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Drawing on 25 years of Quatermass legacy through films and television, Kneale and Haggard are uncompromising in their depiction of anarchy, decay, and desperate pockets of hope, and Mills is brilliant in his title role as a genius devoted to saving what's left of humanity. The result of their collaboration is the most compelling of all Quatermass adventures, and the most disturbing. While the four-hour Quatermass series is the one to watch, this two-disc DVD set also includes the truncated theatrical version and "The Enduring Mystery of Stonehenge," an hour-long episode of The History Channel's excellent series In Search of History, placing the fictional speculation of Quatermass in current historical context. All in all, a fascinating combination. --Jeff Shannon
- All four episodes, plus the rare theatrical version The Quatermass Conclusion
- "Enduring Mystery of Stonehenge" from the History Channel's In Search of History series
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Quatermass and the television show Doomwatch have in mmany ways led the way for the rest of the shows to follow and have also gone to the most extreme view of what may be to come.
Many other reviewers have plundered the plot but very few have looked at the overiding ideological positions adopted by the creators of Quatermass. The familiar themes which charaterised this series of movies is very much in the vein of Wells and Wyndham the apolyptic vision, a society degenerating where the rule of law has broken down, anarchy in the UK, all of which can be found in some of the works of J.G. Ballard, and to soem extent Mike Moorcok. For stark contrast the Planet People, a pseudo-hippy movement without the drugs, breeze through the movie portrayed as having become rather mindless lotus eaters who are easy prey for the force yet can also kill and destroy.
Scientists are seen as having interferred with nature, a position closely associated with the green movement especially the Fundis in Germany. Quatermass qua as a scientist, is scorned for his views and his apparent contribution to the general sense of decay. Yet it is he who, working with the self same bueaucrats he clearly distains, strives to discover the evil nature of the force and to overcome it.Read more ›
i watch this set every year or so, and i enjoy it each time as i discover more philosphical notions i missed the last time.
goes great with a glass of Cab and a bowl of stew on a cold winter's day.
All of the world's youth are becoming "Planet People." They're making pilgrimages to places like Stonehenge where they expect to be transported to another planet. They sing songs and chant things, like "Soon" and "Planet."
The scientists in the story think the Planet People are mad, until some get beamed up, or vaporized, at Ringstone Round. The Planet People feel validated. The scientists are irritated -- they suspect the Planet People are being harvested.
Quatermass is trying to find his granddaughter and get her rehabilitated before she gets beamed up, or vaporized.
Come to think of it, the whole show is kind of like "Footloose," told through the parents' eyes -- if the parents were scientists instead of religious fundamentalists, and it took place in the future. This time, though, in the end, it's not love, but the bomb that brings everyone together.
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1, This is not a BBC production in any way.
This version in 1979 was made by uk's ITV, who are not a subsiduary or in any way related to the BBC, the clue is in the name,... Read more
Years after the original mass stories, an older Professor Bernard Quatemass is searching for his estranged granddaughter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bernie
Expensive for what you get but you just have to have this classic in your library.Published 7 months ago by flup
I was extremely disappointed with this. I liked John Mills in the movies that I had seen that he made. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Judith Gribble
Charged additional postage when collecting from Post Office (later refunded).
Advised supplier that item was received in an unfit state, smelling badly of tobacco throughout. Read more
A fantastic film and series that will appeal to anyone who dislikes dangerous cults and the rise of psuedo-science. It is a shame that this hidden gem is not better known.Published on September 10, 2013 by Beverley Candy
I am a huge Quatermass fan and loved all of Nigel Kneale's Quatermass serials from the 1950s and all of Hammer's movie remakes. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Jero Briggs
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