The Birds PG-13

...and remember, the next scream you hear may be your own!
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 28, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Deleted scene
    • The original ending
    • Tippi Hedren's screen test
    • The Birds is coming (Universal International newsreel)
    • Suspense story: national press club hears Hitchcock (Universal International newsreel)
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh95%

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Upright83%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 176,371
Rating: 4/5 -- Though it lacks the psychological depth of Hitchcock's greatest works, it's characterised by a nightmarish simplicity. Full Review
Total Film
Oct 7, 2013
Drawing from the relatively invisible literary talents of Daphne DuMaurier and Evan Hunter, Alfred Hitchcock has fashioned a major work of cinematic art, and "cinematic" is the operative term here, not "literary" or "sociological." Full Review
Village Voice
Jan 18, 2013
...Hitchcock's shocker will peck away at your sanity...
Total Film
Dec 1, 2003
The picture pursues these false clues with excessive long-windedness and occasional fatuity. It is a tribute to Hitchcock's mastery of his craft that, even so, he makes overpoweringly real the menace of the birds. Full Review
America Magazine
Jul 29, 2015
Rating: 5/5 -- The true genius of the film, based on a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, is the way Hitchcock makes the malevolent birds seem like manifestations of his characters' mental unease. Full Review
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Sep 30, 2015
Hitchcock prolongs his prelude to horror for more than half the film, playing with audience suspense with comedy and romance while he sets his stage. The horror when it comes is a hair-raiser ... Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Mar 28, 2017
Rating: 3.5/4 -- In the thick of an impeccable narrative that pays deep attention to all those involved, the great filmmaker manages to reach far inside the psychological chasm and find a rich inspiration. Full Review
Cinemaphile.org
Mar 21, 2015

Product Description:

In THE BIRDS, Alfred Hitchcock's heart-pounding follow-up to PSYCHO, the director couples a tone of rigorous morality with dark humor to create a thriller that begins as a light comedy and ends as an apocalyptic allegory. Tippi Hedren (Melanie Griffith's mother) carries the picture in her first film role ever, embarking on a career as an icy-cool leading lady. Loosely based on a Daphne du Maurier story and a Santa Monica newspaper account, "Seabird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes," THE BIRDS also features groundbreaking special effects that, in 1963, surprised and delighted audiences.

Wealthy reformed party girl Melanie Daniels (Hedren) enjoys a brief flirtation with lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet shop and decides to follow him to his Bodega Bay home. Bearing a gift of two lovebirds, Melanie quickly strikes up a romance with Mitch while contending with his possessive mother and boarding at his ex-girlfriend's house. One day, during a birthday party for Mitch's younger sister, a flock of birds attacks the children in what seems to be a random incident. In fact, it signals the beginning of a massive avian assault on the residents of the town--a mysterious assault that no one can explain...and from which no one may come out alive.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: March 28, 1963.
  • Filmed on location in Bodega Bay and San Francisco, California.
  • Hitchcock cameo: Hitchcock can be seen leaving the pet shop carrying two small dogs.
  • Screenwriter Evan Hunter also uses the name Ed McBain.
  • The film marked the debut for Tippi Hedren.
  • Ray Berwick trained all the birds for the film.
  • The film's original ending was reportedly more pessimistic: Mitch and Melanie drive from Bodega Bay, assuming that the birds have only overtaken that one small town. Upon arriving in San Francisco, however, they catch sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, completely covered in birds.
  • A very young Morgan Brittany appears in the film under the name Suzanne Cupito.

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  • UPC: 025192147289
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