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Gregory Peck: The Centennial Collection - To Kill A Mockingbird/Cape Fear (both 1962/Universal Blu-ray Set)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Films: B

In celebration of one hundred years of actor Gregory Peck's legacy, Universal has put together this fine two Blu-ray set of To Kill A Mockingbird and Cape Fear simply called The Centennial Collection. Loaded with bonus features and some cool photo and poster reproductions from Universal archives, film buffs will want to pick up these two classic films remastered in high definition.

Robert Mulligan's classic 1962 film To Kill A Mockingbird is based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book released a year before the film in 1961. Atticus Finch (Peck) is a lawyer in a sleepy racially divided Alabama town, in the early 1930s at the height of the conflict. Tensions rise when Finch agrees to defend a young black man who is accused of raping a white woman. Atticus puts his reputation and personal career on the line as he stands up for what he believes in and tries to clear the man's name. The film, directed by Richard Mulligan, is not only a riveting courtroom drama but an interesting look at racism and humanity as a whole.

Cape Fear (1961) was remade rather brilliantly by Martin Scorsese in 1991 (that if you haven't seen you definitely should), but here is the original which follows a lot of the same beats in the storyline. The film stars Gregory Peck as Sam Bowden and Robert Mitchum as the villainous Max Cady. Bowden is a small town lawyer who put Cady behind bars many years ago for harming a young woman. Now fresh from jail, Cady is out to stalk Mr. Bowden and his family in an act of all-out revenge on the man who imprisoned him. J. Lee Thompson directed this one.

Special Features include...

Photo and Poster Reproductions inside the case

Special Notes by Gregory Peck's Daughter Cecilia Peck

A Conversation with Gregory Peck

Fearful Symmetry: The Making of To Kill A Mockingbird

The Making of Cape Fear

Academy Award Best Actor Acceptance Speech

AFI Life Achievement Award

Excerpt from A Tribute to Gregory Peck

Scout Remembers

Feature length audio commentary on To Kill A Mockingbird by Director Richard Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula


Two solid films and loads of extra features - what's not to like here?

Both films are presented in black and white 1080p high definition, which are always improved upon on Blu-ray disc. To Kill A Mockingbird is presented in a widescreen transfer of 1.85:1 and paired with a new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless track. The whites of the court room scenes mix great with the black contrasty desaturated colors. Cape Fear also looks fantastic with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a DTS-HD 2.0 Mono lossless audio track, the film also looks and sounds better than previous versions on DVD. Note that these films were available on Blu-ray from Universal (Cape Fear in 2013 and Mockingbird in 2015) and this is the first time they are paired together on Blu-ray as a set. Digital Copies are also included for both films.

Peck made many more films for Universal, as this link for an older DVD set shows...


Hope we get more Peck Blu-rays soon, but this Centennial Collection is a solid set to check out.

- James Lockhart



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