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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 (225 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 (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,688 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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53 of 54 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grim,honest and compelling watch...... 30 Jan 2003
By Mesmer
If you are like myself,have a liking for honest,gritty and 'straight between the eyes' drama,Threads is about as good/bad as it gets.Certainly not for the faint-hearted and brutally honest, it covers a fictional(although plausible)classic cold-war storyline of Warsaw pact/NATO forces clashing; over a very current political and economic flashpoint(namely Persian Gulf oil supplies) utimately leading to a massive east/west strategic nuclear exchange and the realisation of all mankind's nightmares in the aftermath.Centered around two families in Sheffield,linked by a respective son and daughter relationship, it traces the rapid,tense political and military build-up through the eyes of these families interspersed with radio/TV news background clips and documentary type fact files.It also addresses the city's preparations for war and civil defence measures(Think Blue Peter and you will have some level of how robust/laughable these measures are.See the recently released VHS of 'Protect and Survive' for more info on those public info the perspective of the circumstances ,the accompanying jingle music has a 'Friday the 13th' feel for all the reasssurance it creates.It is also,famously, narrated by Patrick Allen-the voice of doom.) The certain and predictable public order break-down and panic becomes more and more manifest as the military clashes begin and enevitably one side brings nuclear weapons into the equation at tactical level;starting the uncontrollable escalation and the beginning of the end.The following all-out nuclear strike on Sheffield(and the west) is managed and shot quite credibly even with 1984 TV effects and pulls no punches with the immediate and subsequent horrific damage/death wrought to property and people. Read more ›
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52 of 54 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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4.0 out of 5 stars far too many survivors
As other reviewers have noted, this very well made docudrama film pulls no punches and attempts to offer a realistic portrayal of the build-up to, and eventual eruption of,... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Julian Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to watch but worth watching. This is not ...
Difficult to watch but worth watching. This is not about entertainment but an education of the reality of a nuclear war. Have any romantic ideas of wanting to be a survivor? Read more
Published 20 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars A nightmare vision but a must see
I first watched this docudrama on its release in the 1980s. At the time, with the Cold War ongoing, fear and paranoia surrounding a possible nuclear attack were perhaps more at the... Read more
Published 23 days ago by DomC
5.0 out of 5 stars remember wathing the original in school but we never finished ...
remember wathing the original in school but we never finished it, then couldnt buy it as it was withdrawn, but now can get it again and its stiill as thought provooking even today,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this film, replacing my old video tape
Published 1 month ago by lorraine montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and thought provoking.
This is a very scary depiction of life after a nuclear attack on Sheffield, UK in the 1980s.
The presentation and acting style reflects the era in which it was produced, and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bigmalk
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this as a kid at school in the 80's ...
Saw this as a kid at school in the 80's
It scared the c€$p out of me!
It pulls no punches and is very vivid, very harrowing and a wake up call regards nuclear war and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dorset Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and disturbing
This may be dated but it's impact is nevetheless not diminished by the passing of time. A tv film which shows the horrors of a nuclear war and evokes the time of the cold war... Read more
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