Whale RiderDirector: Niki Caro, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton
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Niki Caro's beautifully photographed Whale Rider, based on an ancient Maori folk tale, struck a chord with audiences and became one of the sleeper hits of 2003. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film relies greatly on its sense of place to communicate the characters' lives, and the transfer has done a perfect job of capturing the beautiful natural settings that surround these occasionally emotionally brutal people. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Caro. Though not Maori herself, Caro was quite emotionally invested in the creation of this film and her passion comes through in both the images on the screen and in her discussion of the filmmaking process. Deleted scenes with optional commentary, a still photo gallery, a smattering of featurettes, and an advertisement for the film's soundtrack round out this solid release from Columbia/TriStar.
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- Sony Pictures
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Vicky Haughton||Nanny Flowers|
|Grant Roa||Uncle Rawiri|
|Tahei Simpson||Miss Parata|
|Kirsty Cameron||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Bill Gavin||Executive Producer|
|Lisa Gerrard||Score Composer|
|Witi Ihimaera||Associate Producer|
|Linda Goldstein Knowlton||Executive Producer|
|Dave Madigan||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Grant Major||Production Designer|
|Grace Mock||Art Director|
|Liz Tan||Asst. Director|
1. Main Title/Paikea [3:32]
2. Rehua's Death [3:48]
3. Biking Home [3:09]
4. The Concert/Porourangi Returns [4:37]
5. Te Waka [1:16]
6. Our Ancestors [3:12]
7. Privileges and Obligations [4:43]
8. A Leader, A Prophet [3:38]
9. The Journey Away [6:12]
10. Sacred School of Learning [7:01]
11. Koro's Rules [3:28]
12. Rawiri and the Taiaha [4:51]
13. Fathers and Sons [2:32]
14. Apologies [3:12]
15. One Final Test [4:26]
16. It's Not for Long [1:51]
17. Pai Calls the Whales [2:19]
18. Paka's Reiputa [2:50]
19. Guest of Honor [1:10]
20. Speech of Love and Respect [1:51]
21. Empty Water [6:05]
22. Paikea's Whale [3:28]
23. Reason to Live [2:28]
24. Whale Rider [2:56]
25. The Wise Leader [7:28]
26. Going Forward...All Together [2:20]
27. End Credits [3:33]
Porourangi's Return With Commentary On
Porourangi's Return With Commentary Off
Pai Wakes Her Father With Commentary On
Pai Wakes Her Father With Commentary Off
Septic Tank With Commentary On
Septic Tank With Commentary Off
Let Them Wait With Commentary On
Let Them Wait With Commentary Off
Pai Sings With Commentary On
Pai Sings With Commentary Off
Koro and Flower Argue With Commentary On
Koro and Flower Argue With Commentary Off
Card Game With Commentary On
Card Game With Commentary Off
Hemi in Trouble With Commentary On
Hemi in Trouble With Commentary Off
Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider
Te Waka: Building the Canoe
Whale Rider: The Soundtrack
A Note From Composer Lisa Gerrard
Art and Photo Gallery
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
English 2.0 Dolby Surround
Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Niki Caro
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This is an excellent movie with a wonderful plot and great musical score. Pai, played by Keisha Castle Hughes, is perfectly cast as the main character. She draws you into this film and sometimes breaks your heart. 'Whale Rider' has a real story to tell, without resorting to typical Hollywood staples like violence and sex. This is not a 'kid' movie as the title and plot might suggest-it's a must see for everyone!
This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. My husband and I were excited to see the movie anyways as we were going to New Zealand for our honeymoon. It is a beautiful country and we can understand the importance of the Maori culture. A must see!!!!
If you love movies about real people in real life, stories that make you laugh and cry, feel the pains, disappointments, and trials of life, and celebrate the power and resilience of the human spirit, this movie is for you! Pai and her oh-so-familiar and disfunctional family made me do all of this many times over in the course of this beautifully raw film. More so than I've ever done before, outside my own personal life experience. What else can I say, but GO SEE IT!
