Whale Rider (Blu-ray) PG-13

In the ways of the ancients she found a hope for the future.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: August 22, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • Note: Director Commentary
    • Te Waka: Building The Canoe" Featurette
    • "Behind-the-Scenes Of Whale Rider"
    • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
    • Poster Art and Photo Gallery
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • DTS HD Master Audio
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Produced by , &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by &

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

Total Count: 153


User Ratings: 49,921
...[The film] has enormous charm, pathos and visual beauty, thanks to the talents of director Niki Caro...
Movieline's Hollywood Life
Jul 1, 2003
Rating: B+ -- It's refreshing to see a film so intent on showing the love and sorrow that comes from interaction between family members. I also enjoyed seeing a film that opened up a world with distinctly different cultures and beliefs. Full Review
Bowling Green Daily News
Nov 15, 2019
...Ms. Caro treats the material with the calm of a silent film and exploits the extravagant beauty of the location for its majesty....It has the inspiring resonance of found art...
New York Times
Jun 6, 2003
...[Featuring] Niki Caro's brisk direction, the bracing otherness of the coastal New Zealand landscape, and the fantastic performances of a wonderful cast...
Jun 1, 2003
[Lisa] Gerrard's ethereal vocal style combined with electronic flourishes make for an unusual soundtrack, but one that meshes with the film's bracing mixture of mysticism and realism set against the strange and beautiful New Zealand landscape. Full Review
Bitch Flicks
Mar 12, 2019
...A substantial film of unexpected emotional force...
Los Angeles Times
Jun 6, 2003
both an effective snapshot of the challenges which modernity brings to indigenous cultures, and a neat illustration of the power of myths to adapt. Full Review
Daily Info
Jun 11, 2013

Product Description:

New Zealand's Maori culture is the focus of WHALE RIDER, the powerful coming-of-age tale of Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), a 13-year-old girl who feels destined to become leader and chief to her tribe although that role has always been reserved for males. In part, the role is her birthright, as her twin brother died in childbirth, and she survived. However, her grandfather, Koro (Rawiri Paratene), who is the current chief, stands firmly in the way of Pai's dream. He is extremely traditional and is superstitious that even Pai's curiosity in learning to be chief could upset the ancestors (who are the whales themselves). Pai's grandmother, Flowers (Vicky Haughton), defies Koro to support Pai, and her uncle, Rawiri (Grant Roa), trains her in the chants and battle techniques she needs. The rest is intuition, and Pai has loads of it--enough to communicate with the ancestors, and call them to her for help and guidance.

Weaving family life, cultural tradition, and an ancient myth into a contemporary story, WHALE RIDER is a tender tale. As Pai, first-time actress Castle-Hughes is a small but impressive warrior, perfectly balancing kid naivety with adult bravery. The traditional costumes, language, chants, and personality of the Maori people come through well, while the tale is clearly a modern fiction, based on a novel by Witi Ihimaera. Beautiful and dramatic New Zealand landscapes and dreamy underwater whale photography cement the formula of the film and add to its magic.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: JUNE 6, 2003 (LA/NY)

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  • UPC: 826663178630
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