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USHE Announcement: To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 4 Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 28 2011 - 04:52 AM


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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


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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 SeriesBlu-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 Mockingbird50th 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.

Click the link below to view the official trailer for the To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™ release:

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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 Mockingbird50th 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.”



CAST AND FILMMAKERS:

Cast: Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Brock Peters, Mary Badham, John Megna, Rosemary Murphy, William Windom

Directed By: Robert Mulligan

Screenplay By:  Horton Foote fom the novel by Harper Lee

Producers: Alan J. Pakula

Director of Photography: Russell Harlan

Edited By:  Aaron Stell

Costume Designer: Rosemary Odell

Original Music By: Elmer Bernstein


TECHNICAL INFORMATION

BLU-RAY

Street Date: January 31, 2012

Copyright: 1962 Universal Studios

Selection Number: Limited Edition Collector’s Series Combo Pack: 61121056, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack: 61121057, Canadian Collector’s Series Combo Pack: 61121286000, Canadian Blu-ray™ Combo Pack: 61121285

Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Layers: BD-50

Picture: Black and White


BLU-RAY™ CONTINUED

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1

Rating: Not Rated, Canadian: PG, Quebec: G

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

SoundEnglish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / DTS 2.0 Mono, French DTS 2.0 Mono


DVD

Street Date: January 31, 2012

Copyright: 1962 Universal Studios

Selection Number: 61115344, Canadian: 61120630

Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Layers: DVD-9

Picture: Black and White

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1

Rating: Not Rated

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono


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#2 of 4 Dick

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Posted November 28 2011 - 11:32 AM

This one announcement (which was combined with one for ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, both out within two weeks of one another) is, alone, just about better than the entire year's anniversary offerings provided us by 20th Century-Fox. Bravo, Universal! Not to be greedy, but I hope this is just the beginning of a beautiful new friendship in 2012!

#3 of 4 Brandon Conway

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Posted November 28 2011 - 12:11 PM

Ecstatic about this release. Another first day purchase from me.


"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#4 of 4 benbess

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Posted November 28 2011 - 12:24 PM

Looking forward to this one... Was the art direction by Henry Bumstead?




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