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Day of the Triffids [DVD] [1981]

John Duttine , Emma Relph    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Duttine, Emma Relph, Maurice Colbourne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GVKE8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,381 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This early 80s BBC adaptation of John Wyndham's cult novel is more faithful to the original story than the controversial 1962 film version that preceded it. When the world wakes up blind, it is left to a a few sighted survivors to work out a future for humanity - and to see off the threat posed by man-eating Triffid plants.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: A terrible catastrophe has struck the population of Earth. Almost everyone on the planet has been rendered blind by the arrival of a bright comet and its debris lighting up the darkened skies, but the brightness has caused permanent eye damage. Bill Masen, who was unable to watch the spectacular but deadly free firework display, finds himself in a nightmarish world where he believes himself to be the only sighted person left. But soon he finds a soul-mate, Jo Pleyton, who can also see. As the days progress, they find more and more sighted people and together they make plans to build a future. But there is a problem. A walking, carnivorous plant called a 'Triffid,' which up until now was kept safely in paddocks and zoos, has broken free and has discovered a taste for rotting, human flesh. The remaining blind are helpless and many fall prey to the Triffids' lethal whipping sting, but can the sighted keep this fearful plant at bay? ...The Day of the Triffids

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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Awaited Return 28 Jun 2005
This was the mini series that made me discover John Wyndham's work. It's such a pity that Wyndham didn't get to see this adaptation of his most famous book because it captured the feeling of disaster and collapse perfectly.
Having not seen this BBC serial in almost eighteen years, I was resigned to the idea that it would probably never be shown on television again. Therefore I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has now been released on DVD. Watching it again after so many years really took me back.
The DVD just contains the six twenty-five minute episodes. (In Australia we saw it as three one hour episodes.) The booklet that comes with it is very good, I was unaware that there were so many adaptations of "Triffids" on the radio. The booklet did forget to mention there was also a comic strip version in the 1970s but that dosen't really matter. Originally Wyndham imagined the triffids coming from Venus but luckily he changed that idea. Considering what we know about Venus today, this would have dated the story horribly.
The triffids themselves are very well done, resembling giant pitcher plants. Admittedly they don't appear all that threatening, but then plants never do. You'll remember Bill Masen saying it was in fact fashionable to keep a docked triffid as a pet to amuse the children.
Unfortunately John Wyndham only saw the 1963 film; this 1981 version of "The Day of the Triffids" truly retains the spirit of the original book and its sense of irony. Before the comet lights the triffids were fenced in and farmed for their oil. Later in the story it's the human survivors that are fenced in trying to keep the triffids out.
Everyone involved in this production did a good job. This is probably one of the best examples of post apocalypse television. Well worth waiting for.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adaptation Of Excellent Book 5 April 2005
By A Customer
The BBC took ages to release this, and you have to wonder what took them so long. This is the BBCs TV version from 1981, not to be confused with the far inferior film version. It faithfully (with a few minor modifications) reproduces John Wyndham's cult novel and shouldn't be missed by all fans of intelligent science fiction.
Excellent performances from the lead characters and an effective script propel the six half hour episodes along. Unlike most sci-fi dramas of the 80s, there are almost no special effects required or used, so nothing to make today's viewer cringe with embarrassment. The triffids themselves are also naturally 'wooden' and effectively modelled. There is little at all to date this series and it's as thrilling now as it was when first shown.
The DVD itself is pretty bare-boned. No extras other than optional subtitles. It does, however, come with a pretty comprehensively researched booklet that contains all you need to know about John Wyndham and the different versions of Day Of The Triffids there's been. It also does a good job of detailing background information on the TV series.
All in all a bargain at this price and a perfect example of a TV adaptation that's faithful to the book.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Triffic 13 April 2005
John Wyndham's "Day of the Triffids" is one of my favourite books and I had no idea that the BBC had made this serial back in 1981. How was it possible to miss it entirely? Goodness knows. But now I can say that this DVD is the best thing I've seen this year. The book is followed near enough to the letter, with very few serious alterations and gaps. The BBC has been sitting on a treasure. It's so very much better than the 1960s film version, which was hardly recognisable as Wyndham's tale of humanity struck down by its own scientific and technological ingenuity - 'hoist with its own petard', almost literally.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this exceptional television serialisation to fans of the original story. The book has been treated with enormous respect and it's hard to imagine what they could have done to make it any better. The storyline, the script, the acting, the music (amazingly atmospheric music), the cinematography, the triffids - the whole thing - is practically flawless.
Makes you wonder what other unimagined riches the BBC is hiding away, neglected and forgotten in its archives.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers to the BBC!!!! 19 Aug 2006
What an excellent series!!! Obviously being on the other side of the Atlantic, I never saw this. So 25 years later I got to catch up when I ordered this DVD. I'm glad that I did. I had seen the 1962 movie adaption but it wasn't until I heard the 6 part BBC radio series that I had any idea that the movie wasn't even close to the book. Then I saw that the BBC did this series and I took a chance and ordered it. It is EXCELLENT!!!!! I only wish that we here in the States took more chances on shows like this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifyingly brilliant 30 Jun 2011
By Junius
This is the best screen adaptation of John Wyndham's book. I saw this when 11 and saw it again recently. It is frightening and realistic, but also sympathetic with its main characters. I still find the triffids menacing, but the real story is the human drama and the dilemnas the characters face. The sound effects and music are sparing and add to the menace. However, it is low budget - there are far too few people/corpses about, especially in the hospital scenes at the beginning. There are also a few changes to the book, such as Jo not being a novelist and Coker not being a paid agitator, but these are minor and do not detract from this tense thriller which moves along at a cracking pace whilst also having time for reflection, too, in parts 1, 3 and 6 especially. Highly recommended and far better than the recent remake and the earlier film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 10 days ago by Glen Britten
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a triffid in my garden
Timeless tv sci-fi/horror, this story is timeless. Watch the DVD and read the book, it's an absolute joy.
Published 19 days ago by Mr. Andrew Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version. maybe.
This tv series I believe to be the best, a more recent one made as well as a 1950s film. Not exact to the book but mostly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve123
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Going!
Many years ago I read the book of this, which was rivetting, so I thought I'd have a look at the film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nanny McGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Day of the triffids
Purchased as a joke present for my son. Remember watching this film when he was born and technology has moved on so much, thought that he might be interested.
Published 2 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
I remember this when it was on tv if frightened me as I was 10 years old watching it again brill
Published 3 months ago by sarah morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic PA series
This adaptation of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triiffids keeps closely to the original story whilst updating the action to the early 1980s (the book was published in 1951). Read more
Published 5 months ago by bandcandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Addict
Although this 1981 BBC serialisation of Wyndham's book is faithful to the book's storyline it's cheap production and at times wooden acting makes it a touch dull to watch (I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by DW
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
I have read the book several times. Compared to the move and the awful attempt to remake this in the 90's, this is rwally good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by singo
4.0 out of 5 stars Day of the triffids DVD
I wholeheartedly agree with other reviewers that this early TV series of the book is excellent. That such simple sets, no gimmicks, can lead to a film where the suspense is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Iain
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