Day After

The Day After

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Cast: Jason Robards Jr., JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg

     
 
One of the most harrowing cinematic studies in the effect of nuclear war on the human race, The Day After comes to DVD courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment. Presented as originally aired in 1.33:1 full-frame, the image is near flawless. Color balance is even, skin tones accurate, and there appears to be little if any evidence of edge enhancement

Overview

One of the most harrowing cinematic studies in the effect of nuclear war on the human race, The Day After comes to DVD courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment. Presented as originally aired in 1.33:1 full-frame, the image is near flawless. Color balance is even, skin tones accurate, and there appears to be little if any evidence of edge enhancement or digital artifacting. A solid English Dolby Digital Mono audio mix rounds the disc out nicely, remaining free of distortion or hiss throughout. The fact that The Day After was one of the most controversial telefilms ever produced (during the original airing there were no commercials following the nuclear attack sequence) makes the absence of extra features something of a curiosity; it certainly would have been interesting had MGM seen fit to include the televised discussion between Dr. Carl Sagan and William F. Buckley that followed the original airing.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
During a period of heightened Reagan-era Cold War paranoia, ABC aired this lightning rod of controversy and media attention, whose graphic depiction of nuclear holocaust engendered discussions about whether parents should allow their children to view the nightmarish images. The Day After remains one of the best-known made-for-television movies, and is still a halting piece of precautionary propaganda about nuclear arms control. If leveling a heartland Kansas city through a nuclear blast and subsequent nuclear winter weren't scary enough, director Nicholas Meyer imagines the apocalyptic moment with indelible terror: following the flash, the bodies are frozen mid-stride, then skeletonized, then incinerated into a silhouette of light, then wiped clean from existence. While the immediate carnage is horrific, the wasteland aftermath is where the film really makes its case. Picking through rubble, the survivors form lawless clans to stay alive before the radiation sickness kills them or the sheer misery of it all drives them insane. The familiar cast, including Jason Robards, Steve Guttenberg, Jobeth Williams, and John Lithgow, gives viewers the impression that they know the people who are coping with this disaster. The last long shot of Robards, weeping among the ashes, will linger in their minds. Rarely has there been a TV movie so uncompromising in its intensity as The Day After.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
UPC:
0027616911254
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Robards Dr. Russell Oakes
JoBeth Williams Nacy Bauer
Steve Guttenberg Stephen Klein
John Cullum Jim Dahlberg
John Lithgow Joe Huxley
Amy Madigan Alison Ransom
William Allen Young Actor
Calvin Jung Actor
Lin McCarthy Actor
Dennis Lipscomb Actor
Clayton Day Actor
Bibi Besch Eve Dahlberg
Jeff East Bruce Gallatin
Georgann Johnson Helen Oakes
Lori Lethin Denise Dahlberg

Technical Credits
Nicholas Meyer Director
William P. Dornisch Editor
Robert Florio Editor
Edward C. Hume Screenwriter
Robert A. Papazian Producer
David Raksin Score Composer
Gayne Rescher Cinematographer
Peter W. Wooley Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Ordinary Day/Main Title [6:29]
2. Art History [7:16]
3. The Silos [5:20]
4. Stage 2 Alert [6:38]
5. Grim Outlook [6:50]
6. Evacuation [6:09]
7. Emergency Broadcast [6:17]
8. First Strike [7:14]
9. Panic in the Streets [3:12]
10. The Unthinkable [3:12]
11. Nuclear Winter [6:50]
12. The Fallout [7:05]
13. Repaying a Debt [5:31]
14. A World Gone Mad [6:58]
15. The Survivors [5:50]
16. Presidential Address [5:52]
17. No Trespassing [7:16]
18. Going Home [6:58]
19. Life [6:20]
20. Hope/End Credits [7:01]

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