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The Day of the Triffids
John Duttine, Emma Relph, Maurice Colbourne & others. Ken Hannam, director.
Studio BBC
Format DVD Full screen
DVD Encoding
Region 1: North America  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 794051416629
Runtime/Release Date 3 hrs 37 mins/2007
Daedalus Item Code 48205
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Based on the 1951 science fiction novel by John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids was dramatized for the BBC in 1981 by Douglas Livingstone, whose six half-hour episodes were gratifyingly faithful to the book. In late 20th-century Britain, a spectacular meteorite shower unexpectedly renders most of humanity blind, quickly leading to the breakdown of society. Unaware of this, Bill Masen (John Duttine) has kept his sight because he was in the hospital with his eyes bandaged. Enter the triffids, a crop that had been grown for fuel but have now developed something close to animal intelligence—as well as a fatal sting and a taste for human flesh.

"Wyndham has become probably the most famous British science-fiction writer next to H.G. Wells and one of the few whose works are read in schools.... One of the best of all post-holocaust stories on film in terms of asking penetrating social and moral questions about issues of survival. The triffids themselves are wonderfully nasty creations and have a constant sinister threat, always lurking in the background throughout. There is also an unusual percussive atonal score."—Richard Scheib, Moria: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Review

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