New to Blu: September 20 – 26

Wonder Woman bounds on to three flavours of Blu-ray here the same day as the US. “Shot on 35mm film and completed as a 2K digital intermediate, Warner’s 2160p upscale is a sight to behold,” Home Theater Forum raved of the 4K-UHD version: There is a slight increase in fine detail, particularly in the fabrics […]

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Westworld Rides Again in 4K

Westworld may have wound up firing blanks at the primetime Emmy Awards but fans of the sci-fi shoot-’em-up can look forward to its release on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray. It goes on sale on November 8, a month ahead of season seven of Game of Thrones. “We are thrilled to release the first season of HBO’s […]

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New Tales — and Episodes — for SoHo

Silicon Valley creator Mike Judge’s latest, Tales From the Tour Bus, will premiere next month on SoHo, a couple of weeks after its Cinemax launch in the US. Cinemax (Outcast, Strike Back, Banshee) is an HBO sister channel and Tales From the Tour Bus is its first animated series. Judge narrates the eight half-hours, which […]

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Next Week in HD: September 23 – 29

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  River Monsters With Jeremy Wade (TV1, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) 1 News Vote 17 Election Night Special (TV1, 7.00) Newshub Election Special: Decision ’17  (TV3, 7.00) The Coroner (Prime, […]

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Critical Condition: American Vandal

American Vandal | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “American Vandal, Netflix’s send-up of true-crime series like The Jinx and Making a Murderer, isn’t for everyone. There’s maybe one too many d–k jokes, more glamour shots of toilets than anyone would probably care to see, and an overwhelming amount of shaky-cam footage. But as an examination of today’s teen culture, it’s […]

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Critical Condition: Paula

Paula | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Friday ➢ “We’ve all been there. Call in a pest control company, end up sleeping with the exterminator and embroiled in a deadly revenge plot. This was the opening act of three-part thriller Paula (BBC Two), about a schoolteacher whose one-night stand sends her life spiralling out of control … Hopping […]

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Will & Grace to Bow Next Month

TVNZ 2 will premiere the Will & Grace revival on October 2. It will air 8.30 Mondays after My Kitchen Rules NZ, which starts on September 25. As a curtain-raiser to season nine of Will & Grace, the first in 12 years, TVNZ 2 will re-run the first episode of the original series after the […]

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This Week in HD: September 16 – 22

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  River Monsters With Jeremy Wade (TV1, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00, R) Movie: Frankenweenie (TV2, 5.30, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) Premiere: Shark: Beyond the Bite (TV1, 7.00) Movie: Where the Wild Things Are (TV2, 7.00, R) Movie: Stuart […]

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Rellik Comes to oHoS

SoHo has picked up the latest mind-bending thriller from the creators of The Missing. Rellik, which is Killer spelt backwards to reflect the storytelling, stars Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Jodi Balfour (Quarry) and Clare Holman (Silent Witness), and will screen 8.30 Sundays from October 15. The reverse engineered serial killer serial went to air this […]

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Who Owned Tuesday Night’s Ratings

Three owned the night on Tuesday with a line-up that included The Block NZ and Who Owns New Zealand Now. The Bryan Bruce documentary that the NZ Herald argued never should have been made won the 8.30 hour with a 25-54 average of 5.3% off the back of The Block’s 10.2%. Viewership was constant over the […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 14

➢ TVNZ 2 will use the new-look My Kitchen Rules NZ roll-out (September 25, 8.00) to whet viewers’ appetite for fresh fare that includes the Dynamo special, Live at the O2 (September 24, 7.00), the season 11 premiere of The Big Bang Theory (September 27, 8.40) and the launch of Travel Guides (September 28, 8.00), an Australian travel […]

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New to Blu: September 13 – 19

   It’s another stellar week for 4K-UHD releases, with The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Rough Night and Minions all benefitting from higher definition transfers. ‘The movie looks wonderful on the UHD format,” Blu-ray.com said of The Mummy. “The 2160p/HDR-enhanced presentation offers a tangible increase in sharpness and detail even over the exceptional Blu-ray.” […]

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Critical Condition: American Horror Story – Cult

American Horror Story – Cult | SoHo, 8.30 Wednesday ➢ “Sarah Paulson shines in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s satirical look at the aftermath of the 2016 election and how it relates to a masked gang of killer clowns … The three episodes sent to critics are enough to make a strong case for Cult as […]

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Big Bang Theory Back With a Bang

TVNZ 2 will re-run season 10 of The Big Bang Theory back-to-back in a marathon broadcast ahead of season 11’s premiere the same week it screens in the US. The Big Bang Theory Birthday will run from 10.30am-8.50pm on September 23 while new episodes will resume 8.40 Wednesdays from September 27. CBS has renewed its […]

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Tin Star Not a Fast Draw

Three’s new crime drama Tin Star out-rated TVNZ 1’s Criminal Minds on Monday but not TVNZ 2’s Wentworth. The premiere averaged 4.0% of 25-54 year-olds, Three’s core demographic, compared to Wentworth’s 6.7% and Criminal Minds’ 2.5%. A dark cable drama was never going to challenge the appeal of a free-to-air hit like Wentworth but Three […]

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