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 Posted:   Mar 2, 2018 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

Probably not. What's that... you weren't even born yet? Well, it's just been released on Standard dvd as well as Blu-ray and after 35 years, I gave it another look. I haven't seen the film since I taped it off of PBS at the time of it's release. Quite frankly, the Blu-ray probably doesn't look a whole lot better than the standard dvd, but that really doesn't matter. This is, for me, the single greatest and most disturbing film I've ever seen about Nuclear War and it's aftermath, (on the survivors of Sheffield, England). The New York Times said: 'Unsettlingly Powerful..Threads is certainly among the best and most harrowing dramatizations of nuclear holocaust'.
The Blu-ray features a ton of supplemental extras including interviews with the Actors, and filmmakers today, 35 years after making the film. I learned it won 4 Bafta's at the time.
After all this time the film has not lost any of it's power. Still the stuff of nightmares.

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2018 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

It's absolutely terrifying. A true horror. Saw it when I was young and it was very disturbing. Great film but I've not the guts to revisit it yet.

Also When The Wind Blows is a similar, distressing film but beautifully animated in a style that just makes the horror worse.

 Posted:   Mar 5, 2018 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   mulan98   (Member)

Yes. And I still can't quite get it out of my mind.

 Posted:   Mar 5, 2018 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Ah yes, I remember it well. A few things come to mind to illustrate the difference between the US and the UK: "Rambo III" vs "The living daylights", "Star trek" vs "Blake's 7", and "The day after" vs "Threads".
"Threads", the film that made "The day after" look like "Sex in the city". It yet has to dethroned as being the bleakest film in existence. It is the absolute calibrator for depression, merciless sadness and despair........ that is there is one that is truly bleaker, a series even. It appears in "Threads", and that series is the "Protect and survive" instruction film series.

Its tune alone is more horrific than any other soundtrack out there. Never before were 11 notes combined to carry the sheer horror of insanity on an unimaginable scale.
It would be the ultimate ringtone.
What makes "Protect and survive" so haunting? The fact that it was made for real: "The series was considered classified material that was intended for transmission on all television channels only if the government determined that nuclear attack was likely within 72 hours, although recordings were leaked to organisations like CND and press organisations like the BBC, who broadcast it on Panorama as a discussion of public affairs, on 10 March 1980, shortly after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan".
Yes, this was a real thing!:
Ad a fourth to the above US vs UK-list: "Duck and cover" vs "Protect and survive".

Where its 1965 predecessor "The war game" got defeated by high level opposition, the 1980s enabled "Threads to do its job magnificently. It finally gave the anti-nukes movement the weapon they needed in their fight against complacency and misrepresentation regarding nuclear conflict. A lessen that has since been lost, and a horrific prospect with nuclear capacity still present but badly maintained and guarded even worse.

And now with Neo-McCarthyism being propagated by the media in servitude of their masters who want to regain the rule they consider themselves entitled to, we are heading back to the brink but now with more dilapidated systems.

Rien ne va plus.


 Posted:   Mar 6, 2018 - 4:11 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Sure the UK gave us "Threads", but the US gave the world the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, which are INFINITELY more horrifying than a bunch of posh actors reciting scripted dialogue.

Thanks for the "Protect and Survive" link. There are numerous films like this from the 1950s, such as "Fall Out: When and How to Protect Yourself"

I also dig this Atomic Annihilation blog:

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2018 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I did and found it very well done, and very disturbing.

 Posted:   Mar 7, 2018 - 12:26 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Sure the UK gave us "Threads", but the US gave the world the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, which are INFINITELY more horrifying than a bunch of posh actors reciting scripted dialogue.

Posh? Sheffield? Eh?

Most people think Threads was more terrifying than the real bombings but if you must go against the grain...

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