Written by Nigel Kneale, as were all the Quatermass stories, this was an intelligent extrapolation of 1970's industrial-strife-ridden Britain, a continuation of the apocalyptic British SF tradition of John Wyndham (The Day of the Triffids was serialised by the BBC two years later). Thanks to a generous budget sufficient to allow for an international theatrical version, the production values are impressively large-scale, and the naturalistic performances from a cast including Simon MacCorkindale, Barbara Kellerman and Brenda Fricker add greatly to the sense of reality. Best of all, John Mills brings tremendous class to an adventure which remains a rare example of serious, ideas-based adult TV SF. Director Piers Haggard (Pennies from Heaven) packs considerable tension and not a few scares into Kneale's epic canvas.
On the DVD: Quatermass is presented on three DVDs with two 50-minute episodes and perfunctory production notes on each of the first two discs. The 4:3 picture is good for a 1970's TV series, though there is some minor print damage. Sound is adequate two-channel mono. Disc 3 offers the 101-minute international theatrical version, called The Quatermass Conclusion. This version contains some slightly stronger, 15-rated material, and different credits. The disc also features an oddly presented but interesting 18-minute interview with Nigel Kneale which is centred on the original three Quatermass BBC serials. A 16-page booklet is informative and the packaging is among the most attractive to grace a DVD set thus far. --Gary S Dalkin
Did not realise this would be entirely in Italian with not even any English subtitles. Useless to anyone who is not fluent in Italian.Published 4 months ago by Michael
This is a brilliant series hailing from the 1970's. Sir John Mills gives a fine preformance as the title character. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Peter robert bruford
"We can't shoot them sir, they're unarmed civilians!" Predictably rejected by an increasingly patronising BBC, this was one of the last thought-provoking dramas to be... Read morePublished 16 months ago by George Fox
Only in Italian - bought this by accident, can't even get english subtitles on it.
The reason for the One is due to the poor quality of the video footage. Read more
As descibed in other reviews, the packaging and service from Vicosell was good. But, the quality of the picture was poor and worse, the film was dubbed in Italian with no means of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by James Bolton
I've been after this for years but upset when got as it was in Italian, grainy Picture poor quality the english version it seems is out of stock and has been for some time on the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by P. Natali
I saw this a couple of decades ago and loved it, and would love to own it on DVD, but I'm flabbergasted that this release is only in one language; Italian. Read morePublished on 2 July 2013 by Paul Castle
I did not see that this did not include the original version and is only in Italian. It's a great product in a fine package but found the info a bit confusing hence my errorPublished on 3 May 2013 by mr richard e starzecki