; unfortunately there is no auto jump back so the video will continue with the rest of the movie unless you manually go back to the menu for the next song on the list.

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