DVD copies of the TV series at the centre of a Victorian Supreme Court decision banning it’s screening in that state have sold out virtually as soon as (and in one case even before) they hit the shelves of Albury retailers.
While there are restrictions on the viewing, sale and transportation of the series in Victoria (which also applies to internet file sharing), the series has been airing in all other states for some time.
The Victorian ban, which was brought about amid fears that viewing the series might unfairly prejudice jurors in the continuing trial of a man currently on trial in Victoria for the 1994 murder of Lewis Moran, one of the characters in the series, the ban does not apply in NSW, enabling Albury retailers to stock DVD copies of the series.
Anyone can purchase copies of the DVD in any state other than Victoria but that hasn’t stopped one retailer reportedly taking the Draconian measure of checking customer’s driver’s licences to ensure that persons purchasing the DVD are not Victorian residents.
The suppression order, reminiscent of the NSW television ban on the dramatised version of the alleged relationship between Roger “Dodger” Rodgerson and Edward “Neddy” Smith Blue Murder a decade ago could be lifted as early as next week when the trial at the centre of the ban is set to conclude.