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Great Collection -- but deceptively incomplete.,
This review is from: The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD] (DVD)Although the video quality is mostly pretty poor, two of the three stories in this collection are real historical gems. It is deceptive because the promotion of this collection implies it has three stories: (1) The "Quatermass Experiment" (the first Quatermass story), (2) "Quatermass II" and (3)"Quatermass & the Pit". It does NOT really have all 3 stories. All 3 stories were originally broadcast as three 6 part mini-series: a total of 18 episodes. The "Quatermass Experiment" is mostly missing: only the first 2 of 6 episodes are on the DVD -- 2/3 of the story is NOT on the DVD. The other two stories are wonderfully complete. The "Quatermass Experiment" DVD indicated that PDF files of the scripts for missing 4 episodes were on the DVD -- but could only be accessed if the DVD was played back on a computer ... they are not accessible if played back on a regular DVD player. It seems to me that since the first Quatermass story was 2/3 missing -- it would be more appropriate to include those 2 episodes as a "Special Features" footnote rather than imply that the whole story was included. Small print on the back of the DVD case does comment that only the first 2 episodes of the first story are included but a LARGE story title on the front cover implies the story is included in the collection.... The absence of 2/3 of the story should be noted up-front ... not in small print on the back.
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Initial post: 9 Apr 2012 13:59:26 BDT
A. J. HAWKEN says:
I agree. More importantly the information you mention should be in the description provided by Amazon. After all, there is no chance of reading this small print until you have actually purchased the DVD set.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 16:00:18 GMT
Steven M. Taylor says:
This collection has very limited commercial appeal and almost falls under 'special interest', I'd imagine the vast majority purchasing would be well aware of the archive status of The Quatermass Experiment.
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