Tuesday, January 31, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird Now on Blu-Ray

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2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the theatrical release of To Kill A Mockingbird and the 100th Anniversary of Universal Studios. To commemorate this milestone, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing a Limited Edition Collector's Series Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy, all packaged in a hardcover book featuring exclusive movie memorabilia including script pages with Gregory Peck's handwritten notes, storyboards, poster art and more). The re-release will also be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD.
Here is the synopsis of the re-released To Kill A Mockingbird from the back of the Blu-ray combo pack packaging:
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.”

This iconic film was digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35mm original film elements. It also includes 3.5 hours of bonus features that chronicle the making of this cinematic masterpiece that was adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. These bonus features include: 
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.

I remember reading the book back in high school as part of my English classes and I haven't watched the film in years. To me, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books that everyone should read and one of those films that everyone should see. I really enjoyed getting a chance to re-watch such an iconic film and the extras were very interesting. I would love to check out the Limited Edition Collector's Series Combo Pack with the book. I bet that is super interesting! 

To Kill A Mockingbird is one of those films that deserves watching repeatedly and all the added features are a wonderful bonus to an already excellent film!

 Thank you to Think Jam for my sample used in this review, opinions are honest.  Review by Michelle.

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