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Psycho/The Birds [DVD]

Rod Taylor , Tippi Hedren , Alfred Hitchcock    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 228 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,029 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)




For all the slasher pictures that have ripped off Psycho (and particularly its classic set piece, the "shower scene"), nothing has ever matched the impact of the real thing. More than just a first-rate shocker full of thrills and suspense, Psycho is also an engrossing character study in which director Alfred Hitchcock skilfully seduces you into identifying with the main characters--then pulls the rug (or the bathmat) out from under you. Anthony Perkins is unforgettable as Norman Bates, the mama's boy proprietor of the Bates Motel; and so is Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, who makes an impulsive decision and becomes a fugitive from the law, hiding out at Norman's roadside inn for one fateful night. --Jim Emerson

The Birds

Vacationing in northern California, Alfred Hitchcock was struck by a story in a Santa Cruz newspaper: "Seabird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes". From this peculiar incident, and his memory of a short story by Daphne du Maurier, the master of suspense created one of his strangest and most terrifying films. The Birds follows a chic blonde, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), as she travels to the coastal town of Bodega Bay to hook up with a rugged fellow (Rod Taylor) she's only just met. Before long the town is attacked by marauding birds, and Hitchcock's skill at staging action is brought to the fore. Beyond the superb effects, however, The Birds is also one of Hitchcock's most psychologically complicated scenarios, a tense study of violence, loneliness, and complacency. What really gets under your skin are not the bird skirmishes but the anxiety and the eerie quiet between attacks. The director elevated an unknown model, Tippi Hedren (mother of Melanie Griffith), to being his latest cool, blond leading lady, an experience that was not always easy on the much-pecked Ms. Hedren. Still, she returned for the next Hitchcock picture, the underrated Marnie. Treated with scant attention by serious critics in 1963, The Birds has grown into a classic and--despite the sci-fi trappings--one of Hitchcock's most serious films. --Robert Horton

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Alfred Hitchcock double bill. In 'Psycho' Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) goes on the run after stealing $40,000 from one of her employer's clients. Taking a wrong turn in a storm, Marion arrives at the isolated Bates Motel, run by the twitchy Norman (Anthony Perkins), who is constantly at the beck and call of his unseen mother. When Marion takes a shower in her room, a sudden knife attack brings her life to an end. Upon discovering her body Norman covers up the murder, but it is not long before Marion's sister and boyfriend are attempting to track her down. Director Alfred Hitchcock filmed this seminal thriller in a month, with a low budget and a streamlined crew. A 'making of' feature is also included. Whilst in 'The Birds' spoiled socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) pursues lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) to his Bodega Bay home after they meet in a bird shop. Melanie sails across the bay to deliver the gift of a lovebird to Mitch's young sister, only to be attacked by a gull on her way back. Soon random attacks on humans are taking place all over Bodega, as birds of all varieties mass in their thousands overhead.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho and The!!! 22 July 2008
two incredibly brilliant masterpieces made by one of the most acclaimed and fantastic directors ever.
seriously these are gems of the horror genre so much that it evolves beyond that.
Psycho-10/10-a classic film that alone spawned the slasher genre...but it is so much more than that,it is beyond horror,it is a film focused on fear as the objective...and once you manage to get through the nail biting theme of the opening credits you will already become pushed to the edge...of your seat.
possibly one of my favourite films of all time and most definately the best film of the 1960s.
the shower scene is a classic and one of the most petrifying scenes in the history of the film.
visualy it is striking and enhances all your senses that brings you in with our characters...and what marvellous characters they are too.
Janet Leigh alone makes the film the epic horror that it is today,her talent is shone here and has made Mrion Crane an icon of horror cinema.
Anthony Perkins delivers an unsettling performance as Norman Bates...also become and icon of the cinema.
Norman Bates has to be one of the most horrifying characters ever brought to the big screen.
a classic that everyone must see.

