The Birds

The Birds

DVD - 2000
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When Melanie Daniels rolls into Bodega Bay in pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner, the small California town is inexplicably attacked by thousands of birds.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Video, [2000]
Edition: Collector's edition anamorphic widescreen version
ISBN: 9780783240237
0783240236
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Bi
Description: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA: Rated PG-13
Alternative Title: Alfred Hitchcock's The birds

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Melanie Daniels is in pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner. But when she follows him home to Bodega Bay, the small California town is attacked by thousands of angry birds.


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SusyHendrix
Oct 07, 2019

THE BIRDS is often considered the last Hitchcock masterpiece (depending upon how you feel about MARNIE, anyway). I don't think it's a masterpiece, but it is the last Hitchcock movie I find fairly entertaining. The first half is slower and focused on building up the characters-- which wouldn't be a problem if I liked the characters, but they are uniformly irritating. The second half is where the nightmare fuel kicks into high gear, though I confess I found myself admiring Hitchcock's technique more than being immersed in the terror of the characters... mainly because I was kinda rooting for the birds to win!

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1aa
Sep 25, 2019

I had last seen this film when as a child it was on TV; its much better to see it without one's childishness or commercials getting in the way. The main idea that the birds are a manifestation of the unaddressed fears of the characters (Melanie, the rich kid, wild girl, looking to find a real love; the mother of Mitch, and her fear of abandonment if/ when her son get s married; as for Mitch, I could not determine what it was for him). The film builds rather slowly but steadily, and ends too abruptly; the bonus features on the disc have the original ending where one can read the shooting script (though you should get ready to use the pause button because they progress it too quickly), which I think would have been a far better ending. Many of the actions that are plot developments are almost laughable they are so foolish, I guess one has to willing suspend disbelief quite a lot.

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rui89x
Aug 09, 2019

How did he make this film? Special effects in the 60s, phenomenal!

Suspense? Hilarious! Utterly asinine. Almost too funny to believe. A film so incredibly incredulous, ludicrous, implausible, and unimaginable for the average person to create, it must be Hitchcock's version of a dystopian fantasy. Brilliant realism, yet truly unrealistic. Maybe the short story by Daphne du Maurier is worth a read as well? Reminds me of the revolt in George Orwell's Animal Farm, but much more violent and lacking the perspective and raison d'être of the birds. Of course, one must assume that was the intention Hitchcock had in mind. To keep the viewer in the dark, metaphorically and literally, while in a movie theater. I wish he would have started the film when Melanie climbs the staircase to the room in the attic, just before she opens the door, with all the rest a flashback and flashforward. Wonderfully humorous for a thriller.

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hesselugano
Jan 02, 2019

Overall, a disappointing film. After the spectacular success of Psycho, I can't understand why Hitch didn't give Joseph Stefano a shot at adapting Daphne Dumaurier's novella into a script. Robert Evan didn't seem quite up to the task. The worst aspect of the film is Jessica Tandy who was hopelessly miscast as the neurotic matriarch of the Brenner family. I feel sure Stefano could have done better.

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scribby
Nov 15, 2018

A lot of this is dated, and the older style of acting seems stilted today -- but nevertheless this is a superbly frightening movie. The scene where the birds attack the house set the standard for countless horror and zombie flicks (mostly lesser attempts) that were to follow. Also interesting are the things that are NOT explained: why the attacks are happening, and what happens to the characters at the end.

Incidentally, sometime in the mid-1990's, they tore down the old wharf buildings at Bodega Bay and rebuilt them completely differently -- to the disappointment of fans of this movie, I'm sure.

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Maoisdead
May 03, 2017

The Birds is dated...no doubt,but It is enduring in any ways. For one,it has an eerie quality about what is going and why that has never been answered. Yet the story is well enough told that what and why is secondary to all the strange happenings and why all these birds descend on innocent members of a small seaside community.
The banter between Tippie Hendren and Robert Taylor is fun and well played and reminiscent of male,female relationships of the time.

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akirakato
May 03, 2017

This is a 1963 American horror-thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.
It depicts a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over the course of a few days.
Evan Hunter, a screenwriter, developed new characters and a more elaborate plot while keeping the storyline and concept of unexplained bird attacks.
Superb, chilling, amazing, fascinating and unique are the special effects shots of the attacking birds.
It is one of the best animal horror movies.

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VonHafenstaaad
May 02, 2017

Few films depict so eerily yet so meticulously the metaphysical and historical sense of a world out of joint.

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RoyalJellyIII
May 02, 2017

One of Hitchcock's best.

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mammothhawk229e
May 02, 2017

I got four words to this "horror" film; passenger pigeons meet guns

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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ManMachine
Jun 17, 2012

I think you're the cause of all this. I think you're evil! Eeeevil!! (followed by a hard slap to the speaker's face)

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lms Jul 21, 2008

Tippi Hendren was great in this

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Mar 30, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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