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(aka 'Invasion of the Triffids" or "Revolt of the Triffids')

directed by Steve Sekely + Freddie Francis (uncredited)
UK 1963

Along the lines of "Fiend Without a Face" and similar sci-fi films of the 60's "The Day of the Triffids" is a rather poor attempt at converting the book to the screen. Still, as a young lad it more than enthralled me. And why not? - a spectacular meteorite shower produces an unusual side effect on all who witness it - they go blind! So most humans on earth go sightless overnight with only a handful to start civilization from crumbling. If this isn't enough for the plot - experimental triffids (plants) now go on the loose attacking and killing everything in their path. This is a great plot and but rather ho-hum performances and unworthy production values. Its the type of story though, that you may see M. Night Shyamalan do one day. Lot's of sci-fi pulp appeal in this one.out of     

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Theatrical Release: April 27th, 1963

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Distribution Partner Ent. (BBC Worldwide Publishing)  - Region 2 - PAL Orchid Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:34:03 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:33:51
Video 2.16:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.38 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
2.18:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate: Partner

Bitrate: Orchid  

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None Japanese, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Partner Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Letterboxed 2.16:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (2:18)

DVD Release Date: June 30th, 2003

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: Orchid Corporation

Aspect Ratio:
Letterboxed 2.16:1

Edition Details:

• None

DVD Release Date: October 21st, 2009

Standard Keep Case
Chapters: 6

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Orchid - Region 0 - NTSC - July 2015: I had an Amazon Japan credit.

It's gone from bad to worse! This Orchid Corporation DVD is NTSC,  also letterboxed, but is from an unconverted PAL source and has the associated ghosting/combing artifacts. There is a weird glitch appearing in the bottom right corner - see HERE. It looks and sounds very poor. No extras. The OOP Second Sight DVD (which I assume is anamorphic) is going for a ridiculous price now. I know I should buy it to induce a Blu-ray announcement days later. It's my favorite film adaptation of Wyndham's book - heavy nostalgia - there is Ken Hannam's 1981 version and the 2009 version on Blu-ray. This Orchid DVD of the 63' film is hideous! Can anyone help?

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On the Partner DVD: Although I recommend the film to genre buffs, I can't do the same for this lackluster DVD. I've been told there is a "Second Sight" PAL DVD of the same film with much superior image quality. Perhaps we will compare one day.

Overall this is weak - bad analog image -hazy, faded, no extras save a trailer. On a bright note the subtitles are well done. Overall I hope to see the  "Second Sight" disc soon. out of   

Gary W. Tooze





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