by Kyle

Today, TVNZ sent out a press release with the best news since TVNZ ondemand.
They will release a two-disc set of Sir Edmund Hillary’s life, which will include TVNZ’s footage of his funeral, which I went up with Dad for.

I emailed them about this awhile ago, saying if they release funeral footage about the Maori Queen, who was hardly known compared to Sir Ed, then they can most certainly release footage of Sir Edmund’s funeral.

Part of TVNZ’s venture into DVD land includes releasing the television adaptation of the Maurice Gee novel Under The Mountain. Under The Mountain first screened in 1981, and will be released under the “TVNZ Classics” brand.

And to top that off, In June, TVNZ will also release the documentary The Wahine Disaster, which screened recently on TV ONE and TVNZ 7 to mark the 40th anniversary of the sinking.

Congratulations TVNZ for making the first step, and for dropping the “blind eye” act on the DVD industry.

Costs and release dates:

  • Sir Edmund Hillary 1919 – 2008, RRP $39.99, release date May, TVNZ captions for the hearing impaired available for the funeral coverage and Remembering Sir Ed.
  • Under The Mountain, RRP $29.99, release date 13 May 2008.
  • The Wahine Disaster, RRP $29.99, release date: 11 June 2008, TVNZ captions for the hearing impaired.