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A highpoint of TV science fiction,
This review is from: The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this collection a couple of years ago, and have watched it a number of times especially Quatermass 3 - "Quatermass and the pit". All 3 programmes are worth viewing. Unfortunately the first, "The Quatermass experiment", is incomplete - only 2 episodes survive and the visual quality is pretty rough. Still, a fascinating time capsule of the era, and the complete script is available as a PDF extra with the set. "Quatermass 2" is complete, and well done within the budgetary and special FX constraints of the time. The gradual revealing of the alien threat behind government /Whitehall denials is effective. "Quatermass and the pit" is, in my opinion, the best scripted of the 3 with a vast "what if" underlying the complex unfolding story. The acting is fine all round, esp. Andre Morrell as Quatermass, and Cec Linder as Professor Rooney. The visual quality of this 3rd programme is also the best of the lot due in part to certain scenes being shot on film (not tape) originally, and a comprehensive restoration process that "cleaned up" and repaired the source materials as much as possible. An in-depth booklet covering the original production shoots, and detailing the restoration work done by the BBC is included. A must see for all fans of intelligent and thought provoking science fiction.
11/4//2011 NB: Anthony Bushell, who plays the part of Colonel Breen in "Quatermass and the pit", should also be lauded for his brilliant character acting in this 3rd series. Apart from the "viewing notes" booklet there are also a number of informative documentaries included with the set, featuring interviews with the writer Nigel Kneale and producer/director Rudolph Cartier.