New Release: Hey Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird DVD

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Gregory Peck consults with Harper Lee in the making of the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird.

First Run Features released the 2010 documentary film Hey Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird, about the life of the author of the renowned novel, the only book she ever wrote, on DVD on July 19, 2011. The disc carries the list price of $24.95.

After more than half a century, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most important and influential American novels of the 20th century. Originally published in 1960, the novel sells nearly 1 million copies each year and has been translated into more than 40 languages. The 1962 film version, meanwhile, won three Academy Awards, including a Best Actor nod for star Gregory Peck (Roman Holiday).

Directed by first-time filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy, Hey Boo looks at Lee’s childhood as a Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, her adult life, the writing of the novel and the mystery surrounding her renowned lifelong avoidance of interviews and public appearances.

The movie contains never-before-published photos and letters and a rare interview with Lee’s sister, Alice Finch Lee. It also brings to light the context and history of the novel’s setting in the Deep South and the social changes it inspired.

Additionally, the documentary offers a slew of talking head testimonials by those who’ve been influenced and inspired by the book, including Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash and Oprah Winfrey and writers Wally Lamb, Anna Quindlen and Scott Turow.

DVD bonus features include extended interviews and a director interview and biography.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

 

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