VINEGAR SYNDROME BLU RAY RELEASE: The Birds II: Land’s End (1994)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally on the site on December 23, 2021, but now Vinegar Syndrome has a new release that’s been newly scanned & restored in 2K from its 35mm interpositive, complete with a commentary track with film historians Amanda Reyes and Sam Pancake, “Don’t Remake Hitchcock Movies” – an extensive making-of documentary featuring interviews with its cast and crew, “The Silence of the Birds” – an interview with composer Ron Ramin, “The Locations of Birds II” – a locations featurette with production assistant Craig Edwards, a still gallery and reversible cover artwork.

Look, I don’t write these articles to beat up on movies, but this is like shooting dead pigeons in a barrel.

Some facts:

Rather than playing Melanie from Hitchcock’s The Birds, Tippi Hedrin plays Helen, the owner of a local store that knows all about the birds and remembers the events of the original. Why is she a different character? Is she there under witness protection? Did Hedrin only do this movie to get a check for her animal charity? Was this a worse experience than Roar?

This is not the first — or the last — sequel that Rick Rosenthal would make, what with being part of the best Halloween sequel and the worst. He made sure his name was not on this movie, as Alan Smithee is credited.

Ken and Jim Wheat, who wrote this movie, made a bunch of other sequels, like Ewoks: The Battle for EndorThe Fly IIA Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream MasterIt Came from Outer Space II and The Stepford Husbands. They’re probably better known for The Silent Scream and Pitch Black.

Why would this movie be made? Was Showtime obsessed with sequels? Is it worth sticking around for the last ten minutes where seagulls go nuts and most of the cast gets killed? Would Hitchcock hate this movie? Did he once give Melanie Griffith a doll of her mother inside a coffin? Am I obsessed by movies that most people know better than to even try to watch?

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and forever.

PS: Craig Edwards worked on this movie and shared this amazing article about his time on the set.

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