One of my favourite films, at last available on DVD in the original aspect ratio. This is probably Peter Jackson's most satisfying movie, distinguished by a great script, top-notch visuals and memorable performances, especially from Sarah Peirse. (While Kate Winslet gives it 110 per cent in her first movie role, it's Melanie Lynsky's more subtle playing that makes an impression.) There are some dazzling sequences using music, such as the one to Mario Lanza's 'Donkey Serenade', or the long scene underscored by Puccini's 'Humming Chorus' from Madame Butterfly that precedes the horrific murder. This latter uses breathtaking editing to crank up the tension. The cruel and bloody climax that follows is particularly unpleasant, as it needs to be, bringing to an abrupt end the adolescent fantasy that has preceded it. Utterly brilliant movie making.
The transfer is clean. My only gripe is the bonus material. I'd have liked more about the true life crime, to put the movie in context. Still a must-have DVD, though.