There is no real reason for me to write a review about "To Kill a Mockingbird," one of the finest films of all time. In fact, to say it is a timeless classic is an understatement. So, instead, I will leave it at that and instead focus on the 2-disc "Legacy Series" Special Edition DVD set that has recently been released.
Blessed with an extra half-an-hour of footage that includes the fabled orgy scene and alternate scene where Scout is mauled by the rabies-infected dog, "To Kill a Mockingbird" looks better than ever. Of course, I'm joking about the extended version, but it is now digitally remastered and does look better than ever. More importantly, the DVD set includes a bunch of extra features that should entice long-time Gregory Peck fans, as the bonuses are more geared toward him than anything else. Included are a series of excerpts from various award shows, including his acceptance speech at the Oscars after winning for his role as Atticus Finch. The sequences are not especially well edited, but still give you one last look at the late Mr. Peck. In addition, an interview with Mary Badham, who played Scout, is quite insightful, and a feature commentary with the director and producer should provide fans with the movie more details about this classic.
The most prominent feature is a second disc entirely devoted to Gregory Peck; in fact, the whole DVD contains only one feature, a documentary called "A Conversation with Gregory Peck," which was produced by his daughter. The documentary follows Peck around as he entertains fans at a university and also details other parts of his life as well. Again, any fan of Peck will want to see this.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a classic, and if you don't already own it you may want to consider purchasing the "Legacy Series" DVD as it definitely has some rewarding features to offer.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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