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To Kill a Mockingbird (Universal Legacy Series)

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Proclaimed one of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time by the American Film Institute, To Kill A Mockingbird is now available as a 2-disc set. Hollywood icon Gregory Peck won the Best Actor Academy Award for his brilliant portrayal of the courageous but understated hero Atticus Finch. The film, based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about innocence, strength and conviction, captured the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. To Kill A Mockingbird boasts Robert Duvall's screen debut as Boo Radley and Mary Badham's unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance as Miss Jean Louise "Scout" Finch. Watch it and remember why "it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

Additional Features

The two-disc Legacy Series edition of To Kill a Mockingbird offers a definitive tribute to this timeless classic and the Hollywood star who embodied its enduring family values. Disco 1 offers the film itself (digitally remastered), along with four features that honor the late Gregory Peck. In an archival clip from the Academy Awards ceremony in 1963, Sophia Loren presents Peck with his Oscar® for Best Actor, and Peck's acceptance speech is characteristically humble and dignified. In accepting his Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1989, Peck recalls an amusing anecdote from fellow actor James Mason to express his appreciation for "the later years" and his intentions to work for as long as he can in the profession he loves. In the posthumous Academy tribute to Peck, daughter Cecilia gives a heartfelt appreciation of Peck's devotion as a father and husband, and it serves as an object lesson to parents everywhere on how consistent involvement in child-raising should be every parent's top priority. As Mary Badham recalls in "Scout Remembers," it was this quality of Peck's that made him a real-life embodiment of Atticus Finch, resulting in a close relationship (in part because Badham had lost her own parents at an early age) that lasted until Peck's death in 2003. The feature-length commentary by director Robert Mulligan and producer Alan Pakula is a bit sparse at times, but it's an essential record of the film's production history.

Disc 2 is packed with two exceptional feature-length documentaries. Coproduced by Cecilia Peck and directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple, A Conversation with Gregory Peck is a home movie in the best sense of the word: An intimate portrait of the actor in his later years, as he tours the U.S. with his one-man stage show of reminiscent storytelling, it also features visits to Ireland (where Martin Scorsese also appears at a benefit for the Irish film industry) and Paris (where French President Jacques Chirac expresses his affection for Peck's French-born wife, Veronique, at a posh state dinner). The film ends with birth of Peck's grandson Harper (named after To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee), and the emotional connection between "Atticus" and happy grandpa Peck is a moment that could melt anyone's heart. And while the literary conceits of Fearful Symmetry are a bit too precious for a making-of documentary, it's clearly a labor of love for writer-director Charles Kiselyak, originally produced for the previous Mockingbird DVD, released in 1998. In addition to providing a thorough production history and interviews with all the major cast and crew, the 90-minute documentary weaves an emotional connection between the film's enduring greatness and the real-life residents of Monroeville, Alabama, who serves as the inspiration for Lee's classic novel. The Legacy Series DVD also includes 11 postcard-sized reproductions of Mockingbird movie posters, nicely packaged in a sleeve-pocket envelope. --Jeff Shannon


Special Features

  • Academy Award Best Actor Acceptance Speech
  • American Film Institute Life Achievement Award
  • Excerpt From Academy Tribute to Gregory Peck
  • Scout Remembers
  • Feature Commentary with Director Robert Mulligan and Producer Alan Pakula
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • A Conversation with Gregory Peck
  • Fearful Symmetry: The Making of To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Frank Overton
    • Directors: Robert Mulligan
    • Writers: Horton Foote
    • Producers: Alan J. Pakula
    • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Dubbed: French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
    • Run Time: 130 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,958 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0009X7664
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "To Kill a Mockingbird (Universal Legacy Series)" on IMDb

