Network HD Movie Highlights: December 21 – 27


The Santa Clause (TVNZ 2, 7.00)

King Kong (Three, 8.00)

Fred Claus (TVNZ 2, 8.55)

Murder at 1600 (Duke, 9.35)

The Last Days on Mars (Three, 11.25)



Two Night Stand (TVNZ 2, 1.15am)

Bad Moms 2 – A Bad Moms Christmas (TVNZ 2, 8.30)

2 Fast 2 Furious (Three, 8.30)

The Patience Stone (Maori TV, 8.30)

The Castle (TVNZ 1, 9.25)

Arachnophobia (TVNZ 2, 11.00)



Man on a Ledge (Duke, 9.30)

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Prime, 9.35)

Four Holidays (TVNZ 2, 10.05)



Stuart Little (Prime, 6.00)

Stuart Little 2 (Prime, 7.40)

Die Hard (TVNZ 2, 8.30)

Grandma’s Boy (Duke, 8.30)

The Holiday (Three, 8.40)

Bad Santa (Duke, 10.15)

The Nativity Story (TVNZ 1, 10.25)

The Night Before (TVNZ 2, 11.05)


Christmas Day

Moana (TVNZ 2, 6.30)

Lost Christmas (Maori TV, 7.00)

Wonder (TVNZ 2, 8.10)

Love Actually (Three, 8.40)

Deck the Halls (Duke, 8.40)

Bad Santa 2 (Duke, 10.10 )

You’ve Got Mail (TVNZ 1, 10.20)


Boxing Day

Deep Impact (Three, 7.00)

Get Santa (Maori TV, 7.00)

Edge of Tomorrow (TVNZ 2, 8.15)



Eragon (TVNZ 2, 7.00)

The Zookeeper (Three, 7.00)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Prime, 7.30)

Beverly Hills Cop (Duke, 8.30)

Alex Cross (Maori TV, 8.30)

King Arthur (TVNZ 2, 9.00).

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5 Responses to “Network HD Movie Highlights: December 21 – 27”

  1. Moana (TVNZ 2, 6.30) Christmas Day. Bet it’s loaded with station promos every 10 minutes. No such thing as a commercial-free day here.

  2. Die Hard 1 & 2 were unwatchable ! TV2 decided to show badly transferred pan and scan versions that belong to the old SD era of TV and have no place on a modern HD platform.

  3. Really? That’s unbelievable!

  4. I note that three plays movies in 16:9 vs the original 2:35 version. Look at the Fast and Furious movie the other week. Never watched it (only a few minutes). It’s disgraceful. I really don’t understand the point in playing the cropped versions. Eg HD version of old Simpsons. I complained to Sky about it and they just said it’s part of the contract. So as far as I’m aware, it’s not going to go back to the old 4:3 versions.

  5. Completely agree with you re 16:9 vs 21:9, Fsmith. I was amazed when thx38 reported the pan-and-scan broadcasts of the Die Hard movies as generally TVNZ 2 licences movie content in the original aspect ratio. However, I don’t know if this is deliberate or simply accidental — ie. what the distributor provides. For years Simpsons fans have complained of the cropped pre-native HD eps but Fox doesn’t appear interested in providing the original 4:3 broadcasts in upscaled HD. Seinfeld suffered the same fate when it was remastered in HD. To be fair to the FTA broadcasters, I imagine most viewers want their movies in screen-filling 16:9. But hopefully this bias will wane as more content is streamed in a variety of ratios and letter boxing becomes the norm.

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