Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Movie Review: To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Oscar® Winner Gregory Peck Gives the Performance
of His Career in the Timeless Classic Available on Blu-ray
for the First Time

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Digitally Remastered and Fully Restored with Over Three Hours of Bonus Materials Including Two Full­Length Documentaries

On Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD
Available January 31, 2012

Universal City, Calif. (November 28, 2011) – To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the screen’s most beloved and critically acclaimed films, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a commemorative  Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack  as well as on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on January 31, 2012. The powerful and poignant adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel hits the half-century mark, digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35MM original film elements, plus more than three-and-a-half hours of bonus features chronicling the making of the cinematic masterpiece.

The Limited Edition Collector’s Series Combo Pack of To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition will include a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy of the film, packaged in a hardcover book featuring exclusive movie memorabilia including script pages with Gregory Peck’s handwritten notes, storyboards, poster art and much more.

Released theatrically in 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird won instant accolades for its nuanced performances, splendidly crafted narrative and bold endorsement of racial tolerance, fairness and honor, a combination that still resonates with audiences today. It earned eight Academy Award® nominations and three wins including a Best Actor statuette for Gregory Peck in one of his most iconic roles asthe principled Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Art Direction. The prestigious American Film Institute lists To Kill a Mockingbird as one of the 100 Greatest American Films and also names Atticus Finch as the No. 1 Film Hero of All Time. A timeless, enduring classic that remains as relevant and impactful today as it was at its release, To Kill a Mockingbird’’s appeal continues to span generations.

In honor of its centennial anniversary, Universal Pictures proudly salutes 100 years of unforgettable films that have entertained audiences and touched the hearts of millions around the globe. In celebration of our first 100 years, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is proud to present a selection of our many beloved movies as part of an extensive year-long program that underscores the studio’s rich cinematic history and indelible cultural impact.

Blu-ray™ and DVD Bonus Features:

  • Fearful Symmetry— A feature-length documentary on the making of To Kill a Mockingbird with cast and crew interviews and a visit to author Harper Lee’s home town.
  • A Conversation with Gregory Peck— An intimate feature-length documentary on one of the most beloved actors in film history with interviews, film clips, home movies and more.
  • 100 Years of Universal:  Restoring the Classics— An in-depth look at the film restoration process
  • Academy Award® Best Actor Acceptance Speech— Gregory Peck’s speech after winning the Academy Award® for his performance as Atticus Finch.
  • American Film Institute Life Achievement Award— Gregory Peck’s memorable remarks upon receiving the AFI Life Achievement Award.
  • Excerpt from “Tribute To Gregory Peck”— Cecilia Peck’s heartwarming farewell to her father given at the Academy in celebration of his life.
  • Scout Remembers— Actress Mary Badham shares her experiences working with Gregory Peck.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Robert Mulligan and Producer Alan Pakula
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Bonus Features Exclusively on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack:

  • DIGITAL COPY: Owners of the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack can also download a digital version of the full-length movie from participating digital retailers to enjoy on a choice of popular electronic and portable devices.
  • U-CONTROL: SCENE COMPANION: Available on To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition for the first time, viewers can watch interviews, see photos and more during key scenes with this picture-in-picture companion featuring narration by Gregory Peck’s Family. 
  • BD-LIVE™: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!
  • pocket BLU™ app: The groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®  touch,  Android™, PC and Mac®  to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player.  Plus iPad® and Android™ tablet  owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made

especially to take advantage of the tablets’ larger screen and high resolution display.  Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before.  pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:

  • ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
  • VIDEO TIMELINE: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
  • MOBILE-TO-GO: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
  • BROWSE TITLES: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
  • KEYBOARD: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
  • uHEAR™: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray™ disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.

SYNOPSIS
Experience one of the most significant milestones in film history like never before with To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition.  Screen legend Gregory Peck stars as courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch – the Academy Award®-winning performance hailed by the American Film Institute as the Greatest Movie Hero of All Time. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel about innocence, strength and conviction and nominated for eight Academy Awards®, this beloved classic is now digitally remastered and fully restored for optimum picture and sound quality and boasts hours of unforgettable bonus features. Watch it and remember why “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

BLU-RAY
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Picture: Black and White
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / DTS 2.0 Mono, French DTS 2.0 Mono

DVD
Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Layers: DVD-9
Picture: Black and White
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

Universal Studios Home Video, makes a beautiful-looking new Two-Disc DVD version of “To Kill A Mockingbird” which includes a  bonus of Gregory Peck’s working script. We have not  seen these documentary movie before.
It look nice to watch it in big screen. You must watch with your big kids enough to understand his message about racism. It deals with honesty, justice and parenthood. It makes it even more interesting and memorable that arouse  the feelings of people to deal with. Many of his neighbors will hate him for defending a black man and we will know what he would do his best. You  will find superb package of extras more interesting than reading this novel in book.This  modern American classic is greatly appreciated by every viewers.


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Comments

17 Responses to “Movie Review: To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition”
  1. 1
    Devona Fryer says:

    Thanks for the great review! It makes me want to watch it all over agai!

  2. 2

    I read this book in the 7th grade so long ago. Would love to read and see this movie again! Thanks for the great review.

  3. 3
    pamk says:

    I woulkd love to see this again

  4. 4
    Donna B. says:

    This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I’ll definitely be picking this one up.

  5. 5
    Maryann D. says:

    I liked this movie when I was young and also the book. Looking forward to seeing this on DVD. Thanks for the review.

  6. 6
    Donna D says:

    I seen this a long time ago, it would be nice to see this movie again. Great review, Thank You

  7. 7
    Marcie W. says:

    I’ve never read the book or watched the movie, but it’s my dad’s favorite!

  8. 8
    Denise L says:

    This is one of my all-time favorite movies and books. You are right, it’s a great movie to watch with older kids. It’s just a wonderful story and an important message. Thanks for sharing that it’s been re-released on bluray!

  9. 9

    confession: i never read this book! i have no idea how i escaped it–i took all honors and advanced english classes in hs and college. i should at least watch the movie!
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

  10. 10
    Rebecca R says:

    LOVED the movie! I remember watching it in one of my high school classes!

  11. 11
    Lesley F says:

    Loved the book and am excited to see the movie

  12. 12
    Jan Messali says:

    This is my husband’s favorite movie. I’m sure he’d love this anniversary edition. Thanks for the review.

  13. 13
    trishden says:

    This is a great movie. Thanks for your review. May be time to own a copy.

  14. 14
    Deb Dorrington says:

    One of my all time favorite books and movie. This is when actors had to know how to act, not like today where depending on special effects is usually what the movie is all about. Gregory Peck was truly a great actor and his portrayal of Atticus Finch was remarkable.

  15. 15
    sandy weinstein says:

    they dont make actors like they used to….gregory peck was great, i liked him and debbie reynolds in the west ???abt moving west and i think they were in unsinkable molly brown together….

  16. 16
    Brian Smith says:

    Great review…great movie, but I must say I am a purist, I still prefer the book!

  17. 17
    Manda Valenti says:

    I have read the book but have not seen the movie! Thanks!

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