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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection -- but deceptively incomplete., 29 Dec. 2011
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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
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.

Posted on 19 Mar 2014 18:51:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Mar 2014 19:05:57 GMT
peejay says:
Quatermass and the Pit has stood the test of time superbly. Acting and production techniques were far better in this, the later production. It's far better in every way than the Hammer film production with the terrible Brian Donlevy as Quatermass.
James Cobb is right -- the cover implies that all three stories are complete. Misrepresentation?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2014 15:06:45 BDT
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Posted on 23 Nov 2014 20:22:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2014 22:49:29 GMT
Episodes 3-6 of The Quatermass Experiment have never existed on any tape at any time. The only way that anybody could possibly have watched those episodes is to have watched them on the BBC Television Service in 1953, at the time of their original transmissions, when they were shot live.

Episodes 1-2 of The Quatermass Experiment exist because of a primitive way of sticking cameras in front of a television set, as they transmitted live at the time. The results for 1953 technology were deemed to be of poor quality, so they didn't repeat the process for Episodes 3-6. By the time of Quatermass II in 1955, technology was somewhat better, so they telerecorded the whole serial.
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