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The Birds [DVD] [Canadian; Universal 100th Anniversary Edition]

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  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
  • Credits
    Rod Taylor, Rodney Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Tippi Hedren, Nathalie Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright, Charles McGraw, Ethel Griffies, Ruth McDevitt, Malcolm Atterbury, Lonny Chapman, Tracy Scoggins, Doreen Lang, Bill Quinn, William Quinn, Elizabeth Wilson, Richard Deacon, Karl Swenson, John McGovern, Doodles Weaver, Joe Mantell, Darlene Conley, Mike Monteleone
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Hitchcock's shocker will peck away at your sanity..."
    Total Film

    "...One of the most logistically complex films of his entire half-century run..."
    USA Today

    "[Hedren] is the ne plus ultra of Hitchcock's icy blondes..."

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