High Art But is Samsung’s The Frame Ultra High Tech?

Samsung today launched in Auckland an award-winning TV that couldn’t be more living room-friendly. The Frame is so-called because it’s designed to look more like a painting hanging on the wall rather than just another 4K TV — complete with an “art mode” that’s essentially a digital gallery of 100 works that Samsung has commissioned from […]

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New to Netflix in August

Stranger: Season 1 (1/8/2017) A prosecutor without empathetic abilities, along with a bold female police detective, takes on a murder case involving rampant political corruption. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (4/8/2017) Ten years after the original film, fans can finally find out what happened to their favourite campers and counsellors in this eight-episode […]

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Next Week in HD: July 29 – August 4

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i Saturday  River Monsters With Jeremy Wade  (TV1, 4.55) The Block NZ (TV3, 5.00, R) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) Movie: Wall-E (TV2, 5.15, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) MasterChef Australia (TV1, 7.00) Movie: The Legend of Zorro (TV2, 7.00, R) Movie: […]

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Critical Condition: Ozark

Ozark (Netflix, from today) ➢ “A wealthy family relocates a money laundering scheme to the Ozarks in a smart, sharp drama that engages with prestige tropes but never quite falls into their trap …  The taut thriller veers close toward storytelling pitfalls but deftly avoids falling into the bleak soup of bloated streaming dramas about […]

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Critical Condition: Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun (Lightbox, streaming now) ➢ “A glamorous Parisian cop investigates a death in remote northern Scandinavia in this intriguing series … The investigation, and the series, is a Swedish-French collaboration, The Killing meets Spiral, Abba covers Je t’aime, köttbullar au vin. It’s a promising flavour combination, gory and gothic, even if the meat may […]

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Tin Star Shines Bright for Three

Fears that Three had abandoned primetime to reality TV after wall-to-wall scheduling of the genre earlier this year have been put to rest by news that it’s licensed the rights to Tin Star. The 10-part thriller from the producers of Broadchurch and Humans is set in the Canadian Rockies and stars Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as a […]

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Critical Condition: Shots Fired

Shots Fired (SoHo, 9.30 Thursday) ➢ “A police officer stops a motorist, bullets fly — and almost everything that follows from that moment is contradictory, challenging and influenced by competing agendas. That’s the premise of Shots Fired, a worthy and excellent new series that works as both a television drama and an interlocking array of […]

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HD Heads-Up: July 20

   ➢ TVNZ 1 will continue its Friday lightweight drama slot with the return of Ordinary Lies on August 4 at 8.40. Series two is set in a Cardiff sportswear firm. Said The Telegraph of the season premiere: “While Ordinary Lies lacks the vim and vigour of its antecedent Clocking Off …  there was enough narrative tension for it to […]

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New to Blu: July 19 – 25

   Ahead of next week’s 4K-UHD release of Peter Jackson’s King Kong comes another entry in the franchise that doesn’t just ape the original, Kong: Skull Island. “Kong: Skull Island is a CG infestation at times, but that doesn’t hamper the 4K’s acute beauty throughout,” WhySoBlu said. “I’m not going to lie to you and […]

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Top of the Lake Sequel SD on Sky

In an era when you can view 4K content regularly on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and stream in decent HD on Lightbox, Sky’s SD treatment of the Top of the Lake sequel, China Girl, is a disgrace and indicative of why increasingly more subscribers are dropping the satcaster in favour of streaming services. Sky today […]

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Saturday Night at the Palladium

Tonight at the London Palladium will return on July 29 (TVNZ 1, 8.05) for an eight-week run, presumably to bridge the gap between Britain’s Got Talent, which ends Saturday, and the premiere of The X Factor UK. It will follow MasterChef Australia at the earlier hour of 7.00 and guest star James Blunt, Jennifer Hudson, Rick […]

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Diana Doco to Debut Today Week

Three will pre-empt next Tuesday’s NCIS to premiere Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. The documentary will air from 8.30, pushing back SVU’s start time to 9.50. It will screen here within 12 hours of its ITV broadcast. Here’s the ITV press release: Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy “She was our mum. She […]

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“Ole!” For Sony A1 OLED TV

Sony’s long awaited A1 OLED TV at last goes on sale today. Kiwis have had to wait a couple of months longer than the rest of the world to see this groundbreaking display with audio built into the screen surface. The sound emits from wherever the dialogue is being spoken or action taking place on […]

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HD Heads-Up: July 17

➢ Game of Thrones returns for season seven tonight (SoHo, 8.30), with a premiere that The Hollywood Reporter reckons “sets the stage for the endgame … Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen coming together over dragon glass, full-on war against the new Lannister-Greyjoy partnership, and a White Walker war to end all wars”. The New York […]

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This Week in HD: July 22 – 28

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  River Monsters With Jeremy Wade  (TV1, 4.55) The Block NZ (TV3, 5.00, R) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) Movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (TV2, 5.25, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) Britain’s Got Talent (TV1, 7.00, F) […]

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