When the Wind Blows (1986) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

When the Wind Blows (1986) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

When the Wind Blows (1986) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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When the Wind Blows (1986) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jimmy T. Murakami
Starring: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, David Dundas

There have been enough post-holocaust nuclear winter films to constitute a genre,” says Time Out, “but there has never been anything quite like this.” Three decades after it first shattered audiences worldwide, Severin Kids is proud to present the animated classic about an elderly couple – voiced by Academy Award® winners Sir John Mills and Dame Peggy Ashcroft – attempting to survive the aftermath of a nuclear war. Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami (HEAVY METAL, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS), adapted by Raymond Briggs from his acclaimed graphic novel, and featuring an original score by Roger Waters with the title song by David Bowie, experience what Rock! Shock! Pop! calls “A fascinating achievement in filmmaking, and one that remains timeless more than 30 years after its creation.

When the Wind Blows was a comic book and as you can tell here a movie. Now, I’m not sure if it was really aimed at kids or not, but this tale of an older couple that isn’t really doing a good job dealing with the before and after-effects of a nuke is a very strange movie and a bit freaky in more than one way. The story is a slow one, but it’s unquestionably eerie. The story is one that pulls you in and when the stuff hits the fan the aftermath keeps you. I also couldn’t help but notice the eerie style of the movie as well. It blends in some real footage with the animation and I think doing that just added on to the weird tone of the whole thing. You probably haven’t seen anything like this, stuff like Tommy and The Wall might be the closes that I can recall.

Speaking of The Wall, Roger Waters from Pink Floyd himself helped put together the soundtrack on this one. We have David Bowie, we have Genesis, and we have a group put together with Waters singing as well. It all fits and adds to the overall presentation of what we get here. When the Wind Blows is a creative sight to see even if the plot doesn’t really give you too many bells and whistles. It’s a more realistic method with some cool animation and music to go with it. If you like the weirder side of artsy films then you should for sure check this one out. I just wish we got a soundtrack with this one because the music is a highlight for sure.


  • Jimmy Murakami: Non-Alien – Feature-Length Documentary about the Film’s Director.
  • The Wind and The Bomb – The Making of WHEN THE WIND BLOWS.
  • Audio Commentary with First Assistant Editor Joe Fordham and Film Historian Nick Redman
  • An Interview with Raymond Briggs.
  • Protect and Survive – public information film designed to be broadcast when a nuclear attack was imminent.
  • Isolated Music and Effects Audio Track.
  • Trailers.

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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