My Sky + … Movies in April

Yahoo! A couple of rootin’-toootin’ westerns will saddle up in HD for the first time on NZ TV next month when Sky Movies premieres the re-make of True Grit and the Oscar-winning ‘toon Rango.

The Coen Brothers take on the John Wayne classic will kick off the month, on April 1, with the animated frontier romp to follow on April 8.

And there’s more good news for fans of the Coens: sister channel Sky Movies Greats will premiere Raising Arizona in HD on April 21, a day ahead of what was the country’s fastest grossing movie before Boy, The World’s Fastest Indian.

True Grit, meanwhile, was the slowest releasing Hollywood blockbuster in years. By the time it debuts on Sky Movies, nearly 18 months will have elapsed since its US theatrical release.

The unusually long window is due to the NZ distributor not opening the movie until 104 days after its US bow.

This was an inexplicably astonishing delay given the average gap between the US and NZ release of movies that topped $1 million in 2011 was 16 days (and 44% of these titles opened here ahead of the US).

Other April highlights include Hereafter, Tamara Drewe, Unknown and The Bourne Identity.

Screening in order of their appearance:

Sky Movies 

  • True Grit (April 1)
  • True Justice: Deadly Crossing, Fatal Secrets (April 2)
  • The Slammin’ Salmon (April 3)
  • Tamara Drewe (April 4)
  • Winnie the Pooh: The Movie (April 5)
  • Have a Little Faith (April 6)
  • RangoThe Next Three Days (April 8)
  • Hop, Soul Surfer, True Justice: Dark Vengeance (April 9)
  • Jumping the Broom (April 10)
  • Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (April 11)
  • Yogi BearHall Pass (April 15)
  • True Justice: Street Wars (April 16)
  • The Rite (April 18)
  • Mars Needs Moms (April 21)
  • Unknown (April 22)
  • True Justice: Lethal Justice (April 23)
  • Why Did I Get Married Too (April 25)
  • Hereafter (April 28)
  • The Mechanic (April 29)
  • True Justice: Brotherhood (April 30)

 Sky Movies Greats

  •  A Good Year (April 2)
  • The Lake House (April 5)
  • Into the Blue (April 10)
  • The Score (April 11)
  • The Bourne Identity (April 13)
  • Raising Arizona (April 21)
  • The World’s Fastest Indian (April 22)
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3 Responses to “My Sky + … Movies in April”

  1. Where can we find the movie preview ad that advertise these movies? I’m also interested in finding out what was the music playing during this ad.

  2. It pops up on various Sky channels, including 000, which is dedicated to previewing what’s coming up each month. However, the movies promo won’t include all of the titles listed above. I’ll try to find out what the background music is …

  3. Turns out the movies promo track is a production music track, which Sky has licensed especially.

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