HD Heads-Up: April 14

The weekend of April 23-24 will see the network premieres of three top movies in HD. TV3 will screen All is Lost on Saturday at 8.55 while its 9.35 Sunday debut of The Grand Budapest Hotel will begin midway through TV2’s premiere of Edge of Tomorrow. Other coming attractions in HD that week include: Police Academy (TV2, 7.00 Saturday), Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (TV3, 7.00 Saturday), Saving Private Ryan (TV2, 8.55 Saturday), Chloe (TV2, 12.10am Sunday), The Girl (TV2, 1.50am Sunday), Life of Pi (TV3, 7.00 Sunday), The Toyman Killer (TV3, 11.35 Sunday), Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story (TV3, 10.35 Monday), and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (TV3, 8.30 Wednesday) …

Sky’s renewal of its long-term film deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution will deliver it exclusive pay and streaming rights to movies like  Jurassic WorldTed 2MinionsPitch Perfect 2TrainwreckEx Machina and Steve Jobs …

Monday’s 60 Minutes (Prime, 8.30) will cover the mass migration crisis in the Mediterranean, the discovery of secret rooms next to King Tutankhamen and the winning form of Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton …

Story will earn a long overdue Friday edition with a twist from April 29: a panel discussion of the week’s major and minor headlines, entertainment and regional news in a mix that sounds reminiscent of The Ralston Group from 20 years ago …

This Way Up’s Simon Morton will present Prime’s new five-part Sunday night documentary series Forensics NZ from April 24. Made in collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and the NZ Police, each episode will investigate how a recent crime case was solved using everything from blood spatter, DNA and tool marking to digital forensics, toxicology and entomology …

Other documentaries screening in HD that week include Secret Life of Cats (TV One, 7.30 Sunday), Sex Diaries: Webcam Couples (Prime, 9.30 Monday), Porn on the Brain (TV One, midnight Tuesday) and Never Teach Your Wife to Drive (TV2, 7.30 Thursday) …

The Telegraph thought Sex Diaries, which concerns couples who shares their sex lives online, “overly cautious” while The Guardian said of Porn on the Brain: “Within 20 seconds of tonight’s Channel 4 documentary, we’re told that online porn is ‘turning our kids into psychopaths’. At that point I almost gave up, but I’m glad I didn’t.” Time Out argued while the doco was inconclusive, “it feels like a sincere early contribution to a debate that’s sure to run and run” ..

TV3 will screen another Celebrity Family Feud in primetime on Anzac Day following the first special’s top ratings. It will pre-empt Story while at 8.35 Rhys Darby will host the 2016 Flick Electric Co. Comedy Gala  …

TV One will resume The Chase Australia on April 26, from when it will air 7.30 Tuesdays (just ahead of the network’s Sunday night premiere of a new-look Mastermind) …

SoHo’s The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story will get a free-to-air HD run on Prime from April 26 …

Prime will screen Modern Family in HD for the first time when season seven launches with a double-episode on April 28 …

Paul Hollywood, Dame Joan Collins and DNCE will guest on April 29’s The Graham Norton Show …

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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: April 14”

  1. All is Lost is well worth watching, even though it’s mostly just Robert Redford on a boat, it’s brilliantly made 🙂

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