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The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD]
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The three original and groundbreaking 1950s BBC television series, one of the very first regular sci-fi programmes on British television. In the first series, Reginald Tate plays Professor Bernard Quatermass, head of the British Rocket Group, an experimental research body. Awaiting the return of the first manned flight into space, Quatermass sees the rocket crash miles off course with two of its three-man crew having disappeared. Tests reveal the rocket was attacked, and in a London hospital the surviving crewman is undergoing a terrible metamorphosis. In 'Quatermass II' strange metallic meteorites rain down over Winnerden Flats, an eerie new town in the vicinity of a highly guarded chemical plant. Professor Quatermass (John Robinson) is intrigued to discover that contact with the meteorites causes an unusual infection, and is astonished to find that the chemical plant appears to be modelled after his own design for a moonbase - a design that enables life to thrive in an artificial atmosphere. Quatermass' investigation uncovers a sinister conspiracy that extends from government level to the zombie-like workers who will stop at nothing to protect the plant. In the third series, 'Quatermass and the Pit', Andre Morell stars as Quatermass, whose curiosity is aroused when ancient bones and a strange pod are dug up on a Knightsbridge building site. Closer inspection reveals the pod to be made of an unfeasibly strong material and to contain unidentifiable creatures inside it. Could this discovery begin to explain the string of disturbing events that have taken place in the area over the centuries, as well as the wave of sinister occurences that are now engulfing the entire city? A radical and controversial series at the time, 'Quatermass' developed many visual techniques that greatly influenced later BBC series like 'Doctor Who.' Includes the two surviving episodes of series one, as well as the complete six episodes of series two and three.
A three-disc set of the classic horror stories. In The Quatermass Experiment Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. A malfunction sends the rocket and its three-man crew thousands of miles off course. When the rocket returns to Earth, it crashes in Wimbledon.
Quatermass II: Several years after the previous serial took place, Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his future son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, draws the Professor's attention to a strange hollow meteorite which interrupted an Army Training exercise.
Quatermass and The Pit: When a skull is found during building works at Knightsbridge, London, the work is halted in order that a full archaeological dig can proceed. The diggers delve deeper, finding more skulls, but also finding some form of tube-like shell made of a ceramic-like material. The Ministry of Defence believe it to be an unexploded bomb, but when they manage to dig inside the shell, dead insect-like creatures are found.
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The other two serials are fantastic. Quatermass II is sinister, dark and extremely creepy, with its story of alien invasion taking place inside a supposed synthetic food factory.
Quatermass and the Pit is incredibly good, and probably the best piece of science fiction ever made in the UK for TV, but that's just my opinion. I shall assume that everyone knows the story...
You also get a Quatermass history booklet written by the excellent Andrew Pixley. The DVD extras are great too, really nice to have The Kneale Tapes in my collection, there is a few other nice extras such as BBC FX me Kine and Wilkie chatting about their Quatermass work, while they stand next to one of the Martians from Quatermass and the Pit. Overall I would say this set is absolutely essential in any DVD collection of those that love TV sci fi and drama.
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.
I didn't even know there was a TV series but here it is and I gave it a go.
The black and white filming is very old but I was very impressed with the story, the sets and kept watching until the very end.
I am glad that this came by accident and i got to see an absolute classic.
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