REVIEW: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
OVERVIEW: 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
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.
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.”
The film is
presented in 1080P widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration
preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just
flawless. Not only the picture looks great in
this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio (48kHz/24bit) in English that provides a
good complement to the picture. It also includes English
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 1080P
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 French
Subtitles - English
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
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
Feature Commentary with Director Robert Mulligan and Producer Alan Pakula
Original Theatrical Trailer
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™ playes. 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
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,
BROWSE TITLES: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming
to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their
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.
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