|The Birds (DVD, 2000, Collector's Edition)|
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|The Birds (DVD, 1963) Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy|
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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."
To me this is the Best Hitchcock Film! Just love Tippi Hedren and the effects for that time was really ahead of it's time. I remembering seeing this for the first time on Television when I was a child. I was 6 years old. The film was already 12 years old but it really scared me and I was even scared of birds for a while. But got over that and still love watching this film.
PLOT: Wealthy TIPPI HEDREN AS MELANIE DANIELS the lovely social parasite decides handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) needs to give her the attention she deserves she follows him with a Pair of Love Birds for his sister to Bodega Bay~ and the Bird Trail OH Bird Tale begins~
Melanie Daniels is wealthy and spends her days doing "charity work" and her nights with handsome men....getting a reputation as a playgirl she is recognized by Mitch Brenner in a pet store trying to buy some Love Birds for his sister~ Melanie is not used to a mans scorn so she gets the two birds and heads to Brenners home on Bodega Bay a small but beautiful town on the edge of the California Coast~ the fun is watching Daniels pretend she HAS a "good reason to be there"~ so the spark between Mitch and Melanie is there from the start ADD the sudden Bird Attacks from a sea gull attacking Melanie, to birds attacking town people~ children in a school yard~ not just a "few" birds but thousands that chase and dive and attack and KILL~ a very young Suzanne Pleshette as Annie the school teacher that saves the children in her care~Jessica Tandy as the UNLIKABLE Mother of Mitch and his sister (a very young Angela Cartwright)....as the bird attacks increase suddenly Melanie, Mitch, Tandy and sister all board up widows and try to survive the ever aggressive birds~ Tippi is lovely and fun as the pretty girl with a brain~ Taylor is very good as Mitch and Tandy is the whiney demanding, witch of a mother~ great special effects for their time and the scene stealer here are the birds~ AND NOT A SPEC OF BIRD CRAP IN THE ENTIRE MOVIE~ LOL~ how did they do that? LOL
I GIVE THIS ONE A 9 OUT OF 10 FOR HORROR AND HITCHOCK CLASSIC SUSPENSE~
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I am actually watching this film for the hundredth time right now. I just get a kick out of Tippi Hedren on the phone with her dad right after she (and the schoolkids) had been attacked by the birds. And she goes "why dad I am not being hysterical, it really happened" and she is just so cool and collected I think she was on Prozac! I don't know about you but I would be pretty hysterical (or at least show SOME sort of emotion) after being chased by hundreds of birds intent on pecking me to death.
Hitchcock's masterpiece - then again aren't most of his films masterpieces? - about birds gone psycho. The small town of Bodega Bay will never be the same. The effects are pretty bad by today's standards but this is still a really good movie.
Ok, having said that - I just have to laugh at the guy standing at the gas station. A woman has just been attacked by a couple of birds and she drops the gas hose so there is gas all over the ground. Nobody seems to notice except the crowd in the diner. So the guy at the station decides to light up, but he hears people calling him so he looks around and the match burns his fingers - wooossshhh! he is up in flames. Sorry but did he not see the gas on the ground creating a puddle at his feet, did he not smell it or think that lighting a cigarette at a gas station was a bad idea? Did he not notice the birds attacking people?
Highly recommended! If it is your first time watching it, it is a good movie with some tense moments. If you have seen it before watch for the funny things that happen that you did not notice before.
As a college professor, I like to compare/contrast stories and movies. Even though Hitchcock said he took no more than the title of the short story by Daphne du Maurier, it really isn't true. After reading the story and watching the DVD, students extract all sorts of meaning from both mediums. Too, it is one story not readily available on the Internet or in Cliff's Notes, so the students actually HAVE to read it. Since the movie is becoming harder and harder to find in libraies and rental stores, I was delighted to be able to purchase it and have it in my own library.
When I watched this movie for the first time in the 1960's, this Alfred Hitchcock thriller was considered a horror film. Because of the advances in high tech visual effects, it now seems mild - but a work of art, still suspenseful and romantic. My pre-teen daughter loves it and has watched it repeatedly. The color enhancement is "pretty" but I think it should also be viewed in the original black and white and compared. This movie is a classic.