Mesmerizing. A Star Turn for the little girl. Loved it and showed it to several other people who also said they loved it.
This is a beautiful movie with a message of love, acceptance and triumphing when the odds are against you. Never underestimate the power you hold within, for everyone has an untapped source deep within their soul.
In this remarkable story, the strong will and love of a young girl transforms her staunchly traditionalist grandfather into opening his mind and heart. And that's not all...the incredible acting and the interweaving of New Zealand culture will keep you riveted to the screen. An unforgettable film.
I saw this in the theaters and am going to pick up the DVD. I enjoyed the movie very much and can't wait to watch it again. If you like feel good movies, this is one of them.
This is one of the most amazing films I have ever seen. It grabs hold of your emotions and never lets go! I can see this movie topping my list of favorites for decades. You must see this film, and once you see it you will want to own it.
I'm a guy who likes Arnold and Bruce and Jet Li and Vin Diesel action movies. Whale Rider took me to another dimension, tears in my eyes and all! I hope the American viewing audience recognizes this movie as something special and rewards it accordingly.
this is the best film i have ever seen. it was very moving and i recommend it to everyone i talk to.
This movie was one of the better ones i've seen this year. It was very interesting to learn about the beliefs of those new zealanders. It was kind of odd but still interesting all the same.
This movie involved awe inspiring cinematography, and unwavering performances from the cast members, both young and old. It was a truly touching story, based on very old traditions. A production that is a must see for both men and women.
From the beginning, this film resonated on many levels-- from the mysterious whale mythology to familial intergeneration relationships to the role of women in society. The daily struggles that Pai had to endure alternately brought tears to my eyes or had me sobbing. But the joy for living that she exhibited and the tremendous strength of her character made me cheer. I hold this story close to my heart as a tribute to all women who succeed in teaching others how to love.
I absolutely loved this film, i am 16 years old and i was on the verge of tears and laughing histerically throughout the movie. this is an excellent movie which has made it to my top ten movie favorites, this move was genious, pure genious.
A truly amazing and unique movie. This and Finding Nemo are the best movies this year. Young Ms. Hughes is a great actor. Just bought the soundtrack too.
Whale Rider is empowering, moving and all-around wonderful. Enjoyable for all adult audiences. One of the best movies I've ever seen. I HIGHLY recommend this movie. If you don't see it you'll be missing out BIG TIME.
i absolutly loved this movie. it was shown to me in social studies class, and i fell in love with it. i reccomend it for anyone!
The story of a young girl who is to become a tribal leader in a male oriented society. Beautifully photographed in New Zealand. Pai is the surviving female twin of an ancient tribe that is waiting for a new leader. Her grandfather, a tribal elder, is still held by the belief that the new leader must be a male. Pai has ''the gift'' but her grandfather cannot see her abilities. This is the story of Pai's growth as she learns to understand her culture, her gift and remain true to her grandfather. Truely a beautiful story. As a teacher, I suggest you read the book to your class before seeing the movie. (grades 5+)
A GREAT (!!!) movie about a young person's struggle for recognition that most anyone can appreciate--but I believe most powerful for girls of 12-16. If Pia's speach near the end of the movie doesn't move you, you are likely unmovable. I recommend this movie to everyone I know. Just plain superb!
This is a movie for every girl, women and human being.
I have recommended this film to all of my friends and family. Unfortunately, it was not in wide release in most cities, and here in Hawaii. Unless you seeked it out, you would have missed it. How sad that in our society films of this nature are not seen more than some of the rubbish that is produced in Hollywood today! I hope that more people will buy the DVD or video upon its release this month. It would make a great gift for any age group.
This movie was more than I expected. 'Pai' is an excellent actress with great potentials.
When I first watched this movie I did not want to take my eyes off the screen. I would recommend it for anyone.
Truly enjoyed this one. If you like movies that show other cultures and their myths being incorporated into the modern world then please treat yourself to this movie.
This movie was absolutly wonderful! As a 16 year old I dont always like movies my parents like, but it was actually me who showed it to them, and they fell in love with it too!