Anne of Green Gables — Fire and Dew, the third installment in the series based on the classic book, and the miniseries Hillary, about the famous explorer, are coming on disc and digital from PBS Distribution.
The continuing Lucy Maud Montgomery story of a free-spirited teenager on Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables — Fire and Dew, will be available on DVD and digital Sept. 18. The first two installments will also be available in a two-set DVD collection. The third in the series, which airs Sept. 23, follows Anne Shirley (Ella Ballentine) as she moves to Charlottetown and is overwhelmed by her new surroundings, difficult classes at the teacher’s college and a deepening romance with Gilbert. At the same time, Matthew (Martin Sheen) and Marilla deal with health and financial difficulties that jeopardize their lives at Green Gables. After Anne graduates, she must make an important decision, whether to move back home or continue on to university.
The six-part miniseries Hillary (available now for digital download) debuts on DVD Aug. 21. The program, from New Zealand, is based on the life of mountaineer and philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary. Based on thousands of hours of exclusive interviews, it tells the story of the first man to conquer Mt. Everest. The program recounts his beekeeping days in South Auckland, to his ascent of the world’s highest mountain with climbing partner Tenzing Norgay, to the plane crash that killed his wife and daughter. When he summited Everest in May 1953, Hillary put his small home country, New Zealand, on the map. He was so beloved in there that his likeness is featured on the five-dollar note, and he was given a state funeral after his 2008 death. Andrew Munro (The Kick) stars as Hillary, while Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit) plays George Lowe, his longtime friend and climbing partner, and Amy Usherwood (“Shortland Street”) plays his wife, Lady Louise Hillary.