Universal 100th Anniversary; Includes Digital Copy DVD
1963 - Rated PG-13 (MPAA)
Release Date: 09/04/2012
Original Language: N/A
Time: 120 mins.
Label: Universal Studios Home Video
DVD Features: Region 1 Note: Deleted scene The original ending Tippi Hedren's screen test The Birds is coming (Universal International newsreel) Suspense story: national press club hears Hitchcock (Universal International newsreel) Dual Layer Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French Subtitles - English
In THE BIRDS, Alfred Hitchcock's heart-pounding follow-up to PSYCHO, the director couples a tone of rigorous morality with dark humor to create a thriller that begins as a light comedy and ends as an apocalyptic allegory. Tippi Hedren (Melanie Griffith's mother) carries the picture in her first film role ever, embarking on a career as an icy-cool leading lady. Loosely based on a Daphne du Maurier story and a Santa Monica newspaper account, "Seabird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes," THE BIRDS also features groundbreaking special effects that, in 1963, surprised and delighted audiences. Wealthy reformed party girl Melanie Daniels (Hedren) enjoys a brief flirtation with lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet shop and decides to follow him to his Bodega Bay home. Bearing a gift of two lovebirds, Melanie quickly strikes up a romance with Mitch while contending with his possessive mother and boarding at his ex-girlfriend's house. One day, during a birthday party for Mitch's younger sister, a flock of birds attacks the children in what seems to be a random incident. In fact, it signals the beginning of a massive avian assault on the residents of the town--a mysterious assault that no one can explain...and from which no one may come out alive.
"...One of the most logistically complex films of his entire half-century run..." -- Mike Clark , (USA Today)
"...Hitchcock's shocker will peck away at your sanity..." -- Daniel Webb , (Total Film)
"[Hedren] is the ne plus ultra of Hitchcock's icy blondes..." -- Premiere Staff , (Premiere)