When I sat down to watch the 1967 film The Birds directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
I was pleasantly surprized that the story kept the film watchable, and considering there was no CSI available, the effects remarkable still.
The film focuses on a series of sudden, unexplained bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over a few days. Hitchcock certainly knew how to build suspense, what to show and what not to show. Now today’s audience might say parts of the movie are boring, but in reality it’s those long segments of dread are a teaser for the horror to come.
This new blu ray also has a segment about how the bird attacks made it to film. The majority of the birds seen in the film are real, although it is estimated that more than $200,000 was spent on the creation of mechanical birds for the film.
Any film lover should pick up a copy of this, the soundtrack is sparse, and instead makes use of sound effects.
The master also created a restaurant scene where the diner is packed with a variety of characters, expressing their ideas about why the birds are there and what they can do about it.
The film never offers any reason, yet with the use of that scene, no one really cares.