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Wenn der Wind weht (When The Wind Blows) - German Release (Language: German and English)

Jimmy T. Murakami    DVD
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  • Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami
  • Format: Dolby, Full Screen, Original recording remastered
  • Language: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B1SV4C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,728 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


English and german audio: Based on Raymond Briggs' book. A old British couple, Jim and Hilda, who live in the countryside, believe in the fact that the Government will always know what it is doing. However the world is fast heading for the Third World War between the US and the Soviets. Jim prepares for it by building a shelter using Goverment pamphlets however both of them still believe that the war will be fought like the Second World War and they can't fully understand that the war will be fought with nuclear weapons. All too soon, war breaks out and Jim and Hilda survives a nuclear blast. They stand back and wait, they believe, for help from the Government and for things to get back to normal in a couple of days, little knowing that help isn't on its way, and that, unknown to them, Jim and Hilda are slowly dying from the "fallout" radition poisoning and they will probably not survive...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

When the Wind Blows (1986) is an animated film directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Raymond Briggs. It features the serene voices of John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft who voice Jim and Hilda Bloggs, a retired old couple living in the Sussex countryside. When the threat of Nuclear War starts to loom ominously, the stoic couple build a shelter in their home and set about storing provisions suggested by the government pamphlets. But do they, or anyone else, really understand the fall out of a nuclear strike?.

There was a time in the 1980s when Nuclear War was a distinct possibility, paranoia was rife and adult folk actually started to contemplate the end of humanity. Film makers were quick to tap into the topic and produce movies to further stir those paranoid juices. America produced the dated but very impacting The Day After in 1983, with the film causing Ronald Reagan to reevaluate his Country's nuclear arms policy, while in 1984 the UK gave the cinema world the bleakly shattering Threads. A year prior to The Day After shaking the boots of those watching it, Raymond Briggs, author of the delightful The Snowman, was moving into more adult territory with his work. Propelled by a sense of loss for his parents, whom the Bloggs' are based on (they had featured in his Gentleman Jim 1980), he was inspired to write When the Wind Blows after watching a BBC television programme about nuclear contingency. Thus the film version was to arrive in 1986. Naturally in animated form, so as to simultaneously entice and awaken the kids of the day to Nuclear War possibility and the effects of such.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, bitter sweet piece of cinema... 25 Jan 2010
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I hadn't seen this for a long time, but after seeing it mentioned somewhere, I thought I'd order a copy and give it a go. I'm glad I did.

When the wind blows follows a retired couple as they deal with the threat of nuclear war. Both of them lived through the last war, and had been guided through that faithfully by the government and other authorities. They follow the government advice on preparation for a nuclear attack, and build a shelter in their home and make preparations according to leaflets such as 'Protect and Survive' and a county council issued pamphlet. It is here that the humour in the film is very much in evidence, as Jim and Hilda's naivety keeps them in the mindset that 'everything will be fine if we follow the correct procedures'. Small things made me smile- when Jim said they needed to stay in their shelter for 14 days and should stock up with essential provisions, Hilda tells him that she'll 'order 28 pints of milk'.

When the warning comes that missiles are only three minutes away, Hilda says she'd better getter get the washing in, still not realising just how different from the last war this one will be. Jim's reaction comes as a shock, but certainly portrays the urgency of the situation.

In the aftermath of the bomb, Jim and Hilda are hopelessly naive about the situation that they find themselves in, and your earlier laughter turns to sadness as you feel the inevitability of the situation. They still expect the milkman and paperboy to come after a day or two, and that 'the insurance will sort out the mess, dear'. So too, do they expect that the local shop will be open- they won't let something like a war shut them down.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally blown away. 2 Oct 2005
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I first saw this in 1987. No one watching that film that day walked out of that theatre with a dry eye. It is the story of Jim and Hilda, a nice old couple who could be your parents or grandparents. They live out in the country having retired and their life harks back to the glory days in the "last war" and when the government knew best. While the rest of the world is inching towards nuclear conflict, Jim begins planning for the attack in the only way he knows how, he reads the government documents and acts on what they say. When the bomb falls, they are the unlucky ones and survive the initial onslaught; the following days are harrowing for them and immeasurably sad for those of us left watching. The end, when it comes for them is so incredibly moving that it cannot fail to leave you thinking of your own family and what future we as a species might have on this planet.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the wind blows 6 Oct 2005
by Raymond Briggs
This recently re-released animated classic from Raymond Briggs (The snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman) is a dark comedy exploring the theme of nuclear holocaust. Originally a book in 1982 and then a film in 1986, the re-issued DVD hit the shelves on Monday (or in my case, became available on Amazon). Yes, it focuses on the nuclear bomb, but it is not in the bomb itself or in the threat of war where the film's brilliance lies. It is in the absurdity of the governmental instructions. Taken from genuine home office leaflets from the time, the homeowners guide is a piece of genius and a worthy fore runner to Mr Blair's recent terrorist information pack.
As the threat of nuclear destruction closes in around them, and when most people would be praying or desperately phoning loved one, happily retired Jim Bloggs is frantically carrying out government guidelines such as painting the windows white ("to keep out radiation") and creating an inner core or refuge (doors propped up against the wall with cushions on). All of this is of course sound advice from the government on how to protect yourself against a nuclear bomb. Poor old Mr and Mrs Bloggs follow it to the letter. Jim rushes to the local shop and although they have run out of protractors (to ensure the doors are propped up at an angle of 60 degrees) he does return with 2 packs of ginger creams, half a sponge cake, some pineapple chunks and a Christmas pudding. All of which are essential in case of a nuclear holocaust.
The film is loosely split into 2 sections. Preparations before the bomb drops and life after the bomb has dropped. Jim regularly forgets who the enemy is, as the word "war" only seems to conjure up memories of Hitler and bombs falling on London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet story. Wasn't
Remembered this from years ago. Bitter sweet story. Wasn't disappointed
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4.0 out of 5 stars lovely sweet film
Used this with my Year 11 RE class on nuclear war and the use of propaganda. Gentle but thought-provoking film.
Published 4 months ago by Wendy Ilderton
3.0 out of 5 stars moving characters
Many a year since last seen. Still a moving dvd to watch. Still a experience to be had
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Published 5 months ago by John Harrison
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When the wind blows DVD. Heard it on an audio cassette years ago always wanted to see the film. Exelentfrom startto finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite film of All time
I have this stunning film on old fashioned VHS and wanted it on DVD.... This was a great price and I received it quickly and well packaged.... Read more
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