Quatermass and the Pit
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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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. ...Quatermass and the Pit ( Five Million Years to Earth ) ( The Mind Benders (Quarter mass & the Pit) ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)
- Aspect Ratio : 1.66:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 16 x 12.7 x 1.27 cm; 226.8 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 5055201815569
- Director : Roy Ward Baker
- Media Format : Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 97 minutes
- Actors : Andrew Keir, Julian Glover, Bryan Marshall, James Donald, Barbara Shelley
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Studiocanal
- ASIN : B00525QJYO
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 36,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There's maybe a 50/50 mix of both sources with some obvious differences resolutions ... but its all perfectly watchable. Transition between the two sources are smoothly handled since the audio, image brightness, and contrast are consistent.
As you get into the story you won't be paying much attention to those technical aspects anyway. The story is intelligent, engaging, and well acted ... although Andre Morell never disappoints. It's great to see the original after only seeing the 1967 Hammer films remake. This is a great addition to your collection for any fans of classic sci-fi.
Viewed with the original from the 2005 BBC Quatermass collection little new seems to have been added and some of the scenes in the Blue Ray appear worse,especially hair rendering, difficult in any restoration.
There are no new scenes in this Blue Ray.
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First off I won't be reviewing the episodes or giving you a breakdown of what happens. I shall instead compare and contrast between my VHS and DVD originals and this Bluray.
If the new Bluray is glittering Diamond then the DVD picture quality is the uncut Diamond on its first discovery and that makes the VHS version the dog poo scraped from the miners boot.
I never expected much improvement to my old DVD but this blew me away. It felt vibrant stark and beautiful in turn. A well crafted piece of Television legend. And the definitive antecedent to Doctor Who. Please buy this. You won't regret it.
The story revolves around the digging of an extension to the London Underground railway network at ‘Hobb’s End’ when workmen uncover what looks like a fossilised skull in the excavations; the skull appears to have some unusual characteristics so palaeontologist Dr. Roney (James Donald) and his staff are called in to investigate. During their investigation they uncover more bones, and then what they think is an unexploded bomb left over from the Second World War. The whole area is then cordoned off and British Army bomb disposal experts are called in to deal with it. From this point on things really start getting mysterious and creepy; it turns out that the so-called ‘unexploded bomb’ isn’t a bomb at all, but an alien spacecraft that has been lying dormant in the earth for at least five million years. The craft is made of an indestructible material that is non-corrosive, harder than diamond, and completely impervious to the heat of an oxyacetylene blow torch! Not even a ‘Borazon drill’ (whatever that is) can penetrate its surface!
What is even more perplexing is that the craft seems to possess inexplicable supernatural properties; etched into the internal bulkhead of this indestructible spacecraft is the symbol of a pentacle of the type used in ancient cabalistic magic; the very hull and substance of the craft seemingly having the independent ability to ‘think’ and generate spectral images of ‘ghosts’, ‘imps’, and ‘horned demons’, and then take control of people’s minds!
Things really start popping when some nitwit in government (where else?) decides that the only way to alleviate public and national concern is to stage a live, public television broadcast interview with the national press and the political and military representatives of the establishment, and to hold that interview in the pit itself to demonstrate to the country that there really is no danger. That’s when all hell breaks loose and the thing in the pit suddenly comes alive and starts morphing into a gigantic entity of heat and energy, triggering a mass stampede of panic and terror. Among the panic and mayhem, the thing starts breaking out of the pit and up through the road surface above. Once it dominates the London skyline, it starts taking over the minds of the people of London, resulting in violent panic, mayhem, death, wholesale carnage and catastrophic destruction.
Yes friends, sounds like another fun-day out for all the family!
Andrew Kier is perfectly cast as Prof. Quatermass and delivers a fine performance of authority and common sense; Julian Glover is also perfectly cast as the pompous, arrogant, self-opinionated ‘know-it-all’ Col. Breen. As a story, “Quatermass and The Pit” is quite fresh and original and is part of a ‘Quatermass’ trilogy written back in the 1950s by Nigel Kneale (who also wrote the screenplay for this film and the teleplay for the 1958 BBC serial).
The special effects are pretty basic compared to today’s standards and reflect the film’s low budget investment (there was no CGI back in 1967) but that doesn’t detract from the impact of the story, the story itself is first rate, quite new, and original, and has some genuinely scary moments. If this film was re-made today, with the digital special effects they have now, this film would be sensational.
This is not so much a science fiction ‘horror’ in the usual sense, but more like a supernatural science fiction thriller (if there can be such a thing). If you liked stories such as ‘Village of The Damned’ or ‘Day of the Triffids’, or 'Night of The Demon', then this film will be right up your street. It’s certainly one of the best films to come out of the Hammer studios during the 1960s. If you are a Hammer horror fan, this film will probably be in your collection already. Given its low-budget limitations, this is still one of my favourite films to watch.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2018
One is the 1958 BBC TV series , abysmal in both quality and story. Cardboard sets and wooden actors.
The other is the superior film version by Hammer.
Despite informing them of their mistake some time ago, as with most things Amazon, they simply refuse to acknowledge the correction of their mistake and continue to annoy and irritate their customers.