The Day of the Triffids 1962

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Bill Masen lies in his hospital bed, his eyes bandaged, listening to radio reports of a meteorite shower all over the world. The next day Masen finds he can see perfectly, but all witnesses to the previous night's shower have been blinded. The meteorites carried the spores of killer plants, the Triffids, who are now wandering the streets picking off their helpless victims.

Starring:
Alison Leggatt, Alexander Knox
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DVD

The Day of the Triffids

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Alison Leggatt, Alexander Knox, Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janina Faye, Mervyn Johns, Janette Scott, Alison Le, Ewan Roberts, Kieron Moore
Director Ken Hannam, Freddie Francis
Genres Horror, Science Fiction
Rental release Not currently released
Main languages English

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3.2 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Neon Weasel on 12 July 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Theres no nice way to put this,so Ill be blunt,DONT BUY THIS DVD,it may be a cult classic,but the actual quality of the disc is terrible.It proudly boasts to have been Digitally Remastered,if this is the case I shudder to think just how bad the quality of the original print was.Infact Im surprise that Cheezy Flicks,who distribute it,havnt been sued under the Trades Description Act.If you want to know just how bad it is put on a pair of glasses,smear them in grease,that should give you a fair idea of the visual quality,as for the sound,put you head in a bucket.

A great film completely ruined,and a total rip off.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Close Range. on 8 Jan 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is not a product review, I am writing to mention that the Cheezy Flicks 2010 DVD release of The Day of the Triffids does not have sound, on the final 4 chapters of the film. Beware, and shop around until you find a better-quality release. Picture quality was not great either.
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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec 2001
Format: DVD
I love Day Of The Triffids. I was excited to find this on dvd but was disappointed with the quality of the product.
The sound quality is very poor. Muffled and muddy, it's very hard to hear what is being said sometimes. The quite bits are too quiet and the loud bits are far too loud. You are constantly reaching for the volume control to try to balance this out.
There is a lot of noise on the soundtrack with very many audible clicks and pops, especially when the reels change. These are LOUD! Throughout the entire film, these loud noises interupt the flow of the film and become very irritating after a while. Rather than draw you in, this positively pushes you away.
The video quality is very poor also. The entire film looks out of focus and the colours are very faded and wishy-washy. The film looks like it was shot in black and white in places the colours are so bland. The dark shadows are very gray and lack detail. There is one scene where the quality is so poor, it looks like it's raining indoors!
Add to this the lack of extras on the dvd only the trailer being added,(chapter stops and interactive menus are not extras in my opinion) this is a poor release.
This is a great shame as this is a good film, maybe one of the best British sci-fi films ever. I can only warn you NOT to buy this. If you've never seen the film, try the vhs video version instead.
If you love the film as much as I do, you'll buy this dvd anyway, but you will be disappointed as I was.
I rate the film 5 stars.
I rate the Video quality 2 stars (it's in widescreen)
I rate the Sound quality 1 star.
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan on 3 July 2003
Format: DVD
I'm not going to discuss the film itself. It's a classic.
I do want to discuss this DVD though. I have almost 600 DVD's, from movies made on a shoestring to big budget. And they ALL look better than this DVD. VHS tape far outperforms what we have here. It's a disgrace this one was released. I don't know where they got the transfer from - but this does not even make a good coaster. Seriously, it's is unwatchable.
The guy who gave it three stars must not have seen this DVD. Screw the extras, I want to be able to se the film! You can't here. Forget this!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
In 1963, Istvan Szekely directed this version of the John Wyndham novel "The Day of the Triffids" and turned an English science fiction classic into a Schlock Horror based in America. Apart from the Triffids themselves, there is hardly a single similarity to the original novel, except for the names and the explanation why the priciple cast did not turn blind like most of the rest of the population. So, if you are looking for something which is a good representation of the novel, forget it. However, if you are looking for a film reminiscent of "The Blob" or its contemporaries, it delivers. Howard Keel is definitely the all american hero you expect in this type of movie and Janette Scott plays the 'femme fatale' who has a strong mastery of silver screen scream, even in a lighthouse! The storyline is simplistic beyond measure - always useful on a late friday night after too many drinks! - and the ending is typical of this genre. Best described as a "late-night-curry-and-lager" movie, watch "Day of the Triffids" if you liked the film of "War of the Worlds" and you will not be upset...too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 21 Oct 2010
Format: DVD
Sailor Bill Masen(Howard Keel) is recovering in hospital from an eye operation. The bandages are due off the following morning, so Masen is going to miss the much publicized meteorite storm that every body is talking about. The next morning, Masen awakes to find the hospital seemingly deserted. When he rings for assistance no-one answers. He soon finds out to his horror that following the meteorite storm most of the population have been rendered blind. Even worse, a large group of plants, called Triffids, that were first discovered following a previous meteor storm, have suddenly started to multiply and move around of their own accord. Not bad in itself, but the Triffids have aquired a taste for human flesh. As Masen frantically searches for other 'sighted' people he begins to understand the enormity of the situation. The day of the plants has arrived!
Taken on its own merits, this is quite an enjoyable little piece of pulp science fiction. However, my version of 'Day Of The Triffids', the 1981 BBC adaptation is so vastly superior in every way that I'm afraid unfavourable comparisons are going to be made. The problem is that this adaptation deviates in important ways from John Wyndham's source material. Not a big deal in itself, if the deviation goes in interesting and experimental directions. However, every change here is to the dtriment of the original story. The most glaring example is probably how the main character changes from someone with 'history' of the Triffids, who is in hospital because of them, to the character in the film who has no connection with the plants. Therefore the motivations of the lead character are totally different, as there is an element of revenge in the original story.
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