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Hunt for the Wilderpeople | Hunt for the DVD lol

Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows the story of a young boy, Ricky, who finds himself in a wild manhunt with his foster uncle Hec. Being on the run, they learn to put aside their differences and come to rely on each other, in order to survive out in the New Zealand bush.

In New Zealand, Hunt for the Wilderpeople hit cinemas on the 31st of March 2016, a film directed and written by Taika Waititi and based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. Becoming the highest grossing New Zealand film, it has now been released on DVD which you can find and purchase here. It’s also available on Blu-Ray here.

Special features on DVD and Blu-Ray include:

  • Audio Commentary with Taika Waititi (director and writer), Sam Neil (uncle Hec) and Julian Dennison (Ricky).
  • Featurette
  • Interviews
  • Bloopers

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

Don’t read on unless you want to be spoiled.

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My favourite scenes from the movie would include:

  • Any interaction with Aunt Bella because not only was she savage as hell, she was probably the sweetest lady ever. I actually threw a mini tantrum in the cinema when that thing (Y’ALL KNOW THE THING I’M TALKING ABOUT IF Y’ALL HAVE WATCHED IT) happened. Straight up, I sobbed angrily in the middle row, holding the cheeseburger that I’d snuck in.
  • Once rejected, now accepted,
    By me, and Hector.
    We’re a trifecta. 
  • ANYTHING WITH THAT SOCIAL WORKER, PAULA! No child left behind. Bruh, she actually terrifies me like how on Earth is she allowed to work with children hahahahahahahahaha send help.
  • Hector is cauc-asian? Well they got that wrong, because you’re obviously white. *inserts laughing emoji*
  • HECTOR BEING CALLED A PERVERT. PERV. MOLESTERER.
  • The Maori dad who asked for a selfie, and his beautiful daughter who sang “original” songs and had a seemingly endless supply of sausages.
  • The cute moments between Hec and Ricky where they’d bond and it’s probably the cutest uncle-nephew relationship because they both think the other is a bastard, but they protect each other and that’s true family. Tbh, they just have all these emotional moments and lessons throughout the film.

It’s actually so great. Please watch it. And buy it. And love it.

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Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Collection Uncut – Review

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Just finished binge watching Tokyo Ghoul season 1 collection uncut, 300 minutes of blood, gore, a number of story lines- most of which are kind of hit and miss- and a tiny smidgen of character development, woohoo!

Remember when I reviewed the first episode after it premiered on Anime Lab and said I would review each ep as it came out? Yeah I lied, but only because I got extremely busy and couldn’t watch weekly. I’m so sorry.

But the kind folk at MadMan sent us the season 1 collection, which was released in December of last year, for our viewing pleasure.

Serves me right to be left on such a cliffhanger after finally getting around to and binge-watching the 12 episodes. Word of caution, it ends in the middle of the huge showdown, just as something major occurs.

(However season 2 is out and you can catch the episodes on Anime Lab.)

But let’s talk about that first season, which may have been more about that blood and gore and less about a coherent storyline and character development. This doesn’t necessarily mean I didn’t enjoy watching it.

Because although it took 12 episodes for Kaneki to become a badass, and they introduced a tonne of characters in the last 3 episodes that you had to keep up with in a short amount of time, and some characters didn’t fully get developed in that time, the first season made me want to keep watching.

Whether this was because of the cliffhanger or whether it’s from genuinely being into the anime, I’m not sure.

But I say give it a go, I started reading the manga and while they kept a few things the same the anime is its own beast as it diverges from the source material heavily.

And yep, season 3 has also been confirmed.

Stray thoughts contain spoilers so read ahead at your own risk:

  • Ken gets a hundred times more attractive once he accepts the fact that he’s a ghoul and metaphorically eats dead Rise who’s inside him- yeah I know how that sounds.
  • Touka’s still my favourite, even if she’s currently getting her ass kicked by her younger brother.
  • Best lesson to learn, if you try to be kind to everyone- you might die.

The Maze Runner – DVD Review NZ Release

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Yes yes, The Maze Runner is finally available to buy or rent on BluRay and DVD in New Zealand from January 21, 2015 (TODAY!). But what can we say about this dystopian film that we haven’t already gushed about in our initial film review? It’s a film you’d like to rewatch for the cast- which includes the temperamental maze itself- however don’t get angry when the story feels slightly undeveloped and slightly rushed towards the exposition-centric end. Despite this it’s still a great flick to chuck on, with enough thrills, spills and even a few chills to keep you on the edge of your seat until the slightly bewildering end.

In the extras there are a few good deleted scenes, some storyboards and images as well as the theatrical trailer along with a commentary track with Wes Ball and T.S. Nowlin. Unfortunately there’s no gag-reel but I suppose it’ll turn up on youtube sooner or later.

Also, anyone else feel puffed out from just watching this thing? There’s so much running.

So much.

Running.

I suppose that’s why it’s called the Maze…Runner. Badoom dush. Thank you, thank you I’ll be here all week. Also, I think that’s all from one scene- I just wanted to make that joke. But relive the running, and of course the plot that goes with it, and remember… the maze was just the beginning. Oh and that there’s probably (definitely) going to be more running.

The Raid 2: Berandal – DVD/BLU-RAY NZ Release Talk

The Raid 2It’s not over yet- is it ever over? Nah seriously, is it?

NZ DVD/Blu-Ray Release: 14th August 2014.

The Raid 2: Berandal sees Iko Uwais reprise his role as Rama- the rookie Jakarta cop who littered the halls with the broken bodies of gangsters during The Raid: Redemption in 2011. After fighting his way out of the rundown building filled with ruthless thugs and deranged folk, Rama was under the impression that he could go back to living a quiet life with his wife and kid. LOLNOPE.

Director Gareth Evans’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Raid manages recapture the adrenalin that made the initial film so good while doing its damned hardest to be even more brutal and pain-cringe-inducing than its predecessor. Rama’s opponents from the first raid were crazy, but they’re nothing compared to what’s in store for him. His actions in the first film means he’s attracted the attention of those at the top of the criminal foodchain putting his life, and more importantly to him, the lives of his wife and son at risk.

Forced to go undercover and basically fight his way through the hierarchy of competing forces in order to incover the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap, Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.”

We’re introduced to some rather delightful* characters along the way, and of course the fight scenes are epic- beautifully gruesome and tightly choreographed and just so, so, epic. Sure the runtime is a bit of a killer, heh, and the film could have done with a bit of a condensing as a result, but I wouldn’t trade in any of the fight scenes for anything.

Seriously though, check out this teaser trailer:

FOUR out of FIVE Pained Silent LOLs

Preorder/Grab a copy on DVD for $29.99 or Blu-Ray for $34.99.

 

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