Quatermass and the Pit Blu-ray Review & Comments

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    1. Simon Crust

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      I don't have the Blu Ray I borrowed the VHS some years ago off a mate and the last thing that unnerved me was Alien. Anyway during the dark evenings in the house alone put the tape on and yes it got me and probably the last thing that did, although not on the budget of the film of the same name, and twice as long it atmosphere crushing and felt very uneasy watching it. This was even after watching the Hammer film and although the film very good I think this trumps it.
      I since the borrowing bought the VHS myself and the upgraded to the DVD box set that had the first two Quatermass stories although the first one had missing episodes and the second had a lot of damage in the studio shots.
      May upgrade again at some date.

      The lead Quatermass played Andre Morell often in Hammer films and was the villain in the controversial TV version of 1984. The co-star is Cid Linder (Felix Leiter in Goldfinger)

      Unlike the first 2 Quatermass tv series it did not use Holts Mars for the opening, used some stock music composed by Trevor Duncan which was used all over the show and remeber it used on BBC radio sci-fi plays (Trevor also wrote British Light Music such as The Girl from Corsica and A Little Suite (also the theme for Doctor Finlay's Casebook)). Love to get a compilation of that stock music.
      EDIT just looked at episode 4 and the music used directly after the titles was used in a BBC radio play The Mars Project by Roger Dixon.

      9/10 for the TV series.
       
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      Nice review Simon. I already have this and I'm up to episode four. The booklet mentions that some of the scenes were reshot on 35mm film after transmission to "polish and fine tune" the production. Also some scenes were prefilmed on 35mm. It appears this version uses those filmed sequences to replace those filmed from the studio monitor.

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      @Simon Crust is it Quatermass or Quartermass as you seem to flipflop between both within the review?
       
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      Quatermass, a quick Google would have answered your question.
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      I've just ordered the Blu-ray (can't wait) and have the film on DVD. I don't know if you know this, but there is a wonderful moment towards the end of the latter where Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley emerge from the rubble but don't know whether to move to their left or right. A helpful cameraman sticks his hand into shot to point them the way!
       
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      I remember seeing this when I was not quite a teenager - and it scared the bejeesuz out of me. Something about the tension and setting, and while the effects are laughable today, there's just something about this that sticks in the mind - even today.
       
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      Never seen this the original version only the Hammer film that I own. The Hammer film is very creepy but if this is better then I'm interested in seeing it.
       
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      I love the film. This is different but on this watch I'm loving it as much.

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      My late Dad watched this growing up when it was first broadcast and he also had the VHS.

      I never got round to watching it with him, regretfully, but I my introduction to Quatermass was the '79 ITV version with John Mills, of which I loved as a 7 year old and now own the Blu of that.

      Might have to purchase this one as a tribute to my Dad and to see what he loved about it..
       
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      I think the John Mills was far from the best and does not have the atmosphere as the pit.
       
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      I have never seen the TV series but absolutely love the film and probably watch it at least once a year. It is one of those films like @tman I remember seeing a kid and remember been scared s**tless by it. There are some scenes that I still find very creepy and atmospheric (even at 53!).

      Might have to give this a try.
       
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      I saw it in my 40s and I don't know if tapped into childhood memories but it still got to me. For something made in 1958 its astonishing that can beat stuff in atmosphere made for TV with fantastic budgets and technology.
       
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      My first viewing was on VHS whenever that came out. I've just re watched it on blu and I can honestly say it was great. I've started watching Star Trek Discovery for the first time. I'm only a couple of episodes in but so far it's not a patch on Pit.

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      Loved the film so I think this might be worth an investment.
       

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