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  • Quatermass Live

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/cinema/...atermass.shtml

    No sooner do I leave the UK when BBC Sci Fi starts to take off again. Now I'm stuck with The Apprentice and fricking American Idol. Bah!

    Someone let me know if this is any good!
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

  • #2
    Some good news - the original series is out on DVD

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/news/cult/...31/18177.shtml
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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    • #3
      Good news, I have had Quatermass and the Pit on DVD for some time now....but I didn't realise the BBC had all of the first & second series available in their entirety. Definitely worth a purchase. Much better than the Hammer film versions, IMHO.
      ‘In real life people do not spend every minute shooting each other, hanging themselves or making declarations of love. They don’t spend every minute saying clever things. Rather they eat, drink, flirt, talk nonsense."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Blackbeard
        Good news, I have had Quatermass and the Pit on DVD for some time now....but I didn't realise the BBC had all of the first & second series available in their entirety. Definitely worth a purchase. Much better than the Hammer film versions, IMHO.
        If I understand your post correctly, it's worth pointing out that while the BBC have the whole of Quatermass II, they only have Episodes 1 & 2 of The Quatermass Experiment in their archive (epds 3-6 were never telecined for technical reasons).

        The Quatermass DVD therefore contains QE 1&2, QII 1-6, and QatP 1-6, plus extras.

        The Quatermass Live production airing tonight is an compression of the original 6 half hour episodes of QE into one 2 hour adaptation (being broadcast in two chunks with an interval). Still it looks very promising and well worth tuning in for.

        Cheers,
        David
        _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
        _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
        _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
        _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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        • #5
          'Q & The Pit' is just about my fave bit of TV SF....the Hammer version wasn't bad either, but the 'long' monochrome TV version has the same gradually-mounting, subtle horror that Lovecraft achieved with Mountains of Madness...


          Some folk up in Norwich, I think, several years ago put on a live performance of QATP in a quarry - with a JCB digging up the 'machine' during the performance, and using live-action and projection onto the wall of the 'pit'...and I missed it! Dang! Very good, by all accounts.

          I want to be Andre Morell when I grow up... :lol:

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          • #6
            Yes! Definitely time to give a rousing cheer for the remarkable work of Nigel Kneale in bootstrapping British television drama into the 20th Century! :D

            I'm seriously contemplating lashing out on the new digitally re-mastered DVD boxed set of all that remains of the original three series, at least when it goes to discount. :)
            http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/news/cult/...31/18177.shtml

            The makers (Chris Carter) of X Files: The Movie (1998) ripped off the original 1950's Quatermass movies summat terrible. The original Quatermass material was far superior: http://www.the11thhour.com/archives/...ldermass1.html

            Nigel Kneale, is, without doubt, one of the Great British Speculative Fiction writers and Professor Bernard Quatermass is one of Britain's most interesting Post War Anti-Heroes.

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            • #7
              Some folk up in Norwich, I think, several years ago put on a live performance of QATP in a quarry - with a JCB digging up the 'machine' during the performance, and using live-action and projection onto the wall of the 'pit'...and I missed it! Dang! Very good, by all accounts.
              I seem to remember that. It was on I think when I was visiting relatives in Norfolk with my family, but we didn't get a chance to go.

              I had the original B&W series on VHS - was quite surprised as I remember the only time it was shown on TV they only broadcast the first half - up until the machine is dug up and they find the alien skeletons in there. The second half is really quite frightening - with those people being taken over by the machine's psychic projections.
              Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

              Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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