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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem from the golden age of British sci-fi, 19 Aug 2008
This review is from: The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD] (DVD)
Long long before camp time travellers and lightweight, politically correct, CGI-bolstered pap masquerading as sci-fi, the genius of Nigel Kneale created the magnificently human professor Bernard Quatermass. Kneale knew the secret of great sci-fi - to make the unbelievable believable and use the greatest asset of all - the viewers' imagination.

Never formulaic, this is edgy, unpredictable stuff. If you are watching for the first time, I really envy you! One moment you are enjoying the cosy reassurance of softly illuminated banks of radio equipment in the back of a Landrover and the next you are in the midst of the chilling reality of an alien encounter.

The presentation is excellent, although sadly, the original Quatermass Experiment is incomplete. The remaining 4 episodes are presented as scanned PDF files of the original, heavily annotated, typed scripts and are utterly fascinating, if somewhat difficult to read in places. It's worth persevering with though and remember - this was just 8 years after WW2, when scary stuff coming out of the sky was a reality to Britain's urban population.

Quatermass 2 is nothing short of superb and you will find it hard to believe that the plot involving the zombification of humanity predates the big-screen living dead genre by decades. Lovely cameo from old man Steptoe too!

Finally, the utterly sublime Quatermass and the Pit is a genuinely creepy tour de force. Far more atmospheric than the big-screen version, this is crying out to be watched late at night in a darkened room! André Morell was, for me, the definitive Quatermass, and QATP was almost certainly Kneale's finest creation.

Photo galleries, documentaries and highly informative viewing notes complement this marvellous DVD set which is your passport to rediscovering what sci-fi is all about.

An essential purchase!
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2008 20:32:40 BDT
mr_inferno says:
Brilliant review of this classic set, excellent stuff!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2008 19:03:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 May 2013 18:10:49 BDT
Cartimand says:
Thanks! I see from your other reviews that you clearly appreciate Kneale's wonderful creation. Based on the strength of your review I will probably add the Quatermass Memoirs to my next Amazon order.
Regards,
- Cartimand

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2008 18:35:29 BDT
mr_inferno says:
Thank you, I've just read your QM review, probably the best of the lot there in all fairness. I think that I may have been a slight bit over keen about the radio serial to start with, now in hindsight it's not such a brilliant work, but like you said in your review it works as a great companion piece.
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