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Birds of Prey (aka Beaks)

original title: Ataque de los pájaros, El

Comparison:

  • German / Italian Version
  • Alternate Version
Release: Jun 27, 2018 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the German / Italian Version and the Alternate Version (both available on the German DVD by CMV).

Birds are running berserk and attack people all over the world. Some guy gets his eye ripped out while up in the air, a small plane crashes because the pilot was attacked by birds. Reporter Vanessa and her camera man / lover Peter are supposed to deliver some amazing story about it but they wind up in the conflict area pretty fast. No one is save. Will they manage to get on the train and escape?

With The Night of a Thousand Cats, director René Cardona Jr. already did an animal horror flick before. Unfortunately, Birds of Prey is way less exploitative even though there are numerous scenes of victims being attacked in a pretty bloody way. The problem is there is nothing other then several bird attacks throughout the entire movie and some of which do not even seem threatening. Nonetheless, the movie kind of works as trash flick and watching Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon) admitting to his penis that he blew the intercourse (so to speak) is something one does not get to see every day.

The German DVD by CMV contains two cuts of the movie: The German / Italian Version and also some kind of Alternate Version with English audio only called "Beaks". Since that is the US title, it is likely that the Alternate Version is actually the US Version. There are numerous but most of the time rather redundant alterations. In "Beaks", several scenes are recut which is not a problem per se because several subplots detached from the main plot. Often, the alterations are marginal. Here, the German / Italian Version is a few seconds, there the Alternate Version. The most striking alteration is probably the recut of the opening credits scene from the German / Italian Version. In the Alternate Version, that scene is not only later in the movie but it is longer as well: The woman manages to land and kill the hawk. In addition to that, the end credits are much longer in the Alternate Version (more than 2 minutes). Also, only the German / Italian Version shows Vanessa's private parts. Apparently too hot for "Beaks".
All in all, neither of the versions stands out so one might as well stick to the version one already has resp. get the version easiest available.

Duration:

German / Italian Version: 78:42 min
Alternate Version: 84:16 min
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Two people are being attacked by a hawk at the very beginning of the German / Italian Version. The guy's throat is being slit and the eye ripped out.



Change of scenery: A group is being lead through Machu Pichu. The group leader explains to the group Incas were fighting Condors, then footage of a condor made of stone on the ground in order to illustrate it.
What is a little weird though is that some of the credits reappear with altereted characters.



It is being explained to the group that Incas were probably waiting for visitors from outta space.



In Spain, some old guy is being examined by a nurse. She says he was healthy and tells him to get some fresh air. A bird flies straight at him and rips his eye out.



The Alternate Version begins with opening credits on black background.



Birds on a dumping ground and on wires.



German / Italian Version: 7:29 min
Alternate Version: 2:04 min


[00:07:32][00:02:07]

Further shot of the rifle.



German / Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:07:50][00:02:24]

Vanessa, the reporter, earlier.



Alternate Version: 2 sec


[00:08:29][00:03:04]

Camera man Peter longer, then Ferreri earlier.



German / Italian Version: 2 sec


[00:08:37][00:03:11]

Ferreri pulls the trigger.



Alternate Version: 1 sec


[00:08:49][00:03:24]

Ferreri hits the flying pigeon.



German / Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:10:17][00:04:50]

Vanessa slightly longer.



German / Italian Version: 0.5 sec


[00:10:54][00:05:26]

Shot of the girl in the German / Italian Version, followed by Vanessa, then Peter and finally the boss.



The Alternate Version only contains the shot of Vanessa, followed by the shot of the girl.



German / Italian Version: 5 sec
Alternate Version: 3 sec


[00:11:03][00:05:33]

Shot of Peter in the Alternate Version.



Alternate Version: 1 sec


[00:11:07][00:05:37]

Shot of the group from South America in the German / Italian Version.



In the Alternate Version, the boss leaves. Then a shot of Vanessa.



Now the pigeon that got hit, followed by a shot of a few birds.



The Alternate Version here contains the scene with the old man getting his eye ripped out by a bird.



Then Vanessa earlier.



