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The Day of the Triffids (1963)

Howard Keel , Nicole Maurey , Steve Sekely , Freddie Francis  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns
  • Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1SX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Day of the Triffids" on IMDb

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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 meteor shower blinds almost all of humanity, just as a space-borne strain of ambulatory killer plants begins to proliferate--is so strong that it's easy to overlook the frankly messy realization of it. The film opens well, sticking close to the book, as Howard Keel awakens in a London hospital after an eye operation and takes off the bandages to discover that he can see but most of the rest of the population can't. There are unsettling, effective bits with a plane literally flying blind and the beginnings of panic among the fumbling survivors, and one good Triffid encounter in a fog.

Then the film is strangely compelled to stray all over the map, with trips to France and Spain that have no discernible purpose. Director Steve Sekely's original cut was adjudged so disastrous that an uncredited Freddie Francis was brought in to shoot a whole new subplot, featuring Keiron Moore and Janette Scott in a vine-besieged lighthouse, to thread through the old footage. The results are less satisfying than the later BBC serial adaptation, but it still has some irresistible end-of-the-world and killer-plant material. --Kim Newman

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251 of 258 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A truly horrific transfer! January 28, 2003
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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!!
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155 of 158 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER ANGRY FAN.... December 29, 2002
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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....
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Day of the Triffids Marketing A Bad Copy April 8, 2003
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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.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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My star rating is based on the Cheezy Flicks DVD release. The movie gets four+ stars IMHO!
THE MOVIE: This clever classic from the days of my youth is still exciting to watch today. Although the idea of killer plants may seem cheesy, the mass blindness and resulting hysteria add that apocalyptic taste I so love! The Triffids don't move very fast, but they do make scary noises... and that's a good thing. The action is well paced and the camera work is interesting. Ultimately, this is sort of like a zombie flick, but instead of zombies we have killer space plants.
THIS DVD: The ONLY thing this DVD has going for it is that it's widescreen. The back of the box says, "4:3 Aspect Ratio" and, "Digitally Remastered"; both statements are wrong. The color is dull and a little pink, which is really sad for a film that made such dramatic, stylistic use of color. The print is pretty clean most of the way through except at reel changes and towards the end, buts that's forgivable. What is NOT forgivable is that the last chapter of this DVD is a pixilated, skipping, jacked-up mess that is totally impossible to watch (I checked on multiple players to be sure). I returned my first DVD and the replacement had exactly the same problem, which tells me that the problem is with "Cheezy Flicks" and their poor quality DVDs. Recently, fly-by-night DVD publishers like this have been showing up on Amazon charging top dollar for discs that belong in the bargain bins. No matter how much I love this movie, this is one of those bargain bin discs. However, BOTH current DVD versions of this film have little to recommend, other than the film itself.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, not the defective DVD December 18, 2004
On my Sony, the Cheezy Flicks DVD release I received this week strugged and failed about 4 minutes into chapter 17 as the guy in the lighthouse was in the process of hosing down some triffids. Chapter 18 wouldn't play either. I've seen a couple of similar comments posted elsewhere on the Internet about the last chapter or last few minutes.

This version also seems shortened vs. the release I've seen on TV a couple of times. I thought there was supposed to be an early scene where a gang a young tuffs was roaming the streets making trouble for people including a young woman (then our hero stepped in to save her). I couldn't find that scene in this DVD, so if someone else has please do speak up.

The back of the box says 4:3 aspect ratio. A sheet inside mentions letterbox and it played in letterbox format on my TV. Coloring seemed okay for an old flick to me, though unremarkable.

Although I'd rate the original movie 5 stars in its category, the DVD I received had a playback problem and seemed short.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than you might think... April 29, 2004
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I saw this film when it first came out. I loved it then and I love it now. The Widescreen version is great, though the colors have faded badly, and this "remastered" version isn't "re-imagined". The sound is fine, though, and with a little imagination, the film comes off well (I DO miss some of the colorful landscapes...the greens & reds are very washed-out, and this IS a film about plants!). A later-career performance by Howard Keel is solid, as is the performance of Nicole Maurey (her red hair comes thru!). The important scenes involving Kieron Moore and Janette Scott, filmed separately, were integrated well. There were no cast lists, but the performance of the little girl was wonderful, whomever she may be. I hate bad kid-actors. This IS a fine film; I remember the critics praising this film. I know director Sekely has made other films that I admire that I can't recall. This is definitly worth a look. John Wyndham's book is well translated to the screen. The goofy extras at the beginning are fun, though you can't forward to the film without watching them...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't WASTE your money on this
Don't WASTE your money on this. All you'll get is a dvd to use as a COASTER. TERRIBLE VIDEO QUALITY unfit for even youtube..
Published 5 hours ago by anyuser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was as described. Would buy from again.
Published 5 days ago by John Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Robert L. Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very old movie that I like alien spores from out of space old movies at a good price.
Published 8 days ago by Patty
5.0 out of 5 stars Video quality is good too. It is said that this DVD is ...
It is truly a wide screen version. Video quality is good too. It is said that this DVD is PAL formatted.
My OPPO Blu-Ray player plays all DVDs and Blu-Ray(s). Read more
Published 10 days ago by Hiro Yoshida
3.0 out of 5 stars The book was wonderful, the movie is really dated.
The special effects were awful. I felt badly that such a poor movie was made from such a wonderful book by John Wyndham.
Published 27 days ago by Penny
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality
I love this movie and I was very happy to buy it however when I got my copy and begin to watch the movie there is no Audio Halfway through the movie there was no sound ! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Cop
4.0 out of 5 stars This one's better if
This is a review of Il Giorno Dei Trifidi, the 1962 film. If you don't mind the titles in Italian and because you are a serious collector with an all-zone player, Amazon Italy has... Read more
Published 1 month ago by killer b
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favorite
This movie is an old classic that our family has always enjoyed. I was really glad to find it on DVD.
Published 1 month ago by L. Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheezy to a new level
The movie is put out by Cheezy Films, and it lived up to that is a great, cheesy film...exactly as I remember when I saw it as a teen in a theater.
Published 1 month ago by Marc Ostinato
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