When the Wind Blows (DVD+BLU)
Raymond Briggs classic British animation about a retired couple Jim and Hilda Bloggs (voices of Sir John Mills and Dame Peggy Ashcroft) follow the post-Holocaust regulation brochure to its minutest detail, oblivious to the fact that their hair is falling out and dust is raining on them constantly.
When the Wind Blows is a story about love, tenderness, humanity and hope in the face of nuclear war. Adapted by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, Ethel and Ernest) from his best-selling graphic novel, it features an original soundtrack by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and title song by David Bowie.
Jim and Hilda Bloggs (voiced by Sir John Mills and Dame Peggy Ashcroft) are a middle-aged couple who put their faith in the government as they prepare for nuclear war. When the countdown begins, they roll up their sleeves and follow the advice contained in the real-life official booklet of the time, "Protect and Survive". They whitewash their windows white, build a shelter out of doors and pillows, take the washing in and put away packets of ginger nuts, a tin of pineapple chunks and a good supply of tea.
This legendary, cautionary tale is both humorous and macabre in its consideration of one of the most horrific possibilities of modern life.
Packed with special features including interviews, a documentary on the director and the public information film Protect and Survive (1975).
What the press said
'Aching with love and bitterness... the laughter has choked in our throats long before the end' – Guardian
'While Mick Jackson's telemovie Threads remains the screen's most potent account of mass panic on apocalypse day, this British to-the-frame adaptation of Raymond Briggs' graphic novella is unquestionably the most humane. Powerful stuff.' – Empire
No. Discs: DVD + BLU-RAY
Running Time: 1 hr 24
Release Date: 22 Jan 2018