Network Movies in HD: February 24 – March 2

   Saturday Daddy Day Care | TVNZ 2, 7.00  Speed Racer | Three, 7.00 Magic Mike | TVNZ 2, 8.45 The Hollow Man | Duke, 8.55 Who Killed JonBenet? | Three, 9.40 Daredevil | TVNZ 2, 10.45 Black Swan | Three, 11.35   Sunday Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull | TVNZ 2, 7.00 Snow White and […]

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HD Ratings: Bourne’s Legacy Unbeatable

A re-run of a six-year-old Jason Bourne movie mostly out-rated the competition in the key demographics on Thursday. Three’s Bourne Legacy averaged 4.5% of 25-54 year-olds and 3.8% of 18-49 year-olds. It drew 2-3 times the 25-54 viewership of TVNZ 1’s The History of Comedy (2.0%) and Coronation Street (1.6%) while leading TVNZ 2’s First […]

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New to Lightbox in March

Lightbox at last shines the light on one of the most acclaimed British comedies of the past two years, Raised by Wolves. Loosely based on the home-schooled childhoods of popular British comedian, columnist and author of How To Be A Woman, Caitlin Moran, and her sister, Caroline, seasons one and two will stream from March 13. “This […]

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HD Ratings: Bad News for Newshub Live

Three’s Newshub Live and The Project were trounced in Wednesday’s ratings by TVNZ 1’s 1 News at Six and Seven Sharp. 1 News drew twice as many viewers in three of the four core commercial demographics and in the 18-39 demo that Newshub Live often wins, it was ahead by 1.2 rating points. Whereas 1 […]

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Critical Condition: Seven Seconds

Seven Seconds | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “Inspired loosely and probably irrelevantly by the Russian film The Major, Seven Seconds was developed for Netflix by The Killing creator Veena Sud as a continuation of her fascination with watching mismatched crime-solving duos investigating murders in inclement weather … a 10-hour-plus drama that might otherwise have been the somber […]

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New to SoHo in March

The Looming Tower, an ambitious Hulu dramatisation of the FBI-CIA turf war that may have led to 9/11, will screen 8.30 Thursdays from March 15 on SoHo. “Through the first three of its 10 hours, this adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer-winning book is the sort of slice of history that one used to find on HBO: […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 22

➢ Three is reinstating Survivor in primetime for its 36th season, Ghost Island. It will launch with a double episode on March 3, two days after its CBS premiere, and will air 7.00 Saturdays. Two groups of 10 castaways will be sent to a haunted island filled with Survivor relics from previous seasons. Will they be […]

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HD Ratings: Cocaine Fuels TVNZ 1

The launch of Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine and the return of 20/20 helped TVNZ 1 to largely win Tuesday night amid fierce competition from TVNZ 2 and Three. It posted a 24.3% share of the key 25-54 demographic compared to 2’s 21.5% and Three’s 21.7%. Ramsay’s 3.4 rating didn’t win the hour but it improved on […]

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In a Streaming Galaxy Not Too Far Away

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the first in the franchise to come out on 4K-UHD (complete with Dolby Vision) but buyers of the disc will have to wait two weeks longer than those who stream the movie. The DVD, 3D/Blu-ray and 4K-UHD editions will go on sale here on March 28 whereas digital […]

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HD Ratings: Lonely is The Brave

TVNZ 1’s premiere of The Brave on Monday was out-rated by TVNZ 2’s comedies and Three’s 9-1-1. It averaged 2.3% of its target demographic, 25-54, compared to Young Sheldon’s time-slot winning 6.5%, Will & Grace’s 4.0% and 9-1-1’s 4.1%. The pattern was the same across the other core commercial demos, partly because 9-1-1 benefitted from […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 20

➢ Let the games begin. In the wake of the Winter Olympics, TVNZ 2 will anchor Sunday nights with Australian Spartan. The family series, in which Kiwis take on Aussies “in the most diabolical test of team-work ever devised”, will screen 7.00 Sundays from March 5. “Spartan will be next level,” predicts co-host Edwina Bartholomew. “The location is […]

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New to Blu: February 21 – 27

Goodbye Christopher Robin, hello demo-worthy disc. Home Theater Forum graded the 1080p transfer and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 of Goodbye Christopher Robin 5/5. ‘Fox’s Goodbye Christopher Robin is beautiful. Lush cinematography by Ben Smithard helps realise director Simon Curtis’ vision of this moment in time, and fills the frame with warm, crisp colours. ‘Flesh tones are natural […]

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Critical Condition: The Frankenstein Chronicles

The Frankenstein Chronicles | Netflix, from Tuesday ➢ “The Frankenstein Chronicles does have Sean Bean, and for that we should be thankful. The legendary Yorkshireman is the star copper of this beguiling and very dark period drama, which takes as its inspiration Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic about the fictional monster … The imagery is bleak, windswept and […]

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Critical Condition: The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War | Maori TV, 8.30 Monday ➢ “Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s astounding and sobering 10-episode PBS documentary took a decade to research, film, edit and ultimately perfect. It clocks in at 18 hours — a length as daunting as its subject, yet worth every single minute of your time. I’ll go so […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 15

➢ TVNZ 2 is exiting The X-Files from primetime — when the rebooted series returns, it will be in a late-night slot: 11.10 Fridays from March 2. The network is using its US hiatus to replace it with the reality hour, First Dates Australia, which starts its 8.30 Thursday season tonight. Last week’s X-Files rated […]

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