It’s Fifty and Fitting: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
January 31, 2012, marks the 50th Anniversary DVD/Blu-ray release of the screen version of Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch (named the greatest movie hero of the twentieth century by the American Film Institute), To Kill a Mockingbird also featured the film debut of Robert Duvall, William Windom, and Alice Ghostley.
The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy of To Kill a Mockingbird is loaded with extras: a feature-length documentary about the making of To Kill a Mockingbird (“Fearful Symmetry); “A Conversation with Gregory Peck”; Peck’s Academy Award Best Actor Acceptance Speech and his remarks upon receiving the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; an excerpt from the “Academy Tribute to Gregory Peck”; “Scout Remembers”; commentary with director Robert Mulligan and producer Alan Pakula; and the theatrical trailer. To Kill a Mockingbird has been “digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35mm original film elements” to produce “perfect Hi-Def picture, perfect Hi-Def sound."
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In the early 1930’s when Scout Finch (Mary Badham) was six-years-old, her father defended a black man (Brock Peters) accused of raping a white woman (for those unfamiliar with the term “white trash,” here she is, Mayella Violet Ewell [Collin Wilcox]). To Kill a Mockingbird is the remembrance of an adult Scout (Kim Stanley, off-screen narrator), as she recalls the trial and events of the surrounding years. Scout recounts adventures with her brother Jem (Phillip Alford), experiences at school, and a fateful meeting with the scary neighborhood boogey-man, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall), but--more than anything--Scout tells the story of her father, a fair man with strong values.