New to SoHo in September

SoHo will premiere three drama series next month: Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans M.C., mind-bending British thriller The City and the City and occultist drama Strange Angel. Mayans M.C. (8.30 Mondays from September 5) picks up after the series finale of Anarchy, when EZ Reyes (JD Pardo), fresh out of prison, is a prospect in the Mayan M.C. charter on […]

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Critical Condition: Disenchantment

Disenchantment | Netflix, from Friday ➢➢ “Disenchantment, Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s new animated fantasy parody for Netflix, uses the same art style that’s been the cartoonist’s trademark his entire career. Sweet, hapless Elfo (Nat Faxon) doesn’t look too far removed from Lisa and Maggie’s beloved Happy Little Elves; an obnoxious prince gets transformed into a […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 16

➢➢ Having turned one Sunday night also-ran into a Friday night smash, TVNZ 2 will attempt the same feat with another. Season two of kids’ talent quest Little Big Shots will air 8.00 Fridays from August 31. The network hopes it will be as successful opposite Three’s faltering The Graham Norton Show as Ellen’s Game of […]

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New to Blu: August 15 – 21

   Avengers: Infinity War ➢ “Avengers: Infinity War‘s UHD release offers less a dramatic increase in visual excellence over the Blu-ray and instead delivers a mild, but appreciable and very welcome, boost to basic textural clarity and colour saturation. The UHD image appears a slight bit more glossy than the companion Blu-ray image. The net […]

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To Infinity and Beyond

The fourth highest-grossing movie in history, Avengers: Infinity War, lands today on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. Unlike the previous entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, the 4K-UHD disc of the 19th MCU movie doesn’t have a Dolby Vision option (even though you can stream it in this format). And although the Dolby […]

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Critical Condition: Deep Water

Deep Water | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ➢➢ “Deep Water, a four-part detective drama that is essentially Home and Away meets The Killing. Set in present day Bondi Beach, the events that unfold are inspired by the spate of real-life hate murders that are a stain on Sydney. During the 1970s and 1980s scores of […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Ignites Soccer Coverage

Spark’s just announced it’s secured exclusive broadcast rights to Premiere League football and Manchester United TV and has appointed an ex-TVNZ boss as its new sports chief. Here’s the full press release: Spark expands its role in sports media market; announces new content Spark sees opportunity to create standalone sports media business and meet the […]

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Critical Condition: Deep State

Deep State | TVNZ 1, 9.10 Saturday ➢➢ “Mark Strong brings his strong-and-silent charisma to the role of a former spy whose family — two families, actually — becomes collateral damage in a conspiracy that stretches from the C.I.A. to MI6 to the Iranian power grid … Superficially entertaining and predictable … combining elements of […]

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Network Movies in HD: August 11 – 17

Saturday         Maleficent | TVNZ 2, 7.00 Star Trek: Into Darkness | TVNZ 2, 8.40   The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Three, 8.50 Lake Placid | Duke, 9.00 The Other Side of the Door | Three, 11.05 Signs | TVNZ 2, 11.15   Sunday        Before We Go | TVNZ 2, 1.15am   […]

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Critical Condition: Insatiable

Insatiable | Netflix, from Friday ➢➢ “The ‘good’ news for Insatiable, the new Netflix comedy that started a controversy the moment the streamer dropped the trailer and cries of ‘fat-shaming’ led to outrage (and a Change.org petition), is that fat-shaming is only one of its many problems. Insatiable is trite, way over the top, unfunny and, running at […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 9 UPDATED

● TVNZ have just announced Freaks and Geeks will no longer stream from August 15. “Unfortunately we had an unforeseen delay in getting the show ready for the date provided,” a spokeswoman says. “We’re aiming to get the series up as soon as possible.” ➢➢ TVNZ OnDemand’s newest streaming attraction is the 1999 cult hit, […]

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New to Blu: August 8 – 14

   Howards End: 25th Anniversary Edition ➢ “At first glance, this appears to be a beautiful restoration (which was done in 4K, although no 4K version of the movie has been announced for home video) … The aspect ratio of this release’s presentation isn’t the theatrical 2.35:1 or even a slightly wider 2.39:1 or 2.40:1, […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 6

  ➢➢ Three has pulled new episodes of Chicago Med from primetime Saturday and relegated it to late-night Sunday. The changeover occurs this weekend after six weeks of persistently low ratings. Season three will bump the midnight repeat of Entertainment Tonight Weekend while replacing Chicago Med and re-runs of NCIS will be movies, starting with The […]

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New to Sky Movies in September

   Sky Movies Premiere Suburbicon Wonder The Foreigner Home Again Murder on the Orient Express Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Justice League Roman I Israel, Esq. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Detroit All the Money in the World Sky Movies Extra Tulip Fever Downsizing Call Me By Your Name Ingrid […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: TVNZ OnDemand Streams Ahead

TVNZ OnDemand has clocked up more than 100 million streams in the past year, with soap operas being the shows most in-demand. Shortland Street had nearly two-and-a-half times as many streams as its closest rival, Home and Away, while Coronation Street was the year’s third most-streamed programme. Also in the top 10 were different series […]

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