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The Birds [DVD]

Rod Taylor , Tippi Hedren , Alfred Hitchcock    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N6RU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,818 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Released in a special Blu-ray edition to celebrate its 50th birthday, Alfred Hitchock's The Birds remains a masterpiece of tension, tinges of horror and outright suspense. Not bad for a film that never really got the respect it deserved on its original release back in 1963.

The heart of the film is Melanie Daniels, played superbly by the legendary Tippi Hedren. She heads off to what looks like an idyllic and quiet coastal town, only to find it under siege from birds. Lots and lots of them.

Hitchcock's firm grip on the material means that he's astute at what to show and what not, investing time too in ensuring that his characters, lot least Hedren's, are more complex than your average thriller.

But of course, The Birds simply is far more than you average thriller anyway. Standing the test of time exceptionally well, this Blu-ray release presents the film with a strong 1080p transfer, and a welcome, clear audio track. There's clearly been real care and attention involved in getting the film presented this well, and along with an interesting and diverting bundle of extras, it makes The Birds the recipient of a very welcome birthday present. A masterpiece of cinema, and a must-have Blu-ray. --Jon Foster

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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 17 Jun 2013
By Carlos
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally the correct picture ratio 7 Jun 2013
By Mr. R. G. Prizeman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide Birds 25 Nov 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hitchcock 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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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Pan-and-scan version of widescreen film 13 Mar 2009
By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE
For reasons best known to themselves, Universal UK have issued most of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960s/1970s films (The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy) in pan-and-scan 1.33:1 ratio, although these films were originally shown in widescreen (1.85:1).

This is available via Region 1 imported discs - if your DVD player is multi-region - but surely the UK deserves a better service than this!

Come on, Universal UK - give us the same remastered widescreen versions that are available for the US market!!!

PLEASE NOTE: This review was written referring to the R2 release The Birds [DVD] [1963], but Amazon have also 'attached' it to the superior widescreen R1 release The Birds [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "hitchcock horror" 7 Sep 2013
By Graham
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The birds 10 July 2013
By Lizzy
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What can I say its an Alfred Hitchcock film, the man can't go wrong in my eyes. A very atmospheric film, great acting
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5.0 out of 5 stars bought this for my son to watch, how the horror films were of the past
I chose this dvd for my son to see, I had watched this film at his age, he asked me what the film was about, so told him I would obtain it for him to watch. He liked it.
Published 21 days ago by Melanie Jane Bain
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Classic
Classic Hitchcock.

Visual effects have obviously dated (which I think is part of the charm), but the sheer control and mastery of suspense exhibited by Hitchcock is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance
Although the cinematography is dated, the story and the passion of the actors and the director are brilliant. Would highly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Anne
3.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock walks the dogs...
Melanie Daniels is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner, who is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his young sister's birthday. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master
This film should be used to educate young film makers. it allows the imposibble to happen or is it impossible?. Thats what keeps you watching.
Published 4 months ago by Andy Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars fab...
I just loved it way back then..still love it now..its a keeper...shall scare my great great great grandchildren with it:)
Published 5 months ago by Eithne Rafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
I can remember watching the film on tv when I was a child and wanted to see it again.
Published 6 months ago by terass
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birds - 50th Anniversary Limited Edition {Blu-ray} [1963] Region...
Arrived on time and , as always, in very good packaging. This is one of my favourite Hitchcock movies and to have it at last on Blu-ray, in the proper screen ratio , is excellent. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birds blu ray: the courage of Tippi and the darkside of Hitch
This Hitchcock masterpiece gets a superb blu ray remastered release that blows away all dvd releases with its terrific picture quality. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Argentophile
3.0 out of 5 stars Not in same league as Psycho
I bought THE BIRDS on Blu-ray, having always remembered it being a very good horror film and similar in power to PSYCHO. How the memory plays tricks! Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Demon Pazuzu
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