Birds, The 4K Ultra HD

WSR Score3.5
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Alfred Hitchock
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Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" is the horrific tale of nature gone berserk when thousands of birds flock into Bodega Bay, a northern California seaside town, and terrorize the residents in a series of deadly attacks. (Gary Reber)

Special features include four featurettes "The Birds: Hitchcock's Monster Movie" (SD 14:23), "All About The Birds" (SD 79:50), "'Tippi' Hedren's Screen Test" (SD 09:58) and "Hitchcock/Truffaut—In 1962" (SD 16:14); deleted scenes (SD 04:20); "The Original Ending" (SD 09:25), "The Birds Is Coming" newsreel (SD 01:15); "Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock" newsreel (SD 01:54); the theatrical trailer; "100 Years Of Universal: Restoring The Classics" (SD 09:13), "100 Years Of Universal: The Lot" and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Eastman film stock using the Mitchell BNC camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The imagery does not register well in the suspend disbelief department as the visual effects are so unrealistic and varied in quality. Technicolor fidelity looks vivid, with rich and warm hues and generally realistic fleshtones. Black levels appear deep. Haloed edges are visual throughout, as well as obvious digital tweaks and enhancements, which result in a doctored presentation. "The Birds" never really was a great-looking film, and sadly, the results here really do not elevate the presentation quality satisfactorily. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 2.0-channel monaural soundtrack is undistinguished. The extensive ADR dialogue is not well integrated. Fidelity limits the realism of sound effects and atmospherics, though, Tippi Hedren's roadster's engine sound and the intense shrill sounds of various birds, especially during the attack in the Brenner house are featured effects. The sound effects are unfortunately unrealistic and are what is of dynamics. The soundtrack sounds compressed, including the music, with dated fidelity. (Gary Reber)