The Birds (Blu-ray) PG-13

...and remember, the next scream you hear may be your own!
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  • 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
Few films depict so eerily yet so meticulously the metaphysical and historical sense of a world out of joint.
New Yorker
Oct 9, 2012
The only characters in the film who aren't birdbrains are the birds. Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Aug 12, 2019
[Hedren] is the ne plus ultra of Hitchcock's icy blondes...
Premiere
Apr 1, 2004
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
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
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
The movie flaps to a plotless end. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Oct 7, 2008

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: 025192085239
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