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Threads Blu-ray

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THE CLOSEST YOU EVER WANT TO BE TO NUCLEAR WAR

Nominated for seven BAFTAs, and winning four including Best Single Drama, this BBC film depicts the effects of global nuclear war on the city of Sheffield. Written by Barry Hines (Kes) and directed by Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard) it is unflinching in its presentation of the weeks leading up to war, the attack itself and the bleak years of nuclear winter that follow.

From its first broadcast Threads became one of the most significant and influential commissions ever seen on the BBC. When the drama aired on CNN in 1985 it was rumoured to have changed President Reagan's nuclear policy, and to date it has only been seen on UK TV screens three times. So disturbing is the screenplay that special permission from the highest editorial levels at the BBC is required for any TV screening.

This 2-disc set presents the original film remastered in 2k from the original BBC CRI 16mm prints. It is available in HD on Blu-Ray for the very first time in the UK, and includes the world premiere of the director-approved widescreen edition.

First broadcast Sunday 23 September 1984 on BBC2 at 9.30pm.

Special Features Include:

Audio Commentaries with lead actress Karen Meagher and Director Mick Jackson

Director-approved widescreen edition

PDF of Radio Times articles and letters (UK Exclusive)

Documentaries: Shooting the Annihilation, Auditioning for the Apocalypse, Destruction Designer, Stephen Thrower on Threads.

What the press said:

The film that frightened me most Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Brought Armageddon kicking and screaming into the nation s living rooms Charlie Brooker

The most terrifying film of all time - Vulture Hound

Horrifying, moving and powerful. Watch it by yourself, late at night and never sleep again. - Empire Online

Brilliant, informative and shattering - Daily Express
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  1. GreekJesus's avatar
    Same price last time you posted it
  2. 2019-mdot's avatar
    If you haven't got this already, this is the edition to get.
  3. andy.mccall's avatar
    A heartwarming film. Worth watching with the family early Saturday evening.
  4. Browny1979's avatar
    Giz it
  5. Haddster's avatar
    Remember watching this at the time. I was 15. terrified me
  6. lord_trumpington's avatar
    Sold out, shame. I’d have liked a nostalgic trip back to the happy 80’s
  7. bornagainst's avatar
    This is really well done. Looks fantastic in hidef...
  8. Fla5hyboy's avatar
    Bought this last time it was on offer. Equally as disturbing today as when it was first broadcast. Used to live 3 miles from RAF Finningley as a kid. The first place to be hit in the film. Gave me nightmares....
  9. peter1969uk's avatar
    I watched this when it was originally released. It really drives home the aftermath of a nuclear war without glamourising it.

    I’m not sure how accurate the figures they give are, and how much they will have changed in 30 years, I can only assume the casualty rates will be higher. With a longer effect on the environment. (edited)
  10. paulkerrigan1804's avatar
    Made to watch this at school when it first came out. Didn’t sleep for weeks.
    lord_trumpington's avatar
    Them were the days, when we got a proper education.
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