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The Birds (Blu-ray) PG-13

...and remember, the next scream you hear may be your own!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 6, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Deleted scene
    • The original ending
    • The Birds: Hitchcock's monster movie
    • All about The Birds
    • Storyboard sequence
    • Tippi Hedren's secret test
    • Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts
    • The Birds is coming (Universal International Newsreel)
    • Suspense story: National press club hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh95%

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Total Count: 55

Upright83%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 176,371
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
...One of the most logistically complex films of his entire half-century run...
USA Today
Mar 31, 2000
Hitchcock takes a long time to get his mood established, but the terror really chills the blood before the perplexing finale. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 7, 2019
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
Rating: 4/5 -- Hitchcock at his best, wrapping up in his somewhat hokum narrative a clever essay on belated maturation and another of his wonderful cinematic discourses on time and space. Full Review
Patrick Nabarro
Oct 13, 2019
Hitch's much misappreciated follow-up to Psycho is arguably the greatest of all disaster films -- a triumph of special effects, as well as the fountainhead of what has become known as gross-out horror. Full Review
Village Voice
Oct 9, 2012
[Hedren] is the ne plus ultra of Hitchcock's icy blondes...
Premiere
Apr 1, 2004

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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