Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Giveaway: To Kill A Mockingbird Blu-Ray!

Win a Blu-ray copy of To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition


TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Top Ten American Classics of Our Time

Digitally Remastered and Fully Restored with Over Three Hours of Bonus Materials Including Two Full­Length Documentaries

On Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,

Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, one of the screen’s most beloved and critically acclaimed films, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a commemorative Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack as well as on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on January 31, 2012. The powerful and poignant adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel hits the half-century mark, digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35MM original film elements, plus more than three-and-a-half hours of bonus features chronicling the making of the cinematic masterpiece.

Unquestionably an American classic, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of the most beloved films and novels of our time. In honor of its release on Blu-ray on January 31, we will take a look back at other classic books and movies that have helped define our nation over the last century.



Set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York City during the Roaring Twenties, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is often cited as one of the best novels of the 20th century. The novel has spawned seven film adaptations, numerous book and graphic novel interpretations, stage productions, a BBC radio special, computer games and even an opera.



Based on the 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1939’s The Wizard of Oz is adored by both children and adults the world over. This film is unique due to its early use of Technicolor, special effects, and bizarre characters, sets, costumes and makeup. Despite all of the love the film receives now, it was initially a financial failure, but rereleases have more than made up for its early disappointment.



John Steinbeck’s amazing novel The Grapes of Wrath won the Pulitzer Prize in 140, as well as the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The novel is set during the Great Depression and focuses on a family trying to escape their bleak life in the wake of the Dust Bowl. This classic American novel has been the inspiration for a great film of the same name, a play, an opera and a song by Bruce Springsteen.



Starring and directed by Orson Welles, Citizen Kane is considered by many to be the absolute greatest American film ever made. The film is loosely based on the lives of both William Randolph Hearst and Welles himself. Citizen Kane is noted for its innovative cinematography and unique narrative structure, and was nominated for nine Academy Awards.



J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye has become incredibly popular with teenagers over the past 60 years. The book focuses on angst, alienation and rebellion, and some of the content, like its use of profanity and sexuality, have made it frequently challenged and sometime banned by different governments. This novel has also been famously linked to numerous murders and crimes, most notably that of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman.



The 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is often cited as one of the greatest films ever made. This film’s impact on American cinema is widespread, and it has received many honors over the past 50 years, including being preserved in the National Film Registry and winning three Academy Awards. Atticus Finch has often been cited as one of the greatest movie heroes, and Gregory Peck’s performance is widely considered to be one of the great performances in American film history.



Truman Capote’s 1966 novel In Cold Blood detailed the 1959 murders of a Kansas farmer, his wife, and two of their children. This non-fiction work took Capote six years of work, researching the family, their community and their killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, with his childhood friend (and author of To Kill a Mockingbird), Harper Lee. At the time, the book became the best selling crime novel.



Based on a 1969 novel of the same name, 1972’s The Godfather is an epic American crime film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Picture and helped revitalize Brando’s career. This stunning film also starred film greats Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton.

BELOVED (1987)


Set after the Civil War, Toni Morrison’s breathtaking 1987 novel Beloved is the story of an American slave who escaped slavery by fleeing to a free state with her children. After killing one of her children rather than sending her back into slavery, the woman and her family are haunted by the presence of the child’s ghost. Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, and was adapted into a film staring Oprah Winfrey in 1998.



1993’s Schindler’s List is a film about a German businessman who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. The film, directed by Steve Spielberg, won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Schindler’s List stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes.


For your chance to win a copy of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, simply leave a comment with your e-mail address and the answer to the following question:

To Kill a Mockingbird was written by which Pulitzer-Prize-winning American Author?

-Harper Lee

-Alice Adams

-Isabel Wilkerson

Fine Print

-Contest ends February 8 at 10 PM PST
-Winners will be chosen at random through
-U.S./Canada only
-You must be 13 years or older
-Alison Can Read is not responsible for items lost or damaged in shipping.


  1. It was written by Harper Lee :)

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!


  2. Hee hee. Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  3. Harper Lee wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird". I've actually not yet read the book but the movie is wonderful. I'd love to see it on Blu-ray. Thanks for the chance!
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  4. Harper Lee wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird'... I remember when I read this book in school, and then the teacher showed us the movie - I love it when they re-release classics :)

  5. harper.
    great book & movie

  6. I love this movie and the book!

    • Harper Lee

    Thanks for the giveaway :) oodles of books [at]yahoo[dot]com

  7. It's been ages since I've read TKaM, or watched the movie. And I'm excited about the remake of The Great Gatsby.

  8. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance.
    answer: Harper Lee
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  9. Good ole Harper Lee!
    Wow I love this movie! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    Jennifer @ A Librarian's Library

  10. It was written by Harper Lee...and has been on my TBR forever! I can't believe that I've not read it yet!

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  11. Answer: Harper Lee
    I can't ever tell you how many times I have read this. I love To Kill a Mockingbird!

  12. Harper Lee! And it has been ages since I read this book! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  13. I could have sworn I entered this one before--but I am not seeing my entry so please don't disqualify me if this is a re-entry. :)

    Answer: Harper Lee
    Comment: I really wish she had written another book. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird!



  14. Harper Lee. This is one of my favorite books!

  15. It was written by Harper Lee! I have read the book multiple times and still feel like it is a completely new experience! I adore the book as well as the movie!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  16. I remember watching this film for the first time with my mom in middle school and loving it then. I'd love to win a copy of "Harper Lee's" book. I'm at shoshanahinla(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Harper Lee
    it's a classic!
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  18. Harper Lee- I adore this book! I just finished rereading it.

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  19. It was written by Harper Lee =) I really enjoyed this book in High School but I think my younger sister enjoyed it even more just this past July when she turned 18 she got a tattoo of a Mockingbird on her shoulder based on the quote:

    “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
    “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

  20. Author is Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best books/movies ever!

    Thanks for the chance!!

  21. To Kill A Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee. I loved the book when I read it in high school, but I have never had a chance to watch the movie.


  22. Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird- I know this from Also Known As Harper, one of my favorite novels, where the girl is named after Harper Lee, since i've never actually read To Kill A Mockingbird, since my house flooded a while back, and almost all the classics I store in the basement were ruined, and To Kill A Mockingbird, which i've been meaning to read, was one of them. ):
    I could get it from the library, but I MAY have lost a few books from the library and have killer fines. :3
    Sorry for me telling my life story, and thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    Please email me at if I win. ^^

  23. Harper Lee - one of my favorite movies

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  24. The book arrived in perfect condition. It was an additional copy for my 16 year old who is likely to leave his books in his locker rather than bring them how.
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  28. If somehow the book itself has passed you by, or if (sadly) it was imposed on you for a class assignment when you were young, revisit it. It's one of the best ever written.
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