Goodbye Pork Pie DVD

Goodbye Pork Pie still


Goodbye Pork Pie - 1980




NZ United Corp./NZ Railways/NZ Motor Corp. - 91 or 102 min.
DVD UPC # 5050232705681; 9315842028664; 9418212007402; 9418212017982

Cast: Tony Barry, Kelly Johnson, Claire Oberman, Shirley Gruar, John Bach, Bruno Lawrence.
Writers: Geoff Murphy, Ian Mune; Editor: Michael Horton; Photography: Alun Bollinger; Music: John Charles;
Producers: Geoff Murphy, Nigel Hutchinson; Director: Geoff Murphy.

An out-of-work teenager finds a driver's licence and uses it to take a hire car for a joy ride south from Kaitaia. In Auckland, during an encounter with a traffic cop, a stranger come to his aid. The latter has just seen his wife leave him to find some space in Invercargill. Having no money, the teen's hire car is his means to get to see her. This is basically a comic, buddy road film that broke many barriers. It was the first to recover its costs from the local market, and It proved that a totally New Zealand film product could be not only entertaining, but profitable. Although it has some editing and other production flaws, it was well done for such a low budget film (less than $400,000nz). Recommended.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: B-

Goodbye Pork Pie
Official MP4 Trailer



AVAILABILITY OF COPIES

New PAL VHS or DVD copies are available from New Zealand sources for $15nz. No known sources for new NTSC copies, but used can be found for about $20us. R0 PAL DVD copies can be purchased from UK sources for about 6# and from New Zealand or Australian resellers for about $15. The R0 PAL version is also sold by U.S. resellers such as daaveedee.com. A "vanilla" single disc DVD offering is available from Australian and New Zealand resellers for $10-13. It is the feature only without any extras, but has been digitally remastered and is 16x9 with 5.1 surround.

Recommended NZ Reseller - Products New Zealand - previously known as Screenline

An R4 2-disc "Collector's Edition" is available from Magna Pacific. It is 16x9 enhanced with 5.1 surround, digitally remastered "Director's Cut" from original materials and edited to 91 minutes. The scene selections has been greatly improved with 30 divisions, compared with the Pegasus DVD of 8 divisions. The second disc contains 110+ minutes of: 2005 interviews, trailer, TV Frontline Interview by Carol Hirshfeld plus stills, promos, posters, script, storyboards and lobby cards. Interviews include: Geoff Murphy - 38:30 min., Nigel Hutchinson - 11 min., Alun Bollinger with Graeme Cowley - 8 min., Murphy with film critic Simon Morris - 8 min., stunt driver Peter Zivkovic - 6 min., Tony Barry - 5:30 min., Kelly Johnson - 5 min., John Bach - 4:30 min., Michael Horton - 2:30 min. It can be found for about $35nz or $25au.

Two disc "Collector's Edition can be purchased from Aro Video of Wellington



SOUNDTRACK ON AUDIO CD

There are no known soundtrack CDs of this title.

Link to soundtrack sample download

The first known NZ feature film to also have its own soundtrack release was the 1977 33rpm LP of Sleeping Dogs. Other titles that are on 33rpm LP and/or audio cassette, but have not yet (as of 2007) found their way to CD are: Solo (1978), Goodbye Pork Pie (1980), Battletruck (1981), Smash Palace (1981), Strata (1984), Bridge to Nowhere (1986), Queen City Rocker (1986) and The Leading Edge (1987).

Details on these rare LPs can be found at the Soundtrack LP page.



REVIEWS

Reviews at Letterboxd.com

Cinema Aotearoa Review

Reviews at Flicks.co.nz

Peter Harcourt's Sequence Review

Time Out Review

DVD Compare's Review

New Zealand Film Archive Info and Reviews

Four Word Film Review

"In movieland's world of tinsel and superlatives, the term blockbuster can truly be applied to the film Goodbye Pork Pie which on Thursday became the first New Zealand film to make a box office gross of $1 million. That's more than twice the amount grossed by any other film made in this country. The success of Goodbye Pork Pie has sent our film industry into raptures. And understandably so. Nearly 500,000 people have seen it in this country. It has been sold to 26 overseas countries and the New Zealand Film Commission is negotiating with others" - ("Hello Success", Wanganui Chronicle, April 18, 1981)


TRAILERS - MISC

VIDEO VAULT - Links to trailers and clips for all titles.

NZ On Screen Videos & Comments

Goodbye Pork Pie - Wellington chase clip(Flash)

Geoff Murphy 1985 Interview - talking about Goodbye Pork Pie, The Quiet Earth and Utu.

The New Zealand Box Office Million Dollar Movie List

Information at the New Zealand Film Commission Website

Information at IMDB

Internet Movie Poster Awards

1996 New Zealand Stamps First Day Cover which includes "Goodbye" stamp.

TVNZ 25th Anniversary review of the film + 5min. video "close-up"

The Unoffical Austin Rover Mini Cooper Goodbye Pork Pie page




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