The Birds is getting a standard 4K and SteelBook in May

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The 1963 classic film “The Birds” directed by Alfred Hitchcock will be getting both an individual standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release (pictured above) and a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release (pictured below) on May 25th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, according to retailers. The tech specs for the 4K release include a video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and the original Mono in a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 sound mix.

This film itself was previously released on the 4K format last September as a part of a Hitchcock-themed 4K set. Hitchcock’s 1963 film starred Rod TaylorTippi HedrenJessica Tandy, and Suzanne Pleshette. Both the standard and the new 4K SteelBook will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning they’ll include the Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film.

UPDATE: You can now find the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray listed as available for preorder over at Amazon, as well as over at the retailer Target. Stay tuned for an update on when Amazon or any other retailers get that listed. The 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured above), as mentioned, it appears is going to be exclusive to retailer Best Buy where it is currently listed as coming soon, and not yet a fully functional preorder listing. Just keep checking the page over there for an update. The bonus materials that are contained on both 4K and Blu-ray included with the release run rather lengthy, and because of that, you can find them along with full tech details about the release listed entirely below after the break.



  • The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie
  • All About The Birds
  • Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test
  • Deleted Scene
  • The Original Ending
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut – In 1962, filmmaker François Truffaut, aided by his translator and associate, Helen G. Scott, spent numerous hours interviewing Alfred Hitchcock for his book, “Hitchcock.” Viewers can listen to excerpts from their discussion of The Birds.
  • The Birds is coming (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Suspense Story: National Press Club hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring The Classics
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot


Street Date: September 8, 2020

Selection Number: 61212451 (US) / 61212455 (CDN)

Layers:  BD-100

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen

Rating: PG-13

Subtitles: English SDH, Brazilian Portuguese, French Canadian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish

Video: 2160p UHD HDR 10 Widescreen 1.85.1

Languages/Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono ; Brazilian Portuguese DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; French European DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; Japanese DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono ; Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono

Run Time: 01:59:21