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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ZKKLRQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,241 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MR.M.L.SCREEN on 4 Aug. 2013
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Throw all the Modern day effects you like into our latest Sci-fi movies and you will still be missing the point of it all.
It is all about the story,
Without it your just spending millions on a (alright they are technical wizards) bunch of people to sit down for 23 hours a day for a month and stare at a computer screen and generate a movie for you.

Maybe it was easier back in the day for Sci-fi, I suppose any and every story was new to the genre.
Where as today the stories have been recycled so much you need to spend a hundred million to tempt people to sit and watch.
any way, Quatermass 2 is awesome!

A B&W movie Filmed in England, Didn't Cost £100m to make, Cost me £7 to buy.!

There's only one way to beat them, and its not join them, its destroy them!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Autonome on 17 Feb. 2012
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Val Guest's adaptation of Nigel Kneale's BBC program Quatermass II would prove again more lasting than the 3-hour TV show it was inspired from. Contrary to the first "Quatermass" movie, Kneale was involved in the film since he wrote the film screenplay. However, as in the first film, Val Guest compressed the story even more and, contrary to the author's recommendation, Guest re-hired Brian Donlevy as the scientist. This explains why both men have never quite seen eye-to-eye about these movies. More than 50 years down the road, history has remembered Val Guest's two films much more than the series they were adapted from, and with reason. "Quatermass 2" is a science fiction masterpiece, a completely paranoid movie, talking about the infiltration of the higher political spheres by an alien power, and where it is down to two men to reveal the truth. This feeling of angst, loneliness and manipulation is enhanced by the ghostly location of a Shell oil refinery duplicating for the aliens' headquarters, while the manipulative side is enhanced by the logo of the invaders, permeating every aspect of the lives of the people working for them. Watching this film, one cannot help feel that it was a strong inspiration for Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner some ten years later. The cast is just great. Donlevy carries the weight of the planet's safety on his (broad) shoulders and carries the movie with strength and passion. He is assisted by classic British actor John Longden, best remembered as the male lead in Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail in 1929. The strange feeling of eeriness is prolonged by the commentary of Val Guest and Nigel Kneale, obviously not in the same room. The commentary is less enlightening than for "Xperiment" or "X the unknown" but it is good to see the older Val Guest, a brilliant craftsman of British cinema, be recognized as one of the masters, and witness the almost posthumous success of this SciFi masterpiece. Well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr G on 24 Sept. 2013
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"Quatermass 2" is that rarest of beasts - a sequel that is a lot better than the first - and although it's nigh on six decades old and the monsters could've been made on Blue Peter, it has stood the test of time thanks to a really gripping story.
What makes Q2 chillingly efective is that the sinister plot takes place in tranquil, civilised 1950s England. What lurks inside those mysterious domes in the secretive government facility, and why is it being guarded by what appear to be British soldiers? What's causing the strange meteor showers, and what dark secret is being hidden by apparently stiff-upper-lip civil servants? All is not what it seems and the film ratchets up the suspense brilliantly.
Brian Donlevy plays the good scientist with a great sense of urgency, and praise also for Sid James in his only straight role. Interestingly, Quatermass 2 was made the same year the Soviets launched the world's fisrt satellite when paranoia was rife, and this could partly explain why it's more eerily creepy than many of the big budget ones that followed. I would go as far as to rate it the best British sci fi movie ever made.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 April 2003
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As far as I know, this Quatermass classic has never been released on video. Now, it makes a welcome return to DVD to satisfy Quatermass fans like myself everywhere. Filmed on a low budget, and curiously enough, in the same plant as where the original television series (first shown during the autumn of 1955) locations were filmed. Fast moving, exciting, and thought provoking (the secrecy which surrounds Whitehall for instance, sounds familiar?) Brian Donlevy who was brought from the states to portray the lead in order to sell the film to the American market, does play the part with agression, style and with much thought, to the original writer Nigel Kneale's profound annoyance! A really good all round entertaining film, aided by a wonderful music score; listen to the music at the opening credits for instance; it will make your spine tingle.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Alan Altman on 24 April 2003
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As a young teen here in the States, I saw "Quatermass 2" in a local theater and thought it to be superior film-making. This example of UK Sci-fi has been most professionally done and is far superior to the "War of the Worlds" or even "Forbidden Planet" special effects-based American attempts. I have been looking for it ever since the advent of VHS tape. There was a time when I woundered if it was a figment of my imagination since so few people in the US had ever heard of it and it has never appeared on American television. "Quatermass 2" is a serious attempt at quality filmaking in the Robert Wise "Day the Earth Stood Still" genre. While escapist in theme, the filmakers obviously did a most thorough job in presenting the piece with an almost "film noir" look to it. It was always a dream of mine to see it once again. See this film! You will not be dissapointed.
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