In The Ways Of The Ancients, She Found A Hope For The Future.
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). 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.
*2003: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Whale Rider
*Digital Copy Offer Expires August 22, 2018
Why We Love It
“Whale Rider has long been overdue for a North American Blu-ray release and Shout Select has added one of the better indies during the 2000s to their catalog. Shout's transfer and lossless audio deliver the requisite goods. Nearly all of the bonus materials from prior DVDs have been retained...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” – Dr. Stephen Larson, Blu-ray.com
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since writer director Niki Caro’s sleeper hit, introducing the world to Keisha Castle-Hughes. The novice starlet plays Pai, a 12-year-old Maori girl who stakes her claim to be leader of her tribe over the objections of her grandfather, who prefers to preserve the patriarchy. A mix of distinctive cultural detail with magical realism, ‘Whale Rider’ is fascinating and uplifting – a tale of tribal tradition and female empowerment that’s like a live-action model for Disney’s ‘Moana.’” – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
“Whale Rider made waves when it was released a decade and a half ago, and the beauty of its craftsmanship and the strength of its messages remain just as poignant and dynamic in the current era ... if not more so. Embedded within Paikea's trials toward becoming a Maori leader amid a male-dominated culture lies a beautifully interwoven blend of heritage, supernatural belief, and female empowerment, commanded by the effortlessly captivating essence of Maori tradition and by Keisha Castle-Hughes' versatile, poignant turn as Paikea. Here's hoping that the popularity of this New Zealand gem will continue to grow in response to similarly invigorating stories that have been recently released. Shout Factory's Select release boasts familiar, yet strong audiovisual properties and extras, making this a Highly Recommended package for a tremendous film.” – Thomas Spurlin, DVD Talk
“The Blu-ray looks and sounds great, and the special features are pretty solid, if I do say so myself. It’s a great release, and a disc that I’ve been waiting for for quite some time. HEARTILY recommend to check out to all interested.” – Michael Scott, AV Nirvana
“This beautifully emotionally resonant film finally comes to Blu-Ray with a great transfer and a decent amount of ported over from DVD Extras. Recommended!” – Adam Kautzer, Film Dispenser
“Shout! Factory has a reputation for putting out quality products, and this Blu-ray is no exception. The transfer is excellent and the 15th Anniversary Edition comes with a Digital Copy, director commentary, deleted scenes, and two brief bonus features. It’s worth upgrading to HD if you currently own the DVD.” – Family Home Theater
- 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