MI Films Ltd. - 91 min.
UPC # 814838012384; 9413000014198
Cast: Cohen Holloway, Inge Rademeyer, Jon Pheloung, Richard Thompson, Toa Waaka, Charles Lum, Toby Leach, Tao Jrang.
Screenplay: Mike Wallis; Director of Photography: Mathew Knight; Editor: Greg Daniels; Music: John Psathas; Production Designer: Zoe Wilson; Makeup Design: Ryk Fortuna; Visual Effect Supervisors: Steve Cronin, Paul Story; Producers: Inge Rademeyer, Mike Wallis;
Director: Mike Wallis.
An ironic look into the emotional confusion of an outlaw who reluctantly develops strong feelings for a woman he has kidnapped, while finding he is unable to "perform" when trying to have his way with her. This results in his seeking help with his problem from a doctor and medicine men, both Chinese and Native American. All the while, the pair are being pursued by a posse out to kill both of them. This deadpan comedy drama was filmed at various central Otago locations, MacKenzie Country locations, the Southland location of the Kingston Flyer steam train plus the central North Island western town of Mellonsfolly. High production values, wonderful photography and a memorable original soundtrack combined with a minimalist script and action that is sometimes over the top to the extent that twice I found myself laughing uncontrollably with this atypical western. Highly Recommended.
Censor Rating: R - Review Rating: B
AVAILABILITY OF COPIES
As of April 2012 - An R1 NTSC DVD is available from North American sources, usually selling for around $20us. It is presented 2.35:1 with a DD 5.1 English soundtrack. Extras include two front-loaded unrelated trailers, a "Making of" featurette (17 min.) and an audio commentary track which sounds as though it was recorded in a room without acoustic tile. There are, unfortunately, no subtitles. The 21 November 2012 New Zealand R4 DVD release includes the "making of" featurette and audio commentary track, selling for about $30nz.
As of 18 December 2012, a Special Edition NTSC R0 DVD is available for $30nz. The movie can also be bought as a download, either standard definition($17nz) or high definition($22nz). In either case they include many extras:
Interactive Locations Map of key filming locations used in New Zealand as a stand-in for the American West.
The Making of Good for Nothing featurette and a Blooper Reel.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Flashmob at Wellington Railway Station
Two audio commentary tracks with director & lead actors or director and composer
18 subtitled language options. (Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French,
German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay,
Portugese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese)
As you might guess, my recommendation is the Special Edition offering.