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Product Details

  • Actors: John Mills, Simon MacCorkindale, Ralph Arliss, Paul Rosebury, Jane Bertish
  • Directors: Piers Haggard
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNOM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,753 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Quatermass" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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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Product Description

As the millennium draws to a close, civilization is on the verge of collapse. Gangs rule the streets. Books are burned for fuel. And a monstrous force from outer space is destroying the world's youth. Planet Earth is in dire need of a hero. Enter the world's greatest rocket scientist--Professor Bernard Quatermass. Fresh out of retirement, the aging Quatermass is as brilliant and plucky as ever. While London crumbles under anarchy, the professor uses his powerful intellect to marshal assistance from American and Russian quarters and combat what could be the planet's final enemy. Along the way, he hopes to be reunited with his missing 16-year-old granddaughter. One of sci-fi's most original creations, inspiring favorites like The X-Files, this classic 1970s production of QUATERMASS stars Academy Award®-winner Sir John Mills (Ryan's Daughter, Gandhi) and features all four episodes, plus the rarely-seen theatrical version, on DVD for the first time ever. DVD Features: THE QUATERMASS CONCLUSION--The Rare, Feature-Length Theatrical Version; "Enduring Mystery of Stonehenge" episode from THE HISTORY CHANNEL®'s award-winning series In Search of History; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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As a bracing alternative to Star Wars and the derivative space operas that followed, Quatermass impressed more serious science fiction fans with its unsettling vision of Earth's near future. This four-chapter TV miniseries follows an admirable tradition of British science fiction, compensating for a limited budget (though generous by 1978 standards, at £1.5 million) with superior writing (by Nigel Kneale) and intelligent, resourceful direction (by Piers Haggard) that emphasize ideas and atmosphere over senseless action and special effects. Presenting a near-future scenario that would later inspire elements of The Road Warrior, Max Headroom and other dystopian visions, the story finds Kneale's popular creation, Prof. Bernard Quatermass (here played by the late, great Sir John Mills) in his darkest hour, desperate to find his lost 16-year-old granddaughter and coerced out of retirement to investigate a mysterious alien force that is, in his horrified phrase, "harvesting the human race." While lawless gangs pillage the remains of an England blighted by war and ecological disaster (the rest of Earth reeling under similar fate), a youth-cult of "Planet People" awaits their deliverance from Earth, gathering at ancient sites like Stonehenge and Ringstone Round. Joining forces with astrophysicist Joe Kapp (Simon McCorkindale), Quatermass ultimately realizes that there is only one, devastating solution to their planetary dilemma.

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

Customer Reviews

Perhaps the director does not speak science fiction, but some language alien to it.
R. Stone
I would tell you it, but then I would be spoiling it, and I don't want to do that in case you decide to watch it - and, unlike me, end out liking it.
Jero Briggs
Disc two has the theatrical version, which is just the exact same production, with about a third of the scenes edited out.
Delton T. Horn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Junglies VINE VOICE on September 29, 2005
For years British science fiction has incorporated many of the traits of the nation: anti-authoritarian, individualistic, eccentric and scientific. From H.G. Wells through to the most recent reincarnation of Doctor Who these themes have been very common.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Limbaugh on September 14, 2009
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I tried really hard not to enjoy this classic little sci-fi mini-series from the U.K. Poor FX, horribly dated 70's "future" fashion etc but I found myself really enjoying this complex entry into the classic Quatermass series. In the grim near future aliens are collecting the world's youth who believe that they are being taken to a new world to start over again. The only man who can figure out why the hippie children (dubbed "Planet People") are being upducted is reluctant hero Professor Bernard Quatermass (John Mills "Ghandi"). But can he find a way to stop the aliens in time or will the world's youth be taken away for good? This fourth Qautermass entry is a classic! I LOVED IT! Recommended to fan's of classic Doctor Who, Blake's 7, The Tomorrow People & Saphire and Steele.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CAM Book Reviews on November 22, 2010
it starts a bit slow (only the 1st episode), then all of a sudden, you're in the middle of it. this semi-Post-Apoc story is not a thriller, it is not loaded with special effects, but the story and the stories w/i the overarching theme are thoughtful and interesting.
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thecableguy on August 7, 2006
I haven't seen the original BBC series, or the Hammer "Quatermass" films, but this Thames mini-series will have me searching for them. This reminded me a little of Max Headroom -- well-written story-driven science fiction; it's the story that kept me watching four hours straight -- the special effects are hobby store cheap.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Candy on September 10, 2013
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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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leecifur on November 19, 2005
This was the first of the Quatermass films that I saw. Then I went back and watched the first three, which are much better. They're not quite sci-fi, not quite horror, not quite thriller, but all three mixed together. If you like X-files type conspiracy and invasion stories, Quatermass should be checked out. Start with, if you can find it, the Quatermass Xperiment. Then move on to Quatermass 2, and finally Quatermass and the Pit. These three are all excellent Hammer Films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelene Murphy on April 28, 2014
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I did watch this DVD until the finish. I did not particular like the way it ended. I felt that I was left a bit up-in-the-air. It did have actors in this movie that I know, but the continual reference to the 'Planet People' irritated me more than just a little bit. I am certainly not disgruntled that I purchased this DVD but I still go back to the fact that I prefer the B/W BBC Quatermass of the 50's.
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