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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Birds (1963)

Pure Hitchcock perfection.  The Birds required nearly three years of preparation due to its technical complexity and was responsible for numerous innovations in special effects and sound.  It is truly a marvel to behold.  Tippi Hedron takes center stage as Melanie Daniels who rolls into Bodega Bay in hot pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner [Rod Taylor]. There she is inexplicably attacked by a seagull and the rest is cinematic history.  
Tippi Hedron, with costumes designed by fashion icon Edith Head, is flawless as both an actress and a fashionista.  Carrie Bradshaw [Sex and the City] has nothing on her.  Any woman who can pilot a rowboat wearing a full length mink and heels gets my respect!  Rod Taylor is her perfect counterpart, playing the role of eligible bachelor with playful charm and wit.  The rest of the cast is solid as well and includes such notables as Suzanne Pleshette [The Bob Newhart Show]. Jessica Tandy [Cocoon] and Veronica Cartwright [L.A. Law among other things].
The Birds is not available to view legally online.  However, it can be watched instantly  or rented through Netflix.  Personally, I don't think anyone should settle for less than watching the DVD of this masterwork of horror.  I own the Collector's Edition from the Alfred Hitchcock Collection and am quite happy with it.  The DVD also includes a lengthy documentary, All About the Birds, that explores how they pulled off the special effects.  It makes you appreciate the film even more.  If you've never seen The Birds before, you're in for a treat.  You'll never look at Tweetie the same way again!
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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