©1963 Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

Catalog Number 11-007
Format Standard Play CAV
Running Time 119 minutes
Release History


Standard Play Version

Mono
Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $15.95
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 35,516 24min 10sec
2 33,515 23min 17sec
3 40,321 28min 00sec
4 31,617 21min 57sec
5 31,522 21min 53sec
172,491 119min 47sec
Dead Side Various
Ratings
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Replication
Packaging
Large Open-Top
Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker
Printed

Pressing Notes

The video transfer of The Birds is like nothing I've ever seen before. Most of the special effects are obvious rear projections, which gives the entire film a "fake" feeling. That aside, the transfer is very sharp and clear. It has terrific color, most of the time. There are periods of over-saturation on all colors which destroys the image. scenes which fade together often take on a whole new color tone during the fades. Not having seen any other presentation of this film, I can only speculate this is not how Hitchcock intended it to look.

On the audio front, there are obvious volume shifts within scenes and between sides. When listening to the film through a Dolby Pro-Logic Surround processor, the audio should stay clearly centered, as all properly mastered mono films should. I found it odd that during the bird attack sequences the surround channels came alive. Normally with DiscoVision pressings, this can be attributed to carrier shift and high-frequency bleed, but the surround channels remained quiet for all parts of the film, except the attacks. I don't believe it to be intentional, and since it covers many sides, I don't believe it to be defective discs. It is interesting - and spooky.

DiscoVision technicians saw fit to use the red bumpers when mastering The Birds. The last appearance of this odd Hitchcock thriller was in the October 1980 update.

Known Dead Sides


Release History

MCA Home Video released a new version of The Birds as a 2 sided CLV disc in July 1986 (Catalog #: 11007). Universal Studios Home Video issued a deluxe edition of the film on DVD in March 2000. This new edition is presented in the films original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.


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