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    Unique ID Code: 0000025427
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    Added on: 2/11/2001 07:03
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    The Birds (UK)

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    Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 115 mins
    Retail Price: £17.99
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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.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Making of
    Tippi Hedren`s screen test
    Universal Newsreels
    Alternate ending
    Production Photos

    Video Tracks:
    Standard 1.33:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Mono English
    Dolby Digital Mono German

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Alfred Hitchcock

    Written By:

    Ethel Griffies
    Veronica Cartwright
    Tippi Hedren
    Suzanne Pleshette
    Jessica Tandy
    Rod Taylor

    Director of Photography:
    Robert Burks

    George Tomasini

    Costume Designer:
    Edith Head

    Production Designer:
    Robert F. Boyle

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Universal Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    Alfred Hitchcock's unexplainable horror tale about nature going berserk has long become a classic. The imposing imagery of the birds, the fabulous cast of the movie featuring Tippi Hedren in her first feature film role, Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy, and the eerie sound effects used like musical cues, create a shuddering tale of terror that has not lost a bit of its impact over the years. Even after repeated viewing, "The Birds" remains a chilling and apocalyptic film that has viewers on the edge. Hitchcock's skills as a dramaturgist and his perfect mastery of suspense in movies fully pays off in this movie, to the point that the fluttering screeching birds slowly take over the entire perception of the viewer as he plunges into this incredible movie.

    As I had hoped, Universal Home Video's release of "The Birds" is a beautiful and meticulously created special edition. Not only does it feature the movie in a flawless presentation that is beautiful to behold, it also gives viewers the rare opportunity to learn more about the genius that was at work behind the camera. For every fan of Alfred Hitchcock the insight offered in the workings of the director on this DVD are invaluable.

    But even if you enjoy the movie mostly for its terrifying sake, this DVD is a beautiful release that should find a place in every DVD collector's library.
    posted by Aslan on 21/8/2002 21:29