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DVD Review - Out of the Blue

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‘Out of the Blue’ is a film I’ve been meaning to see for a long time but I just never got around to it. Then luck shined on me a few months back when a film distribution forum was held in Auckland which I attended and as part of the deal we were given an information pack that included a DVD copy of ‘Out of the Blue’. So that was quickly added to the big pile of DVDs in my collection to watch and in the last couple of days I’ve been able to finally see this great New Zealand movie.
Out of the Blue DVD
Now for starters its based on an amazing New Zealand story that even today seems strange something like that could happen here but secondly its made by a great director, Robert Sarkies, the director of ‘Scarfies’. Even though this is only his second feature to date his body of work, including his tv commercials, show him to be one of New Zealand’s more interesting and talented directors. So I knew from the ‘get go’ that this was going to be something great.

With some of the most naturalistic performances I’ve seen in a New Zealand film for a long time was just one of the many great things about this film. Each scene in the film was given so much breathing room. Now that might sound like a strange thing to say but each scene was given the perfect amount of attention to detail to the performances. Also with the use of the directing and great camera work the full force of the emotional impact of the situation was evident in every scene. All of that added up to this being one of the most emotional New Zealand films I’ve seen since ‘Once Were Warriors’.

I have a love hate relationship with New Zealand films as when they are bad they are bad but when they are great there is nothing better. So ‘Out of the Blue’ gets a very strong 8 out of 10 from me and its a story every New Zealander should see as we should never forget this tragedy that happened back in 1990.

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