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Hobbs End, Knightsbridge, London. Whilst working on a new subway tunnel for the London Underground a group of construction workers uncover a strangely shaped skull amongst the rubble. Nearby is another discovery: a large, mysterious and impenetrable metal object. Initially mistaken for an unexploded bomb the origins of the object and its strange power are far more horrific and terrifying than anybody could have possibly imagined. Is it of this earth? Could it be the ancestral link to mankind’s evolution? Or could it be an ancient link to unleashing ultimate evil? There’s only one man capable of unravelling the clues, his name is Professor Bernard Quatermass, a man of science who thrives on the dark mysteries of the world, a man with answers.
Written by legendary screenwriter Nigel Kneale, Quatermass and The Pit is a seminal British sci-fi classic. Highly influential, it’s renowned for its creepy plot and eerie, disturbing atmosphere. There is nothing else like it.
Featuring cover art by Olly Moss
Special Features include:
- New UK exclusive interviews with Julian Glover, Mark Gatiss, Judith Kerr, Kim Newman and Marcus Hearn
- Audio commentary with Nigel Kneale and Roy Ward Baker
- World of Hammer – Sci-Fi Episode
- UK and US trailers
- Interview with Joe Dante
We have met the enemy, and it is us: when a Martian spacecraft with a terrifying link to the origins of humanity is unearthed beneath a London tube station, only the esteemed Professor Bernard Quatermass (a very British--and possibly mad--precursor to Mulder and Scully) can save London's suddenly murderous population from itself. One of the most intelligently paranoid science fiction films ever produced, this pessimistic masterpiece functions as a dark flip side to the relatively optimistic alien-induced evolution theory presented in the later 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nigel Kneale's brilliant script (which posits a surprisingly plausible, otherworldly rationale for the existence of the supernatural) was later appropriated by acknowledged fan John Carpenter for his underrated Prince of Darkness. A must-see for horror and science-fiction aficionados. --Andrew Wright, Amazon.com
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I first saw this film two decades ago, when I managed to record it off the TV, and soon wore out the video by watching it so often. It's a great example of its genre, and still superb today. The scientists are scientific, the army officer annoying, the plot marvellously constructed, and the effects a strange combination of the superb and the slightly ropey - exactly what you want from a classic sci-fi/Hammer adventure of the sixties. There's not a single scene or pseudo-fact out of place, and no extraneously irrelevant love interest getting in the way either. Even the film loop behind the end-titles is unsettling; to this day I can't decide what sort of ending the film has; "good" has triumphed, but at what cost?
All in all, a great film, and well worth watching. Five stars.
I love this film and watch it about once a year. The scene in Hobb's lane, when the policeman is telling Quatermass and his assistant about the strange noises and figures, is just excellent, and so spooky.
The running commentary is from the 1998 laserdisc but a lot of the extras on this disc are new.
For any fans of Hammer who are keeping a count of Hammer releases on blu-ray, in the past year we've had
1/ PARANOIAC! (UK 2/ Vampire Circus (USA) 3/The Vampire Lovers (Oz) 4/ The Man who could Cheat Death (USA) but Quatermass is easily the best restoration of the bunch and the one to be used as the standard bearer for future releases.
I sat with fingers crossed, hoping that my purchase would be worth while. After the first ten minutes or so, I breathed a sigh of relief as I was more than pleased with the HD Transfer which is very good indeed. In fact, in some scenes, the clarity was so good, background scenes were more noticeable, especially during the final scenes. The only downside is that the soundtrack is stereo and not 5:1 which would have been nice. Still, it is only a minor quibble, for the stereo soundtrack is more than adequate.
One other quibble is the artwork on the box which has nothing to do with the production whatsoever. Rather silly in fact, it should have been the original artwork first seen during the film's initial release in 1967.
There is no need for me to spell out the plot since it is so well known in any case. I was particularly pleased with the extras, especially the interviews with Julian Glover, Mrs Nigel Kneale who revealed her own personal feelings about the Quatermass productions, and Marcus Hearn, a Hammer historian who gave his own views on Hammer films. There are a few more interviews here worth seeing, and also a trailer.
A very good purchase for any Quatermass and Hammer fan. I have also noticed that Hammer are already re-releasing some of their earlier 1950s/1960s classics on Blu-Ray, and I understand that the 1958 classic Dracula is being released later in the year. I cannot wait for that one!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great film; the aliens are a little amateurish but the rest of the film has stood the test of timePublished 10 days ago by Paul Warwick
Awesome classic sf doesn't come any better than this. Very good picture quality.Published 3 months ago by mark
A real eye opener and I thought I knew this film backwards and forwards. The extra's are a real treat.Published 4 months ago by Charles Endell Esq
Great film & genesis of many films that followed - still powerful particularly if you have the volume loud for the end sequence.Published 4 months ago by mark jones