The Birds-9.5/10-an atmospheric film that (thanks to Tippi Hedren)has become a cult status film.
its extremely unique in the way that there is no soundtrack present at all throughout the film,just that of the birds themselves that makes this a very unique and superb film.
Hitchcock has really flexed his directoral talent here presenting some superb actors and placing them into unsettling situations that makes them very down to earth enough for us to relate to and bring us in to the film and have us experience what they are going through.
after this film you will never look at a bird in the same way again.

love these films...and you must see have no choice but to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two of The Master's masterpieces 19 Aug 2007
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First of all I would just like to say that, in my opinion, Alfred Hitchcock was and still is the greatest movie director of all time. Just look at the evidence... His career as a director spanned more than 50 years from the silent era up to the 1970s and throughout his long and successful career he probably directed more truly classic films than any other director. Films such as Saboteur (my personal favourite - the climax atop the Statue of Liberty is unforgettable), Rear Window, Dial M For Murder, Vertigo, North By Northwest and Marnie to name just a few.

Hitchcock was deservedly called `The Master of Suspense' but in the early 1960s he made 2 films that have also become classics in the horror genre - `Psycho' and `The Birds'. These 2 films are so well-known that I cannot really say much more about them. They are classics of horror and suspense and if, for whatever reasons, you have not seen them yet then I urge you to check them out. If you are a fan of intelligent and sophisticated horror thrillers with memorable characters and set-pieces then these 2 films really are absolutely essential viewing.

`Psycho' is based on the novel by the acclaimed horror writer Robert Bloch and features an amazing performance by Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. This movie could be called the first `slasher film' because of its obvious influence on hundreds of subsequent movies featuring knife-wielding maniacs that were churned out during the 1960s through to the present day but this film is a cut above (sorry about that) most of the movies of this type. Although there are some famous shocking set-pieces in `Psycho' it is much more than just a slasher film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value classics 13 Feb 2011
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This is a great value double of two classic Hitchock films. Nicely packaged. This would make a lovely present for Hitchock fans or likers of psychological horror classics that perhaps haven't discovered these yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneeringly Scary 30 Nov 2009
Alfred Hitchcock is usually referred to as the 'Master of Suspense' but he could also have been called the 'Master of Horror.' After all, he did make arguably the most famous horror film of them all 'Psycho.'Hitchcock was way ahead of his time when it comes to cinemaphotography, pioneering many new techniques. He was aware of both the possibilities and the limits of the camera, and this is one of the reasons that his films stand the test of time.

The Birds, shot in colour, was noted at the time for its groundbreaking special effects, taking three years to complete.Inspired by a novella by the late, great Daphne Du Maurier it stars Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels, Rod Taylor as Mitch and Suzanne Pleshette as Annie (Mitch's ex-girlfriend).Our heroine, Melanie Daniels visits Bodega Bay, only to find that birds have started attacking the residents. This starts with sporadic attacks by lone birds but tension builds as whole flocks start attacking people. The townsfolk must take refuge where they can (preferably somewhere without big windows). These attacks are unpredictable and are intersparsed with periods where the birds sit around doing nothing (though they do look very sinister, specially the crows).

There are some terrifying moments in this film including one where children need to be rescued from their school. The end scene will certainly have you sitting at the edge of your seat. There is also some nice tension between the characters, particularly Melanie and Annie. Birds have never been so scary, and this is from some one who puts food out for them in the garden!

Psycho, shot in moody black and white introduces us to Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Marion Crane, is on the run after stealing money from her employer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DOUBLE
Published 13 days ago by black cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Clasic
Thought we would give some films of our youth on Blue Ray and have to say beats the old grainy version.
Published 7 months ago by Eric Mcnulty
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant...
bought mainly for the BIRDS, already have psycho on blu ray ,very good transfer, very good movie , well worth owning...
Published 7 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like
These films were Hitchcock at the peak of his career. Both easily stand repeated watching, Stay away from the Psycho sequels and remake though.
Published 8 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful films
The service was great.
After watching Hitchcock this was a must, I have seen it many times before but had to have it,
Published 8 months ago by J. Askew
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock at his best.
Two terrifying films with the usual Hitchcock flair. No one but Hitchcock has had the same effect in films than he. Read more
Published 11 months ago by wobbly duck
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Well, what can I say - I just had to buy this as am a great fan of these films and I was not disappointed. Brilliant.
Published 14 months ago by DebbieP
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Very good value for money wonderful to have a classic to watch made a great gift for my daughter fantastic
Published 15 months ago by kym
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
Not as scary as it was way back when. But a good films nevertheless. Worth a watch. Just to say you have.
Published 18 months ago by Rich M
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend
Got this DVD set in anticipation of the new hitchcock film - really glad i did! Fantastic films, have lasted the test of time, if you haven't seen them you should!
Published 18 months ago by Monghog
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