Birdy
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Birdy

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Director: Alan Parker

Cast: Alan Parker, Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins

     
 
Alan Parker's quirky, touching tale of shellshock and birds comes to DVD with two different images. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the full-frame standard 1.33:1 picture. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Portuguese soundtrack is mixed

Overview

Alan Parker's quirky, touching tale of shellshock and birds comes to DVD with two different images. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the full-frame standard 1.33:1 picture. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Portuguese soundtrack is mixed in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental features include the theatrical trailer, talent files, and the director's production notes. Though not to everybody's liking, this film's highlights, the performances and the photography, play quite well on the small screen.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Though set in a veterans hospital after the Vietnam War, Birdy is not a film about the war or its effects; and while it might focus on a deranged patient and the struggle to return him to normalcy, the film isn't really about mental illness either. In fact, it's a credit to director Alan Parker and stars Matthew Modine and Nicholas Cage that Birdy, no matter how bizarre, maintains its focus on the humanity of central characters instead of wallowing in the weird. Parker -- who brought us Pink Floyd: The Wall and Melody, a movie about ten-year-olds in love -- is one of the few filmmakers who can establish a connection between the audience and a guy who sleeps naked in a bird cage. A good deal of praise belongs to the actors: Modine delivers a stirring performance as the title character, and Cage's blend of intensity and vulnerability is perfect for the role of Birdy's concerned friend, even if he at times goes over the edge. The film was based on a William Wharton novel originally set in World War II; another Wharton book was the source for A Midnight Clear.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2000
UPC:
0043396045798
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Director's production notes; Interactive menus; Languages: English 2-channel [Dolby Surround], Portuguese [mono]; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Theatrical trailer; Bonus trailers; Talent files; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Modine Birdy
Nicolas Cage Al Columbato
John Harkins Dr. Weiss
Sandy Baron Mr. Columbato
Karen Young Hannah Rourke
Delores Sage Birdy's Mother
Bruno Kirby Renaldi
Nancy Fish Mrs. Prevost
Crystal Field Mrs. Columbato
William Clark Policeman on Beach
Robert Ryan Joe Sagessa
Chris Taylor Helicopter Soldier
Juliet Taylor Actor
George "Buck" Flower Birdy's father
James Santini Mario Columbato
Maud Winchester Doris Robinson
Marshall Bell Ronsky
Elizabeth Whitcraft Rosanne
Sandra Beall Shirley
John Brumfield Mr. Kohler
Joe Lerer Military Doctor
Irving Selbst Fairground Announcer
Steve Lippe Junkyard Proprietor
Priscilla Alden Waiting Room Lady
Bud Seese Drunk in Jail
Guy Jones Hospital Orderly
Richard Mason Injured Soldier
Charles Tamburro Helicopter Pilot
Mark Simpson Helicopter Soldier
Michael Runyard Stunt Player
Mic Rodgers Stunt Player
Michael Shaner Veteran
Tim Davis Veteran
Harry Hauss Helicopter Pilot

Technical Credits
Alan Parker Director,Screenwriter
M. James Arnett Stunts
Jack Behr Screenwriter
W. Stewart Campbell Art Director
Peter Gabriel Score Composer
Armin Ganz Art Director
Nancy Giebink Production Designer
Gerry Hambling Editor
Barbara Kelly Makeup
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
Ned Kopp Associate Producer
Sandy Kroopf Screenwriter
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
David Manson Executive Producer
Alan Marshall Producer
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Cliff Wenger Special Effects
Kristi Zea Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1-- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:41]
2. Al Columbato [5:07]
3. Birdy [2:41]
4. Pigeons [3:01]
5. Birdmen of Philly [9:30]
6. Visiting his Friend [3:36]
7. Nurse Hannah [2:27]
8. Out of Business [4:20]
9. '53 Ford [4:44]
10. Hunt's Pier [4:57]
11. Jail Birds [3:36]
12. Heartbreaker [2:07]
13. Not His Car to Sell [12:49]
14. Theory of Flight [4:40]
15. Flapping Power [1:43]
16. Icarus [2:07]
17. "A smile's a smile." [4:13]
18. Joe Sagessa [5:27]
19. Cat-astrophe [2:16]
20. Tough Love [4:20]
21. "Perta & I become one." [3:28]
22. The Prom [1:49]
23. Doris Makes Her Move [4:51]
24. Dream Flight [8:59]
25. Crash Landing [4:17]
26. Not Leaving Him [4:09]
27. "He talked!" [1:24]
28. On the Roof [4:29]
Side #1-- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:41]
2. Al Columbato [5:07]
3. Birdy [2:41]
4. Pigeons [3:01]
5. Birdmen of Philly [9:30]
6. Visiting his Friend [3:36]
7. Nurse Hannah [2:27]
8. Out of Business [4:20]
9. '53 Ford [4:44]
10. Hunt's Pier [4:57]
11. Jail Birds [3:36]
12. Heartbreaker [2:07]
13. Not His Car to Sell [12:49]
14. Theory of Flight [4:40]
15. Flapping Power [1:43]
16. Icarus [2:07]
17. "A smile's a smile." [4:13]
18. Joe Sagessa [5:27]
19. Cat-astrophe [2:16]
20. Tough Love [4:20]
21. "Perta & I become one." [3:28]
22. The Prom [1:49]
23. Doris Makes Her Move [4:51]
24. Dream Flight [8:59]
25. Crash Landing [4:17]
26. Not Leaving Him [4:09]
27. "He talked!" [1:24]
28. On the Roof [4:29]

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Birdy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite simply, this is one of the best 2 or 3 movies that i have ever seen! If you ever want to sample something a little out-of-the-ordinary, i suggest you give this one a try!