Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment has hidden two surprises on its Special Edition DVD of “Whale Rider” that are not immediately obvious. Here’s how to locate them.
From the DVD’s Main Menu go to the “Special Features” and there select the “TV Spots” menu entry. On the next submenu highlight the menu entry“ Special Features” at the bottom of the screen and then press the “Right” arrow key on your remote control. This will give you access to the original New Zealand theatrical trailer for the film.
Now go back to the “Special Features” menu and highlight the “Main Menu” entry at the bottom of the screen. Press the “Left” arrow key on your remote control to get access to a 6-minute clip, which is eleven year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes’s remarkable audition tape that won her the role of Paikea in the film. Despite having no previous acting experience, Keisha was chosen from thousands of girls in an extensive school-wide search.