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WHALE RIDER Debuts On Blu-ray Via Shout Select On August 22nd!

An uplifting and empowering coming-of-age movie centered on a determined young Maori girl, Whale Rider is an inspiring drama that is sure to captivate the whole family.  Ripe for rediscovery, this award-winning film tells a poetic story that transcends the usual tropes of coming-of-age films, unfolding into a graceful tale about challenges of changing customs, community, and courage. Bolstered by stunning cinematography and smart storytelling, this touching tale makes its Blu-ray debut August 22nd, 2017, as a 15th Anniversary Edition from Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line. Bonus features include audio commentary with director Niki Caro, “Te Waka: Building the Canoe” featurette, a “behind-the-scenes of Whale Rider” featurette and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

In The Ways Of The Ancients, She Found A Hope For The Future.

Whale Rider

15th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Available August 22nd from Shout! Factory

The New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest and most acclaimed film festival for young audiences in North America, is thrilled to be honoring this extraordinary film by presenting a special anniversary screening of The Whale Rider. The special screening takes place August 13th at 11 am at the JCC Manhattan (tickets will be available online in July at www.nyicff.org).

In Whale Rider, a small Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership of the Ngati Konohi dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai (Academy Award® nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes, Game of Thrones). Although disregarded by her grandfather and shunned by the people of her village, twelve-year-old Pai remains certain of her calling and trains herself in the ways and customs of her people. With remarkable grace and courage, Pai summons the strength to both challenge and embrace a thousand years of tradition in order to fulfill her destiny.

Shining a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf, Shout Select titles are handpicked by the film buffs at Shout! Factory. From acknowledged classics to cult favorites to unheralded gems, Shout Select celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve. Shout! Factory will be presenting additional Shout Select home entertainment releases throughout 2017. Meanwhile, fans will are encouraged to follow us on the official Shout Select Facebook page www.facebook.com/ShoutSelect for up-to-the-minute updates.

Whale Rider Special Features

·         Audio commentary with director Niki Caro

·         “Te Waka: Building The Canoe” Featurette

·         “Behind-The-Scenes of Whale Rider” featurette

·         Deleted Scenes with optional commentary

·         Poster art and photo gallery

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Writer/Reviewer, lifelong obsessive film nerd. As eager to educate in the world of film as I am to learn. An avid lover of horror, schlock and trash, Brandon hosts the Cult Cinema Cavalcade podcast on the Creative Zombie Studios Network (www.cultcinemacavalcade.com) You can also find more essays on his blog Naptown Nerd (naptownnerd.blogspot.com).

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