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Threads (1984) [DVD]

Reece Dinsdale , Karen Meagher , Mick Jackson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Reece Dinsdale, Karen Meagher, David Brierly, Rita May, Nicholas Lane
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,742 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Hideously plausible when first broadcast in 1984, this BBC TV docu-drama now seems like a terrifying might-have-been, although a great deal of what it says about the probable aftermath of a nuclear attack remains horribly pertinent. Scripted by Barry Hines (author of the novel on which Ken Loach's Kes was based) and directed by Mick Jackson (who later went to Hollywood with The Bodyguard and Volcano), at the time Threads seemed like a response to the American TV movie The Day After although it stands nobly on its own. Showing the after-effects of World War III on the United Kingdom by concentrating on two Sheffield families linked by an unplanned pregnancy, it illustrates the scientific, political, medical and social consequences of the severing of the many vital connective "threads" that support a Western society. Grim in a particularly 1980s way, this is a compulsive if uncomfortable watch and accomplishes a great deal without the distraction of spectacle, picking through all the melted milk bottles and firing squad traffic wardens to find the human horror at the heart of it all. --Kim Newman

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Originally produced by the BBC, Threads is a shattering speculative tale the onset of World War III, and the horrors of the post-apocalyptic society that struggles for survival. The film takes place in the ruins of Sheffield, a British working class town. Despite the fact that the world seems to be falling apart all around them, a young couple (Karen Meagher, Reece Meagher) intend to go ahead with their upcoming wedding. As the date draws near, however, simmering international tensions soon erupt into global thermonuclear war. In the devastation that follows, the apocalyptic erosion of society sends mankind hurtling back hundreds of years into an age where famine, strife, pestilence, and death wash over the land like an unrelenting flood of venomous bile. The central theme of the film seems to be that the adage 'Life Goes On' just isn't good enough in a world doomed to a slow death by radiation. Without resorting to shock or sensationalism, this one makes The Day After and Testament look like kids' stuff. Though not picked up by any of the major American networks, Threads was widely distributed in the US through the auspices of cable mogul Ted Turner. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Threads

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and deeply disturbing. 9 Sep 2005
This film is frightening, absolutely hideous. The film woke up fears in me that had lain dorment for years and I sure it will do the same for many people who have been lulled into a false sense of security since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Although the Berlin wall has collapsed and Russia is now our ally, the nuclear message is perhaps more relevant today with growing tensions between the U.S. and its enemies and terrorists trying to get hold of dirty bombs.
Truly one of the most frightening films I have ever witnessed, much more shocking than any horror film. Even "The Exorcist" doesn't come close to showing man's capacity for evil and the brutalisation of innocence.
This film brings it home how close the world came to ending. There is no hope in this film, no way out, no rescue, no happy ending, no winners. Only death and the end of civilisation. Britain, and we assume everywhere else, is plunged back into an irradiated Stone Age.
For me, the most frightening part is when a traumatised Civil Defence expert, locked in an underground bunker as the USSR drops thousands of megatons of atom bomb onto Sheffied screams in horror, "not another one!". That's all they can do! Completely impotent against the bombs.
We see society break down right in front of our eyes. The threads of civilisation come apart: one minute people are shopping in the city centre and going to the pub, next minute...
A tremendous but horrifying film.
I don't recommend this for sensitive viewers or people with a weak disposition. This film is not for the faint-hearted and not something to watch if you want to be entertained.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling depiction of 'a corpse of a country'... 15 April 2007
What can I add to the other reviews of Threads? I'm not the least bit surprised that this little-known work of dark, twisted genius has become a cult classic.

As another reviewer said, standard 'horror' movies like Saw or Hostel are scary because you know all along that it's tomato ketchup. Threads is absolutely bloody terrifying, because the scenario it depicts could happen, did happen (to an extent) in 1945 and in all likelihood will probably happen again one day in the future. It takes an event that no-one would ever want to imagine or think about too deeply and hits you in the face with it, in all its harrowing, visceral, nightmarish hideousness.

