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Threads (1984) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Reece Dinsdale, Karen Meagher, David Brierly, Rita May, Nicholas Lane
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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 (335 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FQFIJUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,034 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The original BBC drama that shocked a generation. Winner of four BAFTAs including 'Best Single Drama'. The most powerful anti-nuclear message ever presented on film.

Originally broadcast at the height of the nuclear paranoia of the 80s, Threads sent shock waves throughout the country. This landmark drama remains the most powerful anti-nuclear message ever presented on film, and is every bit as shocking today.

The threads that hold civilisation together are blasted away in this critically acclaimed, no-holds-barred docudrama about a nuclear attack on a British city during the 1980s.
Ruth (Karen Meagher) and Jimmy (Reece Dinsdale) live in Sheffield, and are preparing to get married. Tension is rising between the Western powers and Russia, but the couple are blissfully unconcerned with world events as they carry on with their wedding plans.
When Russia invades Iran, events take a dramatic turn. With no prior warning Russia fires two nuclear warheads over Sheffield, obliterating the city and creating a radioactive wasteland. The few survivors are reduced to living in medieval conditions, scavenging for survival as they combat starvation, disease, mental trauma and nuclear winter.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I hadn't seen this for years. the first half (pre-attack) part of the film is a real nostalgia fest for anyone who can remember the 1980's. The cars! The shops! The interiors! I felt quite "home sick" for it all. Then the attack begins. This is like an update of the 1960's "The War Game". I remember watching it back in the day and it made my heart race! I taped it off the telly and watched it again and again. It held a morbid fascination for me. The post nuclear world of doom and gloom is well portrayed, bloodied survivors scrambling around in the burning rubble under blackened skies.

Being 30 years old it is a bit dated now so may be of mere curiosity value to social anthropologists etc rather than a modern audience. I think someone should do a modern remake, the threat of armageddon is still very very real.
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I had never seen this before, but with a morbid fascination of how the world reacted to the cold war and threat of nuclear war I found this both entertaining, informative and disturbing in equal measure.
As a glimpse into how people lived in fear of nuclear bombs in the early 80's this is a fantastic insight and is NOT for the weak hearted.
Well worth a watch for anybody with a strong stomach.
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saw threads as a teenager when it when it was on BBC.it gave me and millions nightmares for the subject matter going it into detail the lead up to attack the bombing itself and informing us coldly what to expect years after.what makes it more depressing to watch now why? world leaders are still fighting each other like children over money power and gain.even when the human race is heading for extinction through threat of nuclear war politicians and leaders carry on making things worse.is brexit or the US elections the main thing we should be worrying about now?or the current internet problems from hackers keeping us from seeing what our friends had for breakfast and stopping us playing battlefield one?
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By KM #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 13 Dec. 2011
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I remember watching this as a fifteen year old during those days of the 80's of the protect and survive public information films. It was a case of, not if but when! Shocking stuff. Threads is about the build up and aftermath of nuclear strikes on the UK and worldwide. Set against the background of troubles in the middle east particularly Iran (things never change then eh!). Based in Sheffield the story unfolds in a clever documentary/gritty and realistically grim drama style telling the story of one young woman in particular and all that goes on around her. The graphic attention to detail is very good and you can only imagine that this is exactly how it would be. The scenes where people are trying to make a small shelter using internal doors and mattresses to protect them against the nuclear blast (as instructed by Protect and Survive) give a sense of how hopeless things are going to get. I won't spoil it for you but be prepared for a unhappy ending. As an adult I found it more disturbing than ever and an amazing piece of drama that everybody should see. Brilliant.
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This was on telly when I was a kid and it scare the hell out of us.
Does so even more today, terrifying and thought provoking.
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Watching this left me shocked to the core. The combination of soap opera and documentary styles is remarkably effective at conveying the horrors of nuclear holocaust. The flat delivery of statistical facts such as "the casualties caused by just the single bomb on the city of Sheffield are more than the entire NHS system countrywide could hope to deal with" or that "within a few years the UK population had fallen to medieval levels of around 12 million" is very effective at bringing home the likely end result of any use of these weapons we have created to keep ourselves "safe" from each other. This was worth seeing but I dont think I would ever want to see it again. The picture painted will never leave me as long as I live. Pray that if it ever happens you are standing nice and close to a big fat target.
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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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