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The Birds [Universal 100th Anniversary] [DVD] [1963]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (84 out of 86)

    Special Features


    • 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)

    Synopsis


    The Birds
    The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), and schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette). The human story begins in a San Francisco pet shop and culminates at the home of Mitch's mother (Jessica Tandy) at Bodega Bay, where the characters' sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behavior of the birds in the area. At first, it's no more than a sea gull swooping down and pecking at Melanie's head. Things take a truly ugly turn when hundreds of birds converge on a children's party. There is never an explanation as to why the birds have run amok, but once the onslaught begins, there's virtually no letup. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Rod Taylor
      Rod Taylor - Mitch Brenner
    • Tippi Hedren
      Tippi Hedren - Melanie Daniels
    • Jessica Tandy
      Jessica Tandy - Lydia Brenner
    • Suzanne Pleshette
      Suzanne Pleshette - Annie Hayworth
    • Veronica Cartwright
      Veronica Cartwright - Cathy Brenner



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 86 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      classic

      Posted
      prlwctd

      After his great success with Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock followed up with a different kind of horror tale. A carefree bachelorette (Tippi Hedren) follows a man (Rod Taylor) she had a less than ideal encounter with to his home town of Bodega Bay. At the same time they reunite, birds of all kinds (seagulls, crows, blackbirds, pigeons, you name it) inexplicably begin attacking human beings all over the place. The character scenes aren't quite as strong as they were in Psycho, but there is so much nervewracking (& even paranoid) tension that you won't care. There is, interestingly, no music score to this flim. But that didn't stop Hitchcock from utilizing the services of the great Bernard Herrmann for the sound work for this pic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hitchcock's only "monster" movie!

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      KayJay
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      The Birds takes the most innocuous of God's creatures and turns them into Freddy Kruger. In a CGI challenged age, Hitchcock uses camera angles, skilled actors and iconic music to make you glad you're not in that movie. As usual, Hitch leaves it up to the viewer to be a participant in the story (to say more would be a spoiler). The Birds was Hitch's ONLY "monster" movie but a blueprint for all director's who followed to take a piece of.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Part darma part horror

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      oilut88
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      What starts as playful flirting & pranking turns into fearful horror fill weekend a young woman follows man who played a joke her tracks him down to small town to get even during the flirting and hitting the right nerve the local birds start attacked people and for some reason she seems to be focal point of these attacks

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Pricing on this was "for the birds"

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      Walker
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      Love this movie as well as other Hitchcock films. I waited on the release of this film for some time to see if it would come down in price or go on sale but it never did---that is until after I bought it. I think 14.99 is way too much to ask for this release. Sure, it has a UV copy, but it doesn't have a DVD copy like many other 14.99 blu rays.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Hitchcock Suspense Film!

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      Bookman1
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      Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" has never looked better on this blu-ray release. In brief, birds start to go awry for no reason. They attack a local town in California. Even though the films is over 50 years old, it still sends thrills and chills down one's spine, better than most modern thrillers.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Bluray Presentation

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      Kevin
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      The video transfer looks great and the audio is crystal clear! The color and grain of the film feel like a window into the 1960s, rather than "looking old", and it's a joy to watch. Lots of interesting extras to watch too, even though some of them are after the fact documentaries.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      classic film beautifully preserved

      Posted
      mrpapo
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      ah, the colors and sharp angles remind you why this is such a classic. deep saturation, top of the line speical effects for the time still hold up today. its fun to see how many modern filmms stole from this classic. just sit back with your kids and friends and enjoy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      CLEAR AND IMPROVED

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      Cashmere777
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      I own this on VHS but now that they are outmoded I have been searching for it on Blu Ray. Thank goodness, the sound and quality are much better than before.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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