Wingnut Films - 52 min.
DVD UPC # 013131243895; 720229909549; 3357803052307; 5709624008106
Writers & Directors: Peter Jackson, Costa Botes; Cinematography: Alun Bollinger, Michael Horton; Music: Plan 9; Producer: Sue Rogers; Executive Producer: Jamie Selkirk; Complicitants: Leonard Maltin, Sam Neill, Harvey Weinstein, et al.
Peter Jackson discovers a chest full of old film by unknown pioneer genius of New Zealand film, Colin McKenzie. McKenzie's life is outlined in documentary fashion, through a series of interviews and original film footage. You may start doubting the veracity of this film, when it is revealed that McKenzie made his own cameras, cooked up his own cellulose nitrate, and made emulsion from egg-whites! The film ends with a wonderful simulacrum of McKenzie's masterpiece, Salome, for which the filmmaker receives belated international acclaim. See this film, if you love movies and moviemaking.
Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: B+
AVAILABILITY OF COPIES
New R4 copies were last seen selling for $50nz, but as of July 2009, they seem to be OOP. New R2 copies are selling for under 30eur. New R1 discs are selling for $40-50us since they are also OOP. Most versions contain the 22 min. featurette, "Behind the Bull" and an audio commentary track, in addition to its 1.33:1 presentation along with the standard 2.0 audio.
NOTE: There is a Norwegian R2 PAL 4-disc set, "The Peter Jackson Boxset", which contains Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Braindead and Forgotten Silver. All have their original English soundtrack, plus optional Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norgegian subtitles. New sets were last spotted at ebay selling for about 25# from UK sources.
As of 07 December 2012, a Blu-ray version has been released in Germany. Although it is a legal disc, it has NOT been made from a high definition digital master. You would be better off with the remastered PAL DVD available from the director's site until a proper HD Blu-ray is available.