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Title Whale rider / South Pacific Pictures, ApolloMedia, Pandora Film present in association with the New Zealand Film Production Fund, the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen ; written & directed by Niki Caro ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner.
Pub Info Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2003]
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Edition Special edition.
Descript 1 videodisc (approximately 101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
two-dimensional moving image tdi rdacontent
video v rdamedia
videodisc vd rdacarrier
DVD video 4 3/4 in. rda
digital optical surround Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby digital 2.0 rda
widescreen presentation in the original Aspect Ration 2.35:1
laser optical rda
video file DVD video region 1 rda
Motion picture.
System Det DVD, region1, widescreen; Dolby digital 5.1, Dolby surround 2.0.
Note Closed-captioned; soundtrack in English with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
Cast Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis.
Credits Director of photography, Leon Narbey ; editor, David Coulson ; music, Lisa Gerrard ; costume designer, Kirsty Cameron ; production designer, Grant Major.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.
Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera.
Widescreen 2.35:1.
Special features: theatrical trailer; TV spots; behind-the-scenes featurette; filmmaker's commentary; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; soundtrack showcase; Te Waka: building the canoe; Art and photo gallery.
Audience MPAA rating: PG-13: parents strongly cautioned for brief language and a momentary drug reference.
Summary The Whangara Māori people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possesses a natural leadership ability.
Access For private home use only.
Awards BAFTA Awards, 2003: Best Feature Film.
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2003: Audience Award Best - Narrative Feature (Niki Caro).
Contents Special features: 16x9 widescreen presentation -- Director commentary -- Theatrical trailer and TV spots -- TeWaka: Building the canoe featurette -- Behind the scens of Whale Rider -- Deleted scenes with optiiional commentary -- Whale Ricer: The soundtrack showcase -- Art and photo gallery -- Scene selection -- Language: English 5.1 Dolby digital ; English 2.0 Dolby surround -- Subtitles: English.
Subject Ihimaera, Witi, 1944- -- Film adaptations.
Ihimaera, Witi, 1944- -- Film adaptations.
Grandparent and child -- New Zealand -- Whangara -- Drama.
Whales -- Drama.
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Drama.
Chiefdoms -- New Zealand -- Whangara -- Drama.
Genre DVD-Video discs.
Feature films.
Films for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feminist films.
Add Author Caro, Niki, 1967- film director, screenwriter.
Sanders, Tim (Film producer), film producer.
Barnett, John, 1945- film producer.
Huebner, Frank, film producer.
Castle-Hughes, Keisha, 1990- actor.
Paratene, Rawiri, actor.
Haughton, Vicky, actor.
Curtis, Cliff, 1968- actor.
Coulson, David, 1955- film editor.
Gerrard, Lisa, composer.
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Ihimaera, Witi, 1944- Whale rider.
Newmarket Films, film distributor.
South Pacific Pictures (Firm), film production company.
ApolloMedia (Firm), film production company.
Pandora Film (Firm), film production company.
New Zealand Film Production Fund, film production company.
New Zealand Film Commission, film production company.
NZ On Air, film production company.
Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH, film production company.
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm), publisher.
Add Title Whale rider (Motion picture)
ISBN 1404943722
Stndrd # 043396022720
Music # 02272 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
02274 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
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