Once Were Warriors (Blu-ray)

A family in crisis, a life in chaos... Nothing is more powerful than a mother's love.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: September 6, 2016
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Film Movement
  • Note: Behind The Scenes Featurette
    • New Essay by Peter Calder
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • DTS HD Master Audio

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh93%

Total Count: 44


User Ratings: 29,669
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Once Were Warriors has more to say than the traditional TV-movie about spousal abuse. But some viewers will have to pay a price: This is a movie that requires strength and fortitude to sit through. Full Review
New York Daily News
Feb 21, 2017
...Brutally effective....This film's stars are frighteningly credible....[Ms. Owen] radiates a physical vitality...
New York Times
Feb 24, 1995
Rating: B+ -- The violence in Once Were Warriors (Fine Line, R), a tumultuous domestic drama from New Zealand, erupts with terrifying suddenness. Full Review
Entertainment Weekly
Sep 7, 2011
Tamahori's direction is consistently sharp and the film showcases two immensely powerful performances by Morrison and Owen. Full Review
Feb 21, 2017
Rating: 3/4 -- The howling raging energy of the prize-winning New Zealand film Once Were Warriors rushes at you, hits you like a smack in the face. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2017
A gritty, powerful first feature by Lee Tamahori. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Feb 21, 2017
...Quick-fire editing and burnished visuals give the film a rich appearance...
Sight and Sound
Apr 1, 1995

Product Description:

One woman tries to keep her family together despite her violent, alcoholic husband. Based on the novel by Alan Duff. Made in New Zealand.

For Jake and Beth Heke, life in their suburban ghetto is going from bad to worse. Jake's just lost his job, their delinquent teenage son Boogie has to appear in court and they can't make ends meet with five growing kids. Late that night, they host another one of Jake's raunchy drinking parties while the children lie awake in their bedroom. When their oldest son asks for money, which Beth discovers Jake has gambled away, it ignites a vicious argument that Jake solves by giving Beth one of his brutal beatings. The tide of violence continues to ebb and flow in the Heke household until a terrible tragedy makes them confront the dysfunctional state of their family.


Production Notes:

  • Co-produced by Communicado, Avalon Studios, and New Zealand On Air.
  • Stuart Dryburgh, the film's cinematographer, was also the director of photography on Jane Campion's award-winning "The Piano." He was nominated for an Academy Award for that film.
  • This was New Zealand's top grossing film of all time.
  • Other credits: Hirini Melbourne (Maori music consultant) and Kepe Srirling (Haka Choreography).
  • Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 116,778
  • UPC: 857692005864
  • Shipping Weight: 0.20/lbs (approx)
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