Tonight in HD: May 8 CSI: Miami’s David Caruso Bigger Better Faster Stronger (TV3, 5.00, R) James Coleman and Greg Page try to come up with a power-shower that uses the least amount of water. Pretty Little Liars (TV2, 5.30) As the girls try their best to support Hanna when she returns from the hospital, everyone has their own ‘surprises’ to deal with; Aria and Ezra suspect someone is on to them. Joey (TV2, 6.30,…

HDTV Ratings: Vampire Diaries Hot But No Go Ghouls Last night’s HD premiere of The Vampires Diaries staked out the slot for TV2 but didn’t have the ratings bite of last week’s Go Girls season finale. However, it easily won the 8.30pm hour against TV One’s The Forgotten and the first half of TV3′s movie, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. The pilot was watched by 11.6% of TV2′s target audience, 18-39 years, and by 12%…

Universal First to Sell 3D Blu-rays in NZ November 5, 2010 0 Comments 3D Blu-rays will be comin’ at ya’ in time for Christmas – and not just those bundled with that new Panasonic, Samsung or Sony 3D TV. Universal Pictures will be the first distributor to release active Blu-ray 3D titles in the local market. Initially, it will offer two from December 8: a movie, Step Up 3D; and a triple-disc IMAX documentary, Dolphins…

HDTV Ratings: September 5 September 6, 2012 3 Comments TV3′s penultimate episode of The Block NZ helped the network to win Wednesday night but couldn’t stop viewers from deserting its new drama series, The Killing. The whodunit that originally aired on SoHo averaged 5.6% – 7.7% of key demographics, which is a strong result for a 9.30 drama on TV3. But viewership halved over the hour. For instance, The Killing opened with 11.0% of TV3′s…

Universal Celebrates Centenary With Blu-ray Collectibles February 23, 2012 2 Comments All Quiet on the Western Front and To Kill a Mockingbird are the first restorations Universal Pictures NZ will release on Blu-ray to mark the studio’s centenary. They bow here on March 10, in $20 collectible, book-style packaging showcasing rare memorabilia and new 10-minute video featurettes. Mockingbird also comes with more than three-and-a-half-hours of SD extras from a 50th anniversary DVD set that was…

Underbelly NZ Bows Today on DVD September 22, 2011 0 Comments The DVD of Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud went on sale today less than 12 hours after last night’s series finale. The turnaround from primetime to shopfront is unprecedented — and partly why the HD series isn’t being released simultaneously on Blu-ray. Roadshow Entertainment general manager John Davie says a Blu-ray was considered, but a tight production schedule made it impossible.…

Underbelly Blu-ray Bound The first — and best — of the Underbelly series will be released on Blu-ray in August. The award-winning dramatisation of Melbourne’s ’90s gangland wars was one of the first shows TV3 aired in HD (but, ironically, was repeated in SD). The latest series, The Golden Mile (TV3, 8.30pm Wednesdays), bridges the first and second, and has been thrashing the competition: FlashForward on TV2 and Aussie rival Packed to the Rafters on…

Two More Oppo Blu-ray Players Debut February 1, 2010 0 Comments Oppo’s success in the burgeoning Blu-ray market is reflected in it launching two more HD models to complement the BDP-83. Both the high-end BDP-83SE (above) and the entry-level BDP-80 (below) go on sale this month in NZ; the latter has just landed, for $799, and the former’s due next week, for $2135, compared to $1350 for the BDP-83. Oppo’s NZ distributor, online retailer Murray…

TV3 Saves Heroes From This Part of the World — Again So much for saving the cheerleader, saving the world – what about saving face, TV3? Universal Pictures NZ has announced that the season-three Blu-ray and DVD release of Heroes again has been postponed, making this territory probably the only one in the world where you can’t buy either locally. Why? Because Heroes has still to complete its free-to-air TV run. After launching season three…

HDTV Heads-Up: Fringe, Human Target In a surprise but savvy HD counter-programming move, TV2 is bringing forward the new season of Fringe to screen 9.30pm Tuesdays, opposite TV3′s Nurse Jackie. The premiere will air after the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, on July 20, in an oddly-matched double-bill. It will be fascinating to see which series becomes Fringe’s lead-in the following week, given it will have to compete with TV3′s HD juggernaut, Outrageous Fortune, which…