Customer Reviews


6 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the 1979 TV series: ignore the [1955] heading!, 7 Mar 2008
By 
R. Houghton (West Midlands England) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955] (DVD)
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!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the 1979 TV version, 23 Feb 2009
By 
Roger Gay "rogerfgay" (Haninge, Sweden) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955] (DVD)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quatermass-Almost there, 9 Nov 2010
By 
A. W. Wilson - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955] (DVD)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 4 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955] (DVD)
Worth the wait (from across the pond). Sir John Mills is always excellent. Picked up the 'original' series by mistake - not a patch on this version.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remember, 4 July 2011
By 
Greg (England) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955] (DVD)
So this is the final Quatermass story from 1979, starring John Mills. The rest of the cast list on the description is wrong.

The country has fallen into a state of near anarchy & Prince Charles is King (probably not connected). Gangs are fighting among themselves & against such authority as still exists. Also roaming around are 'Planet People' who believe that aliens are going to take them away. Against this backdrop, Quatermass is trying to find his grand-daughter, investigating the reason for a joint US-USSR space station being destroyed, and in his spare time looking into the destruction, by powerful beams of light, of young Planet People gathering at ancient sites.

This is Nigel Kneale at his best. The tension never lets up, mystery is heaped upon mystery and there is no room for humour. I hadn't seen this since it was first shown & I remembered it as being good but not brilliant. Having seen it again, I now realise that it is a classic. For me there were no signs of its age at all, except possibly for the slightly creaky space scenes - but these are kept to a minimum so the impact is negligible.

One observation rather than a criticism - Simon MacCorkindale & Ralph Arliss play Joe Kapp & Kickalong respectively. They are enemies on opposite sides of the spectrum - the scientist & a leader of the Planet People. Yet they look so similar that they could be brothers (Cain & Abel?). I'm not sure if this was deliberate or just chance, but it works very well.

Also incuded in this 2 disc version is the 90 minute movie version & a documentary about Stonehenge. There are no sub-titles.

The Quatermass Conclusion? - fantastic.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quatermass and the exploration of inner space., 30 Sep 2005
By 
Junglies (Morrisville, NC United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955] (DVD)
For years British science fiction has incorporated many of the traits of the nation: anti-authoritarian, individualistic, eccentric and scientific. From H.G. Wells through to the most recent reincarnation of Doctor Who these themes have been very common.
Quatermass and the television show Doomwatch have in mmany ways led the way for the rest of the shows to follow and have also gone to the most extreme view of what may be to come.
Many other reviewers have plundered the plot but very few have looked at the overiding ideological positions adopted by the creators of Quatermass. The familiar themes which charaterised this series of movies is very much in the vein of Wells and Wyndham the apolyptic vision, a society degenerating where the rule of law has broken down, anarchy in the UK, all of which can be found in some of the works of J.G. Ballard, and to soem extent Mike Moorcok. For stark contrast the Planet People, a pseudo-hippy movement without the drugs, breeze through the movie portrayed as having become rather mindless lotus eaters who are easy prey for the force yet can also kill and destroy.
Scientists are seen as having interferred with nature, a position closely associated with the green movement especially the Fundis in Germany. Quatermass qua as a scientist, is scorned for his views and his apparent contribution to the general sense of decay. Yet it is he who, working with the self same bueaucrats he clearly distains, strives to discover the evil nature of the force and to overcome it. Given the tremendous economic, social, political and environmental upheavals taking place in the 1970's it is not surprising that this mini-series carries a distinct socialist tone, not least of which are the pay cops, a parallel with the fire brigades of Farenheit 451, who are driven by the going rate in the market if they are to provide assistance. The movie is concerned too of the issues of youth versus old age and only barely touching on the question of euthanasia, still taboo even now.
All in all there is much food for thought in this movie aside from the scale and spectacle. It is instructive to compare and contrast this sort of movie with the general SF competition of the time where good always prevails over evil and losses tend to be relatively less.
The series carries a message of hope but it is not clear on which basis the hope rests: is it on science or is it on a naieve fundamentalist rejection of modern societies or simply put, getting ourselves back to the garden?
Quatermass has set the example for others to follow. They may have more gore as in 28 Days Later, but in many respects much of British Science Fiction has gone on to develop ideas found in it's reels.
To me science fiction has never been about science per se but merely a set of posible alternatives, call it a multiverse if you will. Not all futures may be rosy but regardless there is a strong belief in the human spirit and human ingenuity all tied to freedom being strong enough to see us through. This Quatermass, in my view shows us much more of that human spirit and the capacity to defeat adversity, and that is it's greatest strength
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955]
Used & New from: £59.99
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews