Quatermass And The Pit [DVD] 
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All six episodes from the classic British TV sci-fi series, penned by Nigel Kneale. Professor Bernard Quatermass' curiosity is aroused when ancient bones and a strange pod are dug up on a Knightsbridge building site. Closer inspection reveals the pod to be made of an unfeasibly strong material and to contain unidentifiable creatures inside it. Could this discovery begin to explain the string of disturbing events that have taken place in the area over the centuries, as well as the wave of sinister occurences that are now engulfing the entire city? This was in fact the third in the Quatermass series, and has been re-formatted for video and DVD release.
We have met the enemy, and it is us: when a Martian spacecraft with a terrifying link to the origins of humanity is unearthed beneath a London tube station, only the esteemed Professor Bernard Quatermass (a very British--and possibly mad--precursor to Mulder and Scully) can save London's suddenly murderous population from itself. One of the most intelligently paranoid science fiction films ever produced, this pessimistic masterpiece functions as a dark flip side to the relatively optimistic alien-induced evolution theory presented in the later 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nigel Kneale's brilliant script (which posits a surprisingly plausible, otherworldly rationale for the existence of the supernatural) was later appropriated by acknowledged fan John Carpenter for his underrated Prince of Darkness. A must-see for horror and science-fiction aficionados. --Andrew Wright, Amazon.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Five stars for content, four for the DVD release
I won't give away the plot, but it is a well written sci-fi script that questions the very nature of human evolution. It was so successful, it was remade by hammer films in 1967.
The DVD features no extra features, which isn't exactly anything to be happy about, but I don't think anything that could be used as extras survives anyway. The picture and sound quality can be quite poor at times, but this is IN NO WAY a reflection of the DVD transfer. Quite the opposite in fact, as the transfer holds up quite well considering the age and nature of the master prints. The picture is quite grainy. Sound has quite a lot of hiss, but again, it is the age of the masters and not the quality of the DVD. I would have rated this DVD as 5 stars if it had been mastered in its original 6 episode format as opposed to a compilation edit and restored using the original film-inserts that still exist, but since these only take up several minutes of a 3 hour program, they are not missed too badly.
All in all, if you are a fan of classic sci-fi and are looking for a good durable format as opposed to extras, you should not be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well edited version of the original teleplay, altered only to create a seamless narrative from the episodic format by Nigel Kneale himself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John A Howlett
I decided to write this review simply because I noticed that almost all the reviews are written by people who remember the original broadcast. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jay Gee
This doesn't reflect the quality of the programme, which is fabulous; however, Quatermass and the Pit is available alongside Quatermass 2 and the two remaining episodes of the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by a g s bishop
The ultimate "behind the sofa" scare fest of my childhood! No subsequent film version has ever come near it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R.G.A.HELLIWELL
I well remember, watching this tv series from underneath the dining table, which was shrouded by a maroon heavy cloth, the only way I felt secure enough to deal with the fright in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ACE
Thought it was something special by the price that was paid. Very disappointed. Just looked like a bog standard DVD.Published 13 months ago by Debbie Jelley
Wonderful; 55 years since I was scared stiff watching on our 17" Philco. Sound and picture quality were way beyond my expectations:A1 with 5 stars - many thanks!Published 16 months ago by bigfoot
This original BBC version is BBC at its best, made all the more authentic and scary due to the realistic feel of the production (probably due to the low budget). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
I bought this dvd as a gift for my brother, he likes this sort of stuff and is very pleased with it.Published on 28 Jan. 2013 by J. Swales