Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Day of the Triffids|
Actors: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
This 1962 version of The Day of the Triffids has been a TV staple for many years, more probably because of a lasting affection for John Wyndham's original novel than any high regard for the film itself. The premise--a mete... more »
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Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 11/26/2018...
"Day of the Triffids" is IMO the best novel John Wyndham ever wrote, although perhaps on par with "The Kraken Wakes". His other notable works were "The Midwich Cuckoos", "Chocky", and "The Chrysalids". Day of the Triffids is a post-apocalyptic work, at a time when these types of tales were few and far between.
There is a BBC miniseries which is very faithful to the novel (unlike the most recent adaptation a few years ago.) There are some truly unsettling moments of despair here. Wyndham creates progressive pin pricks which allow the viewer to slowly sink into what the end of the world might be like.
Then there is this movie from 1962 (which I noticed is available with Prime) that is also worth watching, although the series is definitely better. I was reminded recently of this title while reading an article on the spread of the invasive Giant Hogweed which grows up to 14 feet tall and can cause blindness. Also 3rd degrees burns. At least they don't eat people!
A truly horrific transfer!
Richard A. Kappele | Henderson, NV United States | 01/29/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, I am yet another "Triffid" lover fooled into buying this DVD. The Cinemascope (2.35:1) film is cropped down to 4:3 so the title of the movie barely fits on the screen, the picture is grainy and out of focus, and the color is drastically shifted to the right! Allied Artists' idea of digitally mastering is copying an Nth generation VHS tape to a hard drive and burning a DVD! I have the widescreen PAL version of this movie on DVD and even with PAL to NTSC conversion it is 1000 times better than this miserable excuse for a DVD! Hopefully the Second Sight Films version of "Day of the Triffids" will make it to the US. Until then, don't fear the Triffids, fear this DVD!!"
ANOTHER ANGRY FAN....
Mark Norvell | HOUSTON | 12/29/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was already waiting for this DVD to arrive when I read the other reviews. Otherwise I would have cancelled my order. This is a fine British sci-fi horror shocker that is well done in color and capably acted. It's one of my favorites. What this Allied Artists company has done with it is astonishingly awful....I'm just sick over their utter gall to release this neglected gem in such terrible condition. It's so faded and poorly reproduced that you can't even enjoy it...."
Day of the Triffids Marketing A Bad Copy
Russell C. Longmire | Houston, Texas United States | 04/08/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I've bought two dvd's of Day of the Triffids (wonderful movie and follows original story reasonably close) and both have flakey video. My vhs copy bought 20 years ago is better than the one advertised above. This is a great film but needs to be remastered. I also have the pal version which is better than the one above. Just saw a new version on e-bay and I am wondering if I will get hammered again if I buy it. If these companies are going to reissue a great film how about a first generation copy taken from the master and not from an old vhs copy. Artisian and Criterdon remaster great oldies. I wish they would pick this one up too. So, I'll give this copy a D+ at best. Wonderful film. Too bad its a bad copy."