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on 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 them...you have no choice but to.
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on 19 August 2007
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. Like Michael Powell's `Peeping Tom', Hitchcock's `Psycho' is a superb psychological thriller which provides the viewer with a macabre yet fascinating character study, allowing you to a certain extent to journey into the disturbed mind of a murderer. There are a few extras on the `Psycho' disc the best of which is a wonderful trailer where Alfred Hitchcock himself gives us a guided tour of the Bates' Motel and the `Psycho' house.

`The Birds' is based on a story by Daphne Du Maurier (as was Hitchcock's film `Rebecca') and differs from `Psycho' in the respect that it is more of an ornithological thriller than a psychological one! Another immediate and obvious difference is that `The Birds' is in full colour whereas `Psycho' was filmed in black and white and the violence in `The Birds' is often much more graphic than the violence in `Psycho'.

There are some genuinely scary sequences in `The Birds' - the bird attack on a group of school children for instance and there is an exceptionally tense climax. Let's be honest, birds are not scary creatures and do not normally pose any direct threat to humans. Even the largest birds of prey will not normally attack a person so I think it is quite some achievement to make a horror film about birds which even when viewed today is still pretty creepy and even terrifying at times. Hitchcock is indeed a genius of cinema.

There are some good extras on `The Birds' disc - including another trailer featuring Mr Hitchcock who gives us various hints as to why the birds just might start to behave in an aggressive and vengeful way towards people!

Language & Subtitle options:
Psycho - English, German & Polish language options with English (captioned for the hearing impaired), Dutch & Swedish subtitle options.
The Birds - English & German language options with English (captioned for the hearing impaired), German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish & Finnish subtitle options.
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on 30 November 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. Prior to meeting her financee (who is not involved in the theft) she turns up one stormy night at the lonely Bates Motel. She checks in and falls into a conversation with propriator Norman about his mother, who she does not meet. 'Mother' takes offence to Marion who she thinks has designs on her son. Meanwhile, our unsuspecting heroine takes a nice, hot shower.......... Later, Marion's fiancee Sam (John Gavin) and her sister Lila (Vera Miles) come searching for her at the motel and uncover the truth about Norman and his Mother.

The shower scene, of course is infamous. It is only 3 minutes long, but a combination of numerous close-up and medium range camera shots makes it feel longer, and brings the viewer up close and personal to Marion's stabbing. Leigh reportedly was not able to use showers for some years after the filming. Interestingly very little flesh and very little blood is shown, but it remains one of the most memorable scenes in cinema history. Other films have attempted to recreate this in one way or another but never quite succeeded. The sound of screeching violins as the knife strikes is also instantly recognisable and adds atmosphere to the feeling of panic and horror. Sequels to this film by various directors never came close to matching the original. Anthony Perkins is menacingly creepy as Bates, and women all over the English speaking world are still suspicious of men who live with their mothers.

This double DVD is well worth the money and these are two Horror classics which do not lose their appeal over time.
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on 13 February 2011
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 May 2008
Well, with this DVD you are getting yourself two of Alfred Hitchcock's most acclaimed, best-known (if not 'the' most widely known), and downright iconic movies on one disc at a budget price - what is there to complain about? Educate you're kids and teenagers in the art of quality, black-and-white suspense with 'Psycho' and 'The Birds'.

'Psycho' (1960) saw the master of suspense bring the literacy character of creepy motel owner Norman Bates to life on the big screen, and was portrayed to perfection by the late Anthony Perkins. The lovely Janet Leigh in the shower might not be as scary now as it was at the time, but it's remains one of the most iconic scenes in the history of pop culture. Compulsively watchable, you can call this the original slasher movie! 5/5
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on 5 October 2009
I remember these films from long ago,they were dated but classics.

I would have found it interesting to know when they were made.

They were slow moving compared to the thrillers these days,and more was left to the imaginaton,but that added to

the suspense.

There is something good about watching an old film,and I bought it to send onto my 20yr old son who had never heard

of either 'Birds or Psycho'.

There are few movies I remember from my younger days but these are two I will never forget.
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on 27 June 2015
This is a double DVD and has two of the late Alfred Hitchcock's best films on it psycho and the birds both of them up to his usual best, psycho first a young woman is taking a shower at a motel and a figure comes in and stabs her to death. Now the birds a young school teacher starts work in a small seaside village school and is attacked by a flock of birds.
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on 26 November 2011
The copy of The Birds in this boxset used a 4:3 transfer, not the intended 1.85:1 that the film would have been projected as in the original theatrical release.
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on 16 September 2013
Two terrifying films with the usual Hitchcock flair. No one but Hitchcock has had the same effect in films than he. Remember watching these films as a teen and 45 years later they still give me the creeps. Along with a good cast in each, the music score is haunting and spine chilling I thoroughly enjoy watching both of these cinema classics.
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on 7 December 2014
Two great classic films in a box set remember them from many years ago I remember the birds scaring the hell out of me being much younger bought for the memories. Funny how you see things different as an adult.
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