Tag Archives: The Wire

New to Sky Box Sets in January

Sky will screen The Wire in HD for the first time when the ground-breaking police drama returns next month on the Sky Box Sets beat. The original 4:3 series was remastered in HD for a stunning Blu-ray release a couple of years ago and is one of several HBO series that first screened in SD […]

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Critical Condition: My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend | TVNZ OnDemand, from Monday ☆☆☆☆ “Admirers of Elena Ferrante’s novel My Brilliant Friend — the first in her smash series of four books about a pair of Neapolitan women moving through life — likely have two questions about the Italian-language TV adaptation. The first is how faithful it is to the source […]

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Critical Condition: Narcos: Mexico

Narcos: Mexico | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “The fourth season, given the expanded title Narcos: Mexico, gets what amounts to a total surface reboot. The action may move to Mexico and the specific law enforcement and criminal figures may be new, but the conflicts and structure and overall feel are of a piece. The result […]

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Critical Condition: The Deuce

The Deuce | SoHo, 1.00/8.30 Monday ➢ “HBO’S The Deuce is a period drama about the golden days of glory holes and the big bang of porn. It’s set in the early 1970s, when Nixon was screwing the nation and 42nd Street in New York City, a.k.a. ‘the Deuce,’ was America’s most notorious sexual supermarket — a […]

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New to Blu: TV > August 19-25

Who needs SoHo when you can buy on Blu-ray complete seasons of Justified, The Wire and Boardwalk Empire? All three are being released this week, along with seasons one of The Knick and Defiance. The Justified box set is cheaper than the Limited Edition US version ($195 vs $US216) but doesn’t have the gift box […]

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My Sky + … SoHo in August

David Simon, the creator of The Wire and Treme, predicts no one will watch his new HBO series, Show Me a Hero, which premieres next month on SoHo. “I don’t believe anyone’s going to watch this,” he told an interviewer for Grantland. “You are not going to get zombie-like numbers for a story about 200 units […]

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August Release for The Wire on BD

Roadshow Entertainment will release the Blu-ray box set of The Wire on August 19. The five-season package has just gone on sale to top reviews in the US and UK and looks like being the only way to view the HBO milestone here in HD. Although the groundbreaking police drama has been a staple of […]

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TV Preview: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: TV2, 9.00 Wednesday Brooklyn Nine Nine is a cop show. It’s set in New York because that’s where you’d set a cop show, especially if you were a producer who’d never had an original idea. (Although, to be fair, that is sort of the industry definition of a producer.) Where BNN differs from […]

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True Blood’s Last Rites to Air First on SoHo

SoHo will screen the seventh and final season of True Blood in HD ahead of its free-to-air SD premiere on Prime. Sky announced this long-overdue redress this morning after allowing the previous two seasons of the vampire drama to air first on Prime — even though SoHo HD subscribers pay an extra $20 a month […]

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Why Not HD: The Corner

It’s not in HD, or even 16:9 widescreen, but tonight’s NZ TV premiere of The Corner (SoHo, 8.30) promises to be the week’s best bet on the set. The fact it’s taken nearly 12 years for this forerunner of The Wire to debut here is an extraordinary indictment of TV programming in NZ – and […]

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