You Can Almost Put a Ring Around June 29 The extended editions of the The Lord of the Rings movies will be released in a 15-disc Blu-ray collection in late June. Although distributor Roadshow Entertainment’s press release cites June 29 for NZ, this may change. Here are the edited highlights of the announcement: Following last year’s successful Blu-ray premiere of the original theatrical versions of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy, Roadshow Entertainment…

Yamaha Receivers on Red Alert September 5, 2012 2 Comments Two Yamaha receivers are the latest one-day specials The Warehouse is promoting on its website. The parallel imported RX-V2067 is selling from $1,100, which is $2K below the advertised price of the only other NZ online stockist, and the entry model RX-V471 for $600. The Red Alert promotions follow The Warehouse selling parallel imported Denon and Pioneer receivers for hundreds of dollars below their NZ…

Writer’s Room Promises to be Write Stuff October 20, 2013 0 Comments On the eve of all of the Dexter seasons at last being available on Blu-ray in NZ, the show’s writers will come under the spotlight in a new SoHo documentary series called The Writer’s Room. It goes to air on November 21, when it will premiere with a behind-the-scenes insight into the writing of Game of Thrones. The writers of Breaking Bad will…

Will the Force Be With 3DTV? George Lucas isn’t among the sceptics predicting the early demise of 3DTV. Today it was revealed that The Phantom Menace would be the first of the six Star Wars movies to be re-released in 3D, in 2012, with the rest to follow in consecutive years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas has been working on the 3D conversions for some time but wanted to wait until there were enough…

Why Not HD? The Shield Fans of top cop show The Shield should note the seventh and final season premieres at the later time of 10.40 tonight on Sky TV’s The Box. Normally this site doesn’t promote SD content but The Shield rivals The Wire as the best police show ever made and if you don’t have My Sky, you’ll need to manually adjust the recording time. The Box picked up the explosive drama about…

Why Not HD: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo One of the best DVD transfers of late is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. But given this exceptional Swedish thriller, the first in the Millennium trilogy, is out on Blu-ray in the UK, and due for an HD release in Australia, why have Kiwis wound up with only the DVD? The answer lies in the vagaries and economics of theatrical windows, home video distribution and…

Why Not HD: Human Target? If you were hanging out to see TV2′s long-delayed debut of the graphic novel action sensation, Human Target, in HD, you might as well hang out a little longer for the Blu-ray. The network will double-bill the newcomer with season three of Chuck from August 25, in the 8.30pm-10.30pm zone. Frustratingly, neither will air in HD, even though the first two seasons of Chuck are out on Blu-ray and season…

Why Not HD: Dexter Season three of the blue-blood serial killer thriller, Dexter, will be released on DVD on Wednesday but not on Blu-ray. It precedes the April 11 premiere of season four on Sky’s The Box and, like Breaking Bad and Weeds, is another series that video distributors could capitalise on for its HD potential. The DVD-only release is especially frustrating for fans as the series doesn’t broadcast in HD here. It did on…

Which Doctor Who? Sky’s UKTV is running a Doctor Who marathon the same week Doctor Who: The Next Doctor 2008 Christmas Special is released on Blu-ray. It goes on sale on June 2, as does the DVD of Doctor Who: Dreamland. Three days later, UKTV will count down the ninth and tenth Time Lord’s greatest adventures over the course of Queen’s Birthday Weekend. The channel’s inviting fans to watch clips of their adventures, online at…

Whale R > April 24, 2013 2 Comments Classic NZ movie Whale Rider today is being released on Blu-ray for the first time to mark its 10th anniversary. But the excitement of rediscovering it in HD is tempered by confirmation that the most popular indie movie in NZ history, Boy, has had its Blu-ray release cancelled. Paramount Pictures intended to distribute the blockbuster on Blu-ray in early 2011, around the same time as the collector’s…