Netflix Adds New Generation Dynasty

The network TV reboot of ’80s soap Dynasty will stream here on Netflix. It’s the latest deal Netflix has done with The CW network, after landing another of its shows, Riverdale, earlier this year. Deadline Hollywood reports the streaming giant was involved early in Dynasty’s genesis because of its global appeal and serialised storytelling, making […]

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New to Netflix in July

Castlevania: Season 1 (7/7/2017) The last surviving member of a disgraced clan fights to save Eastern Europe from Dracula. Inspired by the classic video game series. Friends From College: Season 1 (14/7/2017) As they face down their forties, a group of friends who met at Harvard experiences a range of success — or lack thereof […]

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Critical Condition: GLOW

GLOW (Netflix, from Friday) ➢ “Lurid leotards are the new orange in GLOW, Netflix’s dramedy set against the backdrop of the camptastic 1980s professional wrestling television series … GLOW has superficial similarities to Orange Is the New Black in its excellent, multicultural female-driven ensemble — and deeper similarities in the way it uses a traditionally male space […]

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Blu-ray Bounty for Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast will waltz on to Blu-ray and Digital HD next week with a bevy of extras not on the DVD. It will go on sale here three weeks after its US bow but three weeks ahead of its UK launch. And unlike the US market, the June 28 NZ release includes a […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 22

➢ TVNZ 2 is turning Emerald City into a mini-series event. The Wizard of Oz re-imaging that ran for only 10 episodes in the US will screen as double-episodes after the Saturday Family Movie from July 1. “Fans of the alternate reality/fantasy genre should enjoy Emerald City, and I think they’ll get a kick out […]

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New to Blu: June 21 – 27

    Alien-wannabe Life launches here on Blu-ray the same week as the US and next month will touch down on 4K-UHD whereas The Great Wall is being released simultaneously on both formats. “For as good as the movie looks on 1080p Blu-ray, this 2160p/HDR-enhanced presentation of The Great Wall, sourced from a 4K digital intermediate, […]

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Critical Condition: Mary Kills People

Mary Kills People (Neon, from Tuesday) ➢ “Mary Kills People is a smart, entertaining series that understands, on a core level, that nobody really wants to watch a TV show about medically assisted suicide. Use of that phrase so early in this review may send some running for the exits, but that would be a mistake. […]

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Next Week in HD: June 24 – 30

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  Extreme Road Rescue (TV1, 5.00) Dolphins: Spy in the Pod (TV3, 5.00, F) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) Network Movie Premiere: Planes 2: Fire & Rescue (TV2, 5.25) 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) […]

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This Week in HD: June 17 – 23

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  Premiere: Dolphins: Spy in the Pod (TV3, 4.55) Extreme Road Rescue (TV1, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) Movie: Planes (TVNZ 2, 5.15, 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) Movie: Bee Movie (TV2, 7.00, […]

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Critical Condition: Line of Duty

Line of Duty (SoHo, 8.30 Sunday) “Wham bam, Line of Duty started as it meant to go on, and indeed as it began its first series a couple of years ago, with a sequence, spliced through the show’s titles, that left me forgetting to take an in-breath … By the hour’s end Line of Duty […]

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Critical Condition: Apple Tree Yard

Apple Tree Yard (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sundays) “Apple Tree Yard is an adaptation of Louise Doughty’s best-selling novel, starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin as two unknowns who enter into a wild and impulsive affair that ultimately rips their lives apart. The book itself is excellent, and Doughty’s story will serve as a strong backbone […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 15

   ➢ Crime procedural fans can look forward to a genre overkill on Three with the return of NCIS: Los Angeles on June 25. Season eight will air 8.30 Wednesdays as the lead-in to Hawaii Five-O, which means on consecutive nights Three will air two two-hour blocks devoted to procedurals. And as well as NCIS and SVU […]

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Prime Pads Primetime With Pap

What’s wrong with Prime? The channel continues to make us wait for Planet Earth II and the latest series of Top Gear while littering its schedule with second-tier premieres and re-runs. Top Gear post-Clarkson & Co may be running on the smell of an oily rag but it still deserves priority over yet another Best of Top Gear retread, which will air […]

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Due on Amazon Prime: The Last Tycoon

New Zealand is among the Amazon Prime territories that will be able to stream The Last Tycoon, presumably in 4K, from July 28. The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last work, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, follows Hollywood’s Golden Boy, Monroe Stahr (White Collar’s Matt Bomer) as he battles father figure and boss, Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer), for the […]

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New to Blu: June 14 – 20

     The top-selling disc in the US, X-Men instalment Logan, makes its mark here on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray the same week two popular franchises are dusted off for 4K-UHD. “I gave top marks to Logan‘s 1080p Blu-ray presentation, and that excellence is continued and arguably magnified in the 4K UHD version,” Blu-ray.com said. “Perhaps because this […]

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