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The BBC’s Threads has been remastered for a new Blu-ray release

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Ruth Beckett (KAREN MEAGHER)

© BBC 1984

Due to popular demand, Simply Media is releasing Threads, one of the most shocking and influential film about a nuclear apocalypse, on Blu-Ray for the first time in the UK, and on widescreen for the first time worldwide.

Nominated for seven BAFTAs, winning four including Best Single Drama, it was first broadcast on BBC Two in 1984 at the height of Cold War nuclear paranoia. Threads became one of the most significant films produced by the BBC.

Directed by Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard) and written by Barry Hines (Kes), Threads depicts the full effects of global nuclear war on the city of Sheffield.

The unflinching documentary-style drama covers the tense weeks leading up to the attack, the impact of the dropping of the bomb, and the bleak aftermath of the nuclear winter that follows.

This 2-disc set presents the original film remastered in 2K from the original BBC CRI 16 mm prints. It is now available in HD on Blu-Ray for the very first time in the UK, and includes the world premiere of the director-approved widescreen edition.

When the director Mick Jackson was shown the widescreen edition, he commented, “…a terrific job. If anything, I think it’s better than the original, in many, many ways…I’m very impressed by how careful and sensitive you’ve been in your choices, shot by shot. This is a terrific achievement and I wholeheartedly endorse it.”

Threads is out on Blu-ray from 17th December 2018.

Special Features Include:

  • Audio Commentaries with lead actress Karen Meagher (UK exclusive) and director Mick Jackson.
  • Director-approved widescreen edition.
  • PDF of Radio Times articles and letters (UK exclusive)
  • Documentaries: Shooting the Annihilation, Auditioning for the Apocalypse, Destruction Designer, Stephen Thrower on Threads.

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