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To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Ranked 34 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Films, To Kill a Mockingbird is quite simply one of the finest family-oriented dramas ever made. A beautiful and deeply affecting adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the film retains a timeless quality that transcends its historically dated subject matter (racism in the Depression-era South) and remains powerfully resonant in present-day America with its advocacy of tolerance, justice, integrity, and loving, responsible parenthood. It's tempting to call this an important "message" movie that should be required viewing for children and adults alike, but this riveting courtroom drama is anything but stodgy or pedantic. As Atticus Finch, the small-town Alabama lawyer and widower father of two, Gregory Peck gives one of his finest performances with his impassioned defense of a black man (Brock Peters) wrongfully accused of the rape and assault of a young white woman. While his children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Philip Alford), learn the realities of racial prejudice and irrational hatred, they also learn to overcome their fear of the unknown as personified by their mysterious, mostly unseen neighbor Boo Radley (Robert Duvall, in his brilliant, almost completely nonverbal screen debut). What emerges from this evocative, exquisitely filmed drama is a pure distillation of the themes of Harper Lee's enduring novel, a showcase for some of the finest American acting ever assembled in one film, and a rare quality of humanitarian artistry (including Horton Foote's splendid screenplay and Elmer Bernstein's outstanding score) that seems all but lost in the chaotic morass of modern cinema. --Jeff Shannon

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect DVD June 3 2004
Not only do you get one of the great films of all time, you also get the documentary about the film and its impact on the general public. The film is about a man's priciples to defend a black man who is accused of rape during the Great Depression. The film is also about growing up and facing lifes realities. This work is truly beautiful and has held up every bit as good as when it was first released. The film also follows the book very closely and does a wonderfull job of adapting the masterpiece.
The DVD has running commentary from the film makers as well as an exclusive documentary about the film. This project could not been done better. It is part of my personal film library and is truly a great addition.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something new every time Dec 5 2007
By James Gallen TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is another rendition of an American classic. I had seen this movie and read the book in the past, so was there really anything new this time? We watched it as a school project for my daughter. She watched it as a teenager, my wife watched it as a teacher and I watched it as a lawyer and, for tonight, at least, a part-time tutor. We each saw something in it that we had not appreciated before. For me, the courtroom scenes were interesting, but I identified more with Atticus, the father, than Atticus the lawyer. No matter how often you have watched this in the past, you will find something new to admire when you watch it again. Never stop!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I am not going to discuss the film, as many other have covered it. The Blu transfer looks and sounds great, but if you are buying the film with the intention of getting benefit of the digital copy, be aware of the following when using the code through iTunes Canada :

SD - 1.76GB
Code until - 31 December 2012
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Destruction of the innocent by the evils of the society
Kuldip Kumar Garhwal
"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but... sing their heart out for us. That's why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." The movie 'To kill a mockingbird' depicts the destruction of the innocent by the evils of the society. Mockingbird is a symbol of innocence, characterized by Tom Robinson and Arthur Radley (Boo) where racial prejudice and ignorance are the symbol of evils in the society.
Tom Robinson, an African-American is accused by Mayela, a white woman, of sexual molestation. Atticus, a prominent lawyer of the town Maycomb, has proved that Tom Robinson is innocent but still the "all-white jury" convicts Robinson of the guilt. Tom Robinson, a "quite humble respectable Negro", becomes the victim of racial prejudice. Arthur Radley (Boo) has been emotionally destroyed by his father, as his father did not let him step outside the house. Boo is one of the "mockingbirds" in the story, who is the victim of ignorance; evil of the society which is trying to kill the good. Boo had a deep affection for children, which is later displayed in the story, when Boo saves Jim and Scout from Bob Ewells.
"There are some men in the world who are born to do unpleasant jobs for us; your father is one of them", said Maudie to Jim after his father (Atticus) lost the case of Tom Robinson. Atticus helped his children to learn values of life and he showed them how to live life by the values; preaching by practicing. Atticus allowed his children to call him by his name instead of 'father'. He wanted his children to explore freedom, but also taught them to stay in limits. Jim is brave, intelligent, and caring. He learns courage, dignity, and value of life from his father. He is transforming into adulthood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD April 17 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I knew of this movie for 40+ years, but had never seen it. I bought the book, loved it, and had to have the movie. I know B & W has an artistic intention, but it would have been much better in colour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD To kill a Mockingbird Feb. 5 2014
By linda
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What a great film, so far ahead of it's time. Really wish the author of the book had written more. The characters are strong, the story still rings true in this day and age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Jan. 17 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Who doesn't love this movie? The book is my favourite, and the movie sticks right to the story line, which is rare for most movies based on books!

Excellent quality, looks exactly how it was meant to be. Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Restoration Jan. 6 2014
By Paul
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Excellent restoration of a Great Classic Film on Blue Ray. Picture quality more than expected and price, Was well worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To KIll A Mockingbird
Absolutely excellent read. Well written, American classic. Warning: Offensive language typical of the intolerant era. Must read before seeing the movie.
Published 6 months ago by Vernon Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for the home library
What can be said about To Kill a Mockingbird. Pair it up with the movie. A must read and a must see.
Published 11 months ago by ELIZABETH DOREY
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever made!
I would recommend anyone of any age to see this film. It has a timeless message that all should "get".
Published 15 months ago by Toni
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old classic.
An old, but good movie that was purchased for my mother-in-law who enjoys old movies with great stories to watch.
Published 15 months ago by Risé
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
This movie has always been my favourite. I love the story, the acting, the setting. The end of the movie always brings tears to my eyes for its beauty.
Published 16 months ago by corby
5.0 out of 5 stars To kill a mocking bird.
Wonderful movie and wonderful story. Gregory Peck is great as always. I saw the movie years ago and it was even better than I remembered it.
Published 17 months ago by James Sandford
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Masterpiece Indeed!
I've seen this great masterpiece a dozen time ever since I saw it in high school, which I also read the novel itself as well, and it still echoes within my heart as one of the best... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jack "Fife5000" Chao-Chen Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Great story. I have read the book and the movie remains true to the story. Gregory Peck was Atticus. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Donna Tremblay
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