Do not make my mistake and watch Threads alone, or late at night. If you do, don't expect to sleep that night, or for the next few nights. Fully expect to be haunted by burning cats and charred babies. I can only reinforce what others have said - that this is definitely not for children, young teenagers or those of a nervous / sensitive disposition.

Regardless of its powerful and important message (it has certainly affected my opinion of the kind of governments capable of developing such wicked devices) I can understand why it would seem that many were traumatised by Threads as teenagers. Teachers should seriously consider the audience before screening this in class.

Threads represents the pinnacle of the twentieth century British tradition of post-apocalyptic fiction, a genre of which I am a big fan, but unlike most books / movies in this category, the scenario remains highly plausible and there is not the faintest glimmer of hope at the end, not for anyone.

A must-watch, but only if you think you can handle it.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and chilling 26 Mar 2007
As a young teenager in the 80's - hard to believe now - but we lived for a period of a couple of years believing that nuclear war was more than a possibility - it was imminent, and we were bombarded with statistics about what would happen if you were standing at a window at x distance from the epicentre, what fallout would do to you and how to dispose of the dead. Threads appeared in this climate and it left an impression on me that was never erased. Overnight i went from thinking it would be somehow cool to survive an apocalypse (i.e. Stephen King The Stand, BBC's Survivors), to believing that the lucky ones would not have survived. I watched it again recently and it has lost none of its power. In a nutshell, the plot follows a build up to a nuclear exchange and then follows the aftermath. It presents everything from a point of view that is completely convincing. From a dramatic point of view, it's interesting to note the way the treatment of character becomes insignificant after the bombs drop, the way survivors are reduced to the level of animals trying to survive. It is a horrific story, which doesn't flinch from showing any aspect of nuclear war and to my knowledge has never been equaled. The American equivalent 'The Day After', although also very good, is far more driven by standard dramatic concepts, that characters still have 'a story' that needs a conclusion, and although in a sense you could argue that Threads does that too, it far more clearly conveys the idea that everything is gone, and the characters we follow just happen to be the ones we were watching already.

Shocking and chilling - impossible not to be profoundly moved by this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking 2 Feb 2006
By Danny
Living in Canada, I had never seen this movie. The closest thing to it was the 1987 TV movie The Day After with Jason Robards wich caused an uproar. After having seen Threads, I realised that it did not compare to it. Threads is shocking in it's realism and in your face images. It is pertinent even today. It is scary just to watch it. It is scary in the sense that is could happen then and it can happen today. This movie should be shown in schools to awaken people to existing possibilities. I recommend this movie to everybody. Makes you think twice about nuclear power. More than twice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The most scary documentary I ever saw.
Published 7 days ago by RW Collett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If a nuclear war should happen, this film is just about spot on with the outcome.
Published 9 days ago by mr stuart brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
Still frightening and surprisingly good make up / effects. Very depressing though and definitely an 'experience' rather than something you'd watch for fun!
Published 16 days ago by MO
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and Gritty
Watching this left me somewhat disturbed, especially given the disclaimer that it would be worse that this. All in all, I think I'd rather take my chances with zombies than nukes.
Published 27 days ago by flup
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, but it really could happen.
This is so real.An eye opener into a "real" film that seems so real. It could happen one day too. you wait and see. A must see.
Published 1 month ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Threads
Great film but not for the faint hearted. Really captures the effects of the awful threat that for almost half a century hung over life in Britain during the Cold War. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find on VHS
Mother is a bit of a troglodyte. She still has a VHS player and watches her tapes regularly.

It was great to find this on VHS for her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alexander Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
I've watched this once, and I haven't brought myself to watch it again. I didn't sleep well for a few nights afterwards, not because I was 'scared' but because I was haunted by the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by TommyT
2.0 out of 5 stars DIsappointed
After all of the hype was disappointed in the film, it's age didn't help, but even if you cast that aside it didn't really offer much.
Published 3 months ago by R......
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrific...
As nuclear war should be, though optimistic for the UK total strike scenario!

If we get hit best be hit by flash or blast.
Published 4 months ago by Jonesy
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