Blu-ray Release: When the Wind Blows

Blu-ray Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

The 1986 animated film When the Wind Blows is a dark comedy-drama directed by veteran Japanese-American animator Jimmy Murakami, who passed away this year at the age of 80.

When the Wind Blows movie sceneJim and Hilda Bloggs (voiced by legendary English actors Peggy Ashcroft and John Mills), a middle-class, elderly  British couple who, with the help of government-issued pamphlets, build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II. There home is hit indirectly by a Soviet nuclear bomb, leaving it in ashes and barely standing, with the couple surviving by ducking behind a door that Jim set up as an inner refuge. But barely surviving the attack is not enough, as they steadily fall prey to lethal radiation sickness…

A well-regarded Britsh cult entry (and a sad one!), When the Wind Blows offers a soundtrack featuring music by Roger Waters, Genesis, Squeeze, Paul Hardcastle and David Bowie, who performs the title song.

The Blu-ray will include with isolated music and effects track, audio commentary by Twilight Time’s Nick Redman and Wind’s assistant editor Joe Fordham, a vintage ‘making of’ featurette, an archival interview with author/screenwriter Raymond Briggs, and a 2010 feature-length documentary Jimmy Murakami: Non-Alien directed by Sé Merry Doyle.

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to pre-order your Blu-ray discs directly from distributor Screen Archives NOW!

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.