Quatermass and the Pit DVD+Blu-ray
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Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Produced in 1967
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
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The third in the trilogy of films based on Nigel Kneale's seminal Quatermass series, Quatermass & the Pit was made by Hammer Studios in 1967, directed by stalwart Roy Ward Baker and stars Andrew Keir as the scientist battling evil alien forces that threaten to take over the world. James Donald, Barbara Shelley and Julian Glover co-star.
During excavations in London a large unidentified object is unearthed in Hob's End tube station. Within its walls Professor Quatermass (Keir) discovers the remains of intelligent alien creatures that attempted to conquer the Earth in prehistoric times and, through their experiments on early man, altered human evolution to its present state. Though dormant for many centuries, the excavations threaten to unleash the terrifying force of the aliens upon mankind once again...
This is Hammer at their very finest, with a fabulous cast and a powerful atmosphere of slowly building terror.
Publisher: Studio Canal
Length: 178 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour
Released: 10th October 2011
Cat No: OPTBD0631
- 2 discs
- Double-play Edition
- Digitally Restored
- New UK exclusive interviews with Julian Glover, Mark Gatiss, Judith Kerr, Kim Newman, Joe Dante and Marcus Hearne
- Audio commentary with Nigel Kneale and Roy Ward Baker
- World of Hammer - Sci-Fi Episode
- UK and US trailers.
by Barry Forshaw on 26th October 2011
Hammer Film's third and final cinematic version of the classic Nigel Kneale science fiction epics (originally written for TV) is perhaps the best, although the previou... Read on
Hammer Film's third and final cinematic version of the classic Nigel Kneale science fiction epics (originally written for TV) is perhaps the best, although the previous two films in the series have considerable merits. Director Roy Ward Baker and his screenwriter T.E.B. Clark (responsible, of course, for some of the most cherished Ealing comedy screenplays) perform a creditable filleting job of the original scripts written by Kneale for the famous television adaptations which had unprecedented impact on their first showing. Baker and Clarke retain all the most crucial elements - delivered with understated panache (aided by the matchless - if economical - technical resources of Hammer Studios). What will be piquant for modern viewers is the fact that the investigations by the dour scientist Quatermass (here played by Andrew Keir, in far more appropriate casting than the American Brian Donleavy in the earlier films) involve the fact that the bodies of long dead (but still dangerous) alien creatures are discovered when a new tube line is being built under the London; the plot, like so much else in Kneale's work, has been ruthlessly plundered by other writers over the years - not least by the creators of the revivified Doctor Who, a show which often comes across like a compendium of reheated ideas created by the earlier writer. Hide