The Quatermass Collection - BBC Collection details
|Starring:||Andre Morell, Duncan Lamont, Hugh Griffith, Reginald Tate, John Robinson|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
The Quatermass Experiment - BBC Collection *
|TBC Disc 1|
Quatermass 2 - BBC Collection
|TBC Disc 2|
Quatermass and the Pit - BBC Collection
|TBC Disc 3|
|Run time:||7 hours 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Apr 2005|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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The original and still the bestBy peterm (14 reviews) from Glasgow, Scotland , 06 Jul 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Forget the movie remakes and the BBC's own live version from 2005; this is a DVD collection of the original three Quatermass stories from the 1950s and as such is completely unmissable.
Classic, seminal stuff which has been digitally restored to perfection. It's a pity that only 2 episodes of the first story 'The Quatermass Experiment' exist (the other 4 were never recorded) but the stories 'Quatermass II' and 'Quatermass and the Pit' survive intact at 6 episodes each. There is an excellent documentary on Nigel Kneale and his work at the BBC on the first disc, and I'd urge you all to rent some of his other stuff if you enjoy this.
Most viewers will not find Quatermass enjoyable, as many have a complete intolerance to low production values and anything in black and white. Even worse, it's sci-fi which is a huge turn off to all but geeks like me. If this is your attitude, please revise it. Not only are these interesting, intelligent and gripping dramas in their own right (especially 'The Pit', although to be fair the final episode is a massive let down), their contribution to British TV as a whole can't be underestimated.
If you haven't seen the Quatermass Collection yet, I urge you all to at least give it a try.
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Made me an instant fanBy brokenking (268 reviews) from Bristol , 03 Dec 2013Now my brother and I grew up watching Doctor Who as my personal choice for British TV sci fi (Davidson-Mccoy era). Quatermaas was not something I even heard of till the I started seeing TV documentaries on sci fi and horror films. Well it was quite a discovery when I finally saw it. I could go on about the importance of Quatermass to TV sci fi but this is a review not an essay. Watch and you'll see why it has such a high standing. Yes it is a shame two thirds of the first series have been lost (I and others should have read the information provided better) but he second series is fun and the third makes for a surprisingly effective horror story. I enjoyed these so much I'm really looking forward to Hammer's version to se what they came up with.
Blank SpacemenBy a customer , 06 Nov 2013Very disappointing to find disc 1 has only two episodes leaving the viewer completely lost--there was no warning of this or I wouldnt have wasted my time. They could at least have included the script in text form for the rest of the story instead of expecting people to go off looking for a PDF.
One out of three ain't badBy Dismus (10 reviews) , 17 Jun 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]This collection is a testament to British Sci-Fi of the 1950's. It is a shame that there is only two episodes from 'The Quatermass Experiment' however 'Quatermass II' is complete as is 'Quatermass and The Pit'. Out of the three disc's, 'The Pit' is, in my opinion the best one. However I used to have the VHS version of this and after watching the DVD I wish I had keep't it, yes the DVD is much better quality but is let down by being serialized where as the VHS version was shown as a single film and was far more enjoyable. This is a enjoyable romp down memory lane and worth buying at the right price just for 'The Pit' alone but if you are going to rent it stick to disc three and avoid the rest.
They don't make them like this anymoreBy Metaliant (64 reviews) from Walsall , 28 Apr 2012The only reason the 1st disc has 3 and half stars is simply because because only the first 2 episodes has surived. Pity, this proves that you don't need billions of money to put into having fancy speical effects. All you need is a very good story, good acting and couple of sets.
Yes, yes I know it looks bad. After all this is British Telly in the 50s and most of the programmes have been either lost or wiped over but still the 2 episodes on Disc 1 do show how British TV sci-fi started and how good it can be.
Bad Quality 1950s Live TVBy MrLumpy (15 reviews) from Exeter , 04 Jan 2012The Quatermass Experiment - although I'm sure its a nostalgic hit for some, the quality was so bad I couldn't watch it. Remember this is early 1950s LIVE TV! If you are not interested in cinematic quality, then go for it but as a cinematic experience it was, for me, unwatchable.
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