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Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955]

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  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,641 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Roger Gay on 23 Feb. 2009
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First, just in case you need confirmation after the first reviewer told you - this is the 1979 TV version, distributed in the USA by A&E and through another distributor to you most likely.

Now - as for giving it a 5 star rating. Nigel Kneale definitely deserved to continue his great work. It's easy to get picky about these things sometimes - it's a question of expectations. You loved the earlier stuff and so you expect the next one to transport you to another planet where you'll exist in eternal bliss - or you'll be disapointed. I'm too old to get caught up in that. Kneale brought a new dimension to this one - possibly due to the insight of greater life experience - but it's the real genuine item. By the end, I was blown away.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan Cadman on 27 Aug. 2015
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Long unavailable on DVD, the final instalment of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass saga now makes a welcome appearance on Blu-Ray, courtesy of Network. First transmitted in 1979, Kneale’s drama takes place in the relatively near future, with society on the verge of collapse and beset by the effects of gang violence, corrupt policing, and, in a clear nod to the programme’s historical moment, scheduled power cuts. At the same time, millions of young people are being increasingly drawn towards a mysterious cult, known as the Planet People, who believe they are destined to be transported to a new world. All of these conditions leave the human race prey to a mysterious alien power that targets gatherings at sites of ancient ritual, against which the former head of the British Rocket Group, Professor Bernard Quatermass, must pitch his wits. Kneale fans will be quick to recognise a number of familiar themes and pre-occupations – humanity’s innate violence, race memories, the vulnerability of science to political manoeuvring, and even a nod towards the kind of trashy TV he satirised in his dystopian play, The Year of the Sex Olympics – but it doesn’t quite reach the standard of his best work. In particular, the social comment, so rich and prescient in works like Quatermass and the Pit and The Year of the Sex Olympics, falls somewhat flat here – it now seems rather quaint, given that the serial appears so soon after the rise of the punk movement, that the Planet People, representing the youth in revolt, clearly owe more to sixties flower power. The serial is well directed, with Piers Haggard making good use of the resources available to convey the decline of British society; the acting, however, is variable, but I would still make a case for John Mills’s turn as Quatermass as one of his finest performances.Read more ›
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Houghton on 7 Mar. 2008
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Just thought I'd like to make it clearer that this version of Quatermass is, in fact, the 1979 TV version. It is a two disk box set which includes all 4 episodes on one disk and then the theatrical version and a documentary about stonehenge on the other disk. From the heading this isnt exactly clear, despite the photograph being of a box depicting John Mills. Why is the date for this 1979 in the first set of brackets and then 1955 in the second and why is the cast list from the 1955 version listed?

So if you are looking for the 1979 version, as I was, fondly remembered from my childhood ( embedded in my memory from when i was eight years old!) then this is the one. Really glad I found it at last!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2010
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Two things. Why is this wonderful DVD so much cheaper than the others listed? Also, I must state that I am a huge fan of Kneale, and feel that Q and the Pit is among the best Sci Fi ever and the the BBC TV serial has never been beaten. However, having said that there are so many negatives and positives about this last tale that I don't know where to start. Of course its all personal opinion, but perhaps worth sharing. First as I usually do, let's talk quality. Excellent Original Thames TV prints, and I think uncut. The cinema version and Stonehenge doc are for once worthy extras. That said, why do I have such mixed feelings about this? The negatives...I can't help thinking there is a better script waiting in the wings. This seems a bit hit and miss- We never really get into Q's quest for his granddaughter (I never knew he was married!!). Some of the characters are just so badly written-The Planet People are just ridiculous and all hopelessly overact. AS for the "Nursery Rhyme" they all chant- couldn't someone come up with something a bit more sinister? That underused actress Barbara Kellerman has little to do and her disapearence is, I think, mishandled. BUT..where Kneale really scores is his bleak portrayal of cities ravaged by out of control gangs, no go areas, private police etc. Come on, we aren't that far away from that now. Also the basic theme/plot is vintage Kneale and does keep you enthralled except I felt the ending botched a bit. Mills does his best as do most of the rest of the cast. As a Qutaermass completist I am delighted to add this to complete my collection of the entire available output. I hope no one objects to such a long list of negs and positive, it's cos I care . Despite my misgivings I heartily recomend this for intelligent Tv. It's not perfect but it's the last of it's kind-So 4 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By feline1 on 13 Sept. 2015
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Am absolutely delighted to see Network continuing to curate these gems from British TV history, and present them on BluRay looking and sounding better than they ever did on original transmission. They've gone back to the original 35mm film negatives, cleaned them up, and even seen fit to remix the original soundtrack elements in 5.1 surround sound. It looks great. And not only do we get the original 4-episode TV serial, they've also included the abridged widescreen edit that was made for cinema release overseas. My only real complaint is they don't release more of them!
As for the programme itself: well, fans debate the merits of this final installment in the Quatermass story, and where it ranks amoungst Nigel Kneale's other celebrated TV work. As usual, the role of Quatermass has been recast (here played as an avuncular, sensitive, reflective old buffer by John Mills), and here we're in full colour and in a dystopian future Britain, rather than a vintage black and white from the 1950s. Personally, whilst I wouldn't say the production is without its flaws, I feel it holds its own well with Kneale's other work: and that means it's certainly unsettling in parts. You don't watch a Nigel Kneale show without feeling your braincells have been subject to a subtle rearrangement by the end of it! We see a Britain wracked with urban decay and moronic New Age nitwits trying to make the lights go out, whilst the older generation try to cling on to things in saddened incomprehension. Although the way the 'Planet People' are realised on screen may appear a little 'quaint' or 'of-its-time' for contemporary viewers, the scenario itself still has the ring of a plausible possible future.
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