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Day of the Triffids [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

John Duttine , Emma Relph    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Duttine, Emma Relph, Maurice Colbourne, Jonathan Newth, Gary Olsen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TSTEO6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,925 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If the notion of being pursued across the countryside by monstrous, ambulatory stalks of rhubarb strikes terror into your soul, then this British TV adaptation of sci-fi novelist John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids will be right up your hedgerow. If not, well, perhaps its more campy elements will carry the day. As adapted (and significantly abridged) by Douglas Livingstone and directed by Ken Hannam, the story is serialized in six parts, each about 25 minutes long. In the first, we meet protagonist Bill Masen (John Duttine), who knows all about the rhubarb… um, the triffids… having spent some time working among the folks who harvest their valuable oil extracts. Seems these strange plant thingies, whose origin is most mysterious, can not only walk (albeit at a pace that makes The Lord of the Rings trilogy's Ents seem like Olympic sprinters) but kill, subduing victims with their whip-like stingers and then consuming the rotting flesh; indeed, one of the triffids almost nailed our hero, which is why he's hospitalized when we first see him. Next thing you know, some kind of toxic celestial event has lit up the skies and blinded everyone who dared look at it, leaving most of the population sightless and stumbling about the streets of London (and everywhere else); only those who missed the calamitous light show, including Bill and soon-to-be love interest Jo (Emma Relph), can still see, while the triffids, who multiply in frightening numbers, proceed to lay waste to everyone else. There are some interesting ideas developed along the way, including the inevitable breakdown of civilization as the survivors struggle to begin anew while dealing with the implacable triffids. --Sam Graham

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113 of 115 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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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adaptation Of Excellent Book 5 April 2005
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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 A classic story of post-apocalyptic survival.
Six episodes on one disc. English subtitles available. Includes an interesting booklet of viewing notes. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Destiny Detective
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for scifi and plant lovers
Without a doubt the best adaptation of wyndoms story. That said, I could watch Emma Relph all day everyday. A must see for scifi fans.
Published 23 days ago by G. Tannahill
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Adaption Of John Wyndhams Classic Novel
Day Of The Triffids (1981).
Based on: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Written by Douglas Livingstone
Directed by Ken Hannam

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Published 1 month ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 4 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 4 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 6 months ago by bandcandy
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