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In 1983 director Geoff Murphy stormed out of the scrub of the nascent Kiwi film industry with a quadruple-barreled shotgun take on the great NZ colonial epic. The New Zealand wars-set tale of a Māori leader (Anzac Wallace) and his bloody path to redress 'imbalance', was the second NZ film officially selected for Cannes, and local cinema’s then second biggest hit (after Goodbye Pork Pie). A producer-driven recut was later shown in the US. This 2013 redux — led by cinematographer Graeme Cowley, with Murphy and editor Mike Horton — is Utu “enhanced and restored”.


A Perspective by Costa Botes 02.07.2013

If there was a renaissance, or ‘new wave' of NZ film making, then Geoff Murphy was riding it, and ride it he did, tall in the saddle with this vastly ambitious, but sometimes vexing ...

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 Geoff Murphy
 Graeme Cowley

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saw this once on BBC2 in the Uk any chance the redux is getting a release over here, or a dvd release



where can I buy this?



He maharatanga hoki i a Merata Mita - moe mai ra e te wahine tapairu, nau nei te huarahi i para, ki te whakaatu i nga tatou korero ki te ao turoa nei. Can't wait to see this - saw it as a 18 year old,m wow...

 Martin Bynion

Martin Bynion

Just seen the premiere at the Embassy, Wellington. Superb! All my expectations were exceeded. Don't miss this, if you can get a seat!

 Aroha Wallace

Aroha Wallace

Going to the Auckland screening, looking forward to it!

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The glorious peak achievement of the new feature film culture that burgeoned here in the 70s, Geoff Murphy’s 1983 Utu is unveiled afresh in its ravishing, pictorial splendour. Here it is, our own turbulent history, transcribed with cinematic élan — and an elegiac, absurdist vision of the devil’s mischief in paradise. 
I was excited and amazed by the restoration process. The work done by Weta Digital on bringing the picture back to life was spectacular. It now looks better than it did the day it was first shown. Park Road Post were no less brilliant in their re-mastering and enhancing of the soundtrack. It’s like a completely new experience — I am proud to have been associated with it. 
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Festivals include
2014 Berlin, 2013 New Zealand