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    159 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Michael Matthews on June 5, 2000
    Format: DVD
    The film, truly an American classic and, for my money, one of the 10 best American films ever made, is splendidly rendered here with a mint-condition print. The DVD also offers a superb mix of additional features, most especially the remarkable documentary on the film, "Fearful Symmetry," by Charles Kiselyak, and compelling yet unassuming commentary by the director, Robert Mulligan, and the producer, the late Alan J. Pakula.
    Besides interviews with Mulligan and Pakula, the documentary includes interviews with the actors who play the children, Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem, as well as with the screen writer, Horton Foote, and the composer, Elmer Bernstein. The documentary also includes interviews with several residents of Monroeville, Ala., the real Macon, to round out a sense of "Macon" then and now.
    Among the revelations in the commentary is that production designer Henry Bumstead (Vertigo) masterfully recreated the children's neighborhood on the Universal backlot using houses that would have been demolished by the construction of a freeway. The main titles, by Stephen Frankfurt, with Bernstein's theme, manage brilliantly to capture not only the essense of the film but an essence of childhood, about which both Harper Lee's timeless only published novel and the film itself are very much about. Only later do we discover the nature of that blend of innocence and experience alluded to in the William Blake poem from which Kiselyak takes the title of his documentary.
    My only regret is that Harper Lee, though she helped Kiselyak in producing the documetnary, declined to be interviewed for it. In its stead, however, we have another evocation, that of Ms. Lee's voice in the rich tone of nostalgia and reminiscence with which Kiselyak infuses his own small but mighty masterpiece.
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    263 of 284 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Kendall VINE VOICE on March 11, 2003
    Format: DVD
    Everyone who has ever taken high school English classes will no doubt be familiar with Harper Lee's time honored story. As is mentioned in the accompanying DVD, Fearfull Symmetry, it is second only to the Bible in the hearts and minds of U.S. readers. This is probably also the most often-shown film in said classrooms. No need to reshash the story-line, then.
    This DVD set offers an excellent transfer of the famed black and white cinematography of the prolific Russel Harlan. It's a real treat to hear from so many of the people who were involved in the production, from the producer, Alan J. Pakula, to the now grown actors who played Scout and Jim. The audience gains great insights into what made this film so special, not only to the legions of its admiring fans, but to everyone involved in creating it. We learn the scenes that Horton Foote, the screenwriter added from the book to advance character development (the scene showing Atticus putting Scout to bed and her questioning Jim about their mother as Atticus overhears them from the porch, was not in the book, for instance). We get to hear from Elmer Bernstein talk about the genesis of his unforgettable soundtrack. Due credit is also given to Stephen Frankfurt, for his highly creative and original title design, which sets the tone so beatifully for the rest of the film.
    There is no question that this is director Robert Mulligan's greatest film, nor that in his portrayal of Atticus Finch, Gregory Peck found the role most perfectly suited to his character and rock-solid persona. This is a film about integrity, essentially, and there is not a false moment in the film. This compilation should be included in any film collector's library. I hope it continues to be shown in English classes until time immemorial. It's message and its relevance to the human condition will never go out of style, one hopes. Major Praise to Universal Studios and to all those involved in assembling this perfect DVD special edition.
    BEK
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    156 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Adams on March 26, 2001
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    Like so many teachers, I've used the VHS version of "To Kill A Mockingbird" to teach the Elements of Literature to high school students.
    Today, the internet has a wealth of resources to assist teachers and students using this classic adaptation of Harper Lee's novel. The documentary, "Fearful Symmetry" produced in 1998 to be included on this DVD Collector's Edition, is great resource for teachers, students and all those who love and have been touched by "Mockingbird."
    The 130 minute documentary, written and directed Charles Kiselyak, both discusses how the film was made and it's general literary elements. The film is one of the most effectively edited documentaries I have seen, linking key scenes from "Mockingbird" with talking heads, still photos and black and white film taken in various localities across the south.
    The documentary narration, written by Charles Kiselyak and read with great emotion by Mary Williams, is literary and quite sophisticated.
    The talking heads include: screenwriter Horton Foote, director Robert Mulligan, producer Allan J. Pakula and composer Elmer Bernstein. Members of the cast appearing in the film: Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch), Phillip Alford (Jem), Mary Badham (Scout), Collin Wilcox (Maybella Ewell), Brock Peters (Tom Robinson) and Robert Duvall (Boo Radley).
    Director Charles Kiselyak with the help of Harper Lee was able to get three residents to discuss their lives in Monroeville, Alabama. A.B. Blass and Norman Barnett recall life in the small town during the depression, and Ida Gaillard, a retired high school teacher, brings an interesting perspective to what life was (may have been) like in the town Harper Lee used as the model for Maycomb.
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