The Day of the Triffids (2009)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sci-Fi Action Deleted Scenes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2009
Running Time 178:19
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (3:46) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Nick Copus
Studio
Distributor
Power
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Starring Dougray Scott
Joely Richardson
Eddie Izzard
Brian Cox
Vanessa Redgrave
Jason Priestly
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI Rental Music Alan D. Boyd


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The Day of the Triffids, a science fiction novel by John Wyndham has been adapted for movies and television three times including a 1962 film starring Howard Keel, a 1981 mini-series and now this latest mini-series adaptation made last year in 2009 for British/Canadian television. This one takes a slightly different tack to the others; it is set in the near future and the Triffids have been found in Zaire's jungles some years before and have been used by mankind to solve global warming. The Triffids produce oil which is used as a substitute for fossil fuels. For those who are not aware, the Triffids are large meat-eating plants which can move under their own steam and can poison people. They have been kept confined so that they cannot move or eat people. The males are also kept segregated from the females to avoid the plants spawning. This works fine until the day some spectacular solar flares see most of the world's population blinded. This combined with some environment guerrilla tactics results in the Triffids getting free and starting to feed on humans.

    There are very few sighted people left, some who decide to try to fight the Triffids and help those without sight and others who decide to try and turn the situation to their own advantage. The key sighted characters are

    This is a high quality television production with some great effects and a excellent cast of British actors. The show is well written keeping the story moving along well, building the tension through the nearly three hour running time (over two episodes). There were some occasional moments when you were asking yourself 'Why would they do that?' but not enough for it really to spoil the show. Dougray Scott did well as the angsty lead, Joely Richardson was believable as Jo and Eddie Izzard was suitably oily and crazy.

    The presentation on DVD is exactly as it was shown on television including the next time on and previously on sections.

    Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good but suffers a little from there being over 180 minutes on one disc.

    The feature is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. It is 16x9 enhanced widescreen. This is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout although there was some grainy sequences such as at 8:02 and also some background macro-blocking such as at 49:10. The shadow detail is average probably partially driven by the naturalistic lighting choices.

    The colour was quite good but the colour scheme reflects the downbeat nature of the show.

    There was also some minor aliasing such as at 7:20 and 41:09 in episode 2.

    There are no subtitles which is annoying as some of the dialogue is hard to work out.

    There is a layer change at 3:46 in episode 2 which is not very noticeable.
    

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Audio

    The audio is very good except for the dialogue.

    This DVD contains two audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448Kb/s and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 256Kb/s. The 2.0 track is the default so you need to actually choose the 5.1 to get it. Both are pretty good, but the 5.1 has quite a bit of surround usage.

    Dialogue is a bit difficult, with a combination of mumbling especially from Dougray Scott and dialogue being of too low volume. The subtitles are sorely missed at times..

    The dramatic score by Alan Boyd is surprisingly good for a television production adding significantly to the atmosphere of dread.

    The surround speakers are well used for music, rain, directional voices, explosions, gunfire and Triffid squelching.

    The subwoofer was also quite well used for explosions and the music.

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Extras

    

Menu

    The menu is still and silent.

Deleted Scenes (0:59, 1:34, 0:35, 0:30, 0:49, 1:32) 

    Six short deleted and extended scenes are included some of which do not have completed effects. Not much here really.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    It seems that our local disc is exactly the same as Disc 1 of the Region 2, 2 Disc set. The second disc in Region 2 includes a making of documentary and interviews with all the major cast members. The Region 2 is the pick. This show is also available locally on Blu-ray.

Summary

    A high quality science fiction television mini-series.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is very good except for the dialogue.

    Only some deleted scenes in the extras department.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, April 16, 2010
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