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  • Actors: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Daphne Du Maurier, Evan Hunter
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N6RU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,450 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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. Director Alfred Hitchcock's classic is not for those easily perturbed by our feathered friends.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mesalazinenick on 23 April 2012
Format: DVD
Nice new packaging for Universals 100 years celebrations but this DVD is still pan and scan full frame 1.33:1! Dvd has special features but that wont temp me until it comes out in its correct widescreen ratio.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. G. Prizeman on 7 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Hot on the heels of Psycho the Birds, is a very interesting film, and although for me it is not as good as say Rear Window, or Psycho, it is a very good yarn. Using the technical wizardry from Walt Disney (Mary Poppins) the sodium process to overlay the birds, works very well, and as you watch you have to remember this is well before CGI, and everything you see is with models or real birds. This was Tippi Hedren's first film and much ha been publicized about the friction between her and the director. However this is not evident in the film. I am sure those people purchasing this classic know the story very well and like me were interested as to what has been achieved with the film transfer to Blu-ray. Well i have to say the picture quality is great, there appears to be a lot of work cleaning up the film, of cause the only thing you do notice the birds being less than real, the soundtrack is MONO, unlike Psycho where a 5.1 mix had been made from the mono mix. Of cause the most important thing here is finally a full widescreen after so many issues of pan and scan on DVD. I would recommend this film if only to get the only available original film ratio. I have to agree with most this was almost the last classic Hitchcock film, the final one for me was Marnie, which I hope gets a Blu-ray widescreen process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Graham on 25 Nov. 2012
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This American Region 1 DVD is presented in Widescreen format and has been the best version up to now.
I hope the Blu-Ray version will be as good if not better.
With modern day computer graphics I am sure the film could be remade to be even more effective,but weather it would have Hitchcock's magic is a question.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on 17 Jun. 2013
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A classic now in blu-ray! Excelent picture, exelent sound and what it's more, subtitles and audio in several languages, including Spanish. Check it out!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham on 7 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
a hitchcock classic from 1963. enough said. EXTRAS : are same as DVD. deleted scenes (4 min) original ending (3 min) all about the birds ( 1 hr 19 min) storyboards (24 min) tippi hedrens screentest (10 min) hitchcock - truffaut interview (14 min) birds is coming (1 min) national press club hears hitchcock-newsreel (2 min) production photographs, theatrical trailer (5 min). languages & subtitles
BLU-RAY EXTRAS : hitchcock monster movie (14 min) art card.PLUS 100 years of universal-restoring the classics (9 min).
100 years of universal-the lot (9 min). only one dissapointment, as this is a 50th anniversary i would have expected an audio commentary.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Donaldson on 25 Mar. 2009
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Given that Alfred Hitchcock is probably one of the most discussed and analysed directors of modern cinema, its difficult to find a new slant on his work. Suffice to say The Birds in my opinion is up there with Psycho and North By North West as the very best examples of his work. The casting of Tippi Hedren is inspired and on the Region 2 DVD we see her actual screen tests. The film looks marvellous with crisp colours and crystal clear sound. I am sometimes wary of buying older titles as I have seen some poor transfers onto DVD.
The Birds has the usual mix of small continuity errors often associated with Hitchcock but these are minor grumbles. Its an excellent film with great performances, so four stars .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 5 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
When Melanie Daniels (Hedren) visits a mysterious man in Bodega Bay, she and the townsfolk are struck by the vicious nature of the local birds.

3 years had passed since Alfred Hitchcock had sat in the director's chair for a horror film and in that time there was outstanding reviews for Psycho, the horror of a lifetime. That 1960 release was widely publicised and so there was a lot to live up to in 1963 when The Birds was released, and as usual for the British director, he knocked us over once more.

Psycho was a shocking wake up to the realisation of human madness and Hitchcock again gains access to a concept of realization in this horror by depicting what many would assume as normal well mannered and beautiful creatures, and adds a horrifying viciousness to the birds to give a sharp and tantalizing story that will grip and shock you right till the claustrophobic and nerve jangling finale.

The film begins, as usual for the legendary director, with a wonderful montage title sequence. We see a flock of birds acting unusually as the credits roll. It is a complete beautiful blur of wings and fighting with the screeches unmistakable and the juxtaposition of sound and motion gears viewers up for the horrific adventure to come.

After another wonderfully cheeky cameo by Hitchcock we are introduced to central character Melanie who, after a flirtatious debate with a strange good looking man, uses her influences to track him down. As the stunning Tippi Hedren makes her way to Bodega Bay with a surprise install for Taylor's Mitch Brenner, Hitchcock delivers a wonderful car driving montage again. If not as springy as those in Vertigo but the feeling of anticipation is nailed down.
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