German / Italian Version: 25 sec
Alternate Version: 1:22 min


[00:13:06][00:08:32]

Vanessa and Peter a little longer.



German / Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:13:07][00:08:34]

Vanessa and Peter enter the church and get in position.



Alternate Version: 14 sec


[00:15:08][00:10:48]

Subsequent to the church scene, the Alternate Version contains scenes with some pilot in a small plane who can't land on the airport due to the birds. The tower tries to warn the pilot but the birds break through the glass and cause a crash.



Alternate Version: 2:11 min


[00:17:39][00:15:30]

Vanessa and Peter a little longer.



German / Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:18:29][00:16:19]

The husband keeps walking, then Vanessa and Peter sitting down.



German / Italian Version: 6 sec


[00:18:38][00:16:22]

Shot of Vanessa in the German / Italian Version.



The Alternate Version contains the scene with the couple sitting down instead.



German / Italian Version: 2 sec
Alternate Version: 2 sec


[00:18:48][00:16:32]

Vanessa a little longer.



German / Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:20:14][00:17:56]

Peter a bit earlier.



German / Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:21:14][00:18:54]

First a flock of pigeons, then some footage of Puerto Rico in the Alternate Version.



Alternate Version: 21 sec


[00:21:23][00:19:23]

First the pigeons, then the car.



Alternate Version: 6 sec


[00:23:52][00:21:59]

The family longer on the run from the pigeons.



Alternate Version: 4 sec


[00:23:52][00:22:03]

The family is still on their way to the car.



The Alternate Version shows the esccape from first-person perspective instead.



German / Italian Version: 2 sec
Alternate Version: 2 sec


[00:24:10][00:22:22]

The car earlier.



Alternate Version: 1 sec


[00:24:44][00:22:57]

Peter makes fun of the "classy" coverage, Vanessa wants to keep listening to the radio though.



German / Italian Version: 13 sec


[00:25:22][00:23:22]

Vanessa and Peter joke around about that report, according to their boss, being their big score.



German / Italian Version: 9 sec


[00:25:42][00:23:32]

The husband a little earlier.



German / Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:26:20][00:24:10]

Sharon a little longer.



Alternate Version: 1 sec


[00:26:51][00:24:42]

First Sharon, then the husband earlier before he reaches for the drawer.



German / Italian Version: 6 sec


[00:27:34][00:25:19]

The husband says it was his country in which his voice would be heard.



German / Italian Version: 4 sec


[00:27:51][00:25:32]

At the zoo, Vanessa interviews the experienced ornithologist Dr. Murayama. Peter jokes around, Vanessa wants him to film her instead.



George and his wife are on the road. She wants him to pull over so that they can make love.



Vanessa asks Murayama if he had picked up on birds behaving strangely lately. Murayama instead explains birds in captivity behaved differently and the zoo's intention was to keep an endangered species from being extinct as well. Murayama then says people have committed numerous crimes on nature. Peter films whatever he wants and is being warned. Murayama then claims radioactivity was the reason the birds had changed and he criticizes human development was the reason birds were being extinct slowly.



The girl is at the beach. The birds fly off and George gets startled.



Vanessa earlier when she gets out of the shower.



Additional shot of Peter in the Alternate Version.



German / Italian Version: 4:56 min
Alternate Version: 2 sec


[00:32:56][00:25:44]

Vanessa comes in and Peter shows her his erotic magazine. She says she was not enough for him.



German / Italian Version: 7 sec


[00:34:05][00:26:46]

Peter longer, then the bottle earlier.



German / Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:34:08][00:26:48]

The Alternate Version contains the scene with the family having car trouble at [00:32:39].


[00:34:08][00:32:39]

The car earlier.



Alternate Version: 4 sec


[00:35:21][00:33:56]

The kids run to the camper. The parents argue about whose fault it is that they do not have a jack. The woman insults him.



Alternate Version: 24 sec


[00:35:41][00:34:40]

Shot of some chopper in the German / Italian Version.



German / Italian Version: 6 sec


[00:39:08][00:38:01]

The Alternate Version contains the scene with the couple hiding in the shack at [00:26:48].
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