The Missing Rediscovered on Blu-ray

One of the best westerns of the past 20 years, The Missing, will resurface for the first time on Blu-ray next month. The NZ and Australian release appears to be a world first, as the Ron Howard-directed variation on The Searchers doesn’t seem to have been offered on Blu-ray in any other market. The bad […]

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New to Netflix in June

November 13: Attack on Paris (1/6/2018) Survivors and first responders share tales of horror, kindness and bravery that unfolded in Paris amid the deadly terror attacks of Nov. 13, 2015. You Me Her: Season 3 (1/6/2018) Emma, Jack and Izzy face big decisions about parenthood, their careers and whether they’re meant to be together. Marcella: […]

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New to Lightbox in June

Fans of the sweet, low-key BBC comedy Mum will have to subscribe to Lightbox to see the second series. Spark’s streaming service has picked it up after TVNZ 1 dropped the show because of disappointing ratings for the first series. The six half-hour episodes will stream from June 11; if you haven’t seen the first […]

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HD Heads-Up: May 24

➢ TVNZ 2 will launch superhero spoof Powerless off-peak on June 2, in a 4.10pm Saturday slot. About a company that insures people against becoming the collateral damage of superheroes, it lasted only one season and earned mixed reviews. “There’s a light, nimble humour to the show’s treatment of superpowers and heroic antics — a […]

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Critical Condition: Rise

Rise | Lightbox, from Wednesday ➢ “Rise is a season-long backstage drama about a high school production of the musical Spring Awakening. That it is inspired by a work of nonfiction – Michael Sokolove’s Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater – does not […]

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New to Blu: May 23 – 29

   Phantom Thread misses out on a 4K-UHD fancy dress release but the Blu-ray promises to be one of the year’s finest transfers. “The 1080p Blu-ray is certainly very efficient and very strong in its own right,” Blu-ray.com said. The image features a modest paleness about it to begin, but colours quickly reveal themselves as […]

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HD Ratings: Right Royal Romp Home for TVNZ 1

Despite superior HD coverage on Three, TVNZ 1’s Royal Wedding telecast trumped the competition. According to TVNZ Sales, more than 1.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the full coverage, with more than 500,000 25-54 year-olds watching the event for an average of 1 hour, 39 minutes. Crowds flocked in for the build up of the […]

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HD Ratings: DWTS Loses Monday to MKR

Dancing With the Stars may be the all-star anchor of Three’s Monday line-up but it’s Lost & Found and Inside Crime that are stealing the limelight. Last Monday’s DWTS lost to time-slot rival My Kitchen Rules in all the core commercial demographics, averaging 6.2% of Three’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, versus MKR’s 7.7%. But lead-outs L&F […]

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4/5 for JBL’s New 5.1 Soundbar

The most innovative of JBL’s new Bar series of soundbars has been highly rated by Trusted Reviews. The range, which has just gone on sale in Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi stores, comprises 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1 options with wireless subwoofers. What distinguishes the Bar 5.1 ($1199) are its detachable, battery-powered rear speakers that can be […]

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HD Ratings: Roseanne Not So Rosy

Thursday’s Roseanne recorded season-low ratings. The hit reboot that Three fast-tracked from the US averaged 2.8% of the network’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, compared to 3.5% the previous week. Lead-out Modern Family also slipped week-on-week, from 3.6% to 2.9%, while the movie, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, averaged 3.4% versus 3.7% for Robin Hood on […]

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Network Movies in HD: May 19 – 25

  Saturday  James and the Giant Peach | TVNZ 2, 5.30 The Spiderwick Chronicles | TVNZ 2, 7.00 Ocean’s Eleven | TVNZ 2, 9.00          Cop Out | TVNZ 2, 11.00   Sunday Captain America: Civil War | TVNZ 2, 8.30 Spectre | Three, 8.30  Midnight in Paris | Maori TV, 8.30 Scream 3 | TVNZ […]

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Lightbox Sheds Light on 4K Oversight

Lightbox overhauled its TV streaming service today to introduce two subscriber plans and add more than 400 HD movies for rental — but nothing in 4K. HD library titles cost $5.99 and HD new releases $7.99. The pricing is the same as for other Transactional Video On Demand (TVOD) services, like Stuff Pix and YouTubeRed, […]

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HD Heads-Up: May 17

  ➢ TVNZ 2 is using Queen’s Birthday Weekend to dump its low-rating Friday line-up for the network premiere of Pan and a re-run of 2004’s King Arthur. Last week the network rejigged its schedule to better combat Three’s light-ent juggernaut but to no avail while its previously solid 7.30 duo The Simpsons and The New Legends […]

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The New 4K TV Season: Introduction

If you’re ready to upgrade to a premium 4K TV, this year’s range is the best and ‘cheapest’ yet. Okay, so $8K for a 65-inch 4K OLED or QLED flagship may not be everyone’s idea of a great buy but they’ve never been more competitively priced while offering unprecedented features and picture quality. And with […]

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HD Ratings: Big Bang Bigger Than Star Wars

  One of Hollywood’s biggest sci-fi franchises can’t top one of TV’s longest-running and most popular sitcoms. As TVNZ 2’s The Big Bang Theory builds towards Sheldon and Amy’s Star Wars-themed wedding on May 30, it continues to out-rate Three’s Star Wars season. Three relaunched the Luke Skywalker saga after American Idol fell flat, no doubt […]

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