With lavish technical enhancement and narrative streamlining, this ‘Redux’ version of the 1983 epic restores its rightful place in the canon of great New Zealand films, one that is arguably our most culturally resonant and significant.
After the great success of GOODBYE PORK PIE, dir. Geoff Murphy and his team got their fingernails dirty with this indigenous ‘Western’ that addresses a turbulent period in our history – circa 1870 – where vast casualties were suffered both by the native Maori and British colonialists caught in the cycle of revenge, or ‘utu’. Convincingly mounted and well sustained through a series of memorable set pieces, it pays off its ambitions handsomely as both drama and spectacle.
2-disc Special Blu-Ray includes DVD of Gaylene Preston’s “Making Utu” documentary, “Revisiting Utu” featurette: with director Geoff Murphy and DoP/producer Graeme Cowley, Trailer, Promotional Scene Clips, 16-page Collector’s booklet.
Please note the DVD Is PAL All Region