- Actors: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly
- Directors: Mick Jackson
- Format: PAL, Original recording remastered
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Simply Media
- DVD Release Date: 9 April 2018
- Run Time: 175 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 258 customer reviews
- ASIN: B079FGSY8Z
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Threads (UK Exclusive ed 2018)
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THREADS: 2-disc Special Edition (Remastered) LIMITED EDITION
Written by Barry Hines ( Kes ) and directed by Mick Jackson ( The Bodyguard ). The BBC drama which shocked an entire generation is given a meticulous 2k restoration from the original BBC CRI 16mm prints. This remaster is available for a limited time only, and is exclusive to the UK.
Winner of four BAFTAs including 'Best Single Drama', the story follows everyday Sheffield townsfolk as they struggle to survive nuclear attack and the years of that follow. Originally broadcast at the height of the nuclear paranoia of the 80s, it sent shockwaves throughout the country and arguably changed the global political discourse on nuclear war.
This 2-disc set presents the original film remastered in 2k, available uncut for the first time in the UK.
UK 2k Remaster from BBC CRI prints
DVD Audio Commentary with Karen Meagher (UK Exclusive)
DVD Audio Commentary with Mick Jackson
PDF of Radio Times articles and letters (UK Exclusive)
Documentary: Shooting the Annihilation
Documentary: Auditioning for the Apocalypse
Documentary: Destruction Designer
Documentary: Stephen Thrower on Threads
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But as to the extras ....
I'm delighted this has finally gotten a decent release with commentaries etc, long over due.
There are 2 commentaries. The first with the director is the better of the 2 and he discussed very interesting points about making the film. The other with the actress that played Ruth is more like an interview and they seem to speak around the film rather than relating to what's going on, on the screen at the time, it's plenty interesting enough.
The documentaries are really interviews, again with Karen Meagher and 2 others that escape me now but were key staff on the film (these 3 last 10 minutes each). The longer piece with Stephen Thrower (30 minutes) is much more interesting. There is also the trailer and a short 3 minute piece showing how the film looked before remastering (the difference is quite startling). The PDF of the Radio Times of the day and letters about Threads is very interesting too. It's a shame that the actor who played Jimmy is completely absent from any of the new stuff.
Apparently this is a limited release so I really would recommend you get this, it's as good a release as we could ever expect. I watched everything over 2 days, I'm glad I did. This will remain with me for several months as it did when I first watched it.
This portrayal of a possible nuclear war, the impact, the aftermath and the sheer devastating consequences may not be what would actually come to pass; but the plausibility and the all too believable sequence of events within the film is what really affected me on first viewing (2008), and equally so today (2012), as I am sure it has affected everyone else who has seen it. This film is one of the rare occasions where entertainment - whether literature or cinema - transcends being a mere story, and becomes something more; in this case, it takes the seed of fear that is a possibility of nuclear war, and in two hours grows that seed to grim completion. By the time the final shocking scene passes that heralds the end of the film, the viewer no longer considers nuclear war as something they have never truly thought or worried about, but instead as an event that they would never, ever want to imagine occurring in their worst nightmares.
There are several incredible things that 'Threads' achieves, aside of course from terrifying the viewer into despair. One of the most effective plot dynamics of 'Threads' is that this tale of nuclear apocalypse takes place not in London or New York, but in none other than Sheffield - a city in the North of the UK, which as a region is normally reserved for caricature soap operas or light-hearted homely tea-time family fillers. As many other commentators have stated, there are no overblown Hollywood production values here - the grittiness of life in a Northern community adds to the realism. So accurately in fact, that most of us can associate with the everyday lifestyle of the protagonists in the story, and indeed imagine behaving and responding just as they do within subsequent events.
I wasn't born during the real scare of the Cold War in the 1980s; goodness knows how even more shocking this film must have been to those who were living in those uncertain times. The film seamlessly intertwines the logistical, scientific and historical aspects of the Cold War backdrop. The characters in the film follow real advice given in that era during the nuclear attack, in the form of the 'Protect and Survive' information bulletins. These televised broadcasts were themselves fearful viewing; even more so in the context of this story. I can only imagine how frightened some viewers must have been seeing this level of detail in 1984.
Once the attack hits, the film gives a brutal and rapid depiction of a society completely breaking down, with no immediate or even long-term hope of the situation improving. Contingencies and plans for allocating power of central to local government in such circumstances fail abysmally; emergency services are rendered ineffective, and the barbaric way of life - effectively a human devolution - depicted after the threads of society are torn apart are a million miles away from the beginning in rural Sheffield. Every consequence and impact of such an horrific incident has been thought out, and this is evident from the initial panic before the incident, with momentum gathering pace relentlessly up to and beyond the bomb being dropped.
This film remains one of the starkest depictions of war ever created. For all but the most oblivious, a small part of your thinking will change forever after watching this film - so be prepared.
I know people cannot watch this because it's damn scary and still a relevant possibility.
It's something everyone should watch! But beware - you might end up fearful and crying.
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