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The Birds (1963)

 
Nothing You Have Ever Witnessed Before Has Prepared You for Such Sheer Stabbing Shock!
 
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director Alfred Hitchcock
producer Alfred Hitchcock
writer Evan Hunter (screenplay)
story by Daphne du Maurier
starring Tippi Hedren
Rod Taylor
Jessica Tandy
Suzanne Pleshette
cinematographer Robert Burks
editor George Tomasini
 
running time 119 minutes
colour colour (Technicolor)
sound mix mono (Westrex Recording System)
aspect ratio 1.85:1
studio Universal Pictures
availability DVD & Blu-ray
 

Synopsis

Spoilt socialite and notorious practical joker Melanie Daniels is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner. Mitch is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his young sister's birthday; he recognises Melanie but pretends to mistake her for an assistant. She decides to get her own back by buying the birds and driving up to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends his weekends with his sister and mother. Shortly after she arrives, Melanie is attacked by a gull, but this is just the start of a series of attacks by an increasing number of birds.

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Blu-ray Releases

released in 2012

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as part of the box set: Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Universal (Blu-ray, 2012)

DVD Releases

released in 2005

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PAL
5704.gif The Birds (1963) - Universal (USA, 2005) - part of a box set
NTSC 1.85:1 (anamorphic) [01:59:24]

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