A special edition of "To Kill a Mockingbird," marking the 35th anniversary of the 1962 drama that sent its message of human rights without preaching, was re-released on home video this week.
Universal's special wide-screen edition, featuring THX sound, includes 20 minutes of interviews with actors Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, Robert Duvall, Brock Peters and Collin Wilcox.
Also included are the views of director Robert Mulligan, producer Alan Pakula, composer Elmer Bernstein and screenwriter Horton Foote, who adapted Harper Lee's now-classic autobiographical novel.
Peck won an Oscar for his brilliant performance (one of his personal favorites) as the upstanding southern lawyer Atticus Finch, a widower striving to minimize the traits of hatred and prejudice in his two small children in Alabama in the 1930s.
His low-key earnestness won wide acclaim, and he won the Academy Award over fellow nominees Peter O'Toole (the star of "Lawrence of Arabia"), Burt Lancaster ("Birdman of Alcatraz"), Jack Lemmon ("Days of Wine and Roses") and Marcello Mastroianni ("Divorce -- Italian Style").
Brock Peters played the role of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman.
Robert Duvall made his film debut as Boo Radley, a mentally retarded adult who lives shut away in a "haunted house." The movie was released for a limited theatrical run on Christmas Day 1962 and was immediately deemed a success by critics. The full opening followed in February. The novel, Lee's first, won her the 1960 Pulitzer Prize. It was based on experiences in the life of the author, who was born in Monroe, Ala., in 1926. She had attended segregated schools and was graduated from Huntington College. She also studied law at Alabama State but did not complete her studies there. Lee moved to New York where she became an airline's reservation supervisor. In addition to Peck's Oscar, the movie won for best screenplay based on material from another medium (to Foote) and for best art direction in black and white. In addition, "To Kill a Mockingbird was nominated for five other 1962 Academy Awards: best picture, best supporting actress (Badham, as Finch's daughter), best director (Mulligan), best music score (Bernstein) and best cinematography in black and white. CAPTION: Gregory Peck and Brock Peters face the court in the 35th-anniversary video of 1962's "To Kill a Mockingbird.'