New to Blu: January 23 – 29

  First Man ➢ “First Man was primarily shot on film, much of it 16mm, and finished at 2K. This upscaled UHD with Dolby Vision colour grading offers a slightly solidified, more prominently filmic presentation compared to the Blu-ray, which is excellent. The image is a little more inherently soft than some films. The UHD […]

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New to Lightbox in February

Lightbox will launch on February 18 Stargate Origins, which hitherto could only be streamed on the Stargate Command platform via an in-app purchase. The 10-part series follows Catherine Langford, whose father, archeologist Paul Langford, discovered the eponymousStargate in 1928, when she was a young girl. Young Catherine — whose death as an elderly woman was depicted in season eight of Stargate […]

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Due on Blu: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet will be released in NZ on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD on March 27 — a month later than the US. Extras will reveal how Walt Disney Animation Studios created the film’s vibrant version of the Internet (from comical cat videos to the intense online game Slaughter Race to shady characters on the Dark […]

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Guest Bookings: Colbert, DeGeneres, Maher

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and filmmaker Michael Moore, whose Fahrenheit 11/9 releases next month on DVD (but not Blu-ray), are scheduled to appear this week on Prime’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, along with Fox News anchor Bret Baier for some much needed balance. And lined up for Sunday’s Real Time With Bill Maher (SoHo2, […]

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Critical Condition: Waco

Waco | SoHo2, 7.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Waco is a bit more plodding than a drama about an apocalyptic cult should be. Not that sensationalising the Koresh saga would have been the right move (and there was more than enough misinformation and untrustworthy PR spin about the group at the time). But the Paramount drama doesn’t […]

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Critical Condition: Dynasties

Dynasties | TVNZ 1, 7.00 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “A lot of scripted dramas don’t have the emotional impact and, yes, dramatic arcs, that are on display in the latest stunning natural history documentary series from the producers of Planet Earth II and the BBC … The five-part series has the same stunning visual panache of Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, but […]

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Network Movies in HD: January 19 – 25

   Saturday     Storks | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian | Three, 7.00    Saving Mr Banks | TVNZ 1, 8.30    The Equalizer| TVNZ 2, 8.30    Deep Blue Sea | Three, 9.05    Keanu | TVNZ 2, 11.10 The Pyramid | Three, 11.15   Sunday    Babysitter’s Black Book | TVNZ […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 26 – February 1

➢➢ FBI (Prime, 8.30 Mondays from January 28) is the latest Law & Order drama from veteran producer Dick Wolf. It’s set in the New York office of the bureau and, from next month, will go head-to-head with TVNZ 1’s Manifest (which originally was slated for TVNZ 2). Reviews ranged from “a fast-paced drama that’s engaging […]

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New to Blu: January 16 – 22

  Venom ➢ “Venom was digitally photographed, primarily at a resolution of 2.8K and finished at 4K, unsurprising given the digital roots and effects-heavy picture. The UHD looks terrific even upscaled and offers a solid boost over the Blu-ray, a sharper, clearer, cleaner image in every way. The digital source photography shines on the UHD, […]

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Critical Condition: Butterfly

Butterfly | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “As you might expect from the first mainstream drama about a transgender child who wants to transition, there is a sense of touchstones being arranged … Beyond these few odd clunks, it is a wonderfully delicate drama that covers new ground carefully and features fully realised characters at war with […]

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Critical Condition: Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Roswell, New Mexico, the CW network’s second adaptation of Melinda Metz’s acclaimed Roswell High novel (the first being 1999’s Roswell, which aired on the WB and UPN), isn’t so much a reboot as it is a reimagining of a familiar story updated for today’s volatile political climate […]

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Critical Condition: The Passage

The Passage | TVNZ OnDemand, from Tuesday ☆☆☆☆ “The Passage is a high-concept sci-fi thriller based on popular novels by Justin Cronin. It has been boiled down to its most essential elements and easily digestible plot points, exactly the right way to mainstream the show for a broadcast audience without making it dull, dumb or disingenuous … what makes […]

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Critical Condition: True Detective (S3)

True Detective | SoHo, 3.00/7.30 Monday ☆☆☆☆ “Season 3 is very good. Structurally, it uses the same reopened case conceit as Season 1, where a detective is talking to investigators about a long-ago mystery that still haunts him, but it adds a third timeline to great effect. Oscar winner Mahershala Ali plays Wayne ‘Purple’ Hays, […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in February

The first four seasons of SoHo’s hypnotic The Affair will screen next month for the first time on Sky Box Sets. Also new to the back catalogue binge channel will be Generation Kill, Little Britain and the 2007 series, Tell Me You Love Me. Screening in order of their nightly rotation will be: Big Love […]

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Network Movie Highlights: January 12 – 18

   Saturday     Flubber | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Night at the Museum | Three, 7.00    The Aviator | TVNZ 1, 9.00    8 Mile | Three, 9.10    The Hollow Man | Duke, 9.20 The Spectacular Now | TVNZ 2, 10.30 Aliens vs Predator – Requiem | Three, 11.20   Sunday    Yoga Hosers | TVNZ 2, 12.15am   […]

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