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The Quatermass Xperiment (The Creeping Unknown)
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It's a short film, at about 82 minutes, but it packs in a lot of story. An ill-fated rocket carrying a crew of three men soars to an altitude of 1,500 miles and, after a 57-hour flight, crashes back to Earth outside of London. The sole surviving astronaut inexorably mutates into a horrible creature that absorbs any kind of living organism (plant, animal or human) and grows to enormous size as it satisfies its insatiable appetites. It's a simple concept, but it's presented extremely well. The special effects are great for their day, especially the eerie scenes of the rocket poking up like a giant lawn dart from an English field, and the quality of the DVD itself is excellent. The picture is crisp, sharp and stable, with excellent contrast, and the sound track is clear and distinct. In a couple of spots near the end, the music slightly overwhelms the dialogue, but I suspect that's intentional. Also, the characters sometimes talk very fast, which means American ears may have trouble picking out every word of the Queen's English. This does not detract from the excellence of the production.
I've seen "The Quatermass Xperiment" probably about four times over the last several decades, and each time I pick up something new or an additional nuance. The film has layers of complexity and detail that you may not notice on first viewing.Read more ›
Kneale wrote a number of TV programs that were eventually adapted to film. However, he will always remain famous for Quatermass. The movies would parallel a series of TV productions: Quatermass II (1955) and Quatermass and the Pit (1958-9). Kneale would conclude the series with Quatermass/The Quatermass Conclusion (1979).
The UK theatrical remake of The Quatermass Experiment (1955) was directed by Val Guest and the screenplay was written by Val Guest and Richard Landau. The part of Professor Bernard Quatermass was played by Brian Donlevy. Donlevy was chosen because it was thought an American in the role would give the film more box office appeal in the U.S. However, in hindsight, it was a little like giving the role of Doctor Who to an obvious Texan or person from the Bronx. Sometimes accents are important. Donlevy did a professional job, although a few cast members complained that he had a drinking problem.
The experimental rocket Q1 crashes in England. Quatermass, the somewhat reckless creator of the ship races to the site. Only one of the three astronauts is found alive, Victor Carroon (played by Richard Wordsworth). The other men have vanished.
This mystery drives the first part of the film.Read more ›
The full frame image resolution is very good with deep blacks, and is relatively clean. The sound is also very clear, and marks a huge upgrade from an earlier version I have of the film. MGM has put together the best quality dvd available of the film.
update March 2015:
I have recently upgraded this film with the blu-ray Kino Lorber version which is in a 1:66:1 frame format compared to the full frame (1:33:1) of the dvd disc.The upgrade is worth it for the further clarity of the images, and especially for all of the added special features since the dvd had none. There is an audio commentary with the director and Marcus Hearn, and a number of other features, including an interview with Val Guest, as well as a featurette that compares the British and American versions of the film, and a featurette about the making of the film.
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Another hit for me. Again rather stuffy characters, but I think that it adds realism to the story. The plot is quite good. It is eerie and bizarre as are the others. Read morePublished 13 days ago by InnovativebutPensive
Received DVD as advertised. The Box and the label on the disk were correct. The actual movie on the disk was for a completely different movie FIrebase Gloria.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Why, oh why have they not made a remake of this marvelous film from the fifty's? Dr. Quatermass is heartless and reckless enough for any modern audience to identify with, and the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dawn Ray
DVD transfer is very good. B&W full screen with nice detail.
While the concept seems overused by today's standards, this must be the original 'what came back from... Read more
Excellent sc-ft classic movie delivered promptly.cliff hanger type.Published 9 months ago by Jeffrey L. Pope
This is an iconic British horror film that terrified everyone when it came out and, though inexpensively made, still retains impressive style and visual concepts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tim Bloch
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