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To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) Coming to Blu-ray in January 2012

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To Kill a Mockingbird BDIn January 2012, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will bring To Kill a Mockingbird to Blu-ray.  Director Robert Mulligan’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel stars Gregory Peck  as Atticus Finch, an Alabama lawyer who defends an African-American man accused of raping a white woman. Finch’s legal efforts profoundly affect his two young children who are already struggling with the challenges of early adolescence.

The winner of three Academy Awards – Best Actor: Gregory Peck; Best Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead, & Oliver Emert; and Best Adapted Screenplay: Horton Foote – To Kill a Mockingbird also features James Anderson, Frank Overton , Brock Peters , William Windom , and, Robert Duvall in his feature-film debut .

Newly restored from high resolution 35MM original film elements, Universal’s Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack presents the film in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with both 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 DTS audio tracks. In addition to Universal’s U-Control, BD-Live, pocket BLU, Keyboard, and uHear functionalities, the disc contains a number of bonus materials, including:

  • Feature commentary with director Robert Mulligan and producer Alan Pakula
  • Fearful Symmetry feature-length documentary
  • A Conversation with Gregory Peck feature-length documentary
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics featurette on the film’s restoration process
  • Gregory Peck’s 1963 Academy Award acceptance speech and his remarks upon receiving the AFI Life Achievement Award
  • Excerpt from Cecilia Peck’s Tribute To Gregory Peck
  • Scout Remembers featurette with actress Mary Badham
  • Original theatrical trailer

Universal is also releasing a commemorative Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray edition with all of the same features.