The Holy Roller

Holy Roller, The - 2011

Life Films - 85 min.

DVD UPC/EAN - 9312590153617; 014381816228; 9336855002816

Cast: Angus Benfield, Victoria Abbott, Jeremy Brennan, Mark Hadlow, Martin Howells, Michael Maxwell, Ron Rodger, Simon Barnett.
Screenwriters: Angus Benfield, Patrick Gillies from a story by Angus Benfield; Director of Photography: John Chrisstoffels; Original Music: Hanan Townshend; Editing: Patrick Gillies; Production Designer: Bryce Holtshousen; Line Producer: Nadia Maxwell; Producers: Angus Benfield, Ken Robinson, Patrick Gillies, Mark Freiburger; Director: Patrick Gillies

Pastor Luke struggles to attract a singel congregant to his rural services. Moving to the city in search of work, he stumbles across musician, Kate, and her brother Simon, a debt-ridden nightclub owner whom he revivies from a near-fatal overdose. Simon is inspired by this "miracle" to transform his nightclub into a church, using Luke as its preacher. With some musical assistance from Kate, the church flourishes, fulfilling Luke's dream of cleaning up the streets and making a real difference to the community. But some of the city's crime lords are not so pleased with the dwindling levels of vice on the streets. Bowing to pressure, Simon feels he must betray Luke and delivers him into the hands of the crime boss. Now Pastor Luke will face his ultimate test.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: C+

The Holy Roller
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The dvd is PAL R0 formated 2.35:1 with dolby digital 2.0. It is spoken English with English subtitles. There is an optional audio commentary track featuring Angus Benfield, Patrick Gillies and Ken Robinson. The dvd also includes five trailers: The Holy Roller 1:47; The First Grader 2:20; Beyond 1:23; Upside Down: The Creation Records Story 1:34; Mrs. Carey's Concert 2:12. The PAL DVD can be purchased from New Zealand and Australian resellers for about $30.
The U.S. DVD release on 25 September 2012, contains the same commentary track as the New Zealand disc plus an interview with Benfield and Gillies, a "Behind the Scenes" short and The Holy Roller trailer. It is presented with an anamorphic 2.35:1 format and a 5.1 DTS English audio track as well as a 2.0 DD Stereo track. There are no subtitles. It sells for about $20us.

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