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Both Cape Fear and To Kill a Mockingbird are great dramas and each featuring great performances by Gregory Peck, obviously the latter being the best and nabbed him a Best Actor Academy Award.



Gregory Peck Centennial Collection
(To Kill a Mockingbird/Cape Fear)


Genre(s): Drama
Universal | NR – 130 min. / 106 min. – $29.98 | October 11, 2016

Date Published: 11/04/2016 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by:
Robert Mulligan, J. Lee Thompson
Writer(s): Various
Cast: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Robert Mitchum
Commentary, Featurettes, Theatrical Trailers
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio (To Kill a Mockingbird): English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS 1.0), French (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Audio (Cape Fear): English (DTS-HD MA 1.0), French (DTS 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



To Kill a Mockingbird
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him, except Atticus Finch (GREGORY PECK), the town’s most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.

Cape Fear
Sam Bowden (PECK) is a small-town lawyer whose worst nightmare comes true when the criminal (ROBERT MITCHUM) he helped put away returns to stalk his beautiful young wife (Polly Bergen) and teenage daughter (LORI MARTIN). Despite help from the local police chief (MARTIN BALSAM) and a private detective (TELLY SALAVAS), Sam is legally powerless to keep Max from playing his sadistic game of cat and mouse. Finally, Sam must put his family’s lives at stake in a deadly trap that leads to a suspenseful.



This 2-disc release comes housed in a standard Blu-ray case that side-slides into a slip cover. Inside is a Digital HD copy redemption code and some photo and poster reproductions.

To Kill a Mockingbird — 4.0/5
Audio Commentary
– Director Robert Mulligan and Producer Alan Pakula

Fearful Symmetry (1:30:13; SD) – This is a multi-part documentary on the making of To Kill a Mockingbird and explores the casting and the key scenes (like the verdict).

A Conversation with Gregory Peck (1:37:37; SD) finds the actor, recorded in 1999 for TV series American Masters, as he reflects working on the film.

Academy Award Best Actor Acceptance Speech (1:31; SD) – You can watch as Peck accepts his Oscar.

American Film Institute Life Achievement Award (10:01; SD) is footage from 1997 as the AFI honors the legendary actor.

Excerpt from Tribute to Gregory Peck (10:09; SD) – This is a nice piece honoring Peck presumably not too long after his passing.

Scout Remembers (12:01; SD) – Actress Mary Badham recalls getting cast and her time shooting the film.

Theatrical Trailer (2:52; SD)

Cape Fear
— 2.0/5
The Making of Cape Fear (27:59; SD)
is a featurette that includes archival interviews with members of the cast (including Gregory Peck) and crew.

Also included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:06; SD) and Production Photographs.


VIDEO – 4.75/5

Both To Kill a Mockingbird and Cape Fear are presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and 1080p high-definition transfers. Each film looks fantastic in HD with great clarity throughout, stark black levels and they were all around clean, free of any obvious signs of dust, dirty or other flaws.

AUDIO – 4.5/5

The films each comes with a basic but serviceable DTS-HD Master Audio Mono tracks and considering both are essentially dramas, with more thrills in Cape Fear, the audio is adequate sounding coming from the center channel. Dialogue levels sound clear and when the music, particularly Bernard Herrmann’s score/theme on Fear, gives its track an extra bit of boost.


OVERALL – 3.0/5

Overall, both Cape Fear and To Kill a Mockingbird are great dramas and each featuring great performances by Gregory Peck, obviously the latter being the best and nabbed him a Best Actor Academy Award. As this “Centennial Collection” goes, these discs were previously released by Universal and as such, the only worth is perhaps clearing up a single space on your media shelf.

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