New to Blu: June 14 – 20

     The top-selling disc in the US, X-Men instalment Logan, makes its mark here on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray the same week two popular franchises are dusted off for 4K-UHD. “I gave top marks to Logan‘s 1080p Blu-ray presentation, and that excellence is continued and arguably magnified in the 4K UHD version,” Blu-ray.com said. “Perhaps because this […]

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Sky Axes The Zone for New Box Sets Channel

   Sky is ditching its fantasy/sci-fi channel The Zone for a more “holistic” approach to premium drama programming that will include a new binge-viewing service devoted to box sets. Sky Box Sets will launch August 1 with a range of first-run and popular drama and comedy series. “Sky Box Sets will feature an impressive line-up,”  Travis Dunbar, […]

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Critical Condition: I’m Dying Up Here

I’m Dying Up Here (SoHo, 9.30 Tuesdays) “By the end of the first episode of this utterly seductive tale about the comedy-club scene of early-1970s Los Angeles, it’s clear that the lives of these aspiring comedians with all their inexhaustible yearning, their whining, their gratitude for any spot onstage–2 a.m., before an audience of 15, […]

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Can Boy Band Point TVNZ 2 in Right Direction?

TVNZ 2 is pulling Car Crash Global from its Friday schedule and replacing it with Boy Band two days ahead of Three relaunching The Block NZ (above). Boy Band will screen 9.00 Fridays from June 23, within 24 hours of its US premiere on ABC. The 10-episode series will track young male vocalists vying to prove they have what it takes to join America’s next […]

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This Week in HD: June 10 – 16

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  Lion: Spy in the Den (TV3, 4.55, R) Extreme Road Rescue (TV1, 5.00) Season Premiere: Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) Movie: A Bug’s Life (TVNZ 2, 5.05, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Simpsons (TV2, 6.00, R) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, […]

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Critical Condition: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale (Lightbox, streaming now) “If 2017 feels like both the best and worst of times for dystopian tales, it also continues to be an exceptional year for straight-to-streaming originals. And [Hulu’s] 10-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s landmark 1984 novel plays like true prestige television: A masterfully unnerving vision of a near future in which […]

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T2: Trainspotting – Q&A

One of the extras on the Blu-ray and 4K-UHD of T2 Trainspotting out this week is a 25-minute conversation with director Danny Boyle and stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller. Boyle describes the characters’ evolution over the past 20 years as transitioning from likely lads to sad dads and McGregor reveals screenwriter John Hodge never thought […]

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Discs Still Top Home Video in NZ

PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017 – 2021 report says streaming revenue will remain less than half that of DVDs and Blu-rays in NZ over the next five years. “In NZ the Internet video segment is taking off as the major international players launch and bring premium original content that has been heavily pirated in the […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 8

➢ After weeks of Sunday Premiere Movie re-runs, TVNZ 2 at last will offer a “premiere” deserving of the name — Get Hard (June 19, 8.35) — while Three will launch a James Bond season with GoldenEye (June 22, 7.30). Other HD coming attractions that week will include: Planes (TVNZ 2, 5.15 Saturday) Bee Movie (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday) Despicable Me 2 (Three, 7.00 Saturday) Ocean’s […]

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Due on Blu: Planet Earth II

  It looks like the Blu-ray and 4K-UHD of Planet Earth II will be released here in early August — which means Prime is likely to premiere the seven-part series late this month. It will be interesting to see where Prime schedules the BBC’s first 4K production so long — seven months — after it went to air […]

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