- Note: Blu-ray discs are in a high definition format and need to be played on a Blu-ray player.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ £1.26 delivery
+ £1.26 delivery
+ FREE delivery
Birds [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
But what new wonders are awaiting when you open the cover?..A booklet?..no..A poster?.er..no..exactly the same disc that was released with (the stylish) silver,black & blue cover in 2005. So I'll review what's on these discs:
The film(114mins) has clear sounding English & German (mono) language options with subtitles in those + Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian & Finnish .
The films Technicolor print although not 'remastered' ,for the most part still looks good apart from a brief 'in the house bird attack' later on where the picture has some noticiable damage .Although this section is darker ,so the 'wear & tear' on the print doesn't stand out as it would have in some other scenes in the film.
The main 'problem' with the picture is that it's still in 'old TV' 4:3 ratio. It appears only the Bluray + region1 edition has the 'letterbox' wider print - rather disappointing for a film that's still incredibly popular with viewers(+ possible purchasers) of all ages, who are more than ever selective in what they buy. Also the bluray 'correct ratio' is from 2001, leaving plenty of time to upgrade for this 2005 DVD edition or for a 'Universal 100th anniversary' version-
The main extra is a very good 'Making of'(80mins) from 1999 (available with subtitles)-This is in 4:3 ratio, but has scenes from the film in 'widescreen'. The documentary features the screenwriter(Evan Hunter),many of the production + technical crew,with stars Tippi Hedren,Rod Taylor & Veronica Cartwright + others involved & audio segments with A.H. in conversation with Peter Bogdanovich ,& goes into detail about not using a musical score but amplified & distorted bird sounds & much more ,this is very entertaining & it also makes it clear just how complicated a film this was to put together & make 'the fantasy premise' seem all too convincingly believable.
The other extras are: A 'deleted scene',that is a few still images + some pages from the screenplay shown in order.
The 'original ending'- more screenplay pages + storyboard images.
An amusing(10min) Tippi Hedren screen test (with Martin Balsam standing in)
A(3min) Universal News promotional from1963 for A.H. + 'The Birds'.
A photo gallery featuring well over 80 images -of promotional pics, on set action, advertising materials, posters ,screen cards etc .With a 5min promo 'trailer'( really a four and half-min A.H. comic set piece followed by 30secs of unnerving trailer) to finish.
So a fine film(as you most probably know already) that seems to improve with age and nearly always appears to have something in there you weren't previously aware of ,in a good looking print ,a very good documentary + some other decent extras.
Add a commentary + the letterbox print & you would have a top quality package, but in the meantime this DVD is available at very good prices and if not already there,its certainly one for your collection.But if you already have a copy you most probably don't need to add the '100th anniversary Augmented reality' version. As mentioned the Bluray & region 1 editions have the film available in the 'correct' aspect ratio with the extras (& some others) listed above.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews