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Utu Redux

Price: from NZ$24.95

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In 1870s New Zealand, Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace), a Maori scout for the colonial troops, finds his tribe massacred by the army he is working for. Anguished and betrayed, he vows to exact retribution—Utu—on the Pakeha.

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Arguably the most ambitious and culturally important film to be made in New Zealand, Utu Redux restores and reconstructs the original 1983 classic with a heightened epic power that will enthrall nostalgic and contemporary audiences alike.

2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION
Restored transfer of director Geoff Murphy’s redux cut of the film • Re-mixed 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack • “Making Utu”, Gaylene Preston’s 1983 documentary (48m.) • “Revisiting Utu” Featurette • Promo Scene Clips • Trailer • 16-page Collector’s Booklet

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The Shirt

Price: NZ$35.75

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 letterbox
Duration: 87 mins
Year: 2000

Chiefly the creation of Wellingtonian writer/producer Ross Bevan, this hits hard as a raw study of three career-junkies ‘led’ by a hypnotically nasty Brian Sargent.

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Impressive in its twisted psychology, great performances and sordid details, this weaves a thriller-plot into the bargain, initiated when a messy homicide catches the attention of the police and underworld heavies. Thick with expletives and carrying the authentic vibe of someone who has ‘really been there’.

SKU 013002

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The Hatred Campaign

Price: NZ$26.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 36 mins
Year: 1985
Rating: Exempt

On March 27 1984, a bomb exploded in Wellington Trades Hall. Caretaker, Ernie Abbott, was killed instantly.

This DVD is a memorial to Ernie Abbott.

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For the Union Movement, the bombing was not simply the act of a deranged individual. It was the logical outcome of a climate of hostility that had been deliberately fostered and directed against workers for a decade.

This DVD, commissioned by the Wellington Trades Council, is a hard-hitting look at this hatred campaign.

SKU 029004

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Tankbusters

Price: NZ$35.95

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 31 mins
Year: 1969

Cast in the local pub, amongst a group of friends, “Tankbusters” became a first in several respects.

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Geoff Murphy’s “first film with sound”, the first NZ drama to sell into international markets… and the first film to use the “mumblefuck” acting style. Opting to break all the rules of the then conventional stage to screen acting style (possibly to the resentment of stage-to-screen actors of the time), the cast was led by the most experienced (Stephen O’Rourke) in a how-not-to acting class. This was later adopted as a new standard for New Zealand dramas.

Shot on weekends over a nine month period, this now classic film caused a sensation on a budget of $4000.

Tankbusters first screened on NZ Television New Years Eve 1970.

SKU 043001

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Fish Skin Suit

Price: NZ$35.95

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 44 mins
Year: 2000
Rating: [PG]

While playing at the beach with their grandmother two children (Heremaia and Rata) witness an Elvis impersonator (Moses Brown – The Fishman) walk out of the sea.

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They believe him to be the half fish, half man lover of Hine-Tai an island princess from ancient legend.

“True love is rare, but when you find it tell your darling you love her each and everyday. Hold on, hold on tight.”
Moses Brown – The Fishman

In the sleepy main street he befriends the children’s mother (Mere) who has just given her husband (Toa) an ultimatum. Heremaia believes his parents have opposites disease. Failing his wife yet again he is confronted by The Fishman in the local pub. Toa wins the fight but it is the Fishman who wins the woman.

Mere takes The Fishman home and serves flounder for dinner, but when she’s in the kitchen he discards the fish, possibly a distant relative. He confesses that he is highly attracted to Mere which makes her feel awkward and he is asked to leave.

Next day Toa returns home but his bags are waiting for him, Mere has had enough. The children run home to find Rata’s birth mother (Aunty Libby) back from Australia. Mere disappears and is seen by Toa kissing the Fishman at the beach.

A family dinner is held to try and mend the wounds but Toa’s emotions get the better of him and it ends in disaster. Mere visits The Fishman to warn that his life is in danger and that she will not be leaving with him. As a cold damp day ends, Rata and Aunt Libby have been missing for hours. When Mere finds them Libby makes clear her true intentions. She wants to take Rata to live in Sydney.

A huge night arrives for the village as they celebrate Nan’s birthday at the town hall. The Fishman however has his own agenda and pledges in front of all, his love for Mere. Toa has had enough but through the confusion The Fishman makes his escape to the beach. He is joined by a confused Heremaia. Together they swim towards Hine-Tai’s island nestle off the coast.

The whole family runs to the beach but it’s to late they only find Heremaia’s shoes. Toa swims into the deep in search of his son. Mere wades into the shallows and wails to the ancient gods that her son be spared. Like a miracle from the heavens, Heremaia rises from the dark depths holding the guitar of The Fishman who cannot be found. The family sits silently on the shoreline shaken by what has happened. Nan speaks for the first time in years.

“Nan says no one can undo a family woven together by wind and sea because there are no strings attached.”
Heremaia Knight

SKU 017001

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Duggan – Sins of the Fathers

Price: NZ$40.95

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 90 mins
Year: 1998
Rating: [M]

Available in New Zealand only.

DUGGAN – SINS OF THE FATHERS, a new, gripping detective drama, is set in New Zealand’s picturesque Marlborough Sounds.

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When a plane crashes into the bush Duggan, a shrewd detective on self-imposed leave, finds himself caught up in what looks like no accident.

The bodies at the crash site are those of the pilot and Bruce Bridges, a convicted rapist returning home after five years in prison. In a small town like Picton, emotions have run high over Bridge’s return. Duggan must sort through a multitude of suspects before he elicits a confession … and another dead body.

Revenge. Blackmail. Passion. All the right ingredients for this gripping murder mystery.

View excerpt from this title at NZ On Screen

SKU